GuReview - A Quest for Freedom

Philadelphia, US

by Gureviewer: rachelklepadlo

Overview


Game Played On: Sunday, 29th July 2018

Recommended Team Size: 3-5 Players

Kid Friendly: Yes

Game Duration: 60 Min.

Booking Method: Online

Start Time: On Time

Who is this for: Families, Beginners, Searchers

Live Actor: No

Public Transportation: Excellent

Downtown historical Philadelphia, with trains and buses nearby.

Parking: Street parking – some, Paid parking – remote (5 min. walk+)

Parking rates ranged from $11 - $35 for the day (Sunday) at nearby lots. Plan your trip with this cost in mind.

Overview Notes:

We played this room as a duo, keeping us busy for ~55 minutes. I would have loved to have a third set of eyes during the experience. Children over the age of 10/12 will enjoy this room, especially if they're into history. This is a search heavy game. Use your clues accordingly.

The Venue   


Venue / Lobby Info:

Walking along the street covered in construction, a floor mounted folding sign can be seen, indicating an Escape Room nearby!! Taking the elevator up to the third floor, we are let out directly into the lobby. Comfortable couches, a really cool mural, and floating lights were found.. The highlight of the lobby was an old wooden 'pinball' type game that kept our group occupied while waiting. Seating note: if your group arrives early, there is enough seating for ~15 people to be comfortable.

Public Restrooms: Yes

Refreshments: No

Notes for People with Disabilities:

Call ahead prior to booking. Quest for Freedom is ADA compliant, allowing all members of your team to be involved in the experience.

The Game   


Game Introduction: A 90 second video is played via tablet. We must locate the seven reasons before time runs out!

Operator Intro: Interesting

Theme: Specific Place and Time (1700-1900)and time (1700-1900)

Narrative: Gather Intelligence or Espionage

Main room first glance: Nice & Neat!

We begin the game in a dated, antique looking study/library. The set looks clean and elegant, transporting your team to the 1700s. At a quick glance, there are a few little 'aha!' moments that set this room apart - namely, the game designer did us a favor by gluing all the books in place, keeping this game from becoming an hour long word search!

Flow: Not that good. A bit confusing

I am a firm believer that a GM should only need to provide clues to players when they cannot solve a puzzle - not to assist them in finding (more than one) puzzle stream. This game relied heavily on our GM nudging/cluing us into 'what to do next', as no clear flow is present throughout the experience. While beginners will not mind, and a larger team may stumble upon a puzzle or two, our repeated need for GM assistance became an in-game crutch for us.

Puzzles: Some of them were great (matched promised level)

Mixing high tech and low tech elements, there was a beautiful mix of puzzles to be found within the experience. Paired with the beautiful set design, you're in for a real immersive treat. There were a few times when the game needed a different puzzle, or the adventure could have benefited from a more immersive set piece. With the beauty and magnitude of effort taken, these few elements felt cheap and rushed in comparison. Remember to bring your glasses or use the in-room provided magnifying glass, as several puzzles currently rely on eagle sight. This is an English-heavy experience with a significant amount of reading.

Game Strengths:

beautiful immersive, expansive set - wide range of puzzle difficulty and puzzle types - several puzzles met or exceeded our expectations +\- Several cryptex/decoder/scramble puzzles are present within this game

Game Weaknesses:

Difficult flow to piece together - a couple messy/sloppy props that should be improved to match the caliber of the rest of the room

Hints & Clues, Debrief   


Method: Other

Quality: Excellent (They have advanced the game, built-in escalation, no answer-disclosing)

Closure & Debrief: Very Good

Final Thoughts:

Being in historical downtown Philadelphia, it is a real treat to see historical based games being built within the area. A Quest for Freedom is a beautiful, fun experience, where you can see so much love and effort was placed into the game.

Did You Escape: Yes

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