Carbon: 3708 is one of the best escape rooms in New York City. Here are our recommendations for great escape rooms in New York City.
Location: New York, NY
Date Played: November 5, 2021
Team size: up to 10; we recommend 4-5
Duration: 60 minutes
Price: $120 total for a team of 1-3 players, $35 per player for a team of 4+ players
Emergency Exit Rating: [A+] No Lock
Physical Restraints: [A+] No Physical Restraints
Content Warning: Realistic prop weapons are used in this experience
We’ve been visiting Mission Escape Games in New York since the earliest days of Room Escape Artist. We’ve sort of grown up together in the same environment, and in my memory, the various games from Mission serve as rings in the tree that is my escape room memories. Part of this is because I have genuinely enjoyed this company for so many years, but it is mostly because Mission Escape Games has had an interesting and fairly consistent upward trajectory in quality.
Carbon: 3708 represented the biggest leap we’ve seen from Mission Escape Games in years. The set, lighting, and interaction design in Carbon: 3708 were among the finest in the region, and the puzzle play was phenomenal.
Mission Escape Games puzzle design has settled into a style that is uniquely Mission, and I’m into it. Carbon: 3708 was one of the more challenging top games to open in NYC in a long time. It has a fair toughness that I appreciated from start to finish. It’s easy to make a bad, hard game; it takes skill to do challenge well.
Additionally, Mission Escape Games stepped up their storytelling in Carbon: 3708. They worked in more audio and video segments that told a clear story. This felt like a step in the right direction, but the storytelling didn’t quite land for us; it was more forgettable than meaningful.
Overall, Carbon: 3708 is easily one of the top games in New York City in 2021. This is a must-play game for any experienced escape room player. If you’re new, I’d strongly encourage you to play Mission’s other games, Hydeout and Operation End of Days first. They are stellar games in their own right, with softer difficulty curves.
Who is this for?
- Adventure seekers
- Puzzle lovers
- Scenery snobs
- Cyberpunk fans
- Best for players with at least some experience
- Players who don’t need to be a part of every puzzle
- A beautiful cyberpunk set
- A killer scene transition
- Fantastic and challenging puzzle play
In a dystopian future, Cyber Industries was using tech implants to control humanity. We were among the few unmodified and still free. It was up to us to break into their headquarters and destroy their systems.Continue reading “Mission Escape Games – Carbon: 3708 [Review]”