Location: New York, NY
Date Played: March 15, 2019
Team size: up to 6; we recommend 2-5
Duration: 60 minutes
Price: $30 per player
Emergency Exit Rating: [A] Push To Exit
Physical Restraints: [A+] No Physical Restraints
We returned to Mission Escape Games to play the significantly updated Escape The Hydeout 8 days shy of the 4th anniversary of us playing the original version.
Years later, Escape The Hydeout remains one of our favorite introductory escape games. Mission Escape Games solidified this by ramping up their set design and smoothing over the puzzle flow.
To give you a sense of history… our original review dates back to the days when we wouldn’t have even thought to assess set design.
The current iteration of the game was an aesthetically beautiful, incredibly fair escape room with just enough excitement to hook newbies without scaring them off.
If you’re new to escape rooms, Escape The Hydeout is a must-play. (It’s available in Anaheim, CA, Philadelphia, PA, West Hartford, CT, and New York City.) If you’re a veteran escape room player, this is a well-designed, well-executed room that likely won’t blow your mind.
Who is this for?
- Puzzle lovers
- Scenery snobs
- Any experience level
- Players who don’t need to be a part of every puzzle
- An elegant set
- Silky smooth puzzle flow
- Beginner friendly
The good Doctor Jekyll had been acting strange and had then disappeared. We’d been hired to find him.
Escape The Hydeout had a beautiful Victorian aesthetic. The set wasn’t complicated, but it looked fantastic.
Mission Escape Games’ Escape the Hydeout was a standard escape room with an approachable level of difficulty.
Core gameplay revolved around searching, puzzling, observing, and making connections.
➕ We really loved the puzzles and flow of this game. This was true 4 years ago and these aspects have been further refined in the current version. It was always clear when we’d solved a solution. The game drew our attention to new opens.
➕ The set was fantastic. It was elegant, atmospheric, and deliberate. The audio especially added ambiance.
➖ There was a strong theme as well as allusion to story, but the story wasn’t a strong presence in Escape the Hydeout. We found the audio introduction to the story hard to follow.
➕ While there were written clues and codes in this escape room, we never read them off sheets of paper. They were carved into or otherwise embedded into tangible materials that looked and felt like they belonged in the world.
➕ There were some good reveals and well-executed tech.
➖ Still, 4 years later, Escape the Hydeout lacked the kind of epic or climactic moments that make us feel like a game is a must-play for experienced players.
➕ The emergency exit button works well. We… umm… might have had a teammate “test” it.
Tips For Visiting
- Mission Escape Games has moved! They are now located in midtown. Take the A/C/E subway to Penn Station or Port Authority.
- We recommend Black Iron Burger for a post-game meal.
Book your hour with Mission Escape Games’ Mission Escape Games’ Escape the Hydeout, and tell them that the Room Escape Artist sent you.
Disclosure: Mission Escape Games comped our tickets for this game.