Escape My Room was as delightfully strange as New Orleans.
Location: New Orleans, Louisiana
Date played: May 11, 2016
Team size: 2-8; we recommend 4-6
Duration: 60 minutes
Price: $30 per ticket
Story & setting
As soon as we stepped through Escape My Room’s door, we were in their world. The game hadn’t yet begun, but their waiting room was as immersive as I’ve ever seen. It served as a teaser for things to come: a costume closet, and a sort of bizarre museum of strange antiques, and even stranger taxidermy.
We were met by a hostess who was in character. She introduced us to the story and our mission:
“The year is 1990, and Odette DeLaporte has invited you to her study. As the last remaining heir in New Orleans to the DeLaporte fortune, she needs your help locating a treasure which went missing a long time ago. The reclusive matriarch has not been seen in public for quite some time, yet she has agreed to meet with you with the hope that you can recover what’s been lost.”
The room was as lushly decorated with curios as the lobby.There were more than a few breakables, but the room did not seem broken at all. Escape My Room was not a new company; they were expertly maintaining their set.
The puzzles were pretty standard escape room interactions. They kind of fit within the story, some a bit awkwardly, but everything worked.
There were two sets of puzzles in the room: one to lead the team out and the other to find what Odette DeLaporte had lost. Escaping was job one and finding what she lost was the secondary win condition. Unfortunately, with this structure there was no way to know which puzzles were tied to which task.
The look and feel of the entire facility was bizarre and beautiful.
Everything about Escape My Room New Orleans tied back to the region’s unique history and eccentricities.
The lobby was a trip.
The dual tracks of puzzles were impossible to tell apart. This was needlessly frustrating.
Some of the puzzles were very clunky and didn’t quite fit with what was going on within the game space.
The story was largely carried by long, cursive letters. They were perfectly in-theme and in-story, but they were hell to read. Note, our whole team was old enough to know cursive.
Should I play Escape My Room New Orleans’ Mardi Gras Study?
Escape My Room New Orleans is a quirky company that does its own thing.
The Mardi Gras Study’s mechanisms were a solid execution of a standard escape room, but everything surrounding the game was strange and fun.
We frequently preach that companies should lean into their strengths and give their games personality. I can’t think of many companies that have done that quite as profoundly as Escape My Room New Orleans.
Book your hour with Escape My Room New Orleans’ Mardi Gras Study, and tell them that the Room Escape Artist sent you.
Did you get to do their other room? I think it flowed much better than the Mardi Gras Study. We haven’t done nearly as many rooms as you (a little over ten) but this company has been our absolute favorite. Their attention to detail and decor blew us away! Thanks for the great blog – we keep adding to our list of rooms to visit.
Their other room opened shortly after my visit. I guess I’ll just have to find a way to get back to New Orleans.
I just left this room an hour ago. I can say they’ve made changes since this review. The “two tracks” you refer to seem to have been consolidated; finding what was lost is now very directly what gets you out of the room. I can also say that I recall encountering no cursive letters whatsoever, though I’m curious where they used to be.
The puzzles were intuitive and fair, though it was a bit too easy to break sequence and find items that may not yet have been ripe for solving. It wasn’t always clear what the very next step was. But having played Jazz Parlor last year, I was more than happy to book this room even with the caveats you named here, and am even happier to have had my expectations exceeded.
This is most certainly true. 2016 was a long time ago and Escape My Room remains on top of their games.