Locked: Escape Game Murfreesboro – Murfree’s Manor [Review]

Grandma’s got a cool clock.

Location: Murfreesboro, TN

Date Played: July 26, 2018

Team size: 4-#; we recommend 4-6

Duration: 60 minutes

Price: $28 per ticket

Ticketing: Private

REA Reaction

Locked: Escape Game Murfreesboro stepped it up in their latest creation, Murfree’s Manor. This puzzle-centric company leaned into their strengths and produced a wonderful collection of themed mental challenges in an environment that truly captured the vibe of a Midwestern grandmother’s home. They snuck in a few surprises that added drama to an otherwise low-key theme.

If you’re anywhere nearby and love a strong puzzle game, give Murfree’s Manor a shot.

In-game: A view through a dark wood passthrough with pink walls into an old living room.

Who is this for?

  • Puzzle lovers
  • Players with at least some experience
  • Players who don’t need to be a part of every puzzle

Why play?

  • A strikingly believable set
  • Strong puzzle-centric design
  • The clock

Story

In-game: The front door of a home and a flier for an estate sale.

Setting

Murfree’s Manor looked convincingly like a midwestern grandma’s home. The furniture, woodwork, and color palette were decades out of date. It all came together in one homey and buyable package.

Murfree’s Manor nailed the aesthetic that it needed to pull off this theme and hid quite a bit of detail that honestly surprised us.

In-game: An old kitchen and dinette. The refrigerator has letter magnets arranged as "REA."

Gameplay

Locked: Escape Game Murfreesboro’s Murfree’s Manor was a standard escape room with a moderate level of difficulty.

Core gameplay revolved around searching, making connections, and puzzling.

In-game: an old record player beside a strange and ornate wooden grandfather clock.

Analysis

Murfree’s Manor nailed the grandma aesthetic with the decor.

+ That grandfather clock. It continued to impress us throughout the escape game.

+ The gamespace felt much larger than it was. Considering the layout and the distinctly decorated rooms, Murfree’s Manor felt far more expansive than it should have given the square footage.

– There was a backstory, but the story didn’t have much bearing on the puzzles or gameplay. It also didn’t make a ton of sense as a premise for the experience.

+ Locked: Escape Game Murfreesboro created some honestly challenging puzzles out of simple cupboard odds and ends.

– We encountered a number of combination locks with similar digit structures. We recommend additional cluing between locks and puzzles so that players don’t have to run all over the house trying combinations.

– We played Murfree’s Manor before it was officially open, but one reveal was already wearing poorly.

+ The layered final puzzle sequence was varied, tangible, and exciting. It was a fantastic conclusion.

Tips for Visiting

  • There is parking out front.
  • We enjoyed the muffins (and other delicacies) at Mimi’s Cafe.
  • To fully enjoy Murfree’s Manor, you need to be comfortable climbing stairs with an irregular rise. As long as a couple of teammates can climb the stairs, you’ll be able to play.

Book your hour with Locked: Escape Game Murfreesboro’s Murfree’s Manor, and tell them that the Room Escape Artist sent you.

Disclosure: Locked: Escape Game Murfreesboro comped our tickets for this game.

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