Clue Carré – The Voodoo Cemetery [Review]

In loving memory of a National Treasure

Location:  New Orleans, LA

Date Played: November 13, 2022

Team size: up to 6; we recommend 2-4

Duration: 60 minutes

Price: $32 per player

Ticketing: Private

Emergency Exit Rating: [A+] No Lock

Physical Restraints: [A+] No Physical Restraints

REA Reaction

Clue Carré has continually leveled up their experiences over the years, building more immersive scenarios with each new game.

Their newest experience, The Voodoo Cemetery, demonstrated enhanced attention to set design and interactions. The brick and stucco facades and the wood paneling made this game space feel far removed from the building with drop ceilings that housed it.

Clue Carré has continued to work their puzzles into their sets, creating fun interactions. To this end, The Voodoo Cemetery had a strong opening puzzle, and multiple props that we relocated within the set, triggering solves.

Although some drawn out translation and deciphering became tedious, for the most part, the gameplay flowed well.

A cemetery beside an old, weathered, brick church. A large headstone seems broken into many pieces.
Image via Clue Carré

If you’re looking for a locally themed escapes room in New Orleans, The Voodoo Cemetery will not disappoint. And it marks the continued growth of Clue Carré, a company that improves with each new experience that they deliver.

Who is this for?

  • Puzzle lovers
  • Scenery snobs
  • Fans of Voodoo stories
  • Any experience level

Why play?

  • Fun, tangible puzzles
  • Local theming

Story

We’d angered the spirit of Marie Laveau by stealing her love potion. Now we were tormented by voices led that had led us to her final resting place. We’d need to end Marie’s Voodoo curse, to quiet the voices.

Setting

The Voodoo Cemetery looked good with its facade of brick and stucco, accented with greenery.

Although the footprint of the game was small, Clue Carré had divided it into different spaces, each with their own feel, which made it seem larger than it was.

An old, weathered brick mausoleum.
Image via Clue Carré

Gameplay

Clue Carré’s The Voodoo Cemetery was a standard escape room with a moderate level of difficulty.

Core gameplay revolved around searching, observing, making connections, and solving puzzles. Be ready for deciphering.

Analysis

➕ The set looked great. Clue Carré has leveled up their set design over the years. Even through we were under a drop ceiling, our eyes were drawn to the brick walls. Furthermore, the puzzles led us to traverse the space throughout the game, making a small space feel much bigger than it was.

➖ In one area of the set, we questioned whether we should disrupt the decor. This could be remedied by affixing this more strongly, or incorporating it into gameplay in a clearly clued (and not a searching free for all) way.

➕ The opening puzzle applied a recognizable puzzle type in a thematic and tangible way. It was fun to solve.

❓ The inclusion of augmented reality didn’t add to our experience. It worked well, but we prefer to interact with escape room sets and puzzles without the hinderance of additional lenses. That said, if you haven’t seen this before, it’s probably nifty.

➖ One puzzle required excessive deciphering and translation. It wasn’t especially challenging, but it caused a bit of a bottleneck for those looking on.

➕ We enjoyed a pop culture reference. It was especially satisfying to solve outside knowledge, but also fairly clued within the game.

➕/➖ Our favorite puzzle slid into a nifty visual aha. That said, the interaction wasn’t intuitive; it could use minor tweaking.

➕ The story was compelling… and a bit dark. It was locally themed and character-driven… in a way that lended itself to an unusual concluding sequence.

Tips For Visiting

  • There is metered street parking, and in the event a metered spot is not available there are some pay lots in the area.
  • Pythian Market is a great place to get a bite to eat as a group after your game.

Book your hour with Clue Carré’s The Voodoo Cemetery, and tell them that the Room Escape Artist sent you.

Disclosure: Clue Carré comped our tickets for this game.

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