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Bates Motel Escape Rooms - "Countdown"

Updated: Apr 16

LOCATION:  West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA

Photos provided by Bates Motel Escape Rooms



📝  ETR DECODER

  • 🔑 GAME: Countdown

  • 📅 DATE PLAYED: March 1, 2021

  • 🎬 GENRE: Espionage

  • 🧠 DIFFICULTY (Based on 2 ppl): 7/10

  • 👥 TOTAL # OF PLAYERS: 1-10 ppl

  • 🕒 LENGTH OF TIME: 60 Mins

  • 💰 PRICE: $29.95/ pp

  • ☎️ BOOKING TYPE: Private

  • 🔓 ESCAPED/ COMPLETED?: No


📖 THE STORY

You and your fellow members of the Navy SEAL Team 3 has been assigned to a special mission. You are to restart an old submarine in order to launch coordinates to take out the NK missiles. You might encounter enemy ships along the way at which time you'll have to decide to either engage or evade. Use the alerts from ComSubPac and pay close attention to Emergency Action Messages (EAM) in order to successfully complete this mission. Are you ready team?

🎯 HIT THE BULLSEYE

  • The submarine set design was on par with the rest of the Bates Motel Escape Rooms. I love submarine-themed escape rooms and find it fascinating when designed correctly! From small details like metal doors and mesh walls to an entire control room, I was ready to throw on a uniform and make my way to the bridge (there's even a hatch)!

  • The green light and red warning lights really added the feeling of traveling deep under the sea. In various parts of the game, different alarm sounds also added the urgency to the situation.

  • The storyline writes itself and puts you in the driver's seat (in this case the captain's seat). There was a lot of executive decisions to be made in this game and war-related scenarios that allowed us to feel the adrenaline.

🧩 MISSED THE MARK

  • One thing that we noticed with "Countdown" is that some of the puzzles felt repetitive and required a lot of similar actions . We understand that this escape room is supposed to be the most challenging one and rated difficult. However, when the puzzles or obstacles are more tedious than challenging, it's no longer entertaining. This could be easily fixed by cutting done down some of these repetitive steps.

  • Some solutions felt too obvious and didn't really make sense as to why they would be the solution. If it's utilized from a story aspect it would make more sense.

  • There were so parts, switches and stations that we had to learn during this 60 minute game. Some were difficult to spot as we were not sure what monitor to look at and what to take as the next step. We really had to utilize our GM's help sort of like guide in order for us to complete this game (with extended time). It felt a bit overwhelming.

🏹 TAKE A SHOT?

Bates Motel Escape Rooms is an interactive entertainment center that currently has 4 escape room games! Today, we are trying "The Tomb", "Bates Manor", "and their hardest one... "Countdown". Unfortunately, we didn't have time to play their 4th game - "Revenge of the Serial Killer". They also have Stryke Force laser tag which is an intense, unique indoor tactical laser tag arena! In addition, they also have a party room and rage rooms. only had enough time to play 3 out of the 4 games. Like a lot of other companies, they started off with haunted attractions and later expanded to create Bates Motel Escape Rooms. Although I ranked this room to be a 7, realistic it felt like a 9.5/10 not be cause of the puzzle difficulty level but because of the repetition we had to do in order to complete the various commands. With more people you may have a chance to escape in time but with two players it's nearly impossible. The best way to play this game is to have one player manning a particular station. During the game, you are constantly on the move so it felt like a high speed workout! If you love physical activity type of games, you'll definitely get your money's worth in the the "Countdown"! Check out our reviews of "The Tomb" and "Bates Manor"!


Additional Info

  • Parking lot available

  • Lobby with waiting area

  • Laser Tag

  • Rage Rooms

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*** We regret to inform this game is no longer available for booking but check out other games on their website***



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Disclosure: We thank Bates Motel Escape Rooms for comping our tickets for this game. Although complimentary admission was generously provided, it does not impact our opinion on the review whatsoever.

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