Locked Adventures – The Curse of KV62 [Review]

Fine tombing

Location:  San Marcos, CA

Date Played: March 6, 2022

Team Size: 2-8; we recommend 2-4

Duration: 60 minutes

Price: $37 per player

Ticketing: Private

Emergency Exit Rating: [A+] No Lock

Physical Restraints: [A+] No Physical Restraints

REA Reaction

The Curse of KV62 checked all the boxes I look for in a newbie-friendly Egyptian tomb-themed escape room.

The set was attractive, with some nice reveals along the way. The puzzles were fun and approachable, full of large, chunky interactions. A light immersive introduction and an in-character hint system added bits of story.

If this were one of your first escape rooms, I think it would be quite likely that you’d be excited to play another.

An Egyptian tomb with a sarcophagus bearing a glowing blue ankh.

The Curse of KV62 also marked a turning point for Locked Adventures, a step up from their previous rooms with more tech, zero traditional padlocks, and a more robust set.

For enthusiasts, V (review) was undoubtedly the standout at Locked Adventures. But if you have some extra time, are newer to escape rooms, or aren’t too tired of Egyptian themes, The Curse of KV62 would be a solid addition to your itinerary.

Who is this for?

  • Puzzle lovers
  • Scenery snobs
  • Newbies

Why play?

  • Beginner-friendly gameplay
  • A classic take on an Egyptian tomb theme

Story

While exploring King Tut’s tomb, we accidentally triggered the Pharaoh’s curse and were sealed in. We had to find a way to break the curse in order to escape.

An Egyptian tomb with wall art of Anubis, and a sarcophagus.

Setting

The Curse of KV62 was set in a classic Egyptian tomb, filled with hieroglyphs, relief carvings, and sarcophagi.

Gameplay

Locked Adventures’ The Curse of KV62 was a standard escape room with a low-to-moderate level of difficulty.

Core gameplay revolved around puzzling and making connections.

Analysis

➕ The game started with an introduction from a quirky character who set a delightful tone and guided us into the story and physical space. We could tell our gamemaster was having fun, and we were quick to match her energy.

➕ The Curse of KV62 had an attractive set with reliable tech-driven input mechanisms and no standard padlocks.

➕ The puzzles in The Curse of KV62 were fun and flowed well.

➖ Though almost everything in the room was well maintained, a slidey prop showed significant wear and was difficult to read.

➖ While the game didn’t involve any translation tasks, there was still an overloading of symbols. Seeing the same hieroglyphs in multiple places, both on puzzle-related props and in the general room decor, didn’t outright break any puzzles, but did yield some slight accidental red herrings.

➕ We enjoyed interacting with the pharaoh’s ghost as a guide and hint system. This was a fun character who we would have enjoyed seeing even more of in the room.

➕ We exited the room in style. Though the exact interaction didn’t quite make narrative sense looking back, it felt right in the moment.

Tips For Visiting

  • There was a parking lot.

Book your hour with Locked Adventures’ The Curse of KV62, and tell them that the Room Escape Artist sent you.

Disclosure: Locked Adventures comped our tickets for this game.

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