GuReview - Laboratory of Biohazard
by Gureviewer: rachelklepadlo
Ease Of Booking :
Super easy booking site, but it was odd to see this room listed as a 70 minute escape room, and it made the rest of our bookings for the day not line up very well. Keep this in mind.
Lobby : While ample room for standing, very few places to sit down while waiting for your game to start. Please be warned - there is a common coat hook area, but nowhere to store personal belongings (such as purses). The game master confiscates cell phones prior to entry to the room. This was incredibly frustrating, and meant lugging my purse around the game. There is no mention of this anywhere on their website.
Hospitality : We were greeted upon entry by a host, who ended up being our GM for the game we were playing. While they do not offer refreshments, there are several places to eat within the vicinity of the venue. The bathrooms were kept clean.
Time Keeping : Our game started about 10 minutes late.
Briefing Details : We were told a story about Dr. Snake, and sent into the room with an envelope in hand. We were given a walkie talkie and taught how to use it.
Operator Intro : OK
Efficient, straight to the point, and courteous.
The Game :
Linear in nature and a small game, this room would be a good fit for a team of 2-3 experienced players. Must love science/math type problems. I really, really wanted to love this game due to the water feature... but it does not live up to the standards of NYC games found within the surrounding area. With no audible sound effects to tell you when a puzzle is completed, there were several points where we weren't sure if our answers were correct for a puzzle the first (or tenth) time attempting to complete. This room was a prime example of 'a good tech budget does not create a good room'.
The Venue :
With no place to lock up or secure personal belongings, mixed with public bookings, I would prepare myself better for any other games I decide to play at this venue. I think if I played with a larger group of friends to essentially make the games 'private', and had somewhere within the game to place my belongings, I would be more receptive to try their other games.
Main Room - First Glance :
We were led into the basement, and the escape room took over most of the basement of the facility. The first room was anti-climatic - a 8x12 room with a big box on one side of the room, and several pipes along the walls. I was expecting a bit more from the scenery based on their website, and was disappointed.
Very Good and coherent flow
Each room has roughly 2 puzzles to solve, where you continue to go forward and never backward. Due to this setup, the flow is reasonably good for this escape room. We know when it's time to go to the next room and leave the prior room behind.
Some were quite trivial / No justification
There is exactly one puzzle in this room that I really, truly enjoyed - a water feature! The wow factor from this puzzle is the peak of this room experience, with mediocre puzzles prior and after. One puzzle in this room, even once explained, I still did not understand (RNA sequencing within an escape room?). The rest of the puzzles were linear, making several points where our team of 6 had people just standing around doing nothing.
Hints & Clues : 3 clues via walkie talkie
Policy: Some Rules
Hints & Clues Quality: When we asked for assistance, it was given quickly and efficiently.
Quality: Good (things made sense)
Closure & Debrief :
Our team of 6 got stuck on the 3rd room out of 4. The GM came and walked us through the rest of the room and puzzles. A few notes about this game: 6 people, especially in public booking, make this game both very tight and very boring for several people, as there just isn't enough puzzle to go around. If one or two people are solving the puzzles, the rest of the room is pretty much standing around.
Venue Description: First floor escape room with full storefront. One of the easiest escape rooms to spot in NYC!
Public Transportation : Excellent
Midtown manhattan, walking distance to several trains and times square.
Parking : Only street parking – well-packed| Paid parking, next to the venue
We decided to take a train, but there were several parking garages to be found in the area
Theme: Science / Laboratory
Narrative: Escape a Specific Unpleasant Place