Condemned2: The Box is one of the best games in Sacramento, CA. Here are our other recommendations for great escape rooms in Sacramento.
Think inside The Box.
Location: Yuba City, CA
Date Played: November 14, 2021
Team Size: 4-10; we recommend 6-8
Duration: 90 minutes
Price: from $200 for 4 players to $350 for 10 players
Accessibility Consideration: Moderate physical activity and crawling
Emergency Exit Rating: [A+] No Lock
Physical Restraints: [A+] No Physical Restraints
NorCal Escape Co’s CONDEMNED2: The Box was intense, exhilarating, and moderately terrifying. While Southern California is full of horror escape rooms, Northern California overall is quite horror averse, and as such, CONDEMNED2: The Box especially stands out as a top horror experience within the regional escape room scene.
Rather than relying on in-room actors or major jump scares, CONDEMNED2: The Box incited fear through a persistent intensity of the environment and gameplay meant to taunt the player. Lighting and sound had us increasingly on edge, and some puzzles had us spinning in circles. Through all this, the game managed a reasonable balance of frightening and fair.
Yet certain gameplay mechanics intentionally designed to frustrate players toed the line between diegetically justified and somewhat annoying. Especially in the final stages of the game, player-friendly affordances could have been taken to lessen the tedium or “gotcha” moments of a few puzzles without diminishing the intensity of the game.
Located nearly an hour outside Sacramento, NorCal Escape Co is in a bit of an escape room desert. If you’re in the Sacramento area, however, I highly recommend going out of your way for a visit. CONDEMNED2: The Box is a unique choice for medium-to-large teams with at least some experience, and Fox Tail Saloon and Escape Truck are also both well worth a play if you have time.
One piece of parting advice: don’t hesitate to take hints in this game when needed. The environment was intense and exhausting, and if you don’t take a few hints when you need them earlier on, you may end up regretting it by the ending “The Box” sequence. We sure did.Continue reading “NorCal Escape Co – CONDEMNED2: The Box [Review]”