- Played March 2017
- New York
- 60 minutes
- 2-8 players
- 22-56 31st Street, Astoria, NY
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Vendetta is one of two escape rooms at Locked, located in Astoria, Queens. Locked is right opposite the N or W subway stop at Ditmars Boulevard and very easy to find. The staff was friendly and excited to have us. Everything was nicely decorated with books hanging from the ceiling and the waiting area was quite comfortable with plenty of seating: you can sit down, grab a water or some candy and wait for the rest of the group to arrive. See our review of Spooky Room 479 for more information about Locked Astoria.
The underlying story of Vendetta is very nicely introduced by a video. When watching the video the lights in the room were dimmed, so we didn’t get distracted and could focus on understanding our goal for the next 60 minutes. The video was good quality which made it even more fun to watch. Once the video ended we found ourselves in the back room of a mobster hangout. The furniture supported the story and while some props were slightly worn, they fit within the expectations of the setting. We visited another location during our game and we felt the slightly worn quality wasn’t as good of a match there. Some small updates in the second area would help boost the overall room quality experience.
There were a lot of puzzles to find and solve in this room and they ranged from easy to difficult. The puzzles were generally well presented and we felt the design and execution were above average. We didn’t like that there were a number of similar locks that required a key or numeric code, so we wasted some time trying the combinations around the room until something opened. There was one puzzle that we felt was a bit out of logic for the story and that made it somewhat confusing and difficult to solve. Also, some other solution items were hard to find and at a couple of times we needed help from the gamemaster to find a specific object. Overall, we were impressed by the puzzles and each member of our team found ways to contribute. We appreciated that some solutions were multi-layered and required all of our brain powers to progress.
The story of the room gave us a perfectly good reason for why we had exactly one hour to get out of the room, but in the course of exploring the room we didn’t feel fully immersed. While the first part of our escape room experience took place in a back room, the second part took us to a more modern setting. The backroom was in the style of the 1930’s (as if it was left/abandoned like this), however the other location was a mixture of both the 1930s and modern times. The immersion suffers a little from this and it felt like we were in an escape room, solving puzzles rather than immersed within the story. The puzzles did generally fit the theme of the room, but they didn’t do as much as we had hoped to progress the narrative.
All in all Vendetta is an above average escape room that is suited for beginners as well as experienced escape room players. Nothing was really outstanding on its own, but when you put it all together it is a well-themed and well-presented room. We had a lot of fun here and would recommend this escape room to anyone who is looking for a fun evening activity.