REMOTE: Exit19.pl - "Time Machine: The Mystery of Leonardo"
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Game: Time Machine: The Mystery of Leonardo
Country: Poland 🇵🇱
Language: English, Polish
Type of Game: Remote Escape Room 🗣
Date Played: 2/7/2021
Difficulty (based on 5 players): 7/10
Size of Team: 2-5 Players
Time: 90 Minutes
Price: €100.00 (up to 5 devices)
Recently, a secret agency was able to create a time machine from a design sketch from Leonardo da Vinci himself. As the chosen agent, you're being sent on a mission to discover the secrets Leonardo da Vinci has been hidden in his workshop. Hope the ride back to Nov 22nd, 1510 would be a smooth one?
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In this online escape room, your game would come with a camera man and an avatar. Our avatar was in character right from the beginning of the game. The set design captured our attention right away. As we travelled back to 1510 in this amazing time machine mechanism, we were wowed once again by what we saw in Leonardo's workshop. Even on camera, you could tell the details that has been put into all the props. Everything felt like it's part of that century. The ceiling height also added that "majestic" feel to the entire set design.
The game did not come with an inventory system so we spend a good amount of time jotting down information we needed and going back and forth to look at some of the puzzle clues. I think this is why the game is a 90 minute experience. It would help to add an inventory system especially being that the room had a lot of items that we had to look at.
We love the fact that we're able to get a camera man and a live avatar for the game as it really helped when we needed to get an overview of the room while the avatar was helping us with certain tasks. At times, we didn't feel like the camera man was fully inline with what the avatar wanted us to see and what we were actually seeing. It would help to practice with the avatar more on how to sync that connection better. We also felt like the shakiness of the camera could be improved a bit by moving slower when panning.
I wouldn't waste any second in this game. There was so much that we had to discover and explore. We did get stuck for awhile on an item that was out of our viewpoint. In this case, it would be helpful if the avatar could point that out to us in a nudging way so we don't waste time our time on searching when we could devote the time to puzzling. The game was fully of surprises. Just when we thought we were done, we were presented with a full plate of puzzles again.
While solving the puzzles, you may also be distracted by how amazing some of the mechanisms were constructed. Even though most of the puzzles were gen 1, it did go with the time line and theme of this room. The puzzles were also refreshing as we haven't seen some of them utilized in that way before. It was definitely unique the way they're able to translate it to fit the theme of the 1500s.
This was a really fun experience. Besides being wowed by the set design over and over again, we were amazed by how they were able to make gen 1 puzzles not feel like just plan exposed codes. We really had to put our brains together to solve a few of these puzzles as a team. We've done time machine themed escape rooms before but none of which that was able to execute the replica of the time zone that we're taken back to in such a realistic way. I would say this is a game well worth playing as you probably wouldn't have a chance to visit Leonardo's workshop in any other way. So take your motion sickness pill now and hop on this journey as it'll be a bumpy ride!
Pros: The set. Wow! So immersive, thematic, and expansive! From the art to the strange machines, everything felt consistently thematic and really fit into how we might have envisioned Da Vinci's lair. I can only imagine how absolutely incredible this game would be to play in person! The person with the camera is separate from your avatar, which allows for some more flexibility and a fun surprise. For us, the longer 90-minute length is also a bonus, and there is plenty to keep you occupied! There's lots to discover, and we enjoyed that some of the puzzles built up through several stages.
Cons: The game would benefit from a few upgrades to the Telescape experience in terms of when and of what players get close-ups. I suspect that these will be implemented and will really enhance the player experience of what is a very cool game! We also didn't totally understand the reasoning for our whole expedition and the game's goal...(though that really didn't detract from our enjoyment of the game).
Who should play: This is a totally family-friendly game thematically. While the individual puzzles are largely quite accessible, there is a LOT to do in the 90 minutes. It often took a while for us to figure out which parts went with which or just to find the various pieces. So, it may not be ideal for families with younger kids or those looking for an easier/gateway experience. If you love immersive sets, mechanical gadgets, and the daVinci theme (and you are unlikely to get there in person), you might just want to jump in the Time Machine!
This is a live camera escape room, and thus you tell the person on the screen where to look and what to do. At times, I found it difficult to keep track of what was in the room and what items we had discovered. An inventory that gets sent to us via message once an item is discovered may be helpful for different players to work on different puzzles at a time rather than having us have to ask the camera to go back and forth. There were some unique puzzles that were presented, and in particular, I was a huge fan of all the amazing props that were in the room! This would have been such an amazing game to play in person, and I think just a few small tweaks will make it a great digital game as well!
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Disclosure: We thank Exit19.pl for comping our tickets for this game. Although complimentary admission was generously provided, it does not impact our opinion on the review whatsoever.