- Played May 2018
- Buffalo, NY
- 30 minutes
- 3-12 players
- $19.99 for 1 game or $29.99 for 3 games
- Great for families
- What People Say
One of 5-Wits’ newest locations has opened in Buffalo with three of their classic games making a comeback: Tomb, Deep Space, and Drago’s Castle. Located on the 3rd floor of Walden Galleria, the lobby of 5-Wits is large and welcoming, with its gift shop selling tons of fun, quirky souvenirs. It’s also hard to miss the giant inflatable dragon beckoning you inside. If you step near the front entrance the friendly staff are happy to explain what escape rooms are, pricing options, and what each room is. The fact that it’s in a mall also means that there will undoubtably be plenty of parking, unless you’re going during the busiest of shopping seasons.
Unless you’ve been to multiple 5-Wits locations across the country, you may not know that Tomb has multiple incarnations. 5-Wits Buffalo, which has the most recent incarnation of Tomb, features a redesigned middle chamber. The new chamber, we have all agreed, is a fantastic improvement.
As always, 5-Wits does not disappoint when it comes to the quality of their rooms. The build of Tomb is incredible. Everything is sturdy and solid. The room design is reminiscent of Disney theme parks; hieroglyphs and artwork are carved into every wall, column, and doorway. The electronics and puzzle components all worked smoothly without issues. There are times in tomb where the room quality is so cool that the entire room moves in response to your actions!
The spectacular ending of Tomb is also highly praised by many members of our group, as 5-Wits does the showmanship aspect of their rooms exceptionally well. The sights and sounds are always very immersive, and even though the story could be better integrated into the puzzles, it’s still memorable and continuously developed throughout the room. In fact, the sound and visual system guides you elegantly through multiple endings and secrets. (But just a heads up – Tomb, like all 5-Wits games, is very language dependent. Players may struggle with understanding both the story and the instructions if they aren’t fluent in English).
One of the newer puzzles in this particular incarnation flaunts a flawless combination of teamwork, observation, coordination, and immersion. Many of the puzzles in Tomb are arcade-style, time-based, and involve action from the whole team. These less puzzle-oriented arcade-style tasks are extremely well-suited for families with kids, or players who are thrilled by interaction and teamwork. While escape room purists will probably prefer a more puzzle-heavy style of room, they will no doubt still appreciate the setting of the room itself. Tomb also has a fair share of (non-intensive) physical puzzles. The room will have you running around, searching, flipping, and rotating its props for sure!
Ultimately, if you’re looking for a good time, Tomb at 5-Wits is a great place to be. Players who love teamwork and interaction will like it more than those who love deduction and logic, but it’ll be a good time nonetheless.