Updated: Jun 16
Photos provided by Paruzal Games
Company: Paruzal Games
Country: USA 🇺🇸
Type of Game: Audio Escape Room
Genre: Puzzle Story
Date Played: 5/12/2020
Difficulty (based on 6 players): 7.5/10
Size of Team: Unlimited
Time: 75 minutes (Escaped in 63:23)
Price: $15.00 pp
This is our first audio led escape room experience. We still had to book a time and date for this game as a game master will be with us the entire time. Instead of being in a physical escape room, the clues and puzzles are told by the "game mistress" through a story telling format on Zoom. You will also have access to drawings that will help you visualize the room.
As the game started, we were greeted by the "clue genie" and "game mistress". Depending on how competitive you are you can chose to be on the standard leader board or the "no hint" leader board (which means you can not use the "clue genie"). Since we had two puzzle masters with us, it was an easy choice to go for the "no hint" option. We ended up having "half of a nudge" being stuck on a puzzle that we felt needed some clarification (this has since been corrected by the owners). There was a lot to do and we were fully occupied for an hour or so.
Although this form of game might not be enjoyed by some escape room players since they are not seeing too much real actions like in a remote escape room, I myself quite enjoyed the fact that you are able to use your imagination and think outside the box throughout the game. For instance, in a real escape room I would not be able to put a piece of paper on a stove and see if it will reveal something but I'm able to ask the "game mistress" to do that. It is then up to the "game mistress" to be creative and come up with an amusing answer. The "choice" aspect of this game (which led to different paths and new discoveries) is what makes this game different than the others we've seen. If in the future we can see a bit more visualization, (maybe a prerecorded video of the unlocking of the lock or pizza being made) it could add more entertainment for the players. Although that pizza photo was enticing enough for us to order a pizza that night for dinner!
(If you do decide to try this game, please remember to let them know that you heard it from"ESCAPETHEROOMers"!)
Disclosure: We thank Paruzal Games for comping our tickets for this game. Although a complimentary experience was generously provided, it does not impact our opinion on the review whatsoever.