Location: Austin, Texas
Date Played: February 2, 2019
Team size: up to 12; we recommend 4-5
Duration: 60 minutes
Price: $39.95 per player
Emergency Exit Rating: [A] Push To Exit
Physical Restraints: [A+] No Physical Restraints
Mindspark Escape Games can build phenomenal sets and amazing moments.
The first half of The Terminal was exciting and fresh, with an aesthetic that felt as cool to play within as it looked.
In the second half, however, The Terminal chugged along slowly. The set was uninspired, the gameplay dragged, and the conclusion was unsatisfying.
The rails are laid. With a few changes, Mindspark Escape Games could easily turn this train around.
Although the wow factor wasn’t sustained and the gameplay became tedious and cumbersome, we recommend The Terminal for players in Austin who are interested in sets, engineering, and thrills. That first half was quite a ride.
Who is this for?
- Adventure seekers
- Scenery snobs
- Any experience level
- The train car. Wow.
- Memorable moments.
Our subway car had abruptly derailed and crashed into an abandoned station. As we searched for a way out, we happened upon evidence of a global criminal conspiracy.
Terminal opened up big, with a detailed rundown subway car that looked and felt fantastic (except for having more luggage than one would expect to find in a subway). This set was gorgeous and memorable.
Unfortunately, the late-game set, which was where we spent a lot of our time, was a significant step down from the initial amazingness that Mindspark Escape Games introduced us to. We entered through greatness, and concluded in a generic, nondescript basement-like space.
Mindspark Escape Games’ Terminal was a standard escape room with a moderate level of difficulty.
Core gameplay revolved around observing, making connections, puzzling, and parsing clues from red herrings.
➕ Our escape room started aboard a moving train. It looked great. We felt like we were on an adventure. It was outstanding.
➕ Mindspark Escape Games knows how to deliver epic moments. The train wasn’t the only memorable reveal in Terminal.
➕ We enjoyed many of the puzzles in the first half of Terminal. These puzzles used the space and props in interesting ways.
➖ The gameplay derailed in the second half of the experience. The puzzles were tedious. One puzzle required extensive calculation with no methods for self-check along the way. We ended up repeatedly calculating each part to find minor errors long after we’d solved the conceptual puzzle. Another puzzle was only partially clued.
➖ The later half of Terminal was riddled with red herrings. As experienced players, we mostly avoided these, but newer players will be lost in a sea of information with no way to determine what’s relevant.
➖ Why did we happen upon evidence of a global criminal conspiracy… in a little back room full of wall scrawling and papers? Why couldn’t we have puzzled through an adventure aboard the train or in the spacious and interesting train station?
➖ Terminal lacked a climactic ending. In fact, it lacked an ending all together. Nothing opened, revealed, or otherwise changed to signal that we’d won this game.
Tips For Visiting
- There is a parking lot.
- Let your gamemaster know if you struggle with motion or have balance issues.
Book your hour with Mindspark Escape Games’ Terminal, and tell them that the Room Escape Artist sent you.
Disclosure: Mindspark Escape Games comped our tickets for this game.