Escape Room Mystery – The Egyptian Tomb [Review]

Puzzle raid.

Location: King of Prussia, Pennsylvania

Date played: June 24, 2017

Team size: 2-10; we recommend 5-7

Duration: 60 minutes

Price: $28 per ticket

Story & setting

Trapped in an Egyptian tomb, we had to puzzle our way to freedom.

Escape Room Mystery’s The Egyptian Tomb was a bright, friendly, and non-horror take on the Egyptian tomb escape room theme.

In-game: Carvings on the wall of an Egyptian tomb.

Puzzles

The puzzling in The Egyptian Tomb was exceptionally well presented and organized.

There were a number of puzzles to work through and some of the later challenges added an extra layer of satisfying complexity.

It was heavy on deciphering, but clear which cipher elements connected.

Standouts

We loved the set of this particular Egyptian tomb. Escape Room Mystery added a few design touches that made the set more interesting than wall-to-wall sandstone. The hieroglyphs were aesthetically pleasing and not distracting or confusing. That might seem like a strange thing to say, but Egyptian tomb games generally have a lot of visual noise that makes it difficult to even identify what’s part of a puzzle and what’s part of the set.

The Egyptian Tomb had some surprising reveals. We were excited every time.

Overall, The Egyptian Tomb had a well-clued, well-connected, well-varied set of puzzles. We appreciated the fun, fair, and worthwhile implementation of a puzzle type we usually see botched.

Shortcomings

The Egyptian Tomb included a few items that broke the themed environment. These were generally in the form of bright, plastic or laminated objects that worked well in the puzzling, but needed aesthetic refinishing.

There was one puzzle input mechanism that we reused multiple times. It started to get old.

We loved one multistep puzzle, but the input mechanism was finicky enough that it was a separate puzzle to sort out how to operate the thing.

Should I play Escape Room Mystery’s The Egyptian Tomb?

In The Egyptian Tomb, Escape Room Mystery combined an enticing set with challenging and satisfying puzzles. They added in some surprising reveals to create a pretty exciting escape room.

A word of warning for players who are larger or claustrophobic: The Egyptian Tomb contains a brief segment of play that includes a tight space. It doesn’t last long, but if that’s going to be a deal breaker, you might want to check out some of Escape Room Mystery’s other games instead.

We puzzled through this room in a short amount of time, as the connections just clicked for us, but we still felt wholly satisfied with our puzzling experience. For experienced players, you can’t ask for much more.

For newer players, divide and conquer. There’s a lot of to do, but it should be clear which game elements go together, so as to make a challenging but approachable room escape.

Book your hour with Escape Room Mystery’s The Egyptian Tomb, and tell them that the Room Escape Artist sent you.

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

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