Professor Puzzle – Escape from the Mall [Review]

🎶 Let’s go to the mall! Today. 🎶

Location:  at home

Date Played: December 20, 2020

Team size: 1-4; we recommend 1-2

Duration: 45 minutes

Price: about $13

REA Reaction

Escape from the Mall was the most straightforward installment of this series from Professor Puzzle.

From a conceptual and narrative standpoint, it was the most original and fun installment of the Quick-Fire Escape Rooms. We approached it first because it looked thematically most interesting.

Escape From the Mall purple, 80s box art.

That said, as a puzzle game, it was the most generic of the Quick-Fire Escape Rooms. The puzzle types were familiar to us, and will likely even be familiar to less experienced puzzlers. That’s not to say they were bad; we enjoyed them well enough, even if we weren’t surprised by any of them.

I’d recommend playing Escape from the Mall if you’ve already played and enjoyed Escape from the Casino of Chaos, or you want something a little more predictable.

Series Overview

This review only covers details specific to this individual Professor Puzzle Quick-Fire Escape Room.

For a detailed explanation of the concept and mechanics, and a general analysis of the entire product line, check out our Professor Puzzle Quick-Fire Escape Room Overview.

Story

We puzzled through our 80s teenage rebellion by hiding in the mall until after it had closed. The problem wasn’t getting in; it was getting back out.

The Mall puzzle envelops featuring an arcade, multiplex, toy store, record store, mall map, and exit.

Analysis

➕ The story was unique, creative, and fun.

➕/➖ The puzzles were well-constructed… even if they weren’t even remotely unusual.

➖ One puzzle felt like it benefitted a little too much from pop-cultural outside knowledge.

➕ The writing was amusing, and everything felt well-themed.

The mall map open.

Buy your copy of Professor Puzzle’s Escape from the Mall, and tell them that the Room Escape Artist sent you.

Disclosure: Professor Puzzle provided a sample for review.

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