Eliviascape – The Longest Night [Review]

It was a dark & puzzley night

Location:  Québec City, Québec, Canada

Date Played: October 23, 2022

Team size: 2-6; we recommend 3-5

Duration: 60 minutes

Price: $31 per player

Ticketing: Private

Emergency Exit Rating: [A+] No Lock

Physical Restraints: [A+] No Physical Restraints

REA Reaction

The Longest Night was a standard escape room, but it excelled at something more basic escape rooms do not: environmental storytelling.

For the most part, it checked all the boxes: satisfying solves, good puzzle flow, thematic environment, and a few jump scares (that fit the setting).

That said, it never truly transported us beyond the office building in which it was constructed.

A very creepy doll covered in soot.

As we played, however, we came to understand the characters, their motives, and their plight. Eliviascape did this better than most standard, haunted escape rooms in office buildings do. With Abstraction, they would realize this more fully.

Play The Longest Night for a standard escape room in a creepy setting. It likely won’t wow you with anything inventive, but it will deliver a bit more depth than you may have expected… but be sure to play Abstraction. It is incredible.

Who is this for?

  • Story seekers
  • Puzzle lovers
  • Fans of horror (light horror, not terrifying horror)
  • Any experience level

Why play?

  • Strong puzzle design
  • The characters were compelling

Story

It was a dark and stormy night, and we’d taken shelter a nearby empty mansion. However, as we started exploring, we felt that maybe we weren’t alone.

Setting

The set was dark and fairly basic. For the most part, it felt like a pretty standard escape room set. However, it had a large footprint, which provided some intense moments of exploration.

A taxidermied pig's head mounted to the wall and lit red.

Gameplay

Eliviascape’s The Longest Night was a standard escape room with a moderate level of difficulty.

Core gameplay revolved around searching, observing, making connections, and solving puzzles… in an ominous environment.

Analysis

➕ The gameplay flowed. At any given moment, we knew where to focus our attention to keep up the momentum. The puzzles solved cleanly.

➖ Momentum dipped in the one instance where Eliviascape reused a prop for two different interactions. We zero’d in on what would be the later solve immediately, when we needed to notice something else entirely.

➕ Most interactions yielded clear results (and if not, an attentive gamemaster stepped in). Eliviascape used lighting well as additional feedback.

➖ One early puzzle focused too much attention on laminated paper rather than a set piece or prop.

➕ We appreciated how careful attention in act one helped us solve a late game puzzle. This callback was quite satisfying.

➖ The set and props were worn. For example, maglocked doors had too much give.

➕ The Longest Night conveyed story through gameplay. As we played, we learned more about the characters and their plight.

➖ The Longest Night needed a finale interaction. Emerging outside of the game world holding a certain prop was a let down. There was so much potential in the set up and the excellent storytelling.

Tips For Visiting

  • There is a parking lot.

Book your hour with Eliviascape’s The Longest Night, and tell them that the Room Escape Artist sent you.

Disclosure: Eliviascape comped our tickets for this game.

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