Updated: Jun 16
Video/Photos provided by Stratton Escape Room
Company: Stratton Escape Room
Country: USA 🇺🇸
Type of Game: Remote Escape Room
Date Played: 5/22/2020
Difficulty (based on 6 players): 7/10
Size of Team: Unlimited
Time: 90 Minutes
Price: $49.00 (1 household Zoom), $20 (each add't)
The story of the bar, "The Pinehurst" was set in the 1980s. We started the game by having to find our way inside in order to help solve the mystery of the lost vintage Schiltz.
There was a few extra preparation steps we needed to take with this escape room other than the normal Zoom download. Besides the standard inventory portal, we also had to download a program called "Yi Home" (which provided 5 camera angles of the rooms) and print out two pages of inventory and password "tracking" sheet. The inventory tracking sheet became very useful during the game.
The rooms were filled with a ton of memorabilia items that took us back to the 80s instantly. It felt like a real bar with ton of different types of beers from all over the world. You'll definitely feel like you got a beer lesson in this game. At times we did feel a little overwhelmed with how many items were in the rooms. It would've helped us and the avatar if some items were glued down that were not in play. We completed the room in 59 minutes and 55 seconds. It's great that the escape room generously extended the play time to 90 minutes as there were a lot of searching and puzzles in this game.
We felt that the portal system was too complicated as each camera needed a password that needed to be reentered every time you wanted to access one. Although it was great to have angles on all of the rooms, we didn't use it much during the game. We would've been happy with the simple avatar camera and 360 still shots of the room. The inventory list also had 7 passwords that we had to enter in order to access the items. This took our eyes away from the main action on the avatar since we're busy looking at the inventory list and the cameras. We really enjoyed the puzzles, story and decor of the room. With some minor clean up on the inventory list and gluing down some items not in play, this could definitely raise the game up a notch. The set design was easily one of our favorites in all of the remote escape rooms we've played so far!
(If you do decide to try this game, please remember to let them know that you heard it from"ESCAPETHEROOMers"!)
Disclosure: We thank Stratton 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.