Location: New York, NY
Date Played: February 19, 2018
Team size: 2-8; we recommend 2-4
Duration: 60 minutes
Price: $28 per ticket
The Mission started off uninspired, but turned into something interesting. While we wished some of the execution was cleaner, The Mission conveyed narrative well and the second half was filled with innovative interactions.
(Interestingly, for the reverse structure, play Exit Escape Room NYC’s High Speed.)
Who is this for?
- Story seekers
- Puzzle lovers
- Novelty hunters
- Any experience level
- The second half
- Unusual interactions
- Narrative-driven gameplay
Our agency had been infiltrated by a double agent. We had to identify this individual, determine their location, and eliminate the threat.
While the late-game setting for The Mission was unusual and exciting, the initial set was an uninspiring barebones office with an unfinished look.
I can’t spoil the late-game reveal because it was worth being surprised.
As the name implies, The Mission was mission-based. Our objectives were explained clearly in the pre-game:
Identify the double agent.
Track the double agent.
Eliminate the double agent.
While we were following a specific mission plan, the game itself was still an escape room with equal parts searching and puzzling.
The Mission escalated. From set to effects to interactions, it built excitement over time.
The late-game mechanical puzzles facilitated interactive group solves.
As we solved the puzzles, we learned mission-critical information. Both the puzzles and our intel flowed well and flowed together. This made for a cohesive story.
Exit Escape Room NYC included a time-consuming mid-game narrative sequence. They structured their timekeeping to ensure all players receive a full 60 minutes to solve the puzzles. When you reach this sequence, you’ll know it. Relax, you’re off the clock.
The first act lacked excitement. The mundane office set felt tired. Its puzzles didn’t engage the physical space.
Exit Escape Room NYC installed this escape room in an unfinished space. Despite some interesting set pieces in the later portions of the experience, it felt unfinished.
The final interaction missed the mark. The concept was really cool, but the props and set pieces didn’t breath life into the moment. In addition, they didn’t engage the team. We escaped without fanfare and weren’t even sure that we had won until the door opened.
Tips for Visiting
- Exit Escape Room NYC is easily accessible on public transportation.
- We recommend Black Iron Burger (across the street) and Thai food at Larb Ubol (on 9th ave).
Book your hour with Exit Escape Room NYC’s The Mission, and tell them that the Room Escape Artist sent you.
Disclosure: Exit Escape Room NYC comped our tickets for this game.