The Bunker is a livestream adaptation of a real-life escape game created by Escape Experience Chattanooga in Chattanooga, TN.
Style of Play: livestream adaptation of a real-life escape room
Required Equipment: computer with an internet connection
Having more than one screen is highly recommended. There are many items in play at any time, and you will need to have 10 or more browser tabs open for objects, plus tabs for 360-degree views of the rooms.
Recommended Team Size: 2-4
Play Time: 60 minutes
Price: starting at $25; but resulting in $43 per person for a private group of 4 players
Booking: book online for a specific time slot
This is a livestream of an avatar who explores a physical escape room on your behalf. You have access to the avatar’s first-person view of the room. As the avatar finds inventory items, locks, new rooms, or even videos, they “scan” the object. This creates a link in the chat window of the video call. Each link launches a new tab in your web browser that contains the scanned item. A large part of this game is effectively managing your browser tabs.
Vaccine was an intense, apocalyptic puzzle game. But for some fit and finish issues, we enjoyed it. We recommend this to puzzle-focused players intrigued by the adrenaline rush of light horror.
Who is this for?
Zombie apocalypse preppers
Players comfortable with light horror… we would not have enjoyed this as children.
Players with at least a little agility. Everyone needs to crawl briefly.
Any experience level
The intense atmosphere
While wandering through a post-apocalyptic world where 90% of the population has been infected by a plague, we were lured to an abandoned home by a looping radio transmission promising food, shelter, and the cure to the virus.
We entered a long-abandoned home. It looked ruggedly compelling as we explored the rundown kitchen.
As the game unraveled we explored other areas of the home in search of the fabled cure.
Vaccine was a standard escape room with searching and puzzling in fairly equal proportions.
What set this escape room apart was the grim and intense theme. While it was no haunted house, the easily frightened might want to consider a different escape game.
Vaccine excelled at transitions. These were innovative and fun.
Vaccine included thematically appropriate, larger interactive solves. We enjoyed these elements.
Escape Experience Nashville clued searching well. These reveals were exciting and didn’t feel random.
Escape Experience Nashville built some solid and detailed sets with fun effects.
There was some inconsistency in the quality of the set design and construction. Parts of Vaccine looked and felt amazing, while other segments didn’t convey the same sense of drama.
Vaccine suffered from imprecise construction. Different friction points and misalignment put a damper on otherwise exciting interactions.
There was a puzzle that heavily rewarded locals while punishing tourists.
This is entirely pedantic… but vaccines and cures are not the same thing.
Tips for Visiting
Parking: If you aren’t parking at Music City Center for a conference, we recommend the lot under the Metro Courthouse (accessible from Gay Street and from James Robertson Parkway) or the Nashville Public Library Garage (on Church Street between 6th and 7th Avenues).
The next Room Escape Conference is taking place in Nashville, TN from July 27-29, 2018. The conference organizers sponsored our trip to Nashville, Murfreesboro, and Franklin to play this game and others in the region. We strive to help conference attendees visit the room escapes that are best for them.