June 22, 2017

60out: Grandma's Masterplan (Los Angeles, CA)

This room is gold!
As we head towards the 80 games played mark, we become more appreciative of new themes. Given that a handful of themes (prison, bunker, lab, serial killer, castle...) seem to make up 90% of the market, it's not easy to find something vastly unique out there. Via word of mouth, we heard some good things about 60out's "Grandma's Masterplan" and the scenario looked different enough for us to put this on our "must-do" list for our LA trip. From their site:

"The story begins when your granny suddenly disappears without notice. No one has a clue where she is, but one day you come across a letter in which your grandmother reveals a secret about her inheritance. All you have to do is to go into her house and find it -- simple, right? We'll see about that."

The game starts off in a normal Grandma's living room and as you go down the rabbit hole, things start to get more interesting. The feeling of the game goes from ordinary, to mysterious and then fun as you progress and given the whacky theme it all made sense. There were a few puzzles that we knew how to solve but did not respond immediately and only after trying the same thing a few times (we knew what had to be done) did it trigger the next step. The puzzles were fun and the flow of the game was exceptionally smooth.

There seemed to be quite a lot to do although in retrospect, the room was more linear than one would think. While there weren't any mind blowing individual reveals, everything was crafted together in such an incredible way we think that most people would have fun playing this room. The light hearted theme and funny puzzles set the immersion apart from the usual dark and creepy rooms that are out there.

We highly recommend this room to all players as Grandma's Masterplan is one of the most immersive escape rooms we have played to date!

Pros: Creative theme, fun puzzles, good amount of rooms to explore
Cons: A few finicky puzzles,
  • Set/room design: Great!
  • Technology/automation: Gen-2 (lot of automation)
  • Difficulty: Average
  • Price: $27-$38/person
  • Number of players: 3-7, private, (we recommend 4)
  • Duration: 75 minutes
  • Overall Rating: ★★★★★
See their website here: https://www.60out.com

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