Golden Puzzle Room – The Lighthouse [Review]

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Location:  Lakewood, CO

Date Played: September 8, 2019

Team size: up to 6; we recommend 4-5

Duration: 60 minutes

Price:  A 1 or 2-person team is $54. Additional players are $27 each.

Ticketing: Private

Emergency Exit Rating: [A+] No Lock

Physical Restraints: [A+] No Physical Restraints

REA Reaction

The Lighthouse was a solid, traditional escape room. The set was simple but scenic, and the puzzles worked well.

Our biggest gripe with the experience was that it lacked energy. Golden Puzzle Room could transform this game into something considerably more special if they added a little more drama to the experience.

In-game: An old Tandy computre in front of a large window with a ocean view.

If you’re in the area, The Lighthouse is a solid old-school game that can scratch your escape room itch.

If you have younger children, we especially recommend checking out Golden Puzzle Room because they are one of the few companies that has games designed specifically for the age group.

Who is this for?

  • Puzzle lovers
  • Lighthouse aficionados
  • Any experience level

Why play?

  • The late game interactions
  • ASCII art!

Story

Stranded in an abandoned lighthouse in the 1980s with a wrecked boat, we needed to get the lighthouse up and running to signal for help.

In-game: closeup of a lighthouse model with a #3 on it.

Setting

The Lighthouse opened in a homey study-like environment. The most special item in this space was an old Tandy computer… which was used to good effect.

The set wasn’t particularly enticing, but there was one nifty set piece in the second act… I just wish that it did more.

In-game: A quaint roob with a chair, fireplace, and lighthouse statues.

Gameplay

Golden Puzzle Room’s The Lighthouse was a standard escape room with a moderate level of difficulty.

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

Analysis

➕ Golden Puzzle Room designed scenery to portray the view out the lighthouse. This enhanced the experience.

➕ We loved the ASCII lighthouse art. It was a fun and unusual touch that gave this escape room character.

➖ Although the puzzles solved cleanly, they suffered from a lack of gating and digit structure variety. With so many open puzzles, we spent our time on items that couldn’t be solved yet. When we solved something we’d try to input a solution into many different possible locations. All this overlapping made it challenging to find and follow the thread of gameplay.

➕ The puzzles were generally sound. We especially loved the final puzzle. It was interactive and concluded the narrative.

➖ We felt like the story was missing a key final beat. Once we’d turned on the lighthouse, there was an obvious interaction that could have put a bow on the whole experience.

➖ Our playthrough felt one-note. The Lighthouse needed a memorable moment or two. It lacked energy.

Tips For Visiting

  • There is a parking lot.

Book your hour with Golden Puzzle Room’s The Lighthouse, and tell them that the Room Escape Artist sent you.

Disclosure: Golden Puzzle Room comped our tickets for this game.

Disclosure: Our trip to Denver was sponsored by the Denver escape room community. Contributions were anonymous.

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