JJ's Online Escape Rooms - "HMS Abyss" & "Hell House"
Updated: Dec 9, 2020
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Company: JJ's Online Escape Rooms
Country: United Kingdom 🇬🇧
Type of Game: Digital Escape Game 💻
Size of Team: Unlimited
Game: HMS Abyss
Date Played: 11/30/2020
Difficulty (based on 2 players): 6/10
You thought you were going to enjoy this two week vacation aboard HMS Abyss until a virus left you all stranded in the middle of no where. You started to realize that a trident symbol appeared on all of the crew members' uniforms and everyone's been acting really weird. You're now being locked up in your cabin and there's a tape recorder left on your bed that says "play me". What should you do?
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The entire game is designed with Google forms. Since there's a lot of rooms and areas to search, you'll really need a good memory to help you with navigation. We found that writing things down or taking photos of items we've discovered along the way really helped us collect our clue pieces and analyze them for the game play. It got frustrating when we had to go back and search all the options again in order to just get to one clue or location every time. You'll also need to write down answers as Google forms does not automatically save your progression so if you unlocked something and wanted to go back to look at the clues again, you'll need to enter that solution again.
There were a good amount of puzzles with mixed level of difficulty in this game. Most of them required "search and find" and "association" to get to the answer. The utilization of various parts of the ship's location and props with each puzzle kept us entertained. There were some puzzles that we still did not understand the logic behind the solution till this day. If you like decoding you'll get to fulfill your satisfaction towards the end.
We're not really fans of Google form game designs. It's difficult for players to keep track of their findings and progression of the game. If you couldn't finish the game in one setting, you better hope you wrote down the answers as you'll need to start from the beginning. While this game was aggravating in some parts, it definitely gave us enough play time for the money. There were a lot of puzzles embedded in the game. If you get stuck, there should be a hint page that would be in the form of google form that you'll receive after purchasing the game. Make sure you received that before starting your game to avoid having to restart at any point. Good luck mates!
Game: Hell House
Date Played: 11/30/2020
Difficulty (based on 2 players): 5.5/10
You are driving on a dark country road when you noticed a large tree blocked your path. There's an old creepy looking house near the side of the road and you have no choice but to visit there to ask for help. An old man opened the door and invited you to stay for the night and wait out the storm. After being shown to your room, he vanishes. You have a bad feeling about this...
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This game had the same design as the above game on Google forms. Please refer to details on the game play in the above review. There were a lot more usage with videos versus jpg files in this game. If you enjoy jump scares, you'll get plenty here! I've had to cover my eyes on a few occasions while Brandon watched through all the videos in case there were hints within them. The game flow felt better with this game as there weren't as many searchable components with in rooms or objects so you didn't have to click multiple times in order to get to one. The story line was quite intriguing and made us want to dig deeper into the mystery. You're clear on what you're looking for in order to escape from this hell house.
The puzzles made more sense to us in this game than the one above. We actually didn't really need to use hints to get through the entire game. There were less puzzles in terms of quantity but we had more fun with them. Since the game was designed with Google form, it's a linear game. You'll need to solve one puzzle in order to reveal more hints to the next. Make sure you write down things you've discovered as it definitely helped us get through the game quicker.
Between the two games, we liked Hell House more. The logic behind the puzzles were more clearly stated and the graphics and storyline felt more immersive. I love to see these games designed on a different platform so it could become a "point-n-click" type of style. With the players gaining access to the inventory and a hint system build-in to the game it will improve the game play. But for now, good luck escaping the Hell House. You'll definitely be surprised with the ending...
(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 JJ's Online Escape Rooms for providing us with samples of these games. Although complimentary experience was generously provided, it does not impact our opinion on the review whatsoever.