Mystic Escape Room – The Book of Souls [Review]

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Location:  Littleton, CO

Date Played: September 27, 2021

Team Size: 2-6; we recommend 2-4

Duration: 60 minutes

Price: $35 per player for 2-3 players, $31 per player for 4-6 players

Ticketing: Private

Accessibility Consideration: 1 player needs to fit in a small space

Emergency Exit Rating: [A+] No Lock

Physical Restraints: [A+] No Physical Restraints

REA Reaction

Mystic Escape Room’s The Book of Souls was a lovely take on a traditional escape room format, elevated by polished puzzle interactions, subtly magical tech, and a transportive set.

When Lisa and David reviewed Mystic Escape Room’s older room The Amulet of Time in 2019, they commented that “one or two reveals were screaming for some magic.” In The Book of Souls, Mystic Escape Room significantly upped their tech and production game, and there were mounds of magic to go around. We played The Amulet of Time and The Book of Souls back-to-back, and while we enjoyed both rooms, we were astounded by just how much Mystic Escape Room refined their designs with The Book of Souls.

The Book of Souls is a hidden gem and regional must-play escape room. Escape room enthusiasts would especially savor The Book of Souls as a duo or trio given the intimacy and flow of the experience.

A large cross on a plaster wall, below it is a set of dials with different symbols.

Who is this for?

  • Puzzle lovers
  • Scenery snobs
  • Any experience level
  • Small teams
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Mystic Escape Room – The Amulet of Time [Review]

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Location:  Littleton, CO

Date Played: September 7, 2019

Team size: 2-6; we recommend 2-4

Duration: 60 minutes

Price: from $74 per team of 2 to $174 per team of 6

Ticketing: Private

Emergency Exit Rating: [A+] No Lock

Physical Restraints: [A+] No Physical Restraints

REA Reaction

The Amulet of Time was a traditional escape room in a small, yet endearing setting.

Mystic Escape Room built a strong, newbie-friendly game. It won’t blow the minds of experienced players, but I think it’s a great place to have one of your first games. Plus, it’s in an adorable town. If you’re in Littleton, Colorado check it out.

In-game: wide angle view of the room dramatically lit in purple. A table sits in the middle of the space like a pillar.

Who is this for?

  • Puzzle lovers
  • Indiana Jones fans
  • Any experience level

Why play?

  • Adorable set design
  • Strong puzzles
  • A good reveal or two

Story

In ancient times, two mystical items were created: the Amulet of Light and the Amulet of Time. Their power was so great that wars were fought over them. The Amulet of Light was destroyed in one such conflict. In response, the secret society dedicated to protecting the Amulet of Time decided to hide the item away within the castle of the Order’s eldest member, Sir Rousseau.

Rousseau built a series of puzzles to conceal the artifact so that only the truly worthy could ever rediscover it.

In-game: A crystal ball on a strange table.

Setting

The Amulet of Time was cute and cozy. Mystic Escape Room converted a house into their escape room facility. They repurposed all the living space into escape rooms, including a few fun reveals. It was a small gamespace with enjoyable decor, which worked for the staging.

In-game: a bookshelf, sculpted animal heads, and a series of switches.

Gameplay

Mystic Escape Room’s The Amulet of Time was a standard escape room with a moderate level of difficulty.

Core gameplay revolved around searching and puzzling.

In-game: A candlestick on a shelf, a large steam punk clock is mounted to the wall.

Analysis

➕ The puzzles flowed well. Although the game was mainly linear, we could work ahead a bit to set ourselves up for the endgame.

The Amulet of Time had a smooth on-boarding.

➕ The Amulet of Time had a compact set that wasn’t fancy, but had personality. It worked for the game.

➖ The gamespace was full of clocks, which fit the theme, but there was no game clock. We don’t generally care about the presence or absence of a game clock, and appreciate when it’s removed for immersive design. In this case, however, the experience was justified by solving puzzles against time, so the decision to remove it seemed inconsistent.

➖ We found some of the clock-related decor to be just a bit too red-herringy. We expect this will cause some players to waste quite a bit of time.

➕ We enjoyed the puzzles. We encountered a variety of puzzle types, some more straight forward and others more complex. The gameplay combined searching, observing, communicating, and puzzling.

➖ This was a generally good, low tech-game. That said, we couldn’t shake the feeling that one or two reveals were screaming for some magic.

Tips For Visiting

  • We found street parking nearby.
  • There are lots of cute restaurants and shops in this neighborhood.

Book your hour with Mystic Escape Room’s The Amulet of Time, and tell them that the Room Escape Artist sent you.

Disclosure: Mystic Escape Room comped our tickets for this game.

Disclosure: Our trip to Denver was sponsored by the Denver escape room community. Contributions were anonymous.