Escape Plan Nashville – Mayday Adventure [Review]

“This is your captain speaking. Kindly solve some puzzles or we’re going to crash.”

Location: Mobile in/around Nashville, TN

Date Played: February 11, 2018

Team size: up to 6; we recommend 4

Duration: 60 minutes

Price: $350 minimum. Includes travel to and from up to 25 miles, set up, and up to two games which will run up to 12 people (that’s $29/person). See website for additional pricing information.

REA Reaction

Mayday Adventure can be your own private jet of puzzles delivered to you… and even when these seemed straight forward, they frequently had a fun twist. Escape Plan Nashville smartly designed for their mobile trailer gamespace. With the exception of one section of the set, they created a cozy and elegant adventure.

Who is this for?

  • Corporate Groups
  • People with large families and large driveways
  • Puzzle lovers
  • People who like to be comfortable while playing an escape room
  • Any experience level

Why play?

  • It comes to you
  • Fun puzzles
  • Comfortable environment
  • Creative set up

Story

Our crew found the Fenn treasure hidden by author and art dealer Forrest Fenn in the Rocky Mountains.

On our private flight home we were drugged and restrained in our seats. No one in the cockpit seemed able to respond to us. We already had the treasure. The only remaining question was: could we preserve it and our lives?

In-game: A passport with a seat ticket held up against an airplane window.

Setting

Mayday Adventure was a mobile, trailer-based escape room and the first full-length one that we ever played. As we stepped into the black trailer, we were struck by two things:

First, the trailer looked a lot bigger on the inside. This was likely because Escape Plan Nashville chose to create an airplane set and airplanes are a lot longer than they are wide, thus playing to the dimensions of the trailer.

Second, the private plane set looked good and felt comfortable. (Those seats were a beautiful thing in our 14th and final game of the weekend). Mayday Adventure came complete with overhead bins and a flight attendant cart.

In-game: The cabin of a private jet with overhead compartments, open windows, and large comfortable leather seats.

Gameplay

We began Mayday Adventure restrained in phenomenally comfortable seats with locked seatbelts. (There was an easy emergency release).

From there it was a normal escape room in a smaller space (but honestly it was larger than some of the games we’ve played in Manhattan). If we had been blindfolded and brought into the gamespace without any context, I don’t think we would have had any idea that we were in a mobile escape room trailer.

In-game: An airplane service cart with beverages and cups on top.

Standouts

We loved the initial set up: We already had the treasure and we were flying home with it. This was a smart twist on the heist/ treasure hunt escape room theme.

The puzzle variety in Mayday Adventure enabled group solves. Escape Plan Nashville added complexity to standard sequences in such a way that more people could enjoy the challenge and have ah-ha moments. The puzzling was inclusive, without being rudimentary.

A mid-game sequence shocked and surprised even when we knew it was coming.

The trailer-as-airplane made sense. The gamespace was naturally long and narrow. With bare white walls, it felt surprisingly spacious. Furthermore, Escape Plan Nashville eliminated any remnants of “trailer” by constructing curved walls and airplane windows. Our private jet felt pretty luxurious.

Shortcomings

After the thoughtful cabin design, the cockpit felt bare and lackluster. We’d been anticipating the new gamespace and the emptiness didn’t pay off the anticipation or escalate the intensity of the experience.

We encountered a number of red herrings in Mayday Adventure. In one instance we received a collection of props, but ultimately only one of them mattered, without any clear indication of why the others weren’t relevant. The rest of the collection turned into a massive red herring. Escape Plan Nashville could strip out or simplify some of the extraneous materials and add complexity elsewhere.

Tips for Visiting

  • You need space for the trailer to park.
  • See their website for minimum purchase information and travel distance parameters.

Book your hour with Escape Plan Nashville’s Mayday Adventure, and tell them that the Room Escape Artist sent you.

The next Room Escape Conference is taking place in Nashville, TN from July 27-29, 2018. The conference organizers sponsored our trip to Nashville, Murfreesboro, and Franklin to play this game and others in the region. We strive to help conference attendees visit the room escapes that are best for them.

(If you purchase via our Amazon links, you will help support Room Escape Artist as we will receive a very small percentage of the sale.)

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