Encrypted Escape Room West Reading – The Last Vampire [Review]

Make no mi-stake!

Location:  West Reading, PA

Date Played: August 14, 2021

Team Size: 2-10; we recommend 4-6

Duration: 60 minutes

Price: $29.50 per player

Ticketing: Private

Accessibility Consideration: flashing lights and loud noises

Emergency Exit Rating: [A+] No Lock

Physical Restraints: [A+] No Physical Restraints

REA Reaction

If you like vampires, you’ll love The Last Vampire. If you’re meh on vampires, you’ll likely still love it. If you are a vampire, well, this might not be the game for you if you want to make it out alive.

The Last Vampire was the most challenging of the current offerings at Encrypted Escape Room West Reading, and with a large quantity of parallel puzzling, it’s a solid choice for medium to large teams.

In addition to having a beautifully eerie set, The Last Vampire was also full of clever interaction design choices. A room full of puzzles has the potential to be overwhelming, but this problem was largely avoided by having spotlights illuminate which puzzle elements were in play at any given point. A tactile meta element helped us track our progress in the game. Light religious overtones provided diegetic justification for looking at things from a different perspective. And as the final nail in the coffin, an exhilarating finale made us, the players, an integral part of the story.

An alter surrounded by gothic arches.

Who is this for?

  • Puzzle lovers
  • Scenery snobs
  • Supernatural fans
  • Players with some experience
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Encrypted Escape Room West Reading – Viking Raid [Review]

Bjorn to escape.

Location:  West Reading, PA

Date Played: August 14, 2021

Team Size: 2-10; we recommend 3-5

Duration: 60 minutes

Price: $29.50 per player

Ticketing: Private

Accessibility Consideration: Brief moment of flashing lights

Emergency Exit Rating: [A] Push To Exit

Physical Restraints: [B] Mechanical Release (just for one player)

REA Reaction

Usually it’s the little things that make me happy, but in the case of Viking Raid, wielding large fake swords while sitting on an even heftier wooden throne really did the trick.

Viking Raid was thoroughly Viking-themed in its set and props as well as the ways in which we interacted with them. The distinctively Norse mythological objective of collecting amulets representing the Nine Worlds of Yggdrasil was solid structural framing for the game, though the amulets themselves — printed stickers on flat discs — could have been better crafted given their prominence in the story.

While this room didn’t have as much of the outwardly fancy tech or flashy reveals that characterized some of Encrypted Escape Room West Reading’s other rooms, it was still quite smooth in its own right, notably eschewing standard combination locks in favor of object placement.

If you’re visiting Encrypted Escape Room West Reading, Viking Raid is well worth a play, though I’d recommend playing it before The Last Vampire and Galactic War for the optimal progression of difficulty and immersion.

A wooden throne in a hall.

Who is this for?

  • Puzzle lovers
  • Scenery snobs
  • Any experience level
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Mad Experiments: Escape Room [Hivemind Review]

Mad Experiments: Escape Room is a puzzle video game.

Format

Style of Play:

  • Online native experience (can NOT be played IRL)
  • Play on demand
  • Video game

Required Equipment: computer with internet connection

Your computer needs to be sufficiently powerful to handle a moderately graphics-intensive video game.

Recommended Team Size: 2-4

Play Time: 60 minutes for each chapter

Price: $14.99 per player for all 3 chapters

Booking: purchase and play at your leisure

Description

Mad Experiments: Escape Room is a first-person puzzle video game set in three chapters, each with a unique theme.

Note, if you get motion sick playing first-person games, this game will make you motion sick.

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Captured LV Bethlehem – The Pirate’s Chamber [Review]

Take a stab at it.

Location:  Bethlehem, PA

Date Played: July 25, 2021

Team Size: 2-5; we recommend 2-4

Duration: 60 minutes

Price: $28.50 per player

Ticketing: Private

Game Breakage: Yes – prop maintenance issues

Emergency Exit Rating: [A+] No Lock

Physical Restraints: [A+] No Physical Restraints

REA Reaction

Pirate’s Chamber seemed like it would have been a great room back when it opened in 2016, but in large part due to insufficient upkeep, it hasn’t quite stood the test of time. Everything about the room felt dated — from its somewhat sparse set dressing to its gameplay style. We enjoyed the puzzles in Pirate’s Chamber, but our overall experience was colored by the fact that many of the props we interacted with were literally falling apart.

A severed hand chained to a wooden gate.

If you’re in the area, I recommend checking out Captured LV Bethlehem’s newer, more polished offerings: The Haunted Theatre and The Mayan Temple.

Who is this for?

  • Any experience level
  • Puzzle lovers
  • Aspiring buccaneers
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Ukiyo – The Sound of Spring: A Crumbling Prince Tale [Hivemind Review]

The Sound of Spring: A Crumbling Prince Tale is a free text adventure created by Ukiyo in Melbourne, Australia.

Water color of an unusual character named Tom-Tom

Format

Style of Play:

  • Online native experience (can NOT be played IRL)
  • Play on demand
  • Text adventure

Required Equipment: computer with internet connection

Recommended Team Size: 2-4

Play Time: 30-45 minutes

Price: free

Booking: purchase and play at your leisure

Description

Your band of 2-4 characters is on a quest to end the Long Winter. You each possess unique characteristics that enable you to interact with the environment and its inhabitants in different ways. You explore the world by reading text passages and choosing among a set of predetermined options to interact with it. More choices become available as you and your companions discover new information.

Watercolor of a branch of cherry blossoms.

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