Best of REA: August 2022

At Room Escape Artist, we write about escape rooms 365 days a year. It’s a lot of content… so we’ve decided to help you out with monthly column that highlights the strongest and most interesting content that we put out each month.

This month we’re highlighting 4 escape room reviews and 4 commentary pieces… which is a bit more than usual, but we couldn’t choose. We expect these different pieces will engage different readers.

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Red Fox Escapes – The Body Shop [Review]

Update Nov 10, 2022: If you want to hear more about The Body Shop back us on Patreon at the “Search Win!” level to get access to a Spoiler’s Club Episode about this game. Reality Escape Pod co-hosts David and Peih-Gee talk all about it with the creator, spoilers and all. We cover the strange origins of this game, the bonkers story, and the hilarious details that are hidden with in it.

The Body Shop is one of the best games in Boston. Here are our other recommendations for great escape rooms in Boston.

Be prepared… for mayhem

Location:  Cambridge, MA

Date Played: July 10, 2022

Team size: 2-6; we recommend 3-5

Duration: 60 minutes

Price: from $40 per player for teams of 4 to $36 per player for teams of 6-10

Ticketing: Private

Emergency Exit Rating: [A+] No Lock

Physical Restraints: [A+] No Physical Restraints

REA Reaction

With Body Shop, Red Fox Escapes took a previously great game (Outside the Box’s The Body Shop), and enhanced it into a truly stellar experience.

The first act aesthetically remained largely the same, but Red Fox Escapes carefully nested it into their own building, minding details and making thoughtful adjustments. With the second act, the changes were more dramatic.

Red Fox changed the storyline and reworked the puzzle flow to support the new, more coherent narrative. We found the new flow – in both story and gameplay – to be a smooth ride. We especially enjoyed when this game leaned into Girl Scouting, but with a twist.

I spent many years as a Girl Scout, earning badges for my sashes, and it was fun to don one again and solve my way through this strange and humorous Girl Scouts parody.

While the game is lightly horror (and I wouldn’t bring any current Girl Scouts of badge-earning age), it was more funny than scary, and “light horror” is more of a nod to prop content and storyline – nothing terror-inducing.

A body shop interior with a motorcycle being worked on.

In its new home at Red Fox Escapes, Body Shop is accessible for Boston locals and visitors. It’s a must-play addition to any Boston escape room list.

Who is this for?

  • Adventure seekers
  • Story seekers
  • Puzzle lovers
  • Scenery snobs
  • Scouts or former Scouts
  • Fans of light horror
  • Any experience level

Why play?

  • An unusual theme
  • The hilarious rebranded girl scout badges
  • A killer reveal

Story

We had been regular Girl Scouts earning our Automotive Engineering badges at the local auto body shop. We didn’t realize that a shadow Girl Scout troop was running their nefarious operations out of this very shop. Now, they wanted us to join their ranks, and they’d invited us there to prove we were worthy of inclusion in their secret society.

An assortment of Girl Scout sashes.
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Best of REA: June 2022

At Room Escape Artist, we write about escape rooms 365 days a year. It’s a lot of content… so we’ve decided to help you out with a new monthly column that highlights the strongest and most interesting content that we put out each month.

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Announcement

Believe it or not, RECON Boston is sold out!

However, if you have a product targeted at either escape room players or companies that you’d like to showcase at RECON, we do still have sponsorship opportunities available for a limited time… and by that I mean, today is the last day to sponsor. Get in while you can.

Reviews

Escape Rooms

Play-At-Home

Podcast

Season 3 is wrapped, and Season 4 is in pre-production… so I’d like to highlight a throwback to Season 1: Episode 5: Six Artists & One Programmer – Barry Meade on Creating The Room. The Room is an amazing series, and this conversation was enlightening.

Commentary