Roobicks - Escape The Desert Island & Escape The Basement
Updated: Dec 10, 2020
Photos provided by Roobicks
Country: USA 🇺🇸
Type of Game: Live Stream Puzzles 💻
Size of Team: Unlimited
Time: 60 Minutes
Roobicks is what we would characterize as a live stream puzzle game drizzled with a bit of an escape room flavor. These games are great for team building but also fun for a family night. You can book as one person or as a group. Depending on how many people booked on that day, you will either play with your group or be paired up with another puzzle lover. Once the teams are determined, the host will break the teams into breakout rooms on Zoom. The game will start with an intro video explaining the story line and once everyone is ready, you host will start every team at the same time. Once a team completes the entire puzzle, they will have to wait for the other teams to finish and then the ranking of who completed the puzzles first, second and third will be announced. Only one team will win and ultimately "escape"!
Game: Escape The Desert Island
Difficulty (based on 2 players): 4/10
"Escape The Desert Island" started off with an intro video that took us to where we all want to be right now, a beautiful island in the South Pacific. Of course something had to go wrong and we were now stranded on the island. As if that news wasn't bad enough, there's only one raft and we must beat the other teams to it!
This game was the easier one out of the two. Each puzzle was presented on a colorful PDF to us on Zoom. You were able to use the option "annotate" on Zoom to draw on the puzzles themselves. Once we solved a puzzle, we would shout it out to our game host. She will then give us the next puzzle slide. Since the host was monitoring three games at a time, at rare occasions we were able to catch a word or two of what the other team was saying when she unmuted herself. Perhaps the better way is to have the team type the answers or unlock the answers in the game on their own. The host could just be the hint guide.
This was surprisingly a lot of fun as this was our first time trying out this type of game. We are not competitive game type of player. It definitely put us into another mentality. Sometimes we would try to solve the puzzles without actually solving the entire thing. We finished in 27 minutes or so and had to wait for the other teams to finish for the final winner announcement. Our suggestion is bring a group of friends that are similar in terms of puzzle solving skills and you'll have a lot more fun since you'll be finishing around the same time for a closer challenge.
Game: Escape The Basement
Date Played: 6/21/20
Difficulty (based on 2 players): 6/10
We were on our way to an open house but when we arrived we realized it was nothing like what we expected. The house was a run down and our stupid curiosity got us to the basement and just like that someone locked us in. Surprising this place actually has an elevator but only fits one team. Let's get this party started...
Since this game was the harder one out of the two, we had to be more prepared. We invited our friends from Review The Room & Escape Room Adventurer to join us. The process was the same as the previous game where we were given an intro video and then broken into teams to our breakout rooms on Zoom. We felt like there wasn't as many puzzles in this game but instead of single step puzzles, most of them were multi steps. One particular puzzle gave us a hard time and took the most time for us to complete. It didn't stop the other teams though as Escape Room Adventurer took 1st place and Review The Room followed right after. We were not too far behind but definitely need to practice our "competitive mode" more!
(If you do decide to try this game, please remember to let them know that you heard it from"ESCAPETHEROOMers"!)
Disclosure: We thank Roobicks for comping our tickets for this game. Although a complimentary experience was generously provided, it does not impact our opinion on the review whatsoever.