X-Cape: Tomb of Anubis

Game experience: ENTERTAINING Immersion    Puzzles    Hosting The very sophisticated decors. The Indiana-Jones-like mechanisms. The abysmal hosting. Many dysfunctioning elements. The uncalibrated difficulty. Book here “When you booked your vacation to see the great pyramids, you thought it would be more interesting. But as your tour guide drones on and on about different types of ancient pottery and myths, you decide you could have much … Continue reading X-Cape: Tomb of Anubis

Hourglass Escapes: Rise of the Mad Pharaoh

Game experience: VERY GOOD Immersion    Puzzles       Hosting  The fantastic sarcophagus! Lots of puzzles The roles and their personalized hints The simple decors around the sarcophagus Book here “YOU HAVE 60 MINUTES TO SAVE DR. CARTER! HURRY, TIME IS RUNNING OUT! With just your wits, clues from crates of artifacts, and notes from the trapped archaeologist, you must solve puzzles, discover mysteries, and help … Continue reading Hourglass Escapes: Rise of the Mad Pharaoh

Quest Factor: National Treasure

Game experience: VERY GOOD Immersion    Puzzles    Hosting  The mystical atmosphere Some  impressive animations One less interesting pen-and-paper riddle Book here Quest Factor is becoming one of the largest escape game company in the Seattle area, with three venues at different places: Seattle, Shoreline, and Redmond. We had the opportunity to test three of their games – National Treasure and Mad Scientist at Shoreline, as … Continue reading Quest Factor: National Treasure

Hour to Midgnight: The Secrets of Nibiru

Game experience: GOOD Immersion    Puzzles    Hosting    A very refined mystical atmosphere. Sophisticated trigger effects replacing padlocks. One somewhat repetitive puzzle. A shorter game than what it seems. Book here Hour to Midnight is one of the first escape game venues that opened in Portland. The owners have been working for long in the theater and haunted house industry – so when it comes … Continue reading Hour to Midgnight: The Secrets of Nibiru

Mystery room: Pharaoh’s treasure

Game experience: TERRIBLE Immersion    Puzzles       Hosting    Nothing Everything Despite occasional shortcomings, nearly all escape games I had played so far had been a fun experience, with dedicated owners, designers and gamemasters who work hard to provide a good experience. It was therefore an interesting experience to play at Mystery Room, as I could hardly imagine that the quality of an escape game … Continue reading Mystery room: Pharaoh’s treasure

Immersia: The Lost Temple of Cthulhu

Game experience: VERY GOOD Immersion    Puzzles     Hosting    The immersive jungle environment. Some mechanisms that feel like magic. The very friendly welcome and immersive gamemastering. A somewhat less impressive final part in the last room. Book here I’m sure that you’ve heard of Cthulhu, this cosmic God created by H.P. Lovecraft, a 100m-tall humanoid with an octopus head and dragon wings: (author Dominique Signoret, … Continue reading Immersia: The Lost Temple of Cthulhu

Live Escape: Pharaoh’s tomb

  Game experience: EXCELLENT Immersion    Puzzles       Hosting    A very immersive game. Creative puzzles, with no padlocks. One puzzle was a bit unclear. Book here A pharaoh’s tomb might seem like a natural setting for an escape game, but to my knowledge, there are not many escape game venues in France using such a theme. Admittedly, it might be difficult to build … Continue reading Live Escape: Pharaoh’s tomb