Updated: Jul 12
Videos/ Photos provided by Breakout KC (Swell Spark)
Company: Breakout KC (Swell Spark)
Country: USA 🇺🇸
Type of Game: Remote Escape Room
Date Played: 7/8/2020
Difficulty (based on 4 players): 5/10
Size of Team: 2-6 Players
Time: 45 Minutes
Price: $54.56 (tax included)/ team
"Runaway Railcar" was a 30 minute mobile game that was converted to a remote escape room experience. This was the second trailer game we've played (the first one was in a caravan in Italy). This trailer truck (photo below) was parked right outside Breakout KC's headquarter in Kansas City. We did experience a bit of a lag since they were using a router for the WiFi but it didn't have too much impact on the game play.
The game started with the avatar (Bobby) giving us a quick tour of the room. Our goal was to stop a railcar that was heading straight for Union Station and the breaks were damaged! The game had a separate link which provided three videos (one was an intro) that you're able to view on your computers (headset recommended). The set design felt like we're in the cargo section of the train with all different types of wooden boxes surrounding us. Each of the boxes contained different clue pieces or puzzles. We especially enjoyed a "surprise find" which heightened the urgency of the situation. The videos were quite humorous and provided updates on the story line. Due to Bobby's lightning speed and 4 veteran escapers, (with combined escape room played total close to 2000) we got out with 22 minutes and 42 second left.
The room was a lot of fun but we felt that it was too short in comparison to some of the other remote escape rooms with closer to 60 minutes of content since the pricing was comparable. It would be great if they were able to incorporate a bit more character play or story to make up for the play time. We are not saying to have a "slow lock opener" to drag out the play time but rather develop a separate digital game to incorporate to the remote game (a hybrid) so the players can have some interactive play on their own devices. Breakout KC definitely teased us with this game as we felt like we just started to enjoy the puzzles and it ended already. We look forward to a longer production from them in the near future as their puzzle quality and set design were delightful!
(If you do decide to try this game, please remember to let them know that you heard it from"ESCAPETHEROOMers"!)
Disclosure: We thank Breakout KC and Swell Spark for comping our tickets for this game. Although a complimentary experience was generously provided, it does not impact our opinion on the review whatsoever.