Escape Experience Nashville – Vaccine [Review]

Kitchen chemistry.

Location: Nashville, TN

Date Played: February 11, 2018

Team size: up to 8; we recommend 3-6

Duration: 60 minutes

Price: $28 per ticket

REA Reaction

Vaccine was an intense, apocalyptic puzzle game. But for some fit and finish issues, we enjoyed it. We recommend this to puzzle-focused players intrigued by the adrenaline rush of light horror.

Who is this for?

  • Zombie apocalypse preppers
  • Adventure seekers
  • Puzzle lovers
  • Players comfortable with light horror… we would not have enjoyed this as children.
  • Players with at least a little agility. Everyone needs to crawl briefly.
  • Any experience level

Why play?

  • The puzzles
  • The intense atmosphere
  • The tangibility

Story

While wandering through a post-apocalyptic world where 90% of the population has been infected by a plague, we were lured to an abandoned home by a looping radio transmission promising food, shelter, and the cure to the virus.

In-game: A rundown kitchen with boarded up windows.

Setting

We entered a long-abandoned home. It looked ruggedly compelling as we explored the rundown kitchen.

As the game unraveled we explored other areas of the home in search of the fabled cure.

In-game: a rundown kitchen with an old stove and refrigerator locked shut with a chain and padlock.

Gameplay

Vaccine was a standard escape room with searching and puzzling in fairly equal proportions.

What set this escape room apart was the grim and intense theme. While it was no haunted house, the easily frightened might want to consider a different escape game.

In-game: a kitchen table with a gas mask resting atop.

Standouts

Vaccine excelled at transitions. These were innovative and fun.

Vaccine included thematically appropriate, larger interactive solves. We enjoyed these elements.

Escape Experience Nashville clued searching well. These reveals were exciting and didn’t feel random.

Escape Experience Nashville built some solid and detailed sets with fun effects.

Shortcomings

There was some inconsistency in the quality of the set design and construction. Parts of Vaccine looked and felt amazing, while other segments didn’t convey the same sense of drama.

Vaccine suffered from imprecise construction. Different friction points and misalignment put a damper on otherwise exciting interactions.

There was a puzzle that heavily rewarded locals while punishing tourists.

This is entirely pedantic… but vaccines and cures are not the same thing.

Tips for Visiting

  • Parking: If you aren’t parking at Music City Center for a conference, we recommend the lot under the Metro Courthouse (accessible from Gay Street and from James Robertson Parkway) or the Nashville Public Library Garage (on Church Street between 6th and 7th Avenues).
  • Food: Demo’s Restaurant and Puckett’s

Book your hour with Escape Experience Nashville’s Vaccine, 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.

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