MindFox Escape – Black & White Cafe [Review]

Black and White Cafe is one of the best escape rooms in San Diego. Here are our recommendations for other great escape rooms in San Diego.

A monochromatic mystery

Location: San Diego, CA

Date Played: March 6, 2022

Team Size: 2-5; we recommend 2-4

Duration: 60 minutes

Price: $30 per player

Ticketing: Private

Emergency Exit Rating: [A+] No Lock

Physical Restraints: [A+] No Physical Restraints

REA Reaction

Black & White Cafe was adorable. The set, theming, and puzzles were sweet, joyous, and full of character.

This room did a lot with a little. It was a small room with almost no tech, yet it was aesthetically pleasing and filled with a feast of fun puzzles.

In standard mode, Black & White Cafe would be a delightful introduction to escape rooms for newer players. In advanced mode, this was still not a difficult room, but some of the puzzles were presented with more steps and less handholding.

There’s a particular type of immersion when you step into a space that looks absolutely nothing like our everyday reality, like this colorless cafe. Black & White Cafe was a break from real life, a land where solving puzzles can help restore color to the world.

A cafe where literally everything is painted black & white. The wall reads, "Black & White Cafe."

While MindFox Escape’s second room, Moriarty’s Manor, was a major step up in set design and size, exploration, and puzzle refinement, Black & White Cafe still had its own unique charm. This was especially impressive as the debut room from new creators who were learning everything as they went, and it was clear that a lot of love went into every detail. I highly recommend a visit to MindFox Escape Rooms when you’re looking for a dose of lighthearted fun.

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MindFox Escape – Moriarty’s Manor [Review]

Moriarty’s Manor is one of the best escape rooms in San Diego. Here are our recommendations for other great escape rooms in San Diego.

A professorial pursuit

Location:  San Diego, CA

Date Played: March 6, 2022

Team Size: 3-6; we recommend 3-4

Duration: 60 minutes

Price: $35 per player

Ticketing: Private

Emergency Exit Rating: [A+] No Lock

Physical Restraints: [A+] No Physical Restraints

REA Reaction

In Moriarty’s Manor, we broke into Professor Moriarty’s house to recover some evidence that would exonerate Sherlock Holmes from a crime for which he’d been framed. This was an interesting take on a Sherlock theme, set in the extended Sherlock universe rather than the classic Sherlock study.

MindFox Escape’s first room, Black & White Cafe, was delightful and unique, while also fairly simple, small, and tech-free. I was impressed by just how much MindFox Escape stepped up their game in Moriarty’s Manor, with a much larger set, more tech, and more intricate handmade components.

With this more ambitious design also came some new challenges and areas for improvement. While the gameplay generally filled the space and flowed wonderfully, a few areas of the set felt underutilized. The puzzles consistently fit the theme, but a few that felt more in an old-school escape room style stuck out.

Brick walled room filled with furniture, and a barrel.

MindFox Escape is one of the rising stars in the San Diego escape room scene. Both Moriarty’s Manor and Black & White Cafe are well worth a play, and with their focus on lighthearted themes, I look forward to seeing what MindFox creates next.

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