Location: Brooklyn, NY
Date Played: October 20, 2021
Team size: 2-12; we recommend 3-5
Duration: 60 minutes
Price: $30 per player
Emergency Exit Rating: [A+] No Lock
Physical Restraints: [A+] No Physical Restraints
I always want to love a company that does something different… but Peddlers & Parchments was struggling with trying to do both too much and too little.
The story that Bridge of Embers: Rashi’s Triumph tried to tell seemed genuinely interesting… but the narrative didn’t shine through in the gameplay. Escape rooms are an experiential medium with a time limit. This makes it incredibly hard for players to learn lots of facts, backstory, and generally take in prose. If an escape rooms wants to explore a story that isn’t ingrained in popular culture, then they have to do a lot of extra work to convey that background (and even then, it might not be enough) because pre-existing cultural knowledge does a lot of the work in helping the players experience a story.
Peddlers & Parchments put too little into the build of Bridge of Embers: Rashi’s Triumph. It felt like there was a lack of care in the game’s construction. This was especially apparent in the the final interactions.
We respect the aspiration to convey story and culture through an escape room. Unfortunately, there were too many hurdles in the escape room design itself for the story to take center stage.
Still, we’d like to see more diverse storytelling in escape rooms and we respect Peddlers & Parchments for their effort. Undertaking something this unique requires a lot of work, and in this case, there was more work needed.
Who is this for?
- Players looking for something unique
- Best for players with at least some experience
- It told an unusual story
- Early in the game there was an interesting challenge sequence
We were on a quest to save Rabbi Pinchas Koritz’s manuscripts from destruction. This quest combined multiple stories from a single lineage: a journey back in time to visit an ancestor and his Sukkot story, and a journey to an ancestor of the great biblical commentator Rashi and his rare diamond. It was complicated.Continue reading “Peddlers & Parchments – Bridge of Embers: Rashi’s Triumph [Review]”