Updated: Aug 1
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Company: The Box Escape Games
Country: France 🇫🇷
Language: English, French
Type of Game: Remote Escape Room
Date Played: 7/30/2020
Difficulty (based on 4 players): 7/10
Size of Team: 2-6 Players
Time: 75 Minutes
Today is the day that we execute our plan to rob the impenetrable Diamond Center. Good thing we have Bob, our henchman in the field to help us. We have only 75 minutes to steal as much as we can before the cops arrive!
We received an email with an intro video and a link to the inventory portal. Bob gave us an overview of how to use the portal and where the 4 cameras will be situated. He was in to his character right away. We enjoyed the random jokes and subtle hints he gave to move the game along. There was one point where we thought he could just streamline the searching process as there was an item we would've never been able to find on our own. Our favorite avatars from previous games we've played were ones that would think and act like they were the actual players in the room. We think having the avatar search automatically is very important at keeping the game flow.
There was a lot of information that were given to us throughout the game. Besides the 4 cameras (we only used one for the entire game so not sure if its necessary to have that many. But since they don't have a 360 view of the room, it might help some players to visualize better), we also had a lot of photos, documents, websites and social medias to go through. We gave some suggestions to the company to eliminate items that were unnecessary to the game since it was creating too much red herrings and was making it hard to follow at times. Our favorite parts of the game was when we had think like the robber and what would he do or use in this particular situation. The ending was the highlight of the game. You'll definitely want to save as much time as you could from the beginning of the game as you'll need it at the end. It definitely helped to have more teammates as well. We think 4 would be the ideal number for this game. We all felt the urgency at the end. My palms were sweaty trying to calculate the final puzzles and of course my pen had to run out of ink at that moment! We ended up missing just one prize from a perfect heist!
This game felt like a hybrid of a digital game and a remote escape room. We enjoyed the concept of having the players explore and investigate in the outside world to create a complete story with the escape room itself. It felt more like a real spy or detective. If the company would be able to incorporate an automated inventory system rather than sending the items over on Google Drive (as it was a bit slow and times and we had to refresh every time), it would make the game flow much better. We love heist theme games and this one definitely was a lot of fun to challenge. If you think you are up for the heist of the century, Bob is waiting for you to hire him for the next job!
(If you do decide to try this game, please remember to let them know that you heard it from"ESCAPETHEROOMers"!)
Disclosure: We thank The Box for comping our tickets for this game. Although a complimentary experience was generously provided, it does not impact our opinion on the review whatsoever.