20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Seeking the location of Captain Nemo's secret base, we had to sneak onboard before the Captain and his crew returned.
Sherlock Holmes: We had to help Sherlock Holmes solve the still unsolved mystery of the Hound of the Baskervilles.
Pros: Shiver me timbers! This place has a lot of spirit (or should I say spirits?) Shortly after our arrival at Mystery Escape Room we were greeted by a punny pirate gamemaster who guided us through our undersea adventure. The set design in 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea contributed to an immersive gameplay experience. The puzzles consisted of a series of nautical challenges that stressed our little land-loving brains. Once we got our sea legs, we struggled through the puzzles. Our ghostly captain kept us on track through verbal instructions over the loud speaker. Once we had successfully saved the ship and sailed back on land, we set sail again on our second adventure. Seeking to solve the mystery of the hound, we started sleuthing about looking for hints. The multiple written clues and hidden objects presented a complex challenge for our small group. We required multiple hints only to find ourselves unable to successfully solve the mystery.
Cons: We truly appreciated the gamemaster's help. However, the frequent interruptions disrupted our flow of thought and prevented independent decision making. By the time we started the second game, we had been conditioned to wait for the inevitable assistance to guide us to the correct answers. This was most likely an indication of overly complex puzzles that clearly required the gamemaster's assistance to solve. Simplifying and reducing the number of puzzles (especially in Sherlock Holmes) is highly recommended to improve the player experience.
We loved the enthusiasm of the gamemaster and really enjoyed the sets. This place is clearly one of Salt Lake City's finest escape room establishments.
Cover photo taken at Countdown Live .
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Rooms Played: 352