REMOTE: MindTrap Escape Room - "Gold Rush"
Updated: Dec 10, 2020
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Company: MindTrap Escape Room
Game: Gold Rush
Country: USA 🇺🇸
Type of Game: Remote Escape Room 🗣
Genre: Western, Adventure
Date Played: 7/13/2020
Difficulty (based on 3 players): 6/10
Size of Team: 2-10 Players
Time: 60 Minutes
Price: $60.00/ 2 ppl ($15 each additional person)
There's a rumor going around in town that Kanaka Jack knows of a hidden mine. If we discover the gold while he's away from this cabin, we'll be set for life!
The moment we met our character "One-eyed Bill", we fell in "love" with him. The way he portrayed his character pulled us right into the game. Normally we would be annoyed if the avatar was pretending to be slow at opening locks or forgot the combo after we told him numerous times but with his character, we just found it hilarious. "One-eyed Bill" was also great at controlling angles of what we were able to see and what he wanted to be hidden from us. We enjoyed the slow reveals of the clues as we completed each puzzle. It felt like we're playing in the room ourselves and was able to discover these clues on our own. He also took in consideration of what the audience would be able to see from their point of view. Therefore, there were no moments during the game where our camera was pointed to the floor or partial views of a puzzle.
The set design also translated well online and did not lose the ambiance factor. This is quite difficult to do with a remote escape room since if the room was too dim, we won't be able to see well. Maybe it's because Bill has only one eye so his focal point is better than people with two eyes as we had very clear images throughout the game. The cabin had a nice welcoming feeling when we entered. The props all had their purpose and with the inventory system, it was quite easy to track what was collected and what was used. The owner build the system himself and we were impressed by how clean it was. Besides having to enter the code to reveal the objects for a closer look or a puzzle that needed interaction, there were no unnecessary add-ons. This made the remote experience more enjoyable for players as they could fully concentrate their eyes on the avatar and the room rather than the inventory system.
We completed the quest with 3 people and 11 minutes left on the clock (with no hints). The ending was quite satisfying visually. We really enjoyed this game from beginning to end. Our favorite moments that stood out definitely had to be revolved around the "One-eyed Bill" character but it still wouldn't have been a complete experience without the beautiful set design, innovative puzzles and user-friendly inventory system. If you book the game, let "One-eyed Bill" know that we said hi and perhaps he'll give a free hint!
(If you do decide to try this game, please remember to let them know that you heard it from"ESCAPETHEROOMers"!)
Disclosure: We thank MindTrap Escape Room for comping our tickets for this game. Although a complimentary experience was generously provided, it does not impact our opinion on the review whatsoever.