Brooklyn Escape Room – The Haunted [Review]

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Location: Brooklyn, NY

Date played: March 13, 2017

Team size: 2-7; we recommend 2-4

Duration: 60 minutes

Price: $30 per ticket Tuesday – Friday, $35 per ticket Saturday – Sunday

Story & setting

We entered a haunted home to uncover the secret within and the way out.

From the moment we stepped inside, we were met with a sense of foreboding. The set was dark and ominous.

It was also wide open. The large space was a bedroom, living room, and study all rolled into one (kind of like a New York apartment). It was decorated with antique furniture from an unspecified time in the past.

In-game closeup of an old clock with a lock built in. The clock face is is fogged over.

Puzzles

While the set was interactive, there wasn’t a lot of puzzling in The Haunted. 

We mainly searched for objects and determined how they were connected. This took some trial and error.

Standouts

Some of these object-set interactions initiated exciting, tech-driven responses from the escape room.

Brooklyn Escape Room created a few amusing atmospheric touches that made some of us jump… but it wasn’t ever terrifying.

The Haunted used spaces in ways we didn’t see coming.

Shortcomings

While at times Brooklyn Escape Room manipulated spaces well, other spaces felt underused or incomplete.

The Haunted relied heavily on technology, some of which was finicky. In one instance, we successfully completed an interaction, triggering a response, but we continued to try to complete that interaction for the remainder of the game because the technology didn’t give us enough feedback.

Additionally, especially given the antique props, the wiring needed to be more completely integrated into the construction of the space.

The gamespace was too dusty for my liking. There’s a difference between dirty-looking and actually dirty.

Should I play Brooklyn Escape Room’s The Haunted?

We enjoyed The Haunted. It had some neat tricks that made us both jump and laugh.

If you gravitate toward puzzles, take heed: The Haunted was primarily searching and connecting. There wasn’t too much to puzzle through.

If you prefer atmosphere and set-piece interaction, The Haunted probably won’t melt your brain, but you’ll find a lot to enjoy.

This game would be approachable for newer players. It likely won’t be too challenging for those well versed in escape room technology, but it will still be fun.

Book your hour with Brooklyn Escape Room’s The Haunted, and tell them that the Room Escape Artist sent you.

Full disclosure: Brooklyn Escape Room comped our tickets for this game.

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