Updated: Nov 21
Photos provided by Fantasy Escape Games
Company: Fantasy Escape Games
Game: Ghosts of Craven Manor
Country: USA 🇺🇸
Type of Game: Audio Escape Room
Genre: Comedy Horror
Date Played: 10/29/2020
Difficulty (based on 2 players): 5.5/10
Size of Team: Up to 7 players
Time: 60 Minutes
This is the second time we've played a game with Fantasy Escape Games. We've enjoyed their first game, "The Dark Tower" due to the amazing graphics, music selection, creative storyline and the theatrical game host (Jack).
This time, in honor of Halloween, we are a family of ghosts residing in the majestic Craven Manor. But it seems like we've been too "friendly" to the neighbors and they've hired an exorcist! How are we going to protect ourselves from being evicted from our home?
This was such an innovate idea and a fun game to play. Have you ever wondered what you can or can't do as a ghost? How will you interact with the world if you are invisible? We really had to use a lot of our imaginations in this game. The game was played over Zoom with an intro story from the game master.
We started our journey in front of the locked Craven Manor door. One thing we love about their games is that we're always amazed by the next graphic image (a few sneak peeks below). You should definitely keep an open mind on how you'll be able to solve puzzles in this game. Some puzzles are not like ciphers or logic puzzles but more like: "what would I do in this situation?" In audio games, since the players are not limited to what they can do like an actual escape room, the game master has to be ready for all types of answers. Jack does a great job at quick comebacks. He's also quite good at acting out different characters and voices which makes the game feel much more immersive. We actually felt like we were "little Caspers" floating around the castle looking for ways to save our family members.
We played the hard version so got out with just a few minutes left on the clock but Jack would gage on the group's experience level and add or remove puzzles as you go through the game. Although the name of the game may suggest otherwise, this game is totally family friendly and kids would love it. I would suggest spending more time interacting with the characters rather than focusing on solving puzzles. Remember to say Hi to Yorik (the friendly skull) for us as I'm sure he'll definitely hook you up with some hints (maybe even some extra pointers) if you tell him you heard about this game from us!
(If you do decide to try this game, give us a shoutout or tag us on social media so we know you heard it from "ESCAPETHEROOMers"!)
Disclosure: We thank Fantasy Escape Games for comping our tickets for this game. Although a complimentary experience was generously provided, it does not impact our opinion on the review whatsoever.