GuReview - RESEARCH BASE
by Gureviewer: Theresa Wagner
Game Played On: Tuesday, 12th June 2018
Recommended Team Size: 3-5 Players
Kid Friendly: No
Game Duration: 60 Min.
Booking Method: Online| Phone
Start Time: On Time
Who is this for: Enthusiasts, Beginners, Searchers, Thrill Seekers
Live Actor: No
Public Transportation: Excellent
The venue was very easy to get to from the public transportation
Parking: Street parking – some
The research base is a slightly more difficult game, so 4 skilled players will be the optimal number. There are no horror elements in the game, but the setting is a bit intense for children.
Venue / Lobby Info:
The venue was underground, and the lobby was well designed. There is a photo booth in the lobby, as well as beautiful murals that are paintings of their in-game characters and themes. There are lockers to lock up your belongings, and clean restrooms.
Public Restrooms: Yes
Notes for People with Disabilities:
The venue is down a flight of stairs and to my knowledge, cannot be accessed without walking down stairs.
Game Introduction: The game introduction was done both in and out of game. The out-of-game introduction was to teach players of the locks and tech in the room, and let them know simple rules of the game. The in game portion of the introduction was done to set the mood of the room, and let players know of the backstory. This was done by your game master-- ours did a wonderful job conveying the story behind the room.
Operator Intro: Exciting - takes you into the story
Theme: Science / Laboratory
Narrative: Gather Intelligence or Espionage
Main room first glance: Wow!
The first room is smaller than the rest of the space, and quickly opens up to other areas of the game. The room sets the precedence of the entire game, and is a good entryway (both theoretically and physically) to the escape room ahead. The main room was designed beautifully, with a really interesting set design and attention to detail.
Flow: Excellent flow - flawless and coherent
The puzzles went into one another well, but were not obvious and in your face. The game was non linear while having a path that players must go down, and a very good challenge for three experienced players.
Puzzles: Well thought of. Intriguing
The puzzles were very fun, with many non conventional input methods. There were many fun interactions, and tons of creative puzzle design. There were a few unique puzzles that we had not seen elsewhere, and many puzzles were designed for vastly different puzzle skill sets. The puzzles in this game were definitely slightly more difficult than the other rooms at Locked, so make sure to bring your A game!
Puzzles, set, interactions, immersion, difficulty level.
One puzzle had such a short sequence for the answer that we accidentally solved it while just messing with the mechanism. A slightly longer code there would make the prop less prone to accidental solutions.
Hints & Clues, Debrief
Method: Walkie Talkie
Quality: Excellent (They have advanced the game, built-in escalation, no answer-disclosing)
Closure & Debrief: Excellent (Catharsis)
The Research Base is a wonderful challenge to stumble on in a relatively easy to medium market overall, and is absolutely worth playing for the interactions and challenge. Make sure to book The Research Base when in the area!!
Did You Escape: Yes