GuReview - The Midnighters

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, Enthusiasts, Searchers

Live Actor: No

Public Transportation: Excellent

Middle of historical Philadelphia

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:

I was hesitant in booking a boxing themed room.. If you're on the fence, I highly suggest taking the plunge. The theme is unique and well executed, without being too 'sporty' for us non-sports fans .

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. I would select a Quest for Freedom if you have any mobility issues or colorblind players over the Midnighters.

The Game   


Game Introduction: We're on the hunt for a time capsule. Given a walkie talkie and an exciting backstory that keeps it in the family, we're ready for the adventure!

Operator Intro: Exciting - takes you into the story

Theme: Investigation, Crime, Mystery,_crime, mystery

Narrative: Carry out a Heist

Main room first glance: Nice & Neat!

First glances can be deceiving. On immediate entry, we noticed some lockers, a punching bag, and a ring painted on the floor. No big deal - right?! Things you would 100% expect to find in a boxing gym. Upon further discovery, the nuances of the set design begin to unfold - 80s references, beautiful set/puzzle pieces.. I was impressed by the tasteful balance between escape room-esque and boxing themed elements.

Flow: Good Flow - one thing leads to another. Sometime not clear

For the most part, we had a pretty good idea what we are supposed to be doing 'overall' within the game, but there are some points where we weren't sure what was supposed to be done or happen next within the experience. Additional backstory / reading / video / prompts would assist with the mission flow.

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

Puzzle quality and difficult varied greatly within the experience. At several points, Olde City succeeded in multi-player engagement within a single puzzle. At other times, the game was at a standstill while one player completed a task or puzzle. For our group of four it worked out ok, but I wouldn't recommend a larger group size. Several puzzles are color dependent within this experience.

Game Strengths:

unique theme - interesting set design - plot twists

Game Weaknesses:

choppy flow - storyline/theme was lost halfway through the game

Hints & Clues, Debrief   


Method: Walkie Talkie

Quality: Good (things made sense)

Closure & Debrief: Very Good

Final Thoughts:

Olde City Escape Games attempted a unique theme and successfully implemented a sports-themed Escape Room - quite the rarity in our area. It was a light hearted, unique, moderate difficulty experience. I would recommend this room to enthusiasts looking for something a little 'different' than the 'typical 10' themes we've all seen, or as an introductory Escape Room to the sports fanatic in your life.

Did You Escape: Yes

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