Detective vs. Dillinger

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Detective vs. Dillinger

  • Played March 2018
  • Chicago

  • 60 minutes
  • 2-10 players (12 if private party)
  • $30.27 per person

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Escape Artistry is located in the city of Chicago, with plenty of nearby shopping, food, and ice cream.  It was easy to find, but could use an additional sign outside just to catch the attention of passers-by.  Upon entering Escape Artistry, we were greeted by multiple employees who were all in-character, enthusiastic, and made us so excited to be there!  The waiting area was large, there were multiple bathrooms, games to play, and water available.  In addition, they had chargers for several types of phones so that you could charge them while you were in the room (we love that!).  Our briefing was one of the best, and most interactive, we’ve seen—we felt like we were part of the theme before even stepping into the room. The video we watched told us the backstory, gave us our mission, and this is where we were given some supplies for our adventure.

Escape Artistry has set the bar when it comes to attention to detail in their set designs. This room really did look and feel how we imagine a 1930’s detective’s office would. When we walked into our room, the first thing we all noticed was how much there was to work with. Because there was so much to look at, some of us got distracted by looking at everything and wondering how it fit together. While there were no obvious red herrings, there was a lot going on and it was up to us to figure out what was related to the puzzles at hand, and what was there for aesthetic purposes. The music, the attention to detail, and the 1930s-era feel were all quite impressive to us and helped us to feel immersed in the story throughout the room.

The puzzles in this room followed a logical progression, while also allowing for our group to divide and conquer, working on different puzzles simultaneously. We were excited to each having something to do without the feeling of being overwhelmed. This room required us to communicate often, which is something we always enjoy! One thing we would note for the company is that if something isn’t supposed to be moved, it should be glued in/screwed down. Other than that, we were pleased by the flow of the puzzles, the variety of the puzzles, and how much fun they were to complete!

We had a great time making our way through the Detective vs. Dillinger room. We found that there was something for everyone to do, we were able to divide-and-conquer while still communicating throughout, and our game master (Scooter) is always wonderful. We think this room would be great for larger groups, or more experienced players in smaller groups.

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