Oddfellow’s Secret

Oddfellow's Secret is a street adventure game where your team of 2-3 people will have 2.5 hours to walk around the the West Village of New York City solving challenging puzzles to complete your mission.
Company: Crux Club

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The Story

Grandmaster Simon Hayes is being held hostage by monks called the Sanctus Custos. Simon left behind five boxes of puzzles to teach your team how to stop to the city from being destroyed. Solve the mystery of the obelisks placed across Manhattan. Use the power within you to before it’s too late.

Audience
  • Friends & Family
  • Dating
  • Students
Difficulty Group
  • Kids and Family
Parking
Payment Methods

Pricing

No. of players
2
3
Player Price
$65
$78
No. of players
Player Price
2
$65
3
$78

More Information

Number of Players:

2 to 3

Room Accepted Currency:

USD

Game Duration in Minutes:

150

GuReview - Oddfellow’s Secret

by Gureviewer: rachelklepadlo

Overview


Game Played On: Saturday, 15th September 2018

Recommended Team Size: 1-3 Players

Kid Friendly: Yes

Game Duration: Other

Booking Method: Online

Start Time: On Time

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

Live Actor: Yes

Public Transportation: Excellent

Any train or bus into the West Village.

Parking: Street parking – some, Only street parking – well-packed, Paid parking – remote (5 min. walk+)

Several parking lots are in the vicinity

Overview Notes:

Oddfellow's is designed for 2-3 players, but is possible to complete as a solo player or with a small family. Be prepared to walk ~2 miles and dress for the weather. It is 99% stroller friendly.

The Venue   


Venue / Lobby Info:

Meeting at the corner of a park, our mission would quickly escalate! With no formal lobby, the mission begins the moment you enter the space.

Public Restrooms: No

Refreshments: No

Notes for People with Disabilities:

This mission is 99% wheelchair friendly. Email prior to booking with any questions.

The Game   


Game Introduction: Our GM had us watch a short video, letting us know we were trying to rescue a hostage and save the city!

Operator Intro: Exciting - takes you into the story

Theme: Adventure

Narrative: Find the Missing Person

Main room first glance: Wow!

Oddfellow's secret is an outdoor game, using a mix of physical game components and online navigation.

Flow: Excellent flow - flawless and coherent

Whenever we're playing an outside mission, several variables always come into play - did a store close? Is there a street fair? Would a building be under renovation?? With a built in 'help' and 'clue' system, we were able to smoothly overcome all obstacles within the duration of game play, creating a flawless navigation.

Puzzles: Well thought of. Intriguing

While all of the puzzles were interesting, there was a wide variety of difficulty between them. For experienced Escape Room players, most of the puzzles should feel familiar. One puzzle in particular takes up a significant amount of game time without needing to - the same puzzle strategy is used several times and I'd love to see more variety here.

Game Strengths:

beautiful flow - fun to explore NYC - detailed story line - more than just a 'scavenger hunt' - self paced, independent game - interesting use of landmarks

Game Weaknesses:

The puzzles do not build a sense of urgency - this may be created with the use of additional mission game timers at critical moments.

Hints & Clues, Debrief   


Method: Phone

Quality: Excellent (They have advanced the game, built-in escalation, no answer-disclosing)

Closure & Debrief: Excellent (Catharsis)

Game Master Name:

Jan

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Comments:
Bookings are scheduled every Monday, based on weather and other factors for the upcoming week.

Final Thoughts:

Escape Room enthusiasts will enjoy a change of pace, spending a few hours in the outside world solving puzzles. I would recommend Oddfellow's Secret as a 'gateway game' to non-escapers or for those visiting from out of town. It's fun, easy to get involved, accessible to most players, and runs very smoothly. Make sure to eat a nice meal before playing! As this game runs by limited invitation and booking times, expect to reserve your game several weeks in advance.

Did You Escape: Yes

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