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This was the second room at Vault Escape, and our last from a crazy packed weekend in Chicago. If you haven’t already done so, read our previous review for Mad Scientist for more information on Vault Escape…

Much like our experience in their previous room, we noticed Inheritance was a fairly simple first generation room design. Originally this lead us to being a bit unsure of what to expect, but to our surprise we could instantly see the improvements made from the first room to the second. Whereas immersion and room quality took a bit of a backseat to the game itself in Mad Scientist, we could see throughout Inheritance there was more in-game involvement with the story. The moment we started, we found ourselves actually caring about the lost inheritance and whatever became of our famous relative who left this challenge for us. Alongside of this was an impressive amount of clever room design and authentic props that made us feel even more engaged. What about the puzzles you ask? Were they as enjoyable as in the Mad Scientist room or did the improved emphasis on design and immersion come at a cost of the puzzles? No, not at all! This room was well rounded in every way. There was once again a nice selection of different types of puzzles and most, if not all, of the puzzles were fairly inclusive by design. Being the team builders we are, we’d always like to see more task based puzzles that involve multiple people working together, but even then there was enough there that made us feel like we were working together.

And…. is it worth the investment of your time and money? Yes! Again, some enthusiasts might get overly critical at the lack of ‘wow factor’ in this room, but that would be a shame because it truly is an enjoyable experience for players of all levels of experience. The story is engaging, the puzzles are inclusive, and there’s a variety of tasks and skills involved to keep all different types of people interested and feeling productive. Add to this a well designed room with some nice props and you’ve got the recipe for possibly the best balanced game we experienced in all of Chicago! If you’ve got a group of 3-5 people, regardless of age or experience level, you’ll want to check out Inheritance.

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