Location: South Windsor, Connecticut
Date played: July 8, 2017
Team size: 4-10; we recommend 4
Duration: 60 minutes
Price: $27.50 per ticket
Story & setting
Following the story of The Missing Doctor, we volunteered to participate in the amusingly mad Dr. X’s experiment… but first we had to figure out what we’d even signed on for.
The Experiment didn’t really have a set. There was a clearly defined space within which the escape room took place, but it was basically walls, doors, puzzle components, and a few random pieces of furniture.
The Experiment revolved around discovery and experimentation.
We relied heavily on keen observation and communication.
The Experiment was frequently un-hackable. Each time we thought we could skip a step, Puzzle Theory thwarted us. They clearly gave information dissemination and gating considerable thought.
We generally loved the puzzles that were presented to us in The Experiment.
Their character, Dr. X, was amusing. I rarely read a nonrequired long-winded thing… but I wanted to read the funny conclusion Dr. X presented us.
The stories of The Experiment and The Missing Doctor link brilliantly. If you don’t get the story or couldn’t remember the story (like me), ask your gamemaster to explain it afterwards.
The gamespace had an odd layout that was occasionally frustrating. We frequently found ourselves maneuvering around each other in cramped spaces.
The Experiment was more physically demanding than it needed to be due to the awkward positioning of a crawlspace and the repeated transition through it. There was also one more active puzzle in a hard-to-reach location.
The Experiment didn’t look like much at all. There really wasn’t a set; it was simply a space to contain the puzzles.
Should I play Puzzle Theory’s The Experiment?
The Experiment was fully puzzling with a side of humor. Dr. X is amusing and his experiment ridiculous and entertaining. If I had to guess, the folks from Puzzle Theory are probably pretty big fans of Futurama and Rick & Morty… It’s just got that vibe.
If you play escape rooms for the puzzles, you’ll enjoy The Experiment. It required us to think in different ways and work through concepts that resulted in satisfying solves.
If your enjoyment of an escape room requires a beautiful set, The Experiment won’t be for you. Not at all.
The Experiment would be challenging for newer players, but is nevertheless approachable for the puzzle-minded at any level of experience. Make sure that you can crawl or that you have a few people on your team who can.
Book your hour with Puzzle Theory’s The Experiment, and tell them that the Room Escape Artist sent you.
Full disclosure: Puzzle Theory provided media discounted tickets for this game.