Murfreesboro Escape Rooms – The Blind Pig [Review]

The pig may have been blind, but the designer sure wasn’t.

Location: Murfreesboro, TN

Date Played: February 10, 2018

Team size: up to 5; we recommend 3-4

Duration: 60 minutes

Price: $24 per ticket

REA Reaction

The Blind Pig came together spectacularly. The, puzzles, interactions, and reveals made it a ton of fun. While we’ve played plenty of escape rooms with more impressive sets, puzzles, and technology, few escape rooms have felt as satisfying to play through as The Blind Pig. 

Who is this for?

  • Puzzle lovers
  • Scenery snobs
  • Contraband contrarians
  • Players with at least some experience
  • Players who don’t mind tight spaces

Why play?

  • The set
  • The puzzles
  • The excitement

Story

Prohibition had returned and many recreational substances had been outlawed. A speakeasy of sorts known as The Blind Pig could help us get what we needed, but with the police on our tails we had little time to complete the task.

In-game: a boarded up business with a sign out front that says,

Setting

The Blind Pig let us loose in a narrow alleyway between a few different businesses. It looked convincing. It was filled with interesting details and interactions.

In-game: a newspaper vending machine beside a boarded up business' door.

Gameplay

The Blind Pig’s gameplay felt like a traditional escape room with plenty to discover and puzzle through in fairly equal proportions.

Additionally, Murfreesboro Escape Rooms made great use of technology to produce unexpected interactions.

In-game: a flower box outside of a business.

Standouts

The Blind Pig was playful despite a more intense theme. From the set, to the interactions, to the puzzles, it was a lot of fun to move through this escape room.

The varied puzzles solved tangibly, but differently from one another. Murfreesboro Escape Rooms combined pure physicality with tech-driven opens. In both cases, these were satisfying solves.

Although we uncovered written passages, these never felt burdensome. They added clue structure in the form of narrative. It worked. Furthermore, the reading material was tangible and durable.

Murfreesboro Escape Rooms concealed a lot of secrets in and around this speakeasy. From its opening moments through our triumphant exit, again and again, spaces were not as they had originally seemed.

We really enjoyed the set of The Blind Pig. This extended beyond its reveals to various tangible set pieces and props. It was a fun space to explore.

Shortcomings

Although on the outside the set was polished, as we unlocked spaces, we didn’t always find the same refinement inside… and some of these interior spaces would have benefitted from additional fit and finish.

In the second act, the puzzles didn’t flow as cleanly as they had earlier on. The locks seemed unconnected to the puzzles and we couldn’t rely on proximity to determine where to enter a solution. Additional lock-to-puzzle cluing would improve the late game puzzle flow.

The Blind Pig felt crowded, especially around some of the opens. With five adults in the space, we were continually stepping on one another other or maneuvering around each other and whatever set piece was in play.

Tips for Visiting

  • There is parking out front.
  • We enjoyed the muffins (and other delicacies) at Mimi’s Cafe.

Book your hour with Murfreesboro Escape Rooms’ The Blind Pig, 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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