Game date: 14/05/2017
“You run a down trodden motel situated on Route 70 on the outskirts of Pittsburg, Kansas. People come and go. Some use it as a pit stop as they head to better things. Some stay far longer than they had ever expected. Sam has been renting room 130 for some time now. He keeps himself to himself but that’s the way you prefer it. Recently he has caught your attention. His rent hasn’t been paid for over a month and he has been keeping unsociable hours, disappearing for days on end, hiding in the shadows and bringing young girls back to his room late at night. Enough is enough. You decide to investigate, letting yourself into his room one night just after you see him leave. But do you really want to discover the secrets that are hidden inside room 130?”
The decoration and in the room was perfect. It was exactly what you would expect from an old-fashioned motel room, only with a bit of a dark twist. The props and furniture were old-fashioned to match the era, and the room lacked a lot in tech, but this fit perfectly with the theme, and anything too fancy or automated would have looked really out-of-place. The room had the ‘homemade’ look, but in a good way, and you could see a lot of thought and work had been put into the room to get it just right, and the sense of immersion was great. The puzzles were really clever and fit so well into the theme, as you progressed through the game, both the items you found, and the puzzles, gave you a little bit more of the story, and a glimpse into Sam’s life. I loved how the story had been woven into every aspect of the room, and unfolded as you progressed through the puzzles.
The game is for 2-6 players, we played with 4, and this was a really good number for this room, all of us had played escape rooms before, and we flew through the room, the puzzles were a nice difficulty, and we didn’t get stuck on any one puzzle for too long. There was a lot to do in the room, and such a good variety that all of us did well at something and felt like we had contributed plenty to the group once we got out. The game was very linear, and there was a lot of searching to be done, the puzzles were a great mix of logic, math, observation and word puzzles, and they all made sense and were so much fun to solve. the flow of the room was amazing and we never really hit any major road blocks. Whilst the room was linear, there were a few things that we could start doing, whilst some of the group worked on something else. All of the puzzle were unique and memorable, but there was one puzzle in particular that really stood out for us, I wont give anything away, but it was beautifully done, and unlike anything i have ever seen before.
I would recommend at 4-6 players for newbies, for those who have never played escape rooms before, a few extra people would be helpful for the harder puzzles, and to help with all the searching, and a maximum of 3 or 4 experienced players.
Host, briefing and clue system:
Kieran and Lucy (the owners) were our hosts, and Kieran did our brief and back story, his story telling was great, and he really set the scene for us. They were both really friendly and happy to chat to us for ages before and after the room, and even recommended some places for us to eat after.
Clues were delivered to a TV screen in the room, we only needed a few hints, but they came exactly when we needed them, they gave us the right amount of time to try things for ourselves, and didn’t give us a clue until we were really stuck, they ran our game perfectly. They could also hear what we were saying which probably helps a bit when running the games, but this was a slightly strange experience for us, as this was our first room where our hosts could actually hear us, although we did soon get used to it and eventually completely forgot they were listening.
Did we escape?
Yes! In 42:56, and we got on the leaderboard 🙂
Booking and prices:
You can book online up to 24 hours in advance, and for last-minute bookings you can call them for availability. The booking system is really easy to use, and lets you add both rooms to the same booking if you intend on playing both (which we did!)
6 players- £78 (£13 per player)
5 players- £70 (£14 per player)
4 players- £60 (£15 per player)
3 players- £51 (£17 per player)
2 players- £40 (£20 per player)