- Played October 2019
- Buffalo, NY
- 60 minutes
- 4-8 players
- not suitable for children
- What People Say
First and foremost, Escape City is very easy to find and has tons of free parking. As you walk into Escape City, you immediately get transported to an incredibly detailed post-apocalyptic lobby. We were greeted warmly by the staff who were just a joy to be around. Registration was super easy but once you’re done there’s really nothing to do, no games to play. They have drinks you can buy, but no snacks to nibble on. Once our room was ready to go, we placed all our things in a very spacious locker area, and we were off to the briefing room. We were told our story and walked to our room.
To start, the level of detail of everything Escape City does, even on the door leading into the rooms are of the highest level. The quality was so impressive, and everything was so real (except the body parts haphazardly thrown about). All the games and puzzles worked exactly as they should have, and the effects had us on the edge. If you made a mistake you knew, and you jumped.
Where Escape City really shines is the level of immersion. Right from the start you feel like you have been kidnapped, and you need to come together for the first amazing puzzle. Body collectors uses all five senses fantastically; you must pay attention to every detail of the room, including feeling things out and even your sense of smell! Once done with the first puzzle, it feels like you are just trying to get out, rather than outsmarting the killer. This room is more creepy than scary which is great for those who are apprehensive about “horror” based rooms.
As for the puzzles, they fit the theme of the room just right. To be transparent, most of them are more task based than actual puzzles. While very linear, it’s perfectly understood what you need to do for each room. We thought more flashlights would be helpful for a dark room, and the red herring, while immersive, kept us feeling frustrated. We felt like there was a lot of work for a red herring.
If you are a fan of the Saw movie series, this is the room for you. Escape City does an amazing job of making you feel like you’ve been kidnapped and you need to get out alive. We felt that while we had a group of six, four players is the perfect number to fully enjoy this room and to make everyone feel like they are contributing to the escape. There are some great team building puzzles, but we would have liked to see a few more in-depth puzzles. That first puzzle though… All in all, our team felt it was a fantastic room.