Updated: Apr 9, 2021
Photos provided by Mystery Mansion Regina
Company: Mystery Mansion Regina
Game: D'Vile's Curio Shoppe
Country: Canada 🇨🇦
Type of Game: Remote Escape Room 🗣
Date Played: 12/22/2020
Difficulty (based on 5 players): 5/10
Size of Team: 3+ Players
Time: 75 Minutes
Price: $25.00 CAD/ pp
Estelle Jacobs is a local paranormal Youtuber. Her boyfriend went missing and she decided to go investigate on the disappearance herself. She was last seen at the D'Vile's Curio Shoppe. We were sent here today to inspect inside the shop and hopefully find some information with regards to her disappearance.
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This game was played over Zoom with 2 live avatars and the Telescape inventory system. Right at the start of the game, you'll feel the eeriness from the intro and the set design. Most of the game will be quite dark (although the avatar does have a flashlight to shine on certain areas) so we suggest using the 360 view in Telescape to help you navigate the room. The avatar was very clever at controlling the player's field of vision in order to create certain "effects' that gave us the "goosies". We kept saying to ourselves, "wait, did you see that?" Don't blink! You might just miss something!
Sticking with the theme of the room and the storyline, most of the puzzles had a voodoo shop/fortune teller vibe. Since the room was quite dark, we felt that one puzzle during the later part of the game play needed some subtle hint from the game master or else it might be hard for the player to detect it themselves. Perhaps, redesigning the puzzle with black light might help in this situation. One other puzzle felt like it took too long to "reset" if the players wanted to try another answer and it was also hard for the player's to see with the camera angle (we've been informed by the owner that this puzzle has been changed and runs much smoother in game play). Overall, we enjoyed most of the puzzles and our favorite one was the one where interaction was needed amongst the whole group.
Mystery Mansion Regina has done several remote escape games online now ("DTF: Drag Task Force", "Seen", "The Detective's Story", and "Night Terrors") and they've improved on the quality every time. They've always try to come up with new concepts through storyline and technology. This room is actually a sequel to "Night Terrors" so we recommend you playing that room first for the continuity of the storyline. If you like to solve a good spooky mystery, you'll enjoy yourself in D'Vile's Curio Shoppe! Also, if you are a fan of this mystery, watch out for the finale coming March of this year!
(If you do decide to try this experience, give us a shoutout or tag us on social media so we know you heard it from "ESCAPETHEROOMers"!)
Disclosure: We thank Mystery Mansion Regina for comping our tickets for this game. Although a complimentary experience was generously provided, it does not impact our opinion on the review whatsoever.