Mission: Escape Atlanta – The Study [Review]

I was surprised when I learned how old this game was.

Location: Atlanta, GA

Date played: April 3, 2017

Team size: up to 10; we recommend 4-6

Duration: 60 minutes

Price: $33 per ticket

Story & setting

A billionaire stole the most coveted jewel on Earth and our team of detectives had to break into his estate to steal it back.

The set was essentially an office, but it was a bit more atmospheric than most of the office-based escapes rooms we’ve encountered; it had a noir-ish feel about it.

A staged image on the set of a desk in front of many books. Props are staged on the desk.
Those books are painted on the wall. They aren’t red herrings.

Puzzles

The Study was a puzzle-centric game with a fair amount of searching and limited use of technology.

The puzzles were well clued without being too easy.

Standouts

This was a room escape from early 2015 that continues to play really well 2 years after Mission: Escape Atlanta opened it.

There was excellent flow because the puzzles were well clued.

The puzzles were tangible and worked into the set pieces.

There was a reality TV-style confession camera.

Our gamemaster read the skill level and mood of our team and interacted with us accordingly. He was an entertaining part of our experience and had some fun with us when we did something that was comically dumb.

Shortcomings

The puzzling included some more tedious and obscure searching, as one would expect from an early 2015 room escape design.

While it was a spacious, well-decorated study, the space was still an office setting.

Should I play Mission: Escape Atlanta’s The Study?

The Study was good fun. It was an entertaining and well-rounded escape room.

Upon our exit, I learned that this was Mission: Escape Atlanta’s first room, and I found that impressive. I have to imagine that I would have loved this room escape in early 2015 when it opened.

The Study was an approachable game that would make for a excellent first escape room.

While it has aged a bit, it’s a more than worthy opponent for experienced players as well.

Book your hour with Mission: Escape Atlanta’s The Study, and tell them that the Room Escape Artist sent you.

Full disclosure: Mission: Escape Atlanta provided media discounted tickets for this game.

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