Drink, think, outwit a shrink.
Location: Avondale, AZ
Date Played: September 16, 2022
Team Size: 1-9; we recommend 2-4
Duration: 60 minutes
Price: $37.50 per player
Emergency Exit Rating: [A+] No Lock
Physical Restraints: [A+] No Physical Restraints
When I walked into The Room Escape Games’ Asylum of Lost Souls, my first thought was: I’m glad there are other people in here. The dark, creepy doctor’s office with several locked doors leading to the unknown was a bit unnerving. The set was moody and immersive, with shadows making ordinary items appear sinister. There were many items to search through that turned out to be extraneous, and while they added to the overall aesthetic of the game, it was also disappointing to search and find nothing useful.
The puzzles were approachable and on the easy side; we found it best not to overthink solutions. At one point, we tried really hard to make a puzzle out of a weird set of items that turned out had no purpose other than set dressing. It would have been quite a bizarre puzzle though! While some puzzles were unusual and unique, others were less so, but it was still satisfying when the answer just clicked. Thematic set pieces with well-integrated tech really worked with the story. In fact, the narrative was nicely woven throughout the game and purposefully evident in most of the puzzling.
We did experience a minor issue when an additional video started playing while no one was actually in the area to see it. Once we noticed, we wrongly interpreted information in the video as a hint pushed by the gamemaster. It was confusing and slowed our momentum late in the game, though we actually solved the puzzle as intended.
The Room Escape Games is unusual in that they allow selfies during the game and sell alcoholic beverages in the lobby, along with snacks and soft drinks. You can even bring drinks in the room or place an order while you play! This was surprising because I’ve heard many stories from gamemasters about crazy things people do while playing after drinking, not to mention the numerous warnings in many waivers and FAQs. I was hesitant to order anything, having been conditioned for so long.
Asylum of Lost Souls is a good game for novices or people who are there for a casual experience (the selfies, drinking, or haunted vibes) rather than for enthusiasts or hard-core puzzlers. If you are in the area and this is describes you and your team, stop by The Room Escape Games.Continue reading “The Room Escape Games – Asylum of Lost Souls [Review]”