Trapped Puzzle Rooms – Eternity Battle: A Super Sequel [Review]

What a gem!

Location: Minneapolis, MN

Date Played: May 30, 2022

Team Size: 1-8; we recommend 2-4

Duration: 75 minutes

Price: $34.99 per player for 1-2 players to $25.99 per player for 6+ players

Ticketing: Private

Emergency Exit Rating: [A+] No Lock

Physical Restraints: [A+] No Physical Restraints

REA Reaction

Eternity Battle: A Super Sequel was a puzzle-filled superhero adventure into a supervillain’s lair.

The puzzles in Eternity Battle: A Super Sequel were an absolute blast. Most puzzles had multiple steps and layers, leading to tons of mental and visual ahas. Eternity Battle: A Super Sequel had a lower number of distinct puzzles than some of Trapped Puzzle Rooms’ other rooms, but this density made for a more concentrated, highly dynamic 75-minute game.

Eternity Battle: A Super Sequel also looked great. A range of textures and vibrant colors evoked a comic book superhero vibe. The set was amongst the most attractive that Trapped Puzzle Rooms has created yet, outpaced only by Witchcraft Alley.

Though Eternity Battle: A Super Sequel had a clear final objective, much of the gameplay felt like a sequence of thematic but otherwise unconnected puzzles. The puzzles were fantastic and flowed well. There was some intermediate sub-theming around certain superpowers. Yet a clearer narrative throughline could have provided players with a more immediate sense of purpose and progression throughout.

A large box labeled "One Million Tons" atop rubble.

Eternity Battle: A Super Sequel is one of the top games at Trapped Puzzle Rooms and in the Twin Cities as a whole. Along with Witchcraft Alley, Eternity Battle represents a noteworthy evolution for Trapped in set design, tech, and puzzle creativity, as well as a loving tribute to a particular fandom. If you are in the Twin Cities and love puzzles, I highly recommend checking out Eternity Battle: A Super Sequel.

Who is this for?

  • Puzzle lovers
  • Scenery snobs
  • Any experience level
  • Superhero and comics fans

Why play?

  • The puzzles
  • The superpowers

Story

A supervillain had wiped out half of the universe. If we wanted to bring everyone back, we’d have to infiltrate the Supervillain’s Lair and find all the Eternity Gems.

A computer with a strange interface in a damaged room.

Setting

Eternity Battle: A Super Sequel was hidden away in a supervillain’s lair. The set looked like a comic book come to life, with bold, bright colors and cartoonish detailing. With piles of debris on the periphery and a layer of soot and rust covering many surfaces, this lair was visibly the testing ground for various nefarious plots.

An elaborately painted Nerf gun.

Gameplay

Trapped Puzzle Rooms’ Eternity Battle: A Super Sequel was a standard escape room with a moderate level of difficulty.

Core gameplay revolved around solving puzzles, making connections, and searching.

Analysis

➕ The puzzles in Eternity Battle: A Super Sequel were fun and clever. They employed a variety of puzzle mechanics, including some light puzzle hunt tropes. That’s not to say that the game felt like a sit-down puzzle hunt — the puzzles included plenty of tactile components and creative physical inputs.

➕ The set combined the feeling of a supervillain’s scrapyard-esque lair with a level of detail and intentionality.

➕/➖ One superpower led us to discover a new layer of details. This was a thoughtful stationary use of a certain effect. However, the writing was worn and hard to read in a few parts.

➕/➖ One puzzle had a fun solution path and an elegant reveal, but it was a bit too difficult to distinguish between certain sounds.

➕ A hands-on puzzle was satisfying both to assemble and disassemble.

➖ Certain interactions could have been more impactful had there been a clearer narrative throughout the game. They were still great as puzzles but lacked a compelling “why.”

➕ The finale included an appropriately oversized and highly attractive hands-on interaction.

Tips For Visiting

  • There was a parking lot across the street and metered street parking nearby.
  • There are two versions of the room: beginner’s difficulty and standard difficulty.
  • Eternity Battle: A Super Sequel is located at the North Loop (Minneapolis) location.
  • Despite the “sequel” in the game’s title, no knowledge of any previous rooms was required or useful. Eternity Battle: A Super Sequel had a completely self-standing story.

Book your 75 minutes with Trapped Puzzle Rooms’ Eternity Battle, and tell them that the Room Escape Artist sent you.

Disclosure: Trapped Puzzle Rooms comped our tickets for this game.

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