|Throw out everything you know about escape rooms...|
In May 2018, "Get the F Out" opened their second room room called "The Experiment" and the buzz was that it was pretty different from their first room, "The Virus". We gave "The Virus" a 2017 Achievement Unlocked Medal for "Best Storytelling" and there was also a lot of effort put towards the storyline for "The Experiment" on social media via the fictional character, Dr. Jay Elias. Before going into this game, we really didn't know what to expect, given the brief description from their site:
"Looking for all ages, male & female to participate in a psychological study of escape rooms . It will take 60 min of your time. Juice will be served."
Puzzles, Technology & Set DesignSimilarly to "The Virus" there were a lot of puzzles with a diverse mix of things to solve. It was less tech oriented compared to "The Virus" but there were a lot of novel tangible puzzles. The game started off with split groups and there were things that you thought would be a perfect fit in an escape room, but for some reason we had never seen in action until this game.
The set varied just as the story unfolded which was unexpected and "meta". It's hard to describe what happens without spoilers but let's just say that things were a little different from what was expected in a normal game. After playing almost 200 rooms, many elements we see are often repeated but this wasn't the case here.
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Memorable MomentsThe most memorable moments were the unique twists and the overarching theme of the game. There was one larger scale puzzle that put a spin on how things are normally solved and messed with our sense. It was extremely gratifying when we were able to solve that puzzle. There are quite a few tricks that exploited various unusual
We had a walkthrough of the story which was very detailed and thorough. As with most escape rooms, it's not an easy task to convey a complex story in game so the walkthrough really helped tie everything together.
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Room For ImprovementThere was one transition element where we moved something a little to far and almost broke something. I can't imagine that we were the only team to do this so some safeguards would help maintain the longevity of this element.
Overall ThoughtsThe Experiment takes the concept of an escape room and does something novel with it. While there aren't any grand reveals, there are a lot of solid moments that make this game worth playing.
- Set design: Fine
- Difficulty: Medium-Hard
- Price: $36
- Number of players: 8 max (we recommend 3-4), public
- Duration: 60 minutes
- Overall Rating: ★★★★½