- Played June 2017
- Rochester, NY
- 60 minutes
- 1-8 players
- What People Say
Operation: Casino was our first room of a day that included Museum Heist and The Kidnapping at Breakout Games’ Rochester location. Check out those other two reviews for a breakdown of the pre-room experience.
We were pleasantly surprised by the quality and accuracy of the Operation: Casino setup. We have played a number of poorly executed casino-themed rooms and it’s rare to find well-maintained and fully functional casino props. The slot machine, roulette table, red carpeting and poker chips could have been delivered straight from Las Vegas. We all loved the beautiful security door and most of the puzzle pieces and wall decor were quite good. The secondary area in Operation: Casino was a bit of let down especially when compared to the outer room and we ran into a technical problem with one of the puzzle solutions—a prop didn’t function properly so we assumed that we did something wrong. The gamemaster gave us instructions to remedy the issue and we were quickly back on our way. It was a small hitch in an otherwise smooth experience.
We certainly liked the quality of the casino props, but they weren’t enough to make us feel immersed in a casino environment. There was minimal background noise which is great when we’re trying to communicate with our teammates, but it doesn’t lend itself to a casino atmosphere. We felt similarly about the arrangement of the tables—makes sense for the small space, but where would the dealers stand and the players sit? The storyline was clear at the beginning and end of the game, but we didn’t see progressive development across the 60 minutes. This was an average escape room immersive experience.
The puzzles were generally well thought-out with some cool uses of the set and materials. There was a mix of linear gameplay with times of divergence so that guests in bigger groups could all feel involved. We took particular note of the ingenious ways that Breakout Games incorporated the randomness of real casino gameplay into their puzzles. The game designers took great care infusing authentic casino flair into single solution outcomes. The majority of the puzzles fit with the theme, but they didn’t adequately tie in with the narrative. There were a few puzzles that tested our math skills so expect to use both halves of your brains.
Overall we had a good time playing Operation: Casino. It was a solid presentation of a casino theme and the puzzle variety kept everyone involved. We all enjoyed the room and after our escape we were eager to play more at Breakout Games.