Escape Room Melbourne (ERM) - "Isolation"
Updated: Dec 9, 2020
Photos provided by Escape Room Melbourne [ERM]
Company: Escape Room Melbourne [ERM]
Country: Australia 🇦🇺
Type of Game: Live Stream Escape Game 💻
Genre: Sci-Fi, Mystery
Date Played: 11/19/2020
Difficulty (based on 2 players): 5/10
Size of Team: 2-6 Players
Time: 120 Minutes
Price: $120 - $160/Team
Our Zoom call has been interrupted by an unknown caller. It seems like the caller is semi-delusional and really in need of assistance. Hopefully we'll be able to help him solve his own mystery...
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As we logged into Zoom, an intro video started our experience with a background story. After the video ended, we're introduced to Logan, a live avatar that's currently stuck at his current location. The entire game was played with him sitting in front of the computer screen so it's not exactly a remote experience where you'll be able to explore the room. As he's trying to piece together his memory, we're giving bits and pieces of clues through links that were send to us over the Zoom chat. These links would open up websites, videos, PDF files, jpgs, etc...It would've been great if these clues were build into an inventory portal since it was hard to keep track of all the tabs that we had open. The avatar was really into his role and we had a great time interacting with his character. Through solving puzzles we're able to stitch together what was happening to him. We recommended writing things down as you'll be able to pick up a lot of subtle hints from your conversations. He was great at giving his clues without having to expose the solution.
There were a good amount of puzzles throughout the game. Some were quite easy as they required some sleuthing outside of the game. Some were pretty difficult and reminded me of my biology and chemistry classes back in high school. The solutions usually would open up another gateway for you to gain another piece of the mystery. The way the creators interloop the puzzles within the story and slowly revealed the plots in bits and pieces offered a nice build up for the players.
"Isolation" is a 2 hour experience that integrated immersive theater and puzzle solving. If you are solely there for the puzzles, you might feel that the story part could feel somewhat prolonged at times. There's really no need to rush through the game as you'll miss out on the story side of this experience. However, do leave some time at the end as you'll need to make a life and death decision. Hopefully you'll be able to save Logan so he can continue to provide his service for the next show!
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Disclosure: We thank Escape Room Melbourne [ERM] for providing us with a media discount our tickets for this game. Although a discounted experience was generously provided, it does not impact our opinion on the review whatsoever.