Reading Between the Lines
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Date Played: July 2, 2021
Team Size: 2-8; we recommend 3-5
Duration: 60 minutes
Price: $30 per player
Accessibility Consideration: Stairs, although not necessary for all
Emergency Exit Rating: [A+] No Lock
Physical Restraints: [A+] No Physical Restraints
With a room named The Study, I was fully-prepared to search for puzzle codes given a chapter and page number, to arrange encyclopedias in order on a shelf, or a dozen other consistently-used puzzle formats in a library setting. Instead, we found that Puzzle Room Pittsburgh cleverly sidestepped stereotypical thematic puzzles while introducing unique tech interactions throughout the space.
Of particular interest was the layered manner in which puzzles were assembled, allowing us to unpack the storyline from multiple viewpoints in the room. The pacing of gameplay appropriately escalated as we progressed, with one particularly delightful reveal awaiting us at the finale.
Although the room took advantage of non-standard locking mechanisms, enhanced audible or visual feedback would be welcome – we had to search for what had changed within the space after a few successful solves.
The Study was a solid escape room and certainly worth the trip if you are in the greater Pittsburgh region.
Who is this for?
- Scenery snobs
- Any experience level
- Puzzle lovers