Premier Escape Rooms – Foreign Agent [Review]

Licence to Puzzle

Location: San Antonio, Texas

Date Played: February 3, 2019

Team size: up to 8; we recommend 2-4

Duration: 60 minutes

Price: $35 per player

Ticketing: Public

Emergency Exit Rating: [A+] No Lock

Physical Restraints: [A+] No Physical Restraints

REA Reaction

Foreign Agent was a traditional, puzzle-focused escape room.

Premier Escape Rooms focused on the gameplay rather than decor or adventure. Foreign Agent played well. Although it lacked grand reveals, it delivered some nifty moments.

If you’re in San Antonio and you play escape rooms for the puzzles, we recommend you see what you can uncover here.

In-game: A computer with a world map on the lockscreen in an office.

Who is this for?

  • Puzzle lovers
  • Any experience level

Why play?

  • Fun puzzles
  • Crafted with care

Story

One of our colleagues at The Agency had been suspected of being a double agent. We had to sneak into his office and find evidence one way or the other.

In-game: closeup of a black envelope labeled "Confidential" in red ink.

Setting

Foreign Agent was a compact game set within a nefarious spy’s office. Premier Escape Rooms decorated the space with various props and interactions that referenced poplar images of spycraft.

Premier Escape Rooms’ gamespace was lovingly created with a couple of surprises, but nothing mind-blowing. They put a greater emphasis on puzzle play than on set-driven adventure.

Gameplay

Premier Escape Rooms’ Foreign Agent was a standard escape room with a moderate level of difficulty.

Core gameplay revolved around searching, observing, making connections, and puzzling.

In-game: A trench coat and fedora on a coatrack.

Analysis

➕ Foreign Agent took place in an office. Although the set wasn’t particularly inspiring, Premier Escape Rooms had added a richness to the otherwise mundane office decor, which we felt as we played.

➖ Our mission wasn’t inspiring. Office gamespaces are inherently unexciting, even when they are well designed. The experience felt like a still life. There was opportunity to breath more life into the story and our role in it.

➕ Premier Escape Rooms created custom computer programs for Foreign Agent. They were fun puzzles that engaged multiple players. They also worked well with the staging for this escape room.

➕ We wanted to race to solve one beckoning puzzle, but we needed to wait for it to give us the green light.

➖ Foreign Agent required substantial searching, sometimes with less than adequate gear.

➕ Interactions were well clued. The props may have been your typical office essentials, but they were deliberately designed into the gameflow. Foreign Agent played logically.

Tips For Visiting

  • There is a parking lot.

Book your hour with Premier Escape Rooms’ Foreign Agent, and tell them that the Room Escape Artist sent you.

Disclosure: Premier Escape Rooms comped our tickets for this game.

Premier Escape Rooms – Table 4 2 [Review]

A glass of wine and a cigar.

Location: San Antonio, TX

Date played: January 7, 2017

Team size: 2; we recommend 2

Duration: 60 minutes

Price: $63.60 per team

Story & setting

It’s your typical love story: Boy meets girl. Boy and girl go out on a date to the local Italian restaurant. Ants cut the restaurant’s power, locking them in. It happens all the time.

Played in part in darkness, Table 4 2 was about the size of a small walk-in closet and lightly decorated to look like an intimate Italian restaurant. Visually, there wasn’t a lot going on.

In-game: A table with a red & white checkered table cloth and two chairs. A bowl of fruit and cheese along with a pair of candle sticks rest atop the table.

Puzzles

Designed for two players, Table 4 2 wasn’t overflowing with puzzles, but it didn’t need to be.

It had a typical escape room feel with scavenging, deductive connection building, and a bit of reasoning.

The first half of the game was a lot more cohesive than the latter portion.

Standouts

We rarely find games designed for two players; I love that Premier Escape Rooms created one with some leftover space.

The first half of the game was straightforward and enjoyable.

There was a simple physical interaction that was well built and far more satisfying to complete than it probably should have been.

Shortcomings

The second half of the game wasn’t as cohesive as the first half. The clue structure became a little more haphazard and it built to an ending that didn’t feel particularly satisfying.

Aesthetically, the space felt like an Italian restaurant only in the most abstract way.

Premier Escape Rooms built a solid tech interaction into Table 4 2. However this interaction was tied to a puzzle that didn’t feel anywhere near as satisfying as it could have.

This last bit of criticism wasn’t really Premier Escape Rooms’ fault: Table 4 2’s far wall butts up against a neighboring cigar shop and the game smelled of cigar smoke. I know some folks enjoy that smell, but we’re not among that group. Maybe a HEPA filter would help?

Should I play Premier Escape Rooms Table 4 2?

I cannot claim that Table 4 2 brought a lot of excitement. Its draw is the 2-player, private experience. For a pair of less experienced players, I think it’s a good, intimate room escape.

If you’re experienced players, take a pass unless you’re really keen on playing something small with a partner.

Book your hour with Premier Escape Rooms Table 4 2, and tell them that the Room Escape Artist sent you.