Mission Manor – Inheritance [Review]

If you are a wealthy eccentric who wants to hide your fortune in an escape room… please call us. Seriously.

Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota

Date played: August 20, 2017

Team size: 1-6; we recommend 3-5

Duration: 60 minutes

Price: $26 per ticket

Story & setting

Wealthy Mr. Abernathy hated his lazy children, so he willed his fortune to the first people smart enough to solve the mystery he had left in his home.

Inheritance looked like an elegant but stuffy Victorian home. The dark wood surroundings felt compelling and matched the condescension that oozed from Mr. Abernathy in his video will.

In-game: A beautifully staged dining table.

Puzzles

The puzzling in Inheritance required keen observation and attention to detail. We needed to closely examine everything within the set and determine how to draw meaningful connections between objects.

Standouts

The set of Inheritance felt like a mansion in which some distinguished old guy could have hidden his fortune. The space had a presence.

We especially liked the more layered puzzling later in this escape room.

Shortcomings

Throughout Inheritance, we were surrounded by multiple locks of similar digit structure. Especially early on, as we worked to determine which details might be relevant, this led to a lot of time spent inputting possible solutions around the room, rather than forward progress.

In some instances, a little more cluing would have been helpful to avoid the search and re-search that can become frustrating. Inheritance would be a more engaging room escape with an extra puzzle or two and less scavenging.

Should I play Mission Manor’s Inheritance?

For Inheritance, we stepped into the Mission Manor’s manor. We enjoyed the gamespace and the gameplay as we puzzled our way to a hidden fortune.

Inheritance relied on many common escape room tropes and game mechanics. We observed, searched, connected, and unlocked our way through.

We recommend Inheritance primarily to newer players who will likely find a few delightful surprises. It will be challenging, but approachable.

Mission Manor scores each team, win or lose, so you can see how well you did at different aspects of the escape room gameplay.

Considering the more traditional escape room structure and the scoring opportunity, more seasoned players might enjoy attempting an Inheritance speedrun.

Book your hour with Mission Manor’s Inheritance, and tell them that the Room Escape Artist sent you.

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

 

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