The Escape Game – The Depths [Review]

Game #1,000 🀯

Location: East Rutherford, NJ

Date Played: May 23, 2022

Team size: up to 8; we recommend 3-4

Duration: 60 minutes

Price: $42.99 per player

Ticketing: Public

Emergency Exit Rating: [A+] No Lock

Physical Restraints: [A+] No Physical Restraints

REA Reaction

The Depths was my 1,000th escape room… and I know that this must be a crazy thing to read, because it’s pretty strange to write. Over the past 8 years I’ve had a front row seat to a rapidly developing and evolving industry that has branched into so many interesting directions.

Over the course of my career as a player and critic, The Escape Game emerged as the standout escape room chain. Their ability to produce and maintain a quality product has allowed them to attract an audience of both new and experienced players… a rare feat. Players who are in the know are aware that escape room chains are not usually where you want to spend your time or money… but game after game, The Escape Game continues to show that they refuse to jump the shark. Speaking of which, let’s talk about The Depths.

Wide angle view of a submarine, it's long and narrow, and featuring a control panel, lockers, and a big metal door.

The Escape Game’s new submarine adventure presented a clean and refined experience, both in terms of aesthetics and game design. Everything looked and felt solid.

We had some gripes with lighting in the second act, and the final puzzle felt under-developed… but then we learned that a new ending had already been created for this game, so I get the impression that this issue is already resolved or will be soon. We’ll update when we get the chance to replay it.

Overall, The Depths was a great escape room that didn’t take many risks. It’s enjoyable for established players, and it would be a fantastic game to take newbies to… which I plan to do. If you’re near an Escape Game location, it’s always worth checking out which games they are offering. If they have The Depths on the docket, I’d recommend booking it.

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The Escape Game – The Mysterious Benedict Society [Hivemind Review]

The Mysterious Benedict Society is a free avatar-led escape game to promote the Disney+ show of the same name. It was created by The Escape Game in Nashville, TN.

An ornate hallway with portraits and many curious objects.

Format

Style of Play:

  • Online native experience (can NOT be played IRL)
  • Avatar controlled by the players
  • Web-based inventory system

Required Equipment: computer with internet connection

Recommended Team Size: 2-4

Play Time: 45 minutes

Price: This was a free event, promoting an upcoming Disney+ series.

Booking: book online for a specific time slot

Description

This was a typical livestreamed escape room, played via Zoom with the gamemaster as the avatar. It included a separate custom inventory interface that kept track of locks in a separate list, and played game-related videos.

Closeup of a bell in a box.

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The Escape Game – Rugrats: Search for the Losted Toys Remote Adventure [Hivemind Review]

Rugrats: Search for the Losted Toys Remote Adventure is a livestreamed adaptation of an in-person escape game created by The Escape Game.

We also reviewed the real-life experience, offered in King of Prussia, PA, and Las Vegas, NV.

Zoom view of a pair of hands assembling a jigsaw puzzle.

Format

Style of Play:

  • Adaptation of an in-person game (can be played IRL)
  • Avatar controlled by the players
  • Web-based inventory system

Required Equipment: computer with internet connection

Recommended Team Size: 3-5

There’s no minimum player count, but you must purchase a minimum of 4 spots to reserve a game Monday – Friday and a minimum of 5 spots to reserve a game on Saturday and Sunday.

Play Time: 60 minutes

Price: $35 per person

Booking: book online for a specific time slot

Description

In celebration of the Rugrats 30th Anniversary, The Escape Game partnered with Nickelodeon to create this game, which can be played in person and as a remote adventure. This is a review of the remote adventure.

We played on a livestream through Zoom. We had a custom inventory page where we could keep track of found objects and which locks we still needed to open. The Escape Game also provided us background pictures to spice up our Zoom!

We were in the Rugrats house and backyard for the game, playing puzzles with the babysitter as the avatar (non-speaking), with a gamemaster added in Zoom only.

Angelica had tricked all the babies by hiding their favorite toys. Unfortunately, she’d also misplaced her own beloved doll Cynthia. We had to step in and save the playtime before Grandpa Lou woke up from his nap.

Zoom view of a crossword puzzle on an animated window.

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The Escape Game – Rugrats: Search for the Losted Toys [Review]

Rugrats: Search for the Losted Toys is one of our favorite recommendations for a great escape room in several cities, including Las Vegas and Philadelphia. Here are our recommendation guides for other great escape rooms in Las Vegas and Philadelphia.

Losted & Founded

Location:  King of Prussia, PA & Las Vegas, NV

Date Played: June 18, 2021

Team size: up to 12; we recommend 4-7

Duration: 60 minutes

Price: $37.99 per player

Ticketing: Private

Game Breakage: No

Accessibility Consideration:  at least one player will need child-like agility

Emergency Exit Rating: [A+] No Lock

Physical Restraints: [A+] No Physical Restraints

Before I dive into our own review of Rugrats: Search for the Losted Toys, our old friend Chuckie Finster, has a few thoughts that he’d like to share on this game:

Chuckie Finster from Rugrats

REA Reaction

Rugrats: Search for the Losted Toys was a licensed game built on top of the 2018 Golden Lock Award-winning Playground.

The Escape Game got so much right with Rugrats: Search for the Losted Toys. It was a fantastic representation of Rugrats and managed to appeal to the serious fan, casual fan, and unaware people in our group. We all got different things out of it and enjoyed the experience.

Tommy's animated kitchen viewed through a playpen.

Additionally, this was an impressively effective reskinning of a beloved game. Having already played Playground, I was worried that the game would feel too familiar. While the physical footprint was identical, and some of the biggest moments from Playground remained more or less intact, it felt like a unique experience. This is partly because the biggest moments fit well into a Rugrats game, and partly because these big moments were fun enough to feel great on a second pass.

Rugrats: Search for the Losted Toys was an energizing game. We drove 2 hours to play it and were happy to have done so. I don’t think that I’d recommend getting on an airplane just to play it, but if you’re near or already going to Las Vegas or the Philadelphia area, this is a must-play.

Who is this for?

  • Adventure seekers
  • Puzzle lovers
  • Scenery snobs
  • Rugrats fans
  • Any experience level
  • Players who don’t need to be a part of every puzzle
  • Children at heart

Why play?

  • Nostalgia
  • Child-like gleeful moment
  • Fun puzzles

Story

Angelica had hidden all of the kids’ favorite toys, but in the process she’d lost her own beloved Cynthia doll. Now Angelica, Tommy and the gang need some help from us, the grownup babies. If we fail, the toys could be losted forever.

Illuminated scoreboard of "Founded Toys" all 7 are lit.
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The Escape Game – 49ers Unlocked [Hivemind Review]

49ers Unlocked is a point-and-click adventure game created by The Escape Game in collaboration with the San Francisco 49ers.

Jerry Rice on video call.

Format

Style of Play: point-and-click adventure game

Required Equipment: computer with internet connection, mobile device

Recommended Team Size: 1-4

Play Time: No time limit, and progress saves, so you can log out and resume later. Our reviewers took about 20-40 minutes.

Price: $10 per team

Booking: purchase and play at your leisure

Description

49ers Unlocked was a point-and-click escape game set in the San Francisco 49ers Stadium. The team’s Lombardi trophies had gone missing and Jerry Rice needed us to find them.

This is a web-based game, with video instructions and a graduated hint system. Everything you need to know to solve the puzzles can be found within the game, but outside knowledge of the 49ers will help you solve more quickly.

Point & click interface for 49ers Unlocked. It is in red, gold, white, and black and depicts the team's stadium.

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