GuReview - Vampires Dinner
by Gureviewer: rachelklepadlo
Game Played On: Saturday, 17th March 2018
Recommended Team Size: 2-4 Players
Kid Friendly: Yes
Game Duration: 60 Min.
Booking Method: Online
Start Time: On Time
Who is this for: Families, Beginners
Live Actor: No
Public Transportation: N/A
Parking: Venue Free Parking, Paid parking, next to the venue
We paid $1 to park in the parking lot next door to the venue.
I love how Puzzle Parlour can take a theme that would traditionally be 'scary', and make it accessible for all. The room is appropriate for those 12+, and is creepy without being scary.
Venue / Lobby Info:
The lobby of Puzzle Parlour is absolutely beautiful - it is truly a parlour. They have several couches set up, with games to play while waiting. It is one of the most comfortable lobbies I have ever seen. We had a wonderful game host, who was both friendly and talkative. He truly cared about his rooms, and it showed every minute that we were at the venue. There are separate restrooms for men and women, with a few stalls in each. Even the restrooms were pretty compared to others that we have been to.
Public Restrooms: Yes
Notes for People with Disabilities:
The restroom stalls are very small, I would double check before booking if you need any particular accommodations. The rooms do not require any climbing or heavy lifting, however, there is nowhere to sit down within the games.
Game Introduction: We are searching for a serum to save our friend that was bitten by a vampire.
Operator Intro: Exciting - takes you into the story
Theme: Fantasy / Fiction
Main room first glance: Not OK
I have a rule with the group that we play regularly with - we wait 60 days to play any new rooms, to make sure that any bugs or game issues are worked out prior to us playing. For being open since January (it's now mid-March), we expected a bit more of a finished product. The game master explained to us that some of the special effects weren't finished yet, which we understood.. But door frames were unfinished, moulding wasn't installed... Compared to the polished grandeur that we were used to from Puzzle Parlour, this room still felt unfinished and lacked the 'wow' factor. It looked like the game should have been in beta testing still, not several months in of paid bookings. There was a lighting fixture that we had to be careful not to let our guys hit their head on in the center of the room (a future table will prevent that issue). Two coffins line one wall, a bunch of photos are on the walls, a cabinet, and a dresser on others. We weren't quite sure which room we were supposed to be in..?
Flow: Good Flow - one thing leads to another. Sometime not clear
Within the game, we mostly knew what was supposed to happen and what we were supposed to do. We caught ourselves overthinking a few puzzles, making them significantly more difficult than they needed to be and disrupted game flow.
Puzzles: Some of them were great (matched promised level)
One puzzle had a true wow factor, quite a few stayed on theme. A few of the puzzles felt repetitive. About 3/4 of the way through the game, our group lost their enthusiastic playing energy as we got stuck on two back to back puzzles that bottle-necked our progress for almost 15 minutes, to the point where one player sat down to wait.
unique theme - a great wow puzzle - fantastic staff
Unfinished room - puzzles needed better cluing at the end - several bottleneck moments within a linear game
Hints & Clues, Debrief
Quality: Good (things made sense)
Closure & Debrief: OK
Compared to other rooms at this location, this room was underwhelming, and I could see it deterring a new player from returning to this venue. I would recommend playing The Surgery or The Heist at this location for now, and wait a few more months prior to booking this game. Puzzle Parlour has some of the best theatrical elements in the area, but I cannot recommend this particular room at this time.
Did You Escape: Yes