Adventure by torchlight
Location: Albuquerque, NM
Date Played: June 3, 2022
Team size: 4-8; we recommend 3-5
Duration: 60 minutes
Price: $30 per player
Emergency Exit Rating: [A] Push To Exit
Physical Restraints: [A+] No Physical Restraints
Curse of the Mayan Temple shouldn’t be a particularly challenging game. It had less content than Bust Out Escape Room’s other experiences. The puzzles were varied in style and well-clued.
That said, two unusual game design decisions make this a rather variable escape room. Either one can sink a team of even experienced players (we’ve seen it happen), causing them to spiral into the depth of frustration.
Our advice for Bust Out: add gating for one early solution so that a team cannot progress to the next unusual section without completing it.
Our advice for players: If the game feels inordinately frustrating, it probably doesn’t need to be. Search harder.
We enjoyed Curse of the Mayan Temple because it looked great, played well, and took risks. Although Rattlesnake Bend and Jumanji are our favorite games from this company, if you have time to add on another adventure, we recommend Curse of the Mayan Temple.
Who is this for?
- Adventure seekers
- Puzzle lovers
- Scenery snobs
- Indiana Jones fans
- Best for players with at least some experience
- Players who communicate well
- The unexpected mid-game introduction of a new mechanic
- Momentum-building final sequence
Legend told that the temple had been cursed… but we were determined to uncover the truth of whatever lay within.