Conspiracy Theory

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The premise of Conspiracy is quite simple: news channels have been investigating rumours that the last presidential election was rigged. (The room was created well before the most recent election, which makes the introductory video both high-quality and unintentionally all-too-relevant). Your friend Joe is suspicious about the results and was investigating them. When you go visit him, it’s clear something has gone awry in this bachelor’s apartment.

Joe’s small apartment is pretty much exactly what you would expect from a single dude obsessed with political conspiracy. Aside from a few immersive misses, like the couch not facing the TV, the room feels small but livable, which is a great quality for any apartment-themed room. There are a couple things Conspiracy Theory could definitely touch up: a few laminated notes were literally falling apart at the seams, and accidental happenstances had left a hole in the apartment wall. Conspiracy Theory’s puzzle props are very well themed (albeit with a couple puzzles that seem a touch out of place) and contribute to the mounting suspicions that something has gone horribly wrong in the election.

The environment plays well into the story: most of us felt the environment was more immersive than the plot. Joe’s tiny apartment draws focus to the HUGE red-yarn bulletin board at the center of his home. As you pull open his drawers and inspect everything from his Q-tips to his pants, you feel as though you’re genuinely rummaging through the guy’s house. As you uncover more about Joe, you also learn more about the conspiracy afoot.

Your friend Joe was clearly paranoid enough to cover his tracks. As a result searching is an important component in Conspiracy Theory. Members of our group who enjoy searching were eager for more interesting search-related challenges. The last puzzle in particular was fantastically put together; it was a multi-layered puzzle that got all of us using our brains to solve. While the puzzles aren’t new, Conspiracy Theory is definitely not an easy room; it challenges all of your puzzle-solving skills from searching, to decoding, to observing.

Conspiracy Theory was an enjoyably challenging and engaging room. The furniture and props, save for the laminated papers, felt real, and it’s always fun to play with those crazy-theory-red-yarn bulletin boards. If you and your group are looking for a politically intriguing escape room in Buffalo, Conspiracy Theory is a fantastic choice.

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