Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Date played: January 23, 2015
Team size: 2-6; we recommend 3-4
Price: $35 per ticket
“You plan to move to Vegas, and you are looking for houses. Your agent brings your family to an abandoned mansion which is extremely cheap. Yet, everyone is uncomfortable with the atmosphere inside. All of a sudden, a ghost comes out and all doors are locked. OMG you realize you strayed into a haunted mansion! Find a way to escape!”
This room has a very light horror theme. “Elementary level,” is how our host put it.
That didn’t stop one of our friends (who has traveled the world eating bugs) from freaking out multiple times from the same barely scary gag.
This game begins in the dark. You’re provided with flashlights; they don’t give you enough flashlights for everyone.
It works reasonably well with the theming of the game. We did it during the daytime, so we ultimately had sunlight in the second half of the game. I imagine that two flashlights would be a lot more frustrating in the second half of the game if you play after dark.
45 minute room
It’s worth noting that this room is a 45 minute game, not the more typical 60 minute room that we have grown accustom to. It’s not a problem, but it is a shorter experience than expected.
By the book
This is a very by the book, linear, lock, combo, and key room escape.
There were two or three unique elements to this game that made it worth playing.
We tore through every puzzle in about 30 minutes. Then killed 14 minutes trying to solve the sort-of goofy final challenge.
This game has a kind generally goofy charm to it. Throughout the experience there are things that are just adorably homegrown (see the plot description above).
White Lie never soars, but it’s a solid… typical room escape.
It’s filled with things that break the illusion and make you laugh, but I found them endearing. What I found endearing, I can just as easily see others finding annoying.
If you’ve never done one, this isn’t a bad place to start, but it’s probably not going to blow your mind either.
Book your session with Live Game Escape in advance; they charge more for walk-ins. Tell them that the Room Escape Artist sent you.