Updated: Nov 17
Photos provided by Wild Hare Escapes
Company: Wild Hare Escapes
Game: The Comedy of Terrors
Country: USA 🇺🇸.
Type of Game: Audio Escape Room
Genre: Horror, Comedy
Date Played: 10/28/2020
Difficulty (based on 2 players):
Size of Team: Up to 10 Players (Recommended 4-8 Players)
Time: 75 Minutes
Price: $25.00/ per person
As we are getting ready to rehearse for a play, one of our cast-mates had to uttered a word that angered a spirit in the Lincoln Theatre. Now we're all locked in and the spirit vowed to bring the building down on our heads. We have 75 minutes to escape this nightmare...
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This game was played over Zoom with a game master. The game master started the game by narrating the back story. Once that's done, the game turned into a "point-n-click" adventure. The game master will still stay on the Zoom call to provide hints as needed.
Each player will be able to explore the game on their own. Communication was definitely the key to success here as when I opened a locked device, I had to inform Brandon the password so he could open his in his portal. We were confused by the navigation at times because there were no arrows on the screen on how to "enter" or "exit" an area. Most of the time it's situational at the right bottom of the screen but it still felt like a memory guessing game. This wasted a good amount of time for us since we needed to remember how to click in order to get to certain locations. At times, you'll also have to use "drag" as an action. We did enjoy the interactive aspect of the game where a lot of the objects were able to be moved, turned on/off, pieced together etc...
There were many puzzle pieces to be found in various areas of the theater. This was when team work came in handy. It was definitely a tough game for a team of 2 as we finished with seconds to spare. So if you are less experienced with puzzles, do gather a larger group to join you on this adventure. There were a few non-linear moments at the beginning of the game but eventually you'll have to work together in order to complete the puzzles towards the end. Since there's no inventory portal, the game definitely put our memory to the test. You'll need to remember where you saw certain paintings or locked doors or clues and then stitch them together to formulate a solution. As a tip, I was taking screen shots as we're navigating through the game so I didn't have to go back to that area again. I hope that didn't count as cheating! 😝
The graphics of this game made us feel like we're stuck in an old haunted theater. The "jump scares" really made me think for a second before opening any doors.
We spoke to the game developers about our concerns on making the navigation buttons more user friendly for future players. If this gets fixed, this game would be a lot of fun to play together as a team. It will give you opportunity to work on individual puzzles but also come together at the end to finish the game as a team effort. This was a cool concept that we haven't seen in many digital games yet. The puzzles were not too difficult but I can definitely see some enthusiasts overthinking a couple of them. If you feel like this theme might be a bit too spooky for you, they have another game called "Serf's Quest" so give that one a try!
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Disclosure: We thank Wild Hare Escapes for comping our tickets for this game. Although a complimentary experience was generously provided, it does not impact our opinion on the review whatsoever.