Not just any prison… Thai Prison.
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Date played: June 25, 2017
Team size: 2-11; we recommend 4-6
Duration: 60 minutes
Price: $28 per ticket
Story & setting
Someone in our travel group was caught smuggling narcotics by police at Bangkok International Airport. We were all subsequently arrested and incarcerated. With a prison riot underway, we had a brief window of time to make our getaway.
Escape Thai Prison was built as a prison set. It had your standard black metal bars and grey concrete look that one would expect from a prison escape room. What set Escape Thai Prison apart wasn’t its aesthetics, but its gameplay.
With rare exception, the puzzles and interactions in Escape Thai Prison were born of the environment and story. It felt like we were MacGyvering our way to freedom.
Roughly 90% of the puzzling felt born of the environment and story. This made the puzzling feel like steps in our prison break, not puzzles in a prison escape puzzle game.
There was one incredible reveal.
We had a bad setup and our gamemaster entered in character, ordered us around in character, and resolved the issue without us even realizing what had happened until receiving a post-game explanation. While it would have been better if there was no need for this, it was exceptionally well handled.
The “Thai Prison” branding does a great job of making this particular escape room stand out in a sea of prison break games. However…
I don’t think that MindEscape did enough with the Thailand setting to justify associating it with a particular culture. The set and story really needed to do something compelling with this and it never came close.
The set looked like a standard prison escape room: gray walls, metal bars, and steel toilets. The setting was competently created, but wasn’t as exciting as the puzzling.
There was a substantial safety hazard in the design of this prison escape. Due to the placement of a rather large prop, and some required maneuvering, it would be easy for a player to get badly bruised. One of us did. Note that the folks from MindEscape were already aware of this and assured us they will be fixing it.
Should I play MindEscape’s Escape Thai Prison?
Escape Thai Prison was a strong puzzle adventure with interactions born of the environment.
This room escape involved a little bit of crouching and crawling, so tread carefully if you lack mobility.
Newbies will find an approachable and entertaining escape room. Experienced players will enjoy a take on the prison escape genre that looks like a typical prison game, but plays far better than most.
Book your hour with MindEscape’s Escape Thai Prison, and tell them that the Room Escape Artist sent you.
Full disclosure: MindEscape provided media discounted tickets for this game.