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Game: The Haunted Theatre
Company: Escape Room L.A.
Country: USA 🇺🇸
Type of Game: Live Stream Escape
Date Played: 10/10/2020
Difficulty (based on 4 players): 7/10
Size of Team: 4-10 Players
Time: 60 Minutes
Price: $23.50/ pp
Please note: "The Haunted Theatre" is adapted from Escape Room LA’s physical game, "The Theatre". If you’ve already played that game, you will find many similarities.
There are some spirits that have been trapped in an old haunted theater for too long. Now we're trapped in here as well and the only way to free ourselves is to free the spirits! There's no time to waste...
This game is played over Zoom. The game uses Telescape to operate all the puzzle and video elements. Zoom is merely used for communication and hints (provided by an off-screen live host). We were provided with photos of 360 views of the rooms and the entire game was experienced as a point-n-click format. As we "entered" the backstage of the theater, we were overwhelmed by the amount of props and puzzles that presented itself. It was great to have our friends Bluefish Games on this journey with us as there were definitely a lot to discover and it would be nearly impossible to finish in time with just the two of us.
The design of the game made us felt like we're playing in an actual escape room. As one player picked up a clue, it was added to the main inventory system to be seen by everyone. Once one player opened a lock, it would stay open for the rest of the team to look over. There were many puzzles where collaboration was required. For instance, one teammate would read out information to another teammate and together they were able to solve a puzzle in that format. If you are an experienced player, we recommend 4 to be an ideal number as it could get confusing as more players join into the conversations. If you are less experienced at escape rooms and puzzles, definitely get as much help as possible.
Some puzzles were interactive and you're able to move them around and maneuver them in Telescape. It was a great way to transfer some of these physical puzzles that we normally could only experience in real life to online. The video components of the game also added to the story line which we very much enjoyed throughout the adventure. Although there were no jump scares, we could definitely feel the eerie vibe through the set design and props. If you love puzzles, you'll feel fully satisfied after playing this game. Halloween is coming up and this is a great game to gather a few friends to spend a "spooky" evening together.
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Disclosure: We thank Escape Room L.A. for comping our tickets for this game. Although a complimentary experience was generously provided, it does not impact our opinion on the review whatsoever.