GuReview - The Forbidden Forest

West Hempstead, US

by Gureviewer: rachelklepadlo


Game Played On: Sunday, 24th June 2018

Recommended Team Size: 2-4 Players

Kid Friendly: See Notes

Game Duration: 60 Min.

Booking Method: Online

Start Time: On Time

Who is this for: Families, Enthusiasts, Beginners, First date

Live Actor: No

Public Transportation: Some

Down the block from the Q train

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

Busy avenue with metered parking, parking garage is 2 blocks away

Overview Notes:

Children older than 10-12 will fully enjoy this experience. It's dark, but not scary within the room.

The Venue   

Venue / Lobby Info:

Element Quest is on the 2nd floor of a 3 story building along the busy shopping district on Kings Highway. A large sign can be seen indicating that Element Quest is on the 2nd floor. Upon arrival at the building, a small sign is on a door that leads to stairs, showing us where to locate the business. On the second floor, there is currently no signage to indicate you are at the correct business. The main entrance has frosted windows and door. Upon entry into the suite, the lobby is well lit with some seating along one wall. There was enough room for 7 of us to stand around and chat without feeling too claustrophobic, but there is only seating for 3-4 people. There is a large reception desk on one side of the lobby, with a game entrance to either side.

Public Restrooms: Yes

Refreshments: No

Notes for People with Disabilities:

Not ADA accessible. Please call prior to booking.

The Game   

Game Introduction: We were led into an 'airplane', where the voice over the audio system told us we're flying over the Bermuda triangle... and then we're crashing......

Operator Intro: Exciting - takes you into the story

Theme: Fantasy / Fiction

Narrative: Be an Adventurer

Main room first glance: Looks Good

Element Quest creatively turned a hallway into an airplane! It was a great use of space, and was very unexpected. The set design only escalates from there as you enter the forest you 'crashed' into...

Flow: Not that good. A bit confusing

Mostly linear in nature, it is difficult to discern what order to perform tasks, or where to look to continue your journey. More details are needed to assist in the flow of this adventure.

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

Most of the puzzles stayed on theme and varied in difficulty. One puzzle was a color-dependent task, which was very difficult to do given the light source (or lack thereof) within the room. Some puzzles relied on outside knowledge of how they work in order to complete.

Game Strengths:

Beautiful indoor forest - creative use of space - Fun puzzle elements - unique theme

Game Weaknesses:

The experience felt finished but 'unpolished' - More lighting sources needed - More storyline or direction is required, especially for less experienced players to truly enjoy the game

Hints & Clues, Debrief   

Method: Walkie Talkie

Quality: Good (things made sense)

Closure & Debrief: Excellent (Catharsis)

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Final Thoughts:

The Forbidden Forest is Element Quest's second room. Several elements found in their first room, 'The Taken' , have been expanded upon and improved in this new experience. Once the game is polished and more direction is added, I look forward to recommending this room to families - beginners and enthusiasts alike. It's a beautiful room with a setting one must see to believe. I'm not a big Instagram person, but the set within the Forest belong in an Instagram 'photo experience'.

Did You Escape: Yes


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