Mythologic Escape Rooms - "The Island"
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Company: Mythologic Escape Rooms
Game: The Island
Country: United Kingdom 🇬🇧
Type of Game: Digital Escape Game 💻
Date Played: 2/6/2021
Difficulty (based on 3 players): 5/10
Size of Team: Up to 6 Devices
Price: £15.99/ game
It's your worst nightmare. The plane you were traveling in had an engine malfunction. Good news is you survived. Bad news, you're all alone on an island. Time to remember those boy/girl scout survival skills!
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Once you purchase the game, you'll receive a login and password through email. Everyone can use the same login (up to 6 devices). We suggest setting up a Zoom call and starting the game at the same time with your team. The game is not synced so every player will have to enter their own password in order to proceed to the next stage. The game platform is on their own website and all the puzzles are presented in image format. You're not able to interact with any of the puzzle pieces. Once you know the answer, type it in the solution box on the page. If you're correct, you'll be taken to the next puzzle. If you're incorrect, you'll have to press the back button. When you press the "back" button, it'll take you to the puzzle prior to the one you're working on so just press the forward button as it'll remember your previous answer. This did create some confusion for us as we had to press back and forth when we got the wrong answers to make our second or third attempts. There is a nudging hint system build-in to the game. We used it twice. With the Math puzzle, we were hoping a more detailed explanation rather than just a solution reveal.
The puzzles all stuck with the theme of the game. You'll be testing your survival skills throughout the island. During the game play, you may discover secret areas which we didn't expect to be on an island. There is an item that you'll be using more than once. This was unclear to us during the game play so we closed it after the first use to minimize the amount of tabs being opened during the game. Definitely don't make our mistake as we had to back track to get the item back. You'll need this item throughout the game play to decipher messages.
Since the platform doesn't allow interactive play with some of the puzzles, we had to visualize a few and that was difficult to do. One of the our players is good with excel and was able to plot what we needed on there. Brandon was also able to draw on the computer screen which helped with one of the puzzles. It would be great if some of these could be translated to interactive puzzles.
For the price, we really did enjoy the amount of the puzzles the game was able to provide. There were also a good amount of variations in terms of puzzle types. If the interface of the game was more user friendly this could be a much stronger digital game. We really enjoy the island theme and the colorful images. Most importantly we survived and escape the island (although I don't know why we would escape an island in this day and age)...
I had the chance to play Mythologic Escape Room's "The Island," and had a pleasant time playing. Having done a fair share of my own escape rooms (both in-person and digital), I found "The Island" to be more on the easier side of that spectrum. The adventure is bookended by some entertaining videos and narration, but the actual puzzles and experience are mostly still images with a QR code and an interactive piece thrown in. The experience comes with a hint system and a good number of puzzles. And the island theme also has a lot of potential. There's also a puzzle where pieces snap together in a very satisfying way.
While the puzzles were not difficult, there were a few hiccups along the way. First off, for veteran players, you'll likely most of these puzzles seem familiar. And while I do appreciate having an easily accessible hint system and reveal answer system, I found it too accessible: there were times when I would accidentally have my mouse hover over the hint or reveal answer button, and the answer would be revealed. Lastly, while there were a good amount of puzzles and fun ways to incorporate class puzzles, there were a few puzzles that either had unclear directions, or leap of logic answers. Whether fun, frustrating, challenging, or easy, nothing really beats that a-ha feeling when you solve a puzzle.
Conclusion: Not a bad experience, but I would check out other more polished digital escape rooms first.
(If you do decide to try this game, please remember to let them know that you heard it from"ESCAPETHEROOMers"!)
Disclosure: We thank Mythologic Escape Rooms for comping our tickets for this game. Although a complimentary experience was generously provided, it does not impact our opinion on the review whatsoever.