Located near the warehouse district of Peoria, Illinois, is where you will find Gone in 60. The building is easy to find with ample parking available. While the lobby is not huge, it is aesthetically pleasing with artwork from locals (even the bathroom walls were hand-painted with artwork!), with plenty of seating available. There were games in the lobby, as well as drinks and merchandise available for purchase. The owners of Gone in 60 were incredible, friendly, and rightfully proud of the business they created. We were told the general rules of the game and a bit of background, before entering the room and watching an engaging and well-made introduction video for our room. We were so excited (and a bit nervous)!
When the lights went up after the video, we were blown away by the authenticity of the set pieces. We were supposed to be in an old lab, and that’s exactly what the props portrayed. Rather than seeing painted wooden or plastic pieces, we saw authentic equipment. Through a conversation with one of the owners, we found out that they go wherever they need to throughout the country in order to obtain authentic pieces that will fit their themes perfectly. The quality of this room was outstanding and allowed for easy immersion. We felt slightly nervous at the beginning, and felt a hesitation throughout the room, which is one of our best signs of an immersive room. The lighting, visuals, and scent that they put into the room all allowed for us to feel as though we were really part of this story.
When it came to puzzle design, we could understand their clue stream, and it was clear that they ask themselves the “why” behind their puzzles (e.g., it made sense why we had to do certain things during this story). In terms of type of puzzles, there was some variety but there weren’t many puzzles that required teamwork. That’s one of the only things I would change, I like to need to communicate and work with my team (even if that’s always best practice). The puzzles were logical and understandable, but a lengthier puzzle or two in there wouldn’t hurt. The puzzle design was above average, but lengthier puzzles and those requiring teamwork would really push them up!
So, did we have fun? Yes! If you are in the Peoria/Bloomington/Central Illinois area, we highly recommend you visit Gone in 60. The set design was authentic and made for a truly wonderful experience. We felt engaged and felt the tension throughout, which makes for a great game. This is not a room you’ll just be standing around in, there is lots to do and even more to see. We recommend this room for pretty much anyone, large groups, small groups, new or experienced, we think everyone will find something they love in this room.