The Exit Games – Dog Gone Alley [Review]

A Little Lost

Location:  Wilmington, NC

Date Played:  September 26, 2021

Team size: 2-5; we recommend 2-4

Duration: 60 minutes

Price: $39 per player for 2 player, $26 per player for 3+ players

Ticketing: Private

Emergency Exit Rating: [A+] No Lock

Physical Restraints: [A+] No Physical Restraints

REA Reaction

Dog Gone Alley was a compact escape game set in a charming back alley.

The puzzle-focused gameplay solved cleanly, and the environment was fun, if limited. However, there were some issues with Dog Gone Alley:

A door and corrugated metal, both covered in graffiti.

This game was very short… and the reasons we didn’t complete it in an unreasonably short amount of time weren’t great. We had two significant reset failures and there was a game rule that conflicted with the gameplay. These 3 things took up about half the time we spent in Dog Gone Alley.

I also really found myself wishing that there was more to the dog theme. There certainly were dog references, but I wanted more puppy payoff.

As it stands, this would be a fine game for true newbies. The interactions were fun and clever; we just wanted more.

It’s our understanding that Dog Gone Alley is a rework of the first act of the popular Tampa game Servants of Sleight. I am confident that this would be more interesting as the opening act to something grander. We look forward to visiting The Exit Games in Florida to see how that came together.

If you’re in Wilmington, North Carolina, I’d suggest you play The Exit Games’ White Rabbit Society, as it was a regional standout.

Who is this for?

  • Puzzle lovers
  • Scenery snobs
  • Newbies

Why play?

  • Photos of cute dogs
  • Some unique puzzles

Story

We’d found Buddy, a good doggo, in an alley in New York City. We had to follow the clues and figure out who his human was, and contact this person.

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Green Light Escape Room – The Attic [Review]

Child’s Play

Location:  Wilmington, NC

Date Played:  September 26, 2021

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

Duration: 60 minutes

Price: $26 per person, minimum 3 tickets

Ticketing: Private

Emergency Exit Rating: [A+] No Lock [A]

Physical Restraints: [A+] No Physical Restraints

REA Reaction

The Attic was playing with some clever ideas and was built around an interesting and unique mechanic.

A wooden plank with many nails attaching dead looking doll heads.

The struggle with this game was that Green Light Escape Room took these unusual ideas and made a fairly typical escape room out of them. It was a solid enough escape room, worth playing if you’re in the area… but throughout our time in The Attic, I found myself hoping that they would do something special with the core mechanics, and it never happened.

Who is this for?

  • Story seekers
  • Puzzle lovers
  • Any experience level

Why play?

  • Clever game structure

Story

A family needed babysitters for their adorable daughter. She’s just an angel… who keeps losing her toys… and her babysitters.

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The Exit Games – White Rabbit Society [Review]

Is this your puzzle?

Location:  Wilmington, NC

Date Played:  September 26, 2021

Team size: 2-8; we recommend 3-5

Duration: 60 minutes

Price: $39 per player for 2 player, $26 per player for 3+ players

Ticketing: Private

Emergency Exit Rating: [A+] No Lock

Physical Restraints: [A+] No Physical Restraints

REA Reaction

White Rabbit Society was an elegant game set in a space where we’d gladly hang out and have a drink.

Aesthetically, the setting made a strong impression. This was reinforced by good interaction design and an emphasis on the magician club theming throughout the puzzles.

A beautiful black, red, and white magician's bar. Behind the bar are many bottles and a straightjacket worn by Houdini.

White Rabbit Society was the standout game from our day in Wilmington, North Carolina. If you’re in the area, be sure to check it out. It is, however, worth noting that if you’ve played Servants of Sleight in Tampa, Florida, this is a smaller version of that game.

We are looking forward to playing Servants of Sleight and seeing how they compare.

Who is this for?

  • Adventure seekers
  • Puzzle lovers
  • Scenery snobs
  • Magic fans
  • Any experience level

Why play?

  • Strong, varied collection of puzzles
  • Nifty interactions
  • Art Deco magicians club vibe

Story

The Top Hat Lounge was once home to a secret society of magicians, The White Rabbit Society.

On the 100-year anniversary of the death of Harry Houdini we had been granted the opportunity to take the test for entry to the society.

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Cracked It! Escape Games – New Blood, New World [Review]

Update December 4, 2021: Check the comments to note the improvements since the time of this review.

Haunted Voyage

Location:  Midway Park, NC

Date Played: September 29, 2021

Team size: 4-6; we recommend 3-5

Duration: 60 minutes

Price: $27 per player, minimum of 3

Ticketing: Private

Emergency Exit Rating: [A+] No Lock

Physical Restraints: [A+] No Physical Restraints

REA Reaction

New Blood, New World was a well-crafted escape room that blended traditional puzzle play with a compelling ship set, and mixed in a narrative that was remarkably captivating.

These elements all came together and felt right. The puzzles flowed and solved cleanly, making great use of classic escape room gameplay.

If we could change anything about New Blood, New World, it would be mostly quality-of-life improvements such as adding a table to work on, and a bit of spot lighting.

The ceiling of an old ship with lanterns hanging from it.

If you’re new, this is the kind of game that will get you hooked on escape rooms. If you’re a traveling escape room playing near Camp Lejeune, this would be the game to play. I’m glad we stopped in for this one.

Who is this for?

  • Adventure seekers
  • Story seekers
  • Puzzle lovers
  • Any experience level

Why play?

  • Told a compelling story
  • Light-touch implementation of augmented reality

Story

Every year, for one night only, a mysterious ship appears off the coast. As paranormal investigators, we had been hired to explore the ship and learn its secrets.

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