Mindquest, Orlando

Mind Quest – Cyber crash

From https://mindquestescapegames.com/

Hacking Crash Course.

Sources have identified Cyrus Berringer, A.K.A. “CYBER” as the lone mastermind responsible for infiltrating a system which has not only granted him access to unlimited private information of every person on earth but also gives him control of government intelligence databases, including weapons and missile defense systems. CYBER is a recluse obsessed with technology. There’s no telling what he’s capable of. YOU must stop him! Find his secret lair, break into his master computer and upload a virus that will CRASH CYBER’s mainframe once and for all.

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Team – Ster, Ni, Simon, Stu

Played – April 2017

(Reviewed by Ster)

Mind Quest were really friendly on our visit. We took on this room without booking after really enjoying one of their other rooms Diamond Heist and they had the room ready for us within minutes of our previous escape!

The Room

The aim of this room was the upload a computer virus and so there’s a lot to do as you not only have the find the virus, you also have the find the relevant computer and also work out how to ‘upload’ it!

The initial part of this room was small and fairly sparse, though as Brits abroad we did enjoy the London décor! Once we move on to the second part of this puzzle though there was so much to explore that I’m pretty sure there was one member of the team I didn’t actually speak to!

There was a nice variety of puzzles and a great theming of the space, with loads to look at and puzzles everywhere. It did have a slightly linear feel to it, but that might just be because of the order we happened to come across the puzzles rather than because it was purely linear in design. There was a bit of running – yes the space was genuinely big enough – towards the end as well as we had to use things from the first part of the room to help with the second.

This room was really good fun with a great variety of puzzles, however that was our one complaint! One puzzle involves an incredibly long message given entirely in Morse code, and I’m talking complete sentences here not just a word. It was pretty impossible to hear and after a few minutes of struggling our host gave us the answer, admitting that she can’t decipher it either and always ends up having to hand the answer over to teams.

I found this quite disappointing as it didn’t have to be such a long message, they could easily have given a different type of audio clue for most of the message and only required a small part to be translated from Morse code, which would easily have been manageable. There was another moment when we couldn’t open something despite having the right code and our host, unable to work out what was going wrong from where she was, ended up having to just run inside and check that everything was working properly, which while helpful, broke the theme of the game a little!

Simon – This game was billed to us as the hardest one at Mindquest, so we were keen to take on the challenge. The theming was fantastic, and it definitely felt like a big step up in difficulty compared to Diamond Heist. There was an interesting variety of puzzles and the room opened up well, which is always something I appreciate. As Ster mentioned, the Morse code message was our largest stumbling block, and it did feel like this broke the room somewhat. However, once we had the answer, we were able to move on and get back into the game. Overall, this was a good game, with interesting puzzles, it’s just a shame about the one section.

Score

We enjoyed this game, but we definitely enjoyed Diamond Heist more. The game just played a little more smoothly. Not that we didn’t enjoy the puzzles in this room, there was a great variety and a lot to keep all 4 of us busy. It just felt that it could do with a final polish of the puzzles.

Difficulty

3/5

Overall

2.5/5

 

 

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Escape rooms, Mindquest, Orlando

Mind Quest – Diamond Heist

From mindquestescapegames.com/

The Perfect Robbery.

The Star of Dream of Dreams Diamond has been stolen! Montgomery Bank & Trust is a known front for money laundering and other criminal activity. We have reliable intel that indicates the Star of Dreams is secured somewhere on their premises, presumably under the watchful eye of the bank’s president, Charles Montgomery, III. It’s up to you to break into Montgomery’s office, locate his secret vault and confiscate the diamond before he returns. We need your help to ensure the Star of Dreams is recovered by its rightful owner!

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Team- Ster, Ni, Simon, Stu

Played – April 2017

(Reviewed by Ster)

Mind Quest

The MindQuest team were really friendly and welcoming and there was plenty of seating in the waiting area with free bottled water. They have quite a few different games available but we were told that Diamond Heist was the favourite game of another group of British tourists that had visited so were excited to get going. The team were also fantastic when we ran out of this room wanting to play another game and they got us into Cyber crash almost immediately!

The Room

Rooms in Orlando are generally a little different to the rooms that we have played in Europe as most allow for at least 8 players at a time and many are suitable for 10. We played this game with 4 and that was a pretty good number for us, any more and I think that we would have been left doing quite a bit of standing around and watching.

The premise of this room was great fun, the diamond that we were trying to steal was outrageously large and theming of the whole game was really well done. We had a few debates while playing about whether or not different clues would turn out to be red herrings, but nothing that derailed our play.

The puzzles in the room were good fun, nothing ground breaking but with some interesting elements that required a bit of lateral thinking. I particularly enjoyed the moments that really made us think outside the box. Moments of, why on earth do we keep finding all of these…? And then realising that there was a purpose that none of us had predicted!

Ni – The puzzles weren’t that hard but we really enjoyed it and it always makes a difference to how much I enjoy a company when the hosts are friendly.

Stu – This rooms highlight is it’s finale with the giant diamond. The room was well themed with some challenging puzzles. With 4 people it worked, with more it would have been too crowded I feel.

Simon – If I’m honest, this room doesn’t wow you when you walk in, but considering the story, it’s not meant to. There is more of a wow moment though, as the game opens up. I liked the use of lighting and set in here to add to the immersiveness of what is, on the face of it, a basic story. Not a bad room.

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Score

We really enjoyed playing this room. The premise and theming were great and the puzzles were enjoyable to work out. There was one moment when we were a bit stuck about what we needed to work on next, but overall the problems were enjoyable and not too difficult to solve, they just required a bit of thought and the application of some logic.

Difficulty

2.5/5

Overall

3/5