The Nightingale

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The Nightingale

  • Played September 2017
  • Denver, CO

  • 60 minutes
  • 1-6 people. All reservations are private.
  • $25
  • Ages 6+ welcome

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This was our second room of the day at Golden Puzzle Room. Check out our review of Rocky Mountain Zephyr to get more information about the pre-room experience.

The Nightingale of Immortality was stolen and it was up to our team to retrieve it! We began in the Golden Tea House, which has a beautifully appointed space with authentic furniture and calming music. The tea house had many decorations, but our group of 5 did not have much trouble moving around. A larger group may find it a bit tight. We were pleased with the quality and condition of the items in the room. Everything worked as expected and it felt like we were one of the first teams to visit. We thought that the white walls and fluorescent lighting could use some improvement, but neither took away from the story or puzzles.

We loved that, in addition to our brains, we had to use our hands, eyes, ears and noses to aid us in solving the puzzles. Using smell to solve puzzles can be difficult to incorporate into a solution, but the designers at Golden Puzzle Room were smart in its appropriation. The use of sound always makes for a tough challenge when there is a group of people engaged in different activities in a small room. In The Nightingale we appreciated the need to pull together and quietly focus as a team to progress with that puzzle path. There was a reasonable amount of clue scavenging, but thankfully we weren’t required to find every last item. The puzzles ranged in difficulty and required an array of skills—everyone in our team had their strengths and we were able to separate into smaller groups as multiple pathways emerged. Red herrings were reasonable and appropriate. The overall Puzzle quality was excellent.

The flow of the room was very good, but we weren’t as excited about the level of immersion. The believable set design made us feel like we were in the right place for this game. However, while the puzzles did follow the theme of the story, we didn’t find that the puzzles progressed the narrative. And, a reliance on combo locks didn’t seem to fit the story. We all appreciated the increased tension as time was ticking down and the end was in sight, but many of us felt that solving the final puzzle was anticlimactic. Some didn’t realize that we had succeeded with our mission.

The whole team had fun playing The Nightingale. It is clear that the owners of Golden Puzzle Room take pride in their work. The room quality is above average and included some beautiful and theme-appropriate furniture. The variety and difficulty-range of puzzles, along with unique theme, make this an enjoyable room for newcomers and escape room veterans. The immersion may be the weakest part of the experience, but it was still on par with many rooms around the country. We recommend you stop by Golden Puzzle Room for a fun evening with friends or to host a birthday party in their First Mission room for kids!

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