We were booked to travel to Los Angeles back in mid-March… before the apocalypse shut everything down.
Level Games’ The Menagerie was on our list of top games to play on that trip.
We have generally avoided playing escape rooms in avatar mode if we thought that we would play them in real life eventually. When we learned that Level Games was closing, however, we booked The Menagerie immediately.
Should I play Level Games’ The Menagerie?
Let’s get this out of the way: yes. Yes, you should play The Menagerie while you can. It is only open for a few more weeks before the company closes completely.
Why should I play Level Games’ The Menagerie?
As an avatar game streamed through Zoom:
- The streaming and avatar character were narratively a part of the game.
- It managed inventory better than most.
- The puzzles played particularly well through the camera.
- The unusual structure of The Menagerie lent itself to interesting online play.
Beyond all of the mechanical elegance of The Menagerie, the biggest factor for me was how much fun I had while simultaneously wishing that I had had the opportunity to experience this game in real life.
In the end, I am honestly glad that I got to play it at all, in any form. This is a game and a company that will be missed.