Escape Virtuality - "Ghost Collector"
Updated: Dec 9, 2020
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* Please note we went to the location pre-pandemic and above are the information for back then. Please check on their website for their recent policy on booking type and pricing.
📖 THE STORY
The Ghost Collector has been capturing all the evil spirits that have been terrorizing the streets of New York. He has created a way to contain them by locating specific personal objects that they were connected with. Now you and your friends can come visit the Ghost Collector's séance room and view the ghosts that he's collected in person. There is a catch! In order to see them, you must temporarily release them from their containment chamber and within 60 minutes locate their personal objects and perform a ritual to return them or else they will be permanently free to roam the city streets again!
🎯 HIT THE BULLSEYE
The storyline is so unique and creative that it fits perfect within this escape room. The objective(s) all make sense and allows the game to be played organically throughout the experience. Being that it's ghosts in a New York setting, it reminds me of "GhostBusters" and that already sets the bar pretty high and Escape Virtuality did not disappoint!
Since we are dealing with ghosts in an escape room, there has to be a level of quality when it comes to special effects and we were definitely pleased with what we saw. Without giving away too much, let's just say the usage of holograms and lighting was incredible!
Set design is another important aspect that is heavily regarded when dealing with the supernatural. When we first stepped inside the séance room, we immediately felt like we were in one of those scenes where a group of people think it's a game, but it's really not and they're hesitant and curious to proceed at the same time. The decor and quality really made us feel like we entered a ghost museum.
The puzzles were all fascinating and really fit well with the storyline. Having to search & solve objects in order to obtain the personal objects for each ghost was cleverly implemented.
🧩 MISSED THE MARK
One thing that we've always appreciated, is the added bonus/ obstacle when entering whether it's a puzzle or decor or both. For example, if we're entering the séance room of a Ghost Collector, it would be cool to have a hidden door. Maybe a mirror or bookcase hiding the entry door? Mainly because of the danger that is contained inside.
It's hard to suggest what could've been better because we understand that most of the props are meant to have an "antique-ish" look to them. There was a couple of items that either required a little more force or a lighter touch. So if needed, maybe a little upkeep on certain props?
🏹 TAKE A SHOT?
If you love supernatural and haunting experiences, then you will love the "Ghost Collector"! There are no live actors in this room, but the eeriness of the set design will definitely give you the chills. Like I mentioned earlier, this room had a close resemblance to "Ghost Busters" and I think from that, Escape Virtuality managed to further the experience with an added incentive! If you want to see ghosts, you know where to go now...
“Be sure to reflect on your choices..."
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Disclosure: We thank Escape Virtuality for comping our tickets for this game. Although complimentary admission was generously provided, it does not impact our opinion on the review whatsoever.