Brainstorm Escape Games – Area 51 [Review]

We come in pieces.

Location: Norcross, GA

Date Played: March 23, 2018

Team size: up to 10; we recommend 2-4

Duration: 60 minutes

Price: $28 per ticket

Ticketing: Public

REA Reaction

Area 51 was a standard escape room. The set wasn’t particularly interesting, but one interaction notwithstanding, the gameplay worked pretty well. Newbies might be in for a surprise.

If you’re a local looking to try out escape rooms, this would be a good place to start.

In-game: a cabinet marked with red danger tape and labeled, "Area 51 Restricted Area."

Who is this for?

  • Sci-fi fans
  • Best for beginners

Why play?

  • A few fun interactions

Story

The government needed more human body parts to create a human-alien hybrid species. We, however, preferred keeping our parts attached to our bodies.

In-game: A close up of the old Westinghouse logo.

Setting

Brainstorm Escape Games created an office-lab hybrid set. It was mostly office with a touch of lab.

Part of the game was supposed to be in low light. We played the whole thing in low light because mistakes were made. (We still set the record.)

Gameplay

Brainstorm Escape Games’ Area 51 was a standard escape room with a moderate level of difficulty.

Core gameplay revolved around observing and making connections.

Analysis

Area 51 included a few nifty prop-based interactions. These were fun solves.

– However, many of these didn’t make a ton of sense in either an office or a lab.

– There were also numerous specific “do not touch” signs, especially in one area of the set. It seemed like a great opportunity to simply build something that could be interacted with… or that we couldn’t reach and harm.

– Once prop lacked consistency. Neither the clue structure nor the construction attempted to mitigate this issue. It was incredibly frustrating to use and unpleasant to work through.

+ One we got our bearings, we enjoyed a more challenging layered puzzle.

Tips for Visiting

  • Parking: There is parking out front.

Book your hour with Brainstorm Escape Games’ Area 51, and tell them that the Room Escape Artist sent you.

Disclosure: Brainstorm Escape Games provided media discounted tickets for this game.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.