OSCAPE - "Marcelino's Circus" & "The Red Queen"
Updated: Dec 9, 2020
Photos provided by OSCAPE
Country: Spain 🇪🇸
Language: English, Spanish
Type of Game: Digital Escape Game 💻
Time: 60 Minutes
Size of Team: 4 Players
Date Played: 11/7/2020 & 11/24/2020
Game: Marcelino's Circus
Genre: Circus, Mystery
Difficulty (based on 4 players): 4/10
Marcelino Orbas is a renowned clown that travels all around the world to perform his acts. Recently with the arrival of cinema, the circus business has been badly affected. Marcelino is in need of your assistance to help him save the circus world!
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After purchasing the game, you'll receive a code. You'll need to share this code with your teammates to sign into the game at the same time. The puzzles are designed to be played with 4 people so make sure you have that exact number. Each player will have a place to enter the solution to each puzzle on their page. The 60 minute timer will start once everyone enters the game. You'll need to figure out the solution as a team and every player needs to enter that solution in order to move onto the next puzzle. There is an integrated video conferencing portal in the game so make sure you have your microphone and camera working as communication is key. We used Zoom instead and that also worked well.
The puzzles could only be solved as a collaborative effort so don't be an "information hogger". There were easier puzzles that just took some "find and seek" moments and harder ones that incorporated logic along with visualization. We had parts of the game that was in Spanish and because the text was embedded in a jpeg, google translate was not able to help us (according to the game developer, this has been fixed). Using what's left of my high school AP Spanish, we were able to get through the game but still had to figure out some translation along the way.
This game made us realize the importance of communication and teamwork through an amusing method. The puzzles also really challenged us in terms of how to convey information to each other. One puzzle really stood out as it was designed around the plot of the story and we had a lot of fun trying to translate it. Despite some of the language issues, we haven't seen a puzzle design for a team game to be done in this way before. We enjoyed our time with Marcelino the clown.
Game: The Red Queen
Difficulty (based on 4 players): 4.5/10
It seems like the professor had gone missing. Did he go on another one of his adventures? It's up to you to find out....
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The game was designed on the exact same portal as the game above so please refer to "The Game Play" for "Marcelino's Circus" for more details. We did encounter the same issue in this game of some parts being in Spanish again. I hope this gets corrected quickly for our English players.
We spend a good amount of time on the first puzzle as the clue was a bit misleading. We've reported this to the developer. After we bypass that puzzle with the solution (there's no tier hints so if you press "track", you'll just get the answer but no explanation will be given), the rest of the game was smooth sailing. There were some sound puzzles in this game so make sure you have your headphones. Our favorite puzzles were probably the ones that was similar to Pictionary and Charades. It was quite clever how he was able to build that into video conferencing.
Our favorite out of the two was probably this one. Other than the little hiccup at the beginning, it had a better flow. Once again communication was key here and this time we also had to incorporate our hearing and body movements. These games were very creatively designed for team play. we look forward to playing more of Oscape's games. I think my Spanish has improved after these games. 😂
(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 OSCAPE 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.