Trapology – The Hot Dog Heist [Review]

We are the wieners!

Location:  Boston, MA

Date Played: April 2, 2023

Team size: 3-8; we recommend 3-5

Duration: 60 minutes

Price: $40 per player

Ticketing: Private

Game Breakage: One prop was out of order. It was clearly labeled as such and did not negatively impact gameplay.

Accessibility Consideration: At least one player needs to crawl. To stay in the game world, all players need to crawl. At any point, players can opt out of crawling, but they need to use the out-of-game hallway as their passage between game areas.

Emergency Exit Rating: [A+] No Lock

Physical Restraints: [A+] No Physical Restraints

REA Reaction

The Hot Dog Heist was playful and flippant.

Over their newest three games, Trapology has found a tone and a style that is uniquely their own. The Hot Dog Heist was their strongest outing yet.

Back alley with a dumpster, a hot dog cart, and a payphone.
Photo by Nicole Loeb

What we loved about the insanity of The Hot Dog Heist was that in this bizarre scenario, everything was justified.

The Hot Dog Heist‘s biggest struggle was accessibility. You have to crawl back and forth a lot… or walk around through the hallway. And this is a game world you wouldn’t want to step out of. That would diminish the hilarious setup.

Overall, The Hot Dog Heist is our new favorite game from one of the oldest escape room companies in the United States. This game reinforced Trapology’s upward trajectory, and we couldn’t be happier about it.

Who is this for?

  • Adventure seekers
  • Puzzle lovers
  • Silliness seekers
  • Any experience level
  • Players who don’t need to be a part of every puzzle

Why play?

  • For the premise
  • Fun and silly ahas
  • Consistently collaborative gameplay

Story

We had been hired to do a golden wiener job. Get in. Get the wiener. Get out.

And if we could steal a few more things along the way, all the better.

Back alley with a hot dog cart, and an ATM, an illuminated sign that reads, "HOT DOGS = LIFE" and many condiment bottles.
Photo by Nicole Loeb

Setting

We started our heist in an alley with our getaway hot dog cart. We used that alley to access the bank where the illustrious wiener had been stored. The set looked right.

Back alley with a dumpster, a hot dog cart, an ATM, and a payphone.
Photo by Nicole Loeb

Gameplay

Trapology’s The Hot Dog Heist was a standard escape room with a moderate level of difficulty.

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

Analysis

➕ The Hot Dog Heist was a traditional escape room with a non-traditional theme. It was playful, silly, and hilarious. Our getaway vehicle was a hot dog cart! Sometimes escape room interactions feel forced, and suffer from “escape room logic” but in a heist as ridiculous as this one, anything could be sensible.

➕ The in-character introduction was concise and set the tone for the whole experience.

➕ The gameplay forced collaboration, sometimes with more common communication puzzles, and other times relying on dexterity and other styles of interactions. We felt like we’d earned our solves together.

➕/➖ Trapology engineered one easily finicky puzzle with strong stability. It was fair. That said, this didn’t solve for the inherent eye-safety issue with this style of puzzle.

➕ Trapology packed a lot of gameplay into a small space. It was clearly clued, non-linear, and flowed well.

➕/➖ We took a hint to pull ourselves away from some red herrings collecting at the bottom of a receptacle. There’s an opportunity for stronger cluing for this stellar interaction.

➕ We especially enjoyed how Trapology built escape room interactions naturally into the set so that they felt of the world. Take a moment to appreciate the manhole cover and the bank vault door.

➖ In the last scene, we encountered some spatial difficulties, such as a large prop that opened into where a teammate needed to be standing to input a solution.

➕ The hint system (also the timer) made sense with the set and the story.

➕/➖ Mobility-wise, accessibility was a challenge. To fully appreciate The Hot Dog Heist, we had to crawl back and forth… a lot. We appreciated the creative use of a small space. The crawling segment was also well padded. For players who tire of crawling, there is a way to walk around. Unfortunately, however, you have to walk through Trapology’s hallway, which diminishes the experience a bit.

Tips For Visiting

  • Parking: There is metered street parking or a garage with an entrance around the corner on Boylston St.
  • Public Transit: Take the T (Green Line) to Boylston Street Station.
  • Food: There are lots of options in walking distance.

Book your hour with Trapology’s The Hot Dog Heist, and tell them that the Room Escape Artist sent you.

Disclosure: Trapology comped our tickets for this game.

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