Conundrum Escape Rooms – Dead Man’s Secret [Review]

Au wow! My long-lost uncle had a lot of money.

Location:  Lakewood, CO

Date Played: September 8, 2019

Team size: 2-6; we recommend 4

Duration: 60 minutes

Price: from $80 per team for teams of 2 to $150 per team for teams of 6

Ticketing: Private

Emergency Exit Rating: [A+] No Lock [A]

Physical Restraints: [A+] No Physical Restraints

REA Reaction

Dead Man’s Secret was a strong execution of a traditional escape room.

From the setting, to the setup, to the puzzle types, to the level of difficulty, everything about this game felt like an old-school escape room… except for the generally refined execution.

In-game: Wide shot of a posh office.

While Dead Man’s Secret didn’t have any mind-blowing moments for an experienced player, it nailed and elevated traditional escape room gameplay. If that sounds like your idea of a good time, then you should book it.

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?

  • Strong puzzle play
  • An elegant, yet basic set
  • A smart twist

Story

Reclusive billionaire Conan Drum had passed away with a strange will that made one simple statement: his fortune would belong to the person or people who could figure out how he’d made it.

In-game: A rolltop desk in a very luxurious leather walled office.

Setting

Dead Man’s Secret was set in a study. This set had a lot more personality than we’re accustomed to seeing in office-based escape games. It wasn’t a massively exciting environment, but it served the game well.

In-game: Closeup of leather adornments riveted to the wall.

Gameplay

Conundrum Escape Rooms’ Dead Man’s Secret was a standard escape room with a high level of difficulty.

Core gameplay revolved around searching and puzzling.

Analysis

➕ The set was artfully designed. Although it was basic, it was more interesting than many study-themed escape rooms. It looked good.

➕ The puzzles were challenging, satisfying solves. One in particular had us rolling the wrong direction for a bit before the exciting “aha.”

➖ Dead Man’s Secret felt crowded. The space was small and there was a lot to find and solve. We were continually moving puzzle pieces around the space, trying to figure out where to collect items and then solve things.

➖ One puzzle broke the illusion. If we misstepped, Conundrum Escape Rooms could step in – almost invisibly – and reset so that we could continue. Although the gameplay could continue uninterrupted, it didn’t make sense.

➕ The culminating sequence of puzzles was exciting to solve. We enjoyed interacting with the set and props. 

➕ We enjoyed Conundrum Escape Rooms’ twist on the “dead relative’s fortune” theme. It gave them an opportunity to take the second act of this escape room in another direction, which was surprising and enjoyable. The narrative made sense and the gameplay was justified.

Tips For Visiting

  • There is a parking lot.
  • This game is at the Lakewood location.

Book your hour with Conundrum Escape Rooms’ Dead Man’s Secret, and tell them that the Room Escape Artist sent you.

Disclosure: Conundrum Escape Rooms 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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