Updated: Apr 9, 2021
Videos/ Photos provided by Great Scott Escapes
Company: Great Scott Escapes
Game: Who Killed Bugsy Marlowe?
Country: USA 🇺🇸
Type of Game: Digital Game w/ Live Host 💁
Date Played: 2/5/2021
Difficulty (based on 4 players): 4/10
Size of Team: 2-10 Players
Time: 90 Minutes
Price: $21/pp (upto 4pp, add't $15 pp) (without GM $30)
Bugsy Marlowe was murdered in the lobby of Dunwich Tower Hotel. The police has uncovered evidence that points to 5 suspects. Would you be able to figure out who's the killer before time runs out?
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We played the online version of this game with a live host (the game is also available for in person play if you are in the area). This is a digital point-n-click game designed in the Telescape platform. The host will assist with any tech issues or hints that you'll need during game play.
The game started with a dramatic intro video to the back story. It felt quite cinematic and took us back in time. The Telescape platform was really easy to use. Each teammate can roam around freely to look at clues on their own. Once a puzzle was solved, the lock will unlock for everyone. If one player collected a piece of evidence, it'll go into the evidence bag where your entire team would be able to view it at anytime.
The production quality of the videos and audio clips were amazing in this game. You won't be seeing your typical "open locks by hand" type of videos. Each time we received an audio clue it was recorded with the character's voice and came through really clearly over Telescape. We hope they'll be able to add more video components to the game to make it into a mini movie experience to enhance the immersion.
One really cool thing that we really enjoyed was how seamlessly the upstairs and downstairs "travel" was implemented in Telescape. It was really easy to get from one place to another and it's essential in this game as there were a lot of areas that we had to explore.
If you're a puzzle lover, you'll really enjoy this game. When we first logged into Telescape, we didn't know what to expect until very quickly we realized we definitely had to divide and conquer. There were a lot of items and areas to cover for the 4 of us. Since there were 5 suspects, each had their own sets of puzzles that we had to figure out. I really liked how the clues were not just out in the open. The items collected were all puzzles that we had to piece together. It was like layers of an onion. You won't be able to get to the truth until you actually peel open the entire thing.
Once we had all the evidence, it was time to put on our detective's hats on and deduce who's the murderer. We finished the game with seconds left to the hour. The good news is that you'll have 90 minutes to complete this game and if you're not experienced puzzlers, you're going to need that extra half an hour. Remember that the game master will be able to assist if you need a clue.
This is one of our favorite digital games translated from a physical escape room. The puzzles worked really well with the interface. It's one of those games that I actually felt like worked better as an online game (although I'm sure the set design would be amazing to see in person). The company now has a fully digitized game with build-in hint system and no game mastering. Regardless of which option you decide to go with, if you're a fan of murder mystery and love detective type of games, you'll definitely want to crack this case!
Murder! Mystery! Intrigue! What’s not to like about these type of plot lines? This room combined a lot of elements that I really enjoy within escape room. The ability to break into groups and work through puzzle separately is sometimes difficult to do during online escape rooms, but this room facilitates it rather seamlessly. Their integration of video and audio clips provides additional character to the room. Overall, “Who Killed Bugsy?”, gives you the feeling of an actual in-person escape room in the safety of your own home. It has numerous puzzles – with a variety of difficulty and structure, so there is something for every type of escape room player. I could see this room being a little overwhelming for a bunch of beginner escape artists, due to the sheer number of puzzles and the need for constant communication. For escape room enthusiasts, I would say the room is ideal for 4 or 5 people. Great Scott - this was room was Great Fun! Thanks to being an awesome team to work with - Cici, Brandon, and my fellow Reginan, Mitch!
"Who Killed Bugsy Marlowe" was my second official point-and-click style game that I have played with more than just, well, me. I do enjoy playing point-and-clicks by myself, as I am the kind of person who wants to be involved in as much as possible in a physical room experience. I have come out of several in-person rooms, feeling like I didn't contribute enough, or that I was too overbearing. I feel that "Bugsy" did a fantastic job in finding a balance for our team and ensured everyone was involved an equal amount. The game had several puzzles that could be solved at once, and truly allowed for us to divide and conquer. We were able to work together and split up as much as we wanted too, which I was very pleased (and impressed) with.
The game flow was smooth and I felt that all of the puzzles I was involved with made logical sense, with no leaps in logic. There is a solid story that is present, and there are videos and audio clips that really add and build into it. I always thoroughly enjoy when developers take the time to create a story and weave it through the experience. Additionally, all of the puzzles fit the theme and did a wonderful job of supplementing the story.
The only areas of the game that I feel could be improved would be a dedicated hint system (which the owner indicated is already in the works), and some background music to add to the ambience (mind you, I could have done this myself too). My only recommendation for playing, is to gather a few friends/family and take on the game as a team; you'll definitely want the extra support.
(If you do decide to try this game, please remember to let them know that you heard it from"ESCAPETHEROOMers"!)
Disclosure: We thank Great Scott Escapes for comping our tickets for this game. Although a complimentary experience was generously provided, it does not impact our opinion on the review whatsoever.