- Played February 2017
- Albany, NY
- 30 minutes
- 2-12 players
- $20, discounts for multiple rooms
- great for families
- What People Say
As we’ve done for our other reviews of 5-Wits Albany, we have decided to write a separate review for Tomb even though the general layout and experience is the same as the Syracuse location that we’ve reviewed in 2015 and again in 2017. We believe there are enough differences in the locations to allow for an additional review. Plus, we ERA team members are human and we have different expectations of our escape room experiences. Please note that the lower overall score for this 5-Wits room is due to reviewer perspectives rather than a lesser experience. The Tomb in Albany is still a top-notch adventure room and we highly recommended it to beginners, veterans, adults, families and anyone else who wants to take part in a fun, challenging and unique activity. See our review of Drago’s Castle for more information about the 5-Wits Albany location.
Our guide for Tomb was incredibly enthusiastic and she made us feel like this was her first time experiencing the room rather than something she does dozens of time each day. We appreciate that the staff recognizes that the players will likely only visit a room once and that it should be treated as a special event for each team. We have encountered many rooms where the host just rattles off their script as if we’d taken them away from something more important.
The room quality in Tomb is about as good as it gets. Like most non-reset adventure rooms, it is clear that no costs were spared in creating a first-class, Disney-like atmosphere. Unfortunately, having just visited the Syracuse version of Tomb, we could see that one of the larger design elements hadn’t yet been added to this room. First-time visitors won’t know the difference and they will be awed by the intricate details, skillful mix of materials and amazing effects. We had a problem with one of the game interactions and the staff recognized that it could be a bit sensitive. This meant we missed out on one of the more difficult challenges. We found the puzzles of Tomb to be on the easier side, but with a great variety of physical, mental and spatial challenges. There are some differences from the games at the Syracuse version of Tomb and we liked Albany a little bit more.
The immersion of 5-Wits’ rooms is often a debate among ERA members. The adventure room style of gameplay means that you are taken from task to task, from room to room. Instructions are provided by pre-recorded messages and there aren’t any opportunities to search for clues or keys. Sure, the room design and soundtrack are incredible and there is a progressive storyline, but it always feels like you are along for the ride rather than part of the scene.
We had a fun time in Tomb and we would certainly recommend it to anyone window shopping at the mall and also as a destination for an evening out. It is a bit more expensive than sitting in a movie theater for a couple of hours, but this is a much better experience than staring at a screen with a bunch of people you don’t know. This is a team-orientated activity for all ages and we challenge you to finish the room with a frown on your face.