A new reviewer tackles an old favorite.
Location: New York, New York
Date played: January 10, 2016
Team size: 2-6; we recommend 3-5
Price: $30 per ticket
Guest review! Intro by David Spira
Jessica Felleman is a writer and an integral part of Team Room Escape Artist. She accompanies us on most of our NYC games and is one hell of a clutch player.
When she was looking for a game to take her friends and family to, Lisa and I were thrilled to hear that she had chosen Escape The Room NYC’s The Home. We played The Home before we began writing reviews and we have never back-filled. So here’s Jessica’s review:
Theme & story
Themed as a “Victorian mystery,” the room definitely felt like we’d been dropped into a Dickens’ story, so props to props, but beyond that we didn’t receive any accompanying information as to why we were locked in, or whose house it was, or if there was a specific mystery to our situation.
The Home seemed very straightforward, but it also escalated in a few exciting and unexpected ways.
While it didn’t really have a story, it did convey a sense of adventure.
It was all very mysterious, which made getting started on the puzzles a little halted. On the story end, I would’ve liked a little more substance.
“I feel so accomplished!”
Said by my newbie cousin, who helped out at key points. He expressed exactly what it is about room escapes that gets so addicting! The Home provided the perfect stepping stone for that experience.
The puzzles were well thought out and accessible to everyone.
We definitely said “cool!” a handful of times. We appreciated that while there were basic “find the digits” locks, there were also some surprising and interestingly designed puzzles that changed up the experience so we never felt bored.
Friendly & honest staff
Our puzzle master, Megan, was great and friendly, as were the front desk staff, who kindly reminded us that when they said “the coat rack is just a coat rack” that’s exactly what they meant.
I can attest to the fact that the coat rack did not at all help us escape, except to keep our coats off our bodies and out of the way.
At the beginning of the game we all had things to do as we turned the room over. However, within 15 minutes there were only one or two puzzles to work through at a time, which continued though the game and caused everyone to feel a bit useless for long chunks of time until we made it out.
Should I play Escape the Room NYC’s The Home?
The Home had puzzles for new and experienced players and the flow was easy enough for the newbs to follow along and participate. (My cousins are already looking to do another room!). The game felt like an adventure. It was not the most complex design, but everything worked, and it was fun.
If you’re looking for an introductory room to bring your friends to, The Home fits the bill.
If you’re looking for an escape room that conveys a story, or are an experienced group of people looking for a tough challenge, The Home may not be for you.
Book your hour with Escape the Room NYC’s The Home, and tell them that The Room Escape Artist sent you.