Update 9/14/21: If you enjoy Galaxy Quest, we hope you’ll check out our interview with creator Brian Corbitt on The Reality Escape Pod.
[At the time of this review, this game was called Flight of the Pandorus.]
Our first ever re-review.
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Date Played: August 24, 2018
Team size: 2-6; we recommend 4-5
Duration: 60 minutes
Price: from starting at $40 per ticket for 2 players, to starting at $26.66 per ticket for 6 players
We weren’t planning to replay Pandorus. After hearing that it was essentially a different game within the same set that we knew and loved, however, we decided to give it another shot… and we were glad that we did. The new Pandorus was a significant improvement over its predecessor.
The basic information for this game exists in our previous review. In this re-review, we address the improvements, as well as some new areas to potentially refine.
The bottom-line: Pandorus went from a good game to one of the strongest games that we’ve seen in 60 Out’s substantial collection of games in Los Angeles.
Who is this for?
- Puzzle lovers
- Scenery snobs
- Sci-fi fans
- Any experience level
- Players who don’t need to be a part of every puzzle
- A brilliant sci-fi set cobbled together from unlikely and recycled components
- Memorable sci-fi interactions
+ We still loved the unique aesthetic of Pandorus. This time around, the game had been modified such that we always knew what was set dressing and what was an active set piece.
+ Gone were the repetitious activities from the previous game. There was one larger process puzzle, but it was brilliantly designed and didn’t stick around long enough to grow old.
+ We had been a little perturbed last go around when we had unwittingly made a moral decision. 60 Out had cleared that up. Now we clearly understood our options.
– We encountered muddy audio. The various aspects of the soundscape clashed. This was particularly challenging when we received hints.
+ The tiny hint robot was adorable and strangely compelling.
– The diminutive droid’s scale was off for the room; it was easy to forget about him. This was a problem because talking with the robot was integral to both the gameplay and the humor of Pandorus.
+/- 60 Out kept the best puzzle from the earlier version. We were thrilled to hang back and watch our teammates solve this one. Watching with another year’s worth of experience, however, we realized that this puzzle could have benefitted from some visual feedback.
Tips for Visiting
- If you’ve already played Pandorus in an earlier version, it is now different enough that you can play it again. Bring some teammates who haven’t played the earlier iteration so that they can solve the 2 or 3 puzzles that reappear.
- There is a parking lot around back.
Book your hour with 60 Out’s Flight of the Pandorus, and tell them that the Room Escape Artist sent you.
Disclosure: 60 Out comped our tickets for this game.
This is a non-sequitor, but if (and only if) you’ve been keeping up with Errol’s comic you should reach out to him. He’s had a bit of a trauma. (Today’s comic explains it better than I can.)
I checked in on him, and he’s hanging in. He appreciates the support in this trying time.
Barely hanging in there.
Allo Paul and David!