Gozsdu Mission – White Mission [Review]

It’s like being locked in a giant puzzle box.

Location: Budapest, Hungary

Date played: August 26, 2017

Team size: 4-7; we recommend 3-4

Duration: 90 minutes

Price: ranging from 5,000 HUF ($20) per person for 2 players to 3,000 HUF ($12) per person for teams of 7 players

Story & setting

We were locked in a strange white room with the exit key hanging by a chain from the ceiling. The chain was just a touch too short to reach the door. We had to explore the space and figure out how to get that key into the lock.

In-game: Close-up of a large key padlocked to a chain in the middle of a stark white room.

White Mission had a sterile, sci-fi aesthetic. Its decidedly minimalistic layout made for an unusual environment.

In-game: A stark white room with empty white picture frames, and a key hanging from a long chain.

Puzzles

Built entirely around puzzling, White Mission had no narrative whatsoever. We need to explore the space, figure out how it worked, and then puzzle through it. Some of the puzzles were environment-based; others required more traditional logic, reasoning, and mathematics.

Standouts

In-game: A white control panel beside a white table in an entirely white room.

With White Mission, Gozsdu Mission deliberately designed a themed puzzle room without narrative. It was a bold decision that worked really well. The minimalist environment and stark contrast built excitement in and of itself.

We particularly enjoyed the mechanics that opened up hidden things.

White Mission leaned into substantial, challenging, and fair puzzles.

Shortcomings

While the puzzles themselves were well designed, White Mission relied too heavily on some common escape room play mechanics.

We didn’t enjoy searching in expansive darkness.

Should I play Gozsdu Mission’s White Mission?

White Mission was a 90-minute room escape. We listed that above, but it’s worth repeating. There was a lot to puzzle through and the puzzles were challenging.

If you’re looking for a purely puzzle experience in an interesting environment, White Mission is a fantastic choice. If you’re looking for a grand, narrative-driven adventure in a detailed set… then choose something else.

Newbies will likely need some help getting through this experience; don’t be afraid to accept hints.

Experienced players will find a lot of satisfying puzzles to chew on.

White Mission had a lot in common with another game that we love, The Experiment at Escape Games NYC. I suspect that White Mission inspired the folks in New York City as they are originally from Hungary. We’re happy about this as both are entertaining puzzle games.

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

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

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