Escape Room Westford – The Titletown Ring Thief [Review]

Pahk the cah; it’s time to break into the ahpahtment.

Location: Westford, MA

Date Played: December 16, 2017

Team size: 2-8; we recommend 3-5

Duration: 60 minutes

Price: $27 per ticket

REA Reaction

We don’t find a lot of apartment-themed escape rooms that are worth exploring. This one was.

The Titletown Ring Thief was a well-executed, standard escape room with great puzzles. While we wished the ending were a bit more dramatic, we had a lot of fun playing. We appreciated that The Titletown Ring Thief was so very Massachusetts. Escape Room Westford knows its audience.

In-game: a Patriots World Champion, diamond encrusted ring sitting on a table, a door covered in sports caps blurred in the background.

Who is this for?

  • Puzzle lovers
  • Boston sports fans
  • Any experience level

Why play?

  • Creative puzzles
  • Massachusetts theming

Story

In sports-obsessed Boston, the crime of the century had been perpetrated by a man who had been stealing championship rings from prominent players on all four major New England teams. The police had dispatched us to investigate the suspect’s home. Upon entering we had triggered a booby trap.

We had to outwit the criminal, find the rings, and disarm the trap before it destroyed us and the crown jewels of New England along with us.

Setting

The Titletown Ring Thief was staged in the crook’s apartment, which can best be described as: rabid Boston sports fan’s man cave.  

In-game: a bar with 4 beer taps and a growler in the middle of an apartment with walls covered in sports posters and vinyl records.

It had a bar, piles of sports memorabilia, a coffee maker, a La-Z-Boy, and a TV. What more does one need in life?

While apartments are not typically my favorite escape room environment, this one stood out because it looked believable… I might have been in an apartment that looked like this before.

Gameplay

The Titletown Ring Thief was a standard escape room with a bit of searching and an emphasis on the puzzling… and the puzzling was good.

The puzzles were well integrated into the set and props. When we handled an item, it felt like it belonged. The technology, while limited, was also well integrated into the environment.

Standouts

The Titletown Ring Thief was a fantastic escape room premise. Escape Room Westford built a more compelling apartment set by leaning into the Boston theme and outfitting it with the appropriate sports and beer paraphernalia.

We enjoyed one early puzzle sequence where multiple apartment-y actions funneled into more typical puzzling. It worked really well.

Escape Room Westford relied on a lot of different locking mechanisms, meaning a variety of types of solves, which we appreciated.

Shortcomings

We misinterpreted one clue as belonging to another puzzle that had some visual similarities. Escape Room Westford could gate the puzzles a little differently to avoid teams tripping up on this similarity.

The Titletown Ring Thief petered out. It needed a climactic moment and more exciting conclusion.

Tips for Visiting

  • Escape Room Westford has ample free parking.
  • We recommend nearby Tavern in the Square in Littleton for a meal.

Book your hour with Escape Room Westford’s The Titletown Ring Thief, and tell them that the Room Escape Artist sent you.

Disclosure: Escape Room Westford provided media discounted tickets for this game.

 

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