- Played July 2019
- Livonia, Michigan
- 60 Minutes
- 28 USD
- What People Say
Excape Games, located in Livonia, is just off the I-96 and about 20 minutes west of downtown Detroit. With its bright purple awning and expansive sign you won’t be able to miss it if you’re driving by!
In the lobby you’ll find some of the friendliest and funniest staff alongside some of the coolest displays. There’s a full-size Iron-Man suit (don’t touch!) and a knight’s suit of armor for all to see. We even spent time geeking out about how cool the vending machine was!
Also available in the lobby (and TOO cool not to mention!) is that Excape Games has 4 VR headsets; all of which are available to play Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed VR escape room! (Give it a try – it is AMAZING.)
Your team enters an eerie old-fashioned study, decorated with all the classic eerie old-fashioned props of a study you’d find right out of a CLUE game, and the story begins. You’re asked to investigate the murder in a family whose lives are cloaked in mystique to uncover the true circumstances around the death.
As the room unpacks, so does the tangled web of Murder Mystery’s plot. As you begin to uncover each character’s buried secrets and trace their twisted motives, a bigger, darker, picture of the family begins to come into light. Learning these tidbits of juicy family history is fascinating; because the goal of the game is not to escape but to uncover the murderer and their motive, paying close attention to the story is extra rewarding. We spent so much of our time in Murder Mystery actively speculating about the actual murder mystery! Throughout the game, we had a blast coming up with theories for the murder, trying to predict upcoming twists, and immersing ourselves into the story. Not many escape rooms have a storyline that feels as actively engaging as Murder Mystery’s does.
The build quality of Murder Mystery was decent but could’ve used some more polish in the construction. Little details in the room, like using a butler bell to signal for hints, definitely added to the ambiance of the game. Most of the props were also really well integrated into the set design and the story as the room unpacks. However, some of the props would’ve benefitted from more fine-tuning.
The wide variety and high quantity of puzzles available in Murder Mystery were appreciated by us. There were observation puzzles, physical puzzles, teamwork puzzles, deduction puzzles… the list goes on! There were a few clues/props that were for puzzles that were no longer playable in the room. Although many were thematically appropriate, there are also some puzzles and solutions that could’ve been better integrated with the storyline. Combination locks make a frequent appearance in this room, sometimes thematically, but often not. Some of the solutions could’ve been paired with more appropriate locations, and some of the puzzles seemed oddly out of place in a room that is so story-driven.
We wouldn’t recommend this room for kids, with the theme being “”Murder Mystery”” and all that, but if your team is looking for a mind-stretching story-driven experience, this is the game for you!