The Detective’s Office is a Real-life escape room livestreamed and played through an avatar created by Mystery Mansion Regina in Regina, Canada.
Style of Play: real-life escape room livestreamed and played through an avatar
Required Equipment: computer with an internet connection; pen and paper were helpful
Recommended Team Size: 2-4
Play Time: about an hour
Price: $21 CAD per ticket
This is a standard avatar adaptation of a live escape room, which includes a first-person live view of the room, a separate webpage for keeping track of your inventory, and interactive views of the room.
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Cara Mandel’s Reaction
The Detective’s Office provided a solidly entertaining escape room experience. Though fairly traditional in format, it was adapted nicely to its online medium. The gamemaster was incredibly friendly (shout out to Canadians!) and the puzzles were intuitive and flowed nicely. I’m eager to hear about Mystery Mansion Regina’s future offerings and would recommend this to beginner/ intermediate level players or families looking for a group experience. It’s family-friendly fun!
If you’re eager for a classic escape room fix, then The Detective’s Office is for you. Our friendly gamemaster functioned in character as our eyes and ears while we scoured a standard office setting for clues. The game’s easy-to-use interface allowed us to get a closer look at both the room and the individual puzzles. The gameplay ended with a bit of a cliffhanger, and I’m eager to see how Mystery Mansion Regina continues to develop the story in future rooms.
Both beginners and experienced players can take something away from this game, so if you have people in your life wanting to join you in an escape room, check this one out.
Sarah Mendez’s Reaction
From a purely online perspective, this game certainly offers the prerequisite mix of a smooth online interface, a personable avatar, and thoughtful puzzle adaptations for online play. However, the actual bones of the game – the theme, set, story, and puzzle offering – are solidly average. As a result, I have lukewarm feelings about this particular experience. However, I am actually eager to explore the company’s other virtual options because this game at least demonstrates that they can execute an online adaptation well. And, although I wouldn’t recommend this room as a top-tier experience, it is still a solid choice for any time you want to play with cross-country friends or lack in-person options.