Updated: Nov 21
Photos provided by OMEscape San Jose
Company: OMEscape San Jose
Game: Pursuit of the Assassin Artist
Country: USA 🇺🇸
Type of Game: Remote Escape Room
Date Played: 9/30/2020
Difficulty (based on 2 players): 7/10
Size of Team: Up to 8 Connections
Time: 90 Minutes
Price: $179.00/ Team
We were agents being sent undercover to discover the secret behind the Assassin Artist Nissassa. This game was played on Zoom and used Telescape as the inventory portal. Instead of one avatar, there were two amazing avatars (Jarod as the agent and Milo as Nissassa) in this game. The game started with our usual intro video but the normality stop there...
We started outside of Nissassa's house. The set design was well done. All the props used felt like they belong in an artist's home. On the outside everything looks quite homey until the story started to unveil itself. We loved the humor embedded in some of these props/puzzles. The avatars also utilized them wisely. OMEscape created an ingenious idea with Pursuit of the Assassin Artist and this game could only be done as a remote escape experience. Every time when we made a wrong choice with the avatar (whether it be something harmful or just a wrong answer), we would have to start over. It really reminded us of the movie "Groundhog Day". Whenever we failed, we would have gained new intel that could help us replay the game in a different way. There was not much time for us to think through during the game so you'll have to be quick with coming up with a new strategy. This also reminded us of our interaction with the avatars in 60out's Miss Jezebel. There were definitely some added dark humor here as well. My favorite scene was a scene that we could have skipped to finish the game quicker in terms of time but what's the fun in that? It was so worth it to be able to see the alternative option. The room was not heavily focused on your normal escape room puzzles but rather puzzles that would play into the story. This was also probably the second avatar game that we had to search for things outside of what was given. We thought that made the experience felt more real as we are essentially detectives digging for dark secrets.
This was definitely easily one of our favorite remote escape experiences we've played so far. The story line, set design, avatars and entertainment level were everything we would want to experience sitting at the comfort of our homes. After playing so many remote escape rooms, we realized that we would still rather play at a physical location if the rooms were heavily concentrated on locks, visual effects, and physical puzzles. It's rooms like these that keep us engaged the entire 90 minutes since it incorporates not only puzzles but also immersive theater. This makes connecting with us emotionally much easier since we are being secretly pulled into playing that character without even knowing it. We hope to see more of these types of remote escape experiences come to market! Oh and if you have extra time definitely find all the achievement awards you can unlock in the room! They were like Easter eggs. We had a lot fun "hunting" them.
(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 OMEscape San Jose for comping our tickets for this game. Although a complimentary experience was generously provided, it does not impact our opinion on the review whatsoever.