Who knew a high rise loft apartment could hide such important secrets? You have 60 minutes to find them and complete your recovery mission before security shows up to investigate!
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GuReview - The Loft
by Gureviewer: rachelklepadlo
Game Played On: Sunday, 4th March 2018
Recommended Team Size: 2-4 Players
Kid Friendly: Yes
Game Duration: 60 Min.
Booking Method: Online
Start Time: On Time
Who is this for: Families, Beginners, Searchers, First date
Live Actor: No
Public Transportation: N/A
Parking: Venue Free Parking, Street parking – lots of it
Parking available on the street and behind the building.
This is the escape room I would bring my aunts, uncles, and grandparents to when trying to explain what an escape room is. It is accessible to a wide variety of players, which I will further explain within the review. While definitely geared towards beginners, enthusiasts will appreciate the change of scenery presented within this game.
Venue / Lobby Info:
Located on the second floor, there is an elevator for those who wish to use it. The lobby reminds me of an indoor garden / patio - it is absolutely beautiful and a wonderful change of pace from the ordinary. It is bright, welcoming, and does a great job foreshadowing the experience ahead.
Public Restrooms: Yes
Notes for People with Disabilities:
Directly from Play It Out's Website - "Our building is compliant, and we welcome players with all abilities. Within the game, objects need to be manipulated by hand, clues need to be read and deciphered, and there may be some bending or reaching." Within the game, there are several opportunities for players to rest on available seating, and there is a lot of space for maneuvering a wheelchair or stroller. This facility is one of the few 'truly friendly towards all' locations that I have ever visited.
Game Introduction: We have 60 minutes to investigate the loft!
Operator Intro: Interesting
Theme: Investigation, Crime, Mystery,_crime, mystery
Narrative: Gather Intelligence or Espionage
Main room first glance: Wow!
This is by far the brightest, most well lit escape room we have ever been in. While other companies try to darken the room, Play it Out embraces the light. It works perfectly with the theme of the room, and further adds to their accessibility - flashlights are not needed for visibility! You walk into a game that truly feels like a loft apartment somewhere in Brooklyn, and it invites you to explore the space. It feels welcoming, homey, and you forget at times that you're actually in an escape room.
Flow: Very Good and coherent flow
For the most part, the flow of the room made sense. Since it was pretty linear, when we got stuck, we really got stuck and the room progression stalled. This was mostly due to us, and not a fault of the room design. Because of this, we do not recommend groups larger than 4 players - there is a good chance of players standing around doing nothing in groups larger than this.
Puzzles: Some of them were great (matched promised level)
Without being overly tech heavy, the designer made great use of the available space and floor plan of the loft. We were never huddled into a tiny dark corner to solve a puzzle - rather, they were all out in the open, where the team would be able to see what is happening.
Amazing use of the bright, airy space - unique set design - accessible to all players
The room is listed as hosting up to 8 players, but I cannot see having more than 4 (maybe 5 with kids?) in the space - there just isn't that many puzzles. To increase the number of players, an additional puzzle path would need to be added to keep players busy.
Hints & Clues, Debrief
Quality: Excellent (They have advanced the game, built-in escalation, no answer-disclosing)
Closure & Debrief: Excellent (Catharsis)