Updated: Jul 16
Videos/ Photos provided by Next Level Escape
Company: Next Level Escape
Country: Australia 🇦🇨
Type of Game: Digital Escape Game
Genre: Sci-Fi, Spy
Date Played: 7/13/20
Difficulty (based on 2 players): 6.5/10
Size of Team: Up to 4 Connections
Price: AUD $35
The Future Directions Bureau sent us on a mission. One of our agents (code name Fox) had gone missing in the 21st Century. He was on an important job to preserve the timeline. We needed to find his whereabouts and destroy the enemy so we can save our future.
Next Level Escape's "A Temporal Tangle" definitely bought our digital escape game experience to the next level. This was probably our favorite digital escape game so far. You can tell the game developer was probably an enthusiast her/himself. Every action mimicked what a player would actually do in an escape room. From putting the items we found in an organized area to taking the items out of the inventory panel after they've been used, all were well-thought-out.
The inventory system was quite easy to use. Once we collected an item, it would be stored in the panel. Some items were "one time use" items like keys while others were items we had to combine with others in order to make an action occur. We loved that we're able to rotate and examine the items in 3D. It felt like we were actually holding them in our hands. The game used a lot of "tools" we would normally see in an escape room (ie. black light, different types of number and letter locks, etc..). There were also a lot of familiar puzzles that we would encounter in an actual escape room. It really bought back memories for us since we're unable to visit in person right now.
There were multiple areas we're able to explore just like in a physical escape room. It was exciting when an unexpected area would open up. Every time we thought it was the end of the game, there were more surprises to be discovered. We didn't mind it at all as it was very entertaining and we didn't want it to end. Every time when we entered a new area, the music would change. It felt very immersive along with the theme of the room. Their attention to detail for this game was amazing. There was one point when we had to interact with something in another area and as we got closer the sound would get louder. We also really loved that each action was paired with a sound effect (unlocking locks, unzipping a bag, opening an item, etc...). One of our favorite sound features was that all the reading materials were read out loud by the characters in the game.
We logged into the game together and used a video conferencing website to communicate with each other. This worked very well as we're able to search different areas for items we could've missed by each other. The game was not synced even though we were logged in together. You would still need to do all the actions that was completed by the other player. So definitely work together as a team and don't leave a man/woman behind! Since there was no time limit for the game, you could log back in anytime to complete it. We were able to finish the game in about 1 hour and 10 minutes with no hints. There were self guided hints build into the game in case you needed them. Lastly, we really enjoyed the added twist for the ending. Here's our final message to "The Future Directions Bureau": Please sent us on another mission soon!
(If you do decide to try this game, please remember to let them know that you heard it from"ESCAPETHEROOMers"!)
Disclosure: We thank Next Level Escape for providing us with a sample of the game. Although a complimentary experience was generously provided, it does not impact our opinion on the review whatsoever.