Bazaar & puzzling.
Location: Austin, TX
Date played: January 5, 2017
Team size: 2-7; we recommend 2-4
Duration: 60 minutes
Price: $31.99 per ticket
Story & setting
We needed to stop a terrorist cell by gathering intelligence about an impending attack. This was your typical prime-time television counter-terror staging that steered clear of any specific world events.
We entered a Middle Eastern market. It was detailed, vibrant, and original. The initial setting was striking and beautiful.
As the game progressed, we found ourselves in a dark and far more generic escape room environment.
Classified was primarily linear.
The challenge came from searching and making connections between relevant finds. It was not a puzzle-focused room escape.
This was our first gamespace set in a market. The initial set was not only original, but also detailed, and polished.
The first half of the Classifed had silky smooth game flow.
Classified included neat, well-hidden physical interactions with some of the larger set pieces.
Classified felt disconnected. The second half of the game lacked everything that made the first half special. It wasn’t beautiful, interesting, or exciting. It also lacked the flow of the first half. It became more challenging, but also dull and tedious.
Should I play The Escape Game Austin’s Classified?
Classified had a great first act. The visual impact of walking into such an unusual and beautiful space was energizing. The gameplay was a older escape room style that made it feel more like a scavenger hunt than The Escape Game’s other offerings. While the initial set was creative and exciting, the second act didn’t live up to the expectation set in the first half. That said, it was still more polished than many escape rooms of its era.
The Escape Game Austin has moved forward since designing this game and we recommend that you try their other games first. We visited Gold Rush, Prison Break, and The Heist at The Escape Game’s Orlando location, but took a peek at them in Austin and feel confident recommending them here as well. They’ve done a beautiful job making slight modifications to construct each of their games into the slightly different space in their Austin facilities.
While Classified wasn’t our favorite of their offerings, The Escape Game Austin is a top-notch facility with excellent staff that will deliver a fun, family-friendly experience.
Book your hour with The Escape Game Austin’s Classified, and tell them that the Room Escape Artist sent you.
Full disclosure: The Escape Game Austin comped our tickets for this game.