Location: Nashville, TN
Date Played: July 25, 2018
Team size: 4-12; we recommend 5-7
Duration: 60 minutes
Price: $31.99 per ticket
Playground was a joyful escape room. The Escape Game captured the elementary school vibe with a bright and ever-so-slightly cartoonish take that made this relatable space entirely delightful to revisit (and one of the rare games to justify fluorescent tube lighting).
While the puzzling was at times chaotic, we could track our collective progress with a giant glowing report card, and the teamwork-centric gameplay kept us all engaged.
If you’re anywhere near Nashville or one of the other The Escape Game locations, Playground is absolutely worth visiting.
Who is this for?
- Kids & kids at heart
- Puzzle lovers
- Scenery snobs
- Any experience level
- Players who don’t need to be a part of every puzzle
- The playground
- From a puzzling standpoint, there was something for everyone
- It was joyful
It was the last day of 4th grade and the start of the annual Summer Kickoff Kickball Tournament. We were set to play against our rivals, the 5th graders. If we couldn’t complete all of our assignments before the start of the game, however, we would be forced to forfeit… and that was an unacceptable option.
Playground let us loose in an elementary school classroom and adjacent playground. Both segments struck a fantastic balance of realism and bright fantastic fiction. It looked almost realistic, but better, in a Hollywood sort of way.
It was a joyous environment. We all took a turn wandering away from the gameplay to simply enjoying the wonderful gamespace with childlike glee.
The Escape Game’s Playground was a standard escape room with a lower level of difficulty and a lot of content.
Core gameplay revolved around observing, dexterity, and puzzling.
+ From the moment we entered the gamespace, we felt like excited children on the last day of school. When the gamespace opened up to a playground, we were positively giddy as we explored the set.
+ The set felt overly bright, but authentically so: elementary school meets Disney.
+ This was one of the rare games where fluorescent lighting felt appropriate.
+ If we didn’t know our teammates, introductions were built in, and stayed right up on the wall… as they would all year in the classroom.
+ The storyline was both ridiculous and relatable. This escape room didn’t take itself seriously, in a good way.
+ The introductory video was hilarious.
+ We could track our progression through Playground with our report card. This gave us a pretty good sense of how much longer we’d be in class before we escaped to summer break.
– The subjects were a bit abstract and we often had no idea what subject any given puzzle belonged to. One in particular only revealed its true colors upon completion.
+ Playground included gamified dexterity challenges, which made sense on a playground.
+ Many of the puzzles required collaboration. These were some of our favorite challenges.
– When I graphed the data from this game, it became clear that one puzzle overstayed its welcome.
– Nobody wants to do math on the playground.
– One of the larger set pieces didn’t contribute to anything. It seemed like there should have been a puzzle climb.
? We opened up most of the gamespace pretty early in our playthrough. This immediately upped the group energy level. That said, it caused us some confusion as to where to focus our energy, even with the report card’s guidance.
+ The Escape Game created a sweet moment that filled us with a bit of unease, then cracked us up.
+ Throughout Playground, solves resolved to a variety of exciting reveals.
+ This was a low-stress escape room and a joyous experience.
Tips for Visiting
- Playground is at The Escape Game’s East Iris location.
- There is a parking lot nearby.
- Check out the map on the wall in the lobby.
- At least 2 players need to be able to step over, climb up, sit down, crawl… and generally play on a playground.
Book your hour with The Escape Game’s Playground, and tell them that the Room Escape Artist sent you.
Disclosure: The Escape Game comped our tickets for this game.