Backstage Escape Games – The Legend of Atlantis [Review]

Poseidonโ€™s Puzzles

Location:  Myrtle Beach, SC

Date Played:  September 28, 2021

Team size: 2-8; we recommend 3-5

Duration: 60 minutes

Price: $36 per player

Ticketing: Public

Accessibility Consideration: at least one player has to crawl

Emergency Exit Rating: [A] Push To Exit

Physical Restraints: [A+] No Physical Restraints

REA Reaction

It’s an interesting experience visiting an older game with a strong reputation. We know more than a few people in the community who fell in love with escape rooms because they played The Legend of Atlantis, and I can see why.

The set was gorgeous and joyous. I imagine that if I had seen it 5 years ago, it would have been an arresting experience. It truly was a lovely space to spend an hour in 2021. Aesthetically it absolutely held up.

A hallway with torches and painted portraits. At the end of the hallway is a painting of Poseidon holding a trident spear.
Image via Backstage Escape Games

From a gameplay perspective, The Legend of Atlantis showed its age. Most of the puzzles were fun, until they weren’t. On multiple occasions we found ourselves wishing that a puzzle were about 25% shorter; the point had been delivered and all that remained was process.

Additionally, the game was glued together with a single small journal that provided supplemental clue structure… and that journal wasn’t doing this game any favors. When surrounded by such a beautiful environment, this item was not the thing we wanted to be looking at.

Finally, there was a general lack of work surfaces or space around large set pieces… which makes it hard to recommend a team size for this game. The space was tight, and the early game was linear. However, once we reached the lengthy process puzzles, additional players would have been helpful.

Overall, I’m glad that I finally got to visit this game. It also managed to stand out in the Myrtle Beach region. If you only have time for one game in the area, I’d suggest starting with The Haunting of Hyde House. If you’re playing a second, make it The Legend of Atlantis.

Who is this for?

  • Adventure seekers
  • Puzzle lovers
  • Scenery snobs
  • Indiana Jones fans
  • Best for players with at least some experience
  • Players who don’t need to be a part of every puzzle

Why play?

  • Magnificent set
  • The first act is really strong

Story

Archaeologist and explorer Hathaway Wren had sent a message claiming he’d discovered Atlantis. Then he disappeared. Following in his footsteps, we found ourselves in the Atlantean Temple of Poseidon. It was time to delve deeper into the ancient temple and learn its secrets.

A wooden crate with a lantern and a vase on top.
Image via Backstage Escape Games
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Backstage Escape Games – The Haunting of Hyde House [Review]

Hyde and Seek

Location:  Myrtle Beach, SC

Date Played:  September 28, 2021

Team size: 2-8; we recommend 3-4

Duration: 60 minutes

Price: $36 per player

Ticketing: Public

Accessibility Consideration: at least one player has to crawl

Emergency Exit Rating: [A] Push To Exit

Physical Restraints: [A+] No Physical Restraints

REA Reaction

The Haunting of Hyde House was a thoroughly enjoyable experience. The setting was well-crafted to suit the story and the gameplay did a stellar job of reinforcing the themes of the game.

The experience’s introduction and justification were the standouts, and there was a late-game puzzle sequence that felt perfect.

Interior hallways blocked by a red velvet rope.

At different points, The Haunting of Hyde House showed its age as we encountered some props that needed some refinishing or replacing, and sensors that needed a tuneup. Additionally, there was a persistent runbook throughout The Haunting of Hyde House that, while fairly well executed, continued to distract from the game environment, which was considerably more engaging than the laminated pages of a journal.

On our trip to Myrtle Beach, The Haunting of Hyde House was without a doubt the standout escape room in the region. If you’re nearby, I strongly recommend checking it out.

Who is this for?

  • Adventure seekers
  • Puzzle lovers
  • Scenery snobs
  • Horror movie fans
  • Best for players with at least some experience

Why play?

  • Strong set
  • Fantastic final act

Story

After years of neglect, Hyde Mansion had been turned into a museum by the Hyde House Historical Foundation. Tours were available to learn the history of the building as well as explore the tragic story of the family who had previously owned it.

Some superstitious guests claimed that Isabella, the youngest daughter of the Hyde family haunted this beautiful old home… we decided to investigate.

Closeup of a boarded up door labeled Isabella in child-like handwriting and decorated with hand drawn flowers.
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