Backstage Escape Games – The Haunting of Hyde House [Review]

Hyde and Seek

Location:  Myrtle Beach, SC

Date Played:  September 28, 2021

Team size: 2-8; we recommend 3-4

Duration: 60 minutes

Price: $36 per player

Ticketing: Public

Accessibility Consideration: at least one player has to crawl

Emergency Exit Rating: [A] Push To Exit

Physical Restraints: [A+] No Physical Restraints

REA Reaction

The Haunting of Hyde House was a thoroughly enjoyable experience. The setting was well-crafted to suit the story and the gameplay did a stellar job of reinforcing the themes of the game.

The experience’s introduction and justification were the standouts, and there was a late-game puzzle sequence that felt perfect.

Interior hallways blocked by a red velvet rope.

At different points, The Haunting of Hyde House showed its age as we encountered some props that needed some refinishing or replacing, and sensors that needed a tuneup. Additionally, there was a persistent runbook throughout The Haunting of Hyde House that, while fairly well executed, continued to distract from the game environment, which was considerably more engaging than the laminated pages of a journal.

On our trip to Myrtle Beach, The Haunting of Hyde House was without a doubt the standout escape room in the region. If you’re nearby, I strongly recommend checking it out.

Who is this for?

  • Adventure seekers
  • Puzzle lovers
  • Scenery snobs
  • Horror movie fans
  • Best for players with at least some experience

Why play?

  • Strong set
  • Fantastic final act

Story

After years of neglect, Hyde Mansion had been turned into a museum by the Hyde House Historical Foundation. Tours were available to learn the history of the building as well as explore the tragic story of the family who had previously owned it.

Some superstitious guests claimed that Isabella, the youngest daughter of the Hyde family haunted this beautiful old home… we decided to investigate.

Closeup of a boarded up door labeled Isabella in child-like handwriting and decorated with hand drawn flowers.
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Riddles Escape Room – Mystery Mansion [Review]

Southern Steampunk

Location:  Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Date Played: September 27, 2021

Team size: 2-6; we recommend 3-4

Duration: 60 minutes

Price: $27 per player

Ticketing: Private

Emergency Exit Rating: [A+] No Lock

Physical Restraints: [A+] No Physical Restraints

REA Reaction

Riddles Escape Room is an unusual company, and the best way that I can describe them is: commitment to their vision.

They’ve been in the industry for a long while. Their game design was rooted in traditional escape room puzzle play, but everything in Mystery Mansion was just a little different. Their approach to introducing their games, set design, puzzle design, and hinting was traditional, with a Riddles Escape Rooms twist.

Purple wood paneling with an intricate antique wooden shelf adorned with swords, a clock, and torch-like sculpture.

Their pronounced style felt great in the game’s introduction as well as the way the they hid their game’s secrets. In other places, like puzzle design, it felt like commitment to the purity of their vision was getting in the way of game flow.

Throughout the experience, the gamemaster actively hinted to keep the game on the rails, but we regularly found ourselves wishing that solves had clearer cause and effect, and that some of the hints that I assume must be delivered with great regularity were elegantly baked into the fabric of the game.

I love finding companies that have a unique style, and Riddles Escape Room was certainly unique. If you’re in Myrtle Beach and looking for a traditional escape room with a high level of difficulty and a unique flavor, check out Mystery Mansion.

Who is this for?

  • Puzzle lovers
  • Best for players with at least some experience

Why play?

  • Unusual props and interactions
  • Strong performative gamemastering
  • Classic search-and-puzzle escape room with its own flare

Story

We set off to explore the mansion of a deceased relative: an eccentric inventor. Our goal was to learn of his greatest creation, thus earning our fictional share of the estate.

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