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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Orlando, The Escape Game

The Escape Game – Prison Break

From https://orlandoescapegame.com/

A MILLION WAYS IN, ONE WAY OUT

The year is 1955. You’ve been wrongfully accused of a crime, and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Your new “home” is a cell that once belonged to an inmate who disappeared without a trace…or did he? Some claim he escaped. Others swear he was murdered by the infamously cruel warden. But no one actually knows…can you escape before you suffer the same fate?

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Team- Ster, Ni, Simon, Stu

Played – April 2017

(Reviewed by Ster)

The Escape Game

The Escape Game were great fun, our host was really friendly and enthusiastic and we even got free t-shirts for booking another room after finishing this one! The waiting area was fairly spacious, though when there were 2 teams in there it did feel a little crowded, we weren’t held there for very long at all though and there are areas afterwards for pictures that have plenty of space.

The Room

We started this room split into 2 pairs, each in a different cell, and this was definitely the most advanced version of this beginning that I’ve come across. There was a lot to do in each cell, but we could see nothing at all of what the other pair were exploring. It really was a case of having to communicate well as we worked through the puzzles.

Once we were free from our cells there was still a lot to do! There was a great variety of puzzles and lots to explore. The room was really in 3 parts – the cells, a shorter middle section, and then the end escape. The middle section had a lot to look at, information was everywhere! And the final third was more of a search and discover area.

It was a really interesting game and the 3 acts of the room gave us 3 sets of completely different puzzles that required to use of different skills. This is one of the few rooms we played in Orlando that I could actually see working with the maximum number of 8 players, though those cells would feel a little crowded with 4 people in each!

Simon – I think this was one of the first games I played where the teams were split initially, which added lots of novelty to the room. The theming of the room felt very basic and sparse, but considering that it was meant to be a prison, this fitted well. There was a great variety of puzzles in here and I really liked how the room opened up and that communication between teams was vital. A thoroughly enjoyable game!

Score

We all really enjoyed this room. The theming was fantastic and the wide variety of puzzles was great fun. Our host was also incredibly enthusiastic, which made the experience even more enjoyable!

Difficulty

3/5

Overall

4/5

 

 

Escape Goat, Orlando

Escape Goat – Camp Echo

From escapegoatroom.com

You have just arrived at summer camp!  You are eagerly greeted by your camp counselor when suddenly the camp legend Zilla interrupts. You must now save Camp from its doom. 

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Team – Ster, Ni, Simon, Stu

Played – April 2017

(Reviewed by Ster)

Escape Goat

We ended up at Escape Goat because another escape room that we had visited gave it such a glowing recommendation that we rushed over with a car full of packed suitcases to squeeze in just one more game before heading to the airport! The company is fun, friendly and family owned – I particularly enjoyed the side quest of needing to find the goat hidden in the room somewhere.

The room

This room was different to other escape rooms that we’ve played before as our host was in the room with us rather than watching remotely through a camera. The story started with our host ‘locking herself in the bathroom’ and then sticking her head out of a window to tell us that she was stuck inside. So she wasn’t in the room where we were completing the puzzles, but she could communicate with us pretty easily and keep an eye on what we were doing.

It was an interesting way of doing things and meant that the game was different to other experiences in that nothing was automated. We were placing wooden items on wooden shelves and our host would tell us that we were getting closer or that we had completed something.

The puzzles themselves included a few riddle type problems that we really had to think through. They were really well themed to be in keeping with a summer camp with activity schedules, meal menus and maps stuck to the walls to give us clues.

I’ll be honest, the fact that completing puzzles didn’t actually make anything happen i.e. nothing opened or moved the game forwards because we had a host in the room telling us that we were right, made the solving the puzzles a little underwhelming. We’d do something and then all have to turn around and check with our host that it was correct, and while our host was fantastic and played her character brilliantly, for me it took some of the sense of achievement away from the experience.

Simon – My overriding memory of this room was that our host was in with us, which was a first for our team, and felt slightly odd, that she was watching us all the time. However, this was a room escape game with a very ‘back to basics’ approach, which worked really well considering the theme. There was an emphasis on logic puzzles to solve this room, which did mean that there was a slightly repetitive element, however the game itself was great fun. The theming and the puzzles were great and it definitely felt like we were at a summer camp and the characters in the story had been involved. A very enjoyable, different room!

Score

This was an interesting room to play, there was a fair variety of puzzles, though nothing that was really difficult. That being said, a few did challenge us and we tried some rather inventive solutions before we figured them out. The live host didn’t really seem to add much to the experience, we still had to explicitly ask for help if we wanted it and to be honest it was a bit weird to be watched like that as we wandered around the room!

Difficulty

2.5/5

Overall

3/5

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

Escape rooms, Escapeology, Orlando

Escapeology – Budapest express

From escapology.com

Moving through the cabins and gathering evidence, the killer knows you are hot on their trail and has decided you are their next target. With you out of the picture they would be free to escape when the train stops.

Solve the riddles and puzzles, gather the evidence and solve the murder before it’s too late!

Do you have what it takes to find the killer before they find you? Time is of the essence!

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Team – Ster, Simon, Ni , Stu

Played – April 2017

(Reviewed by Ster)

Escapeology

Escapeology had plenty of space to sit and wait and with so many rooms available we were able to play one room and find another room with them that we could play immediately afterwards, which is an opportunity that we never find playing in England! The hosts were friendly and enthusiastic and set up the theme of the room well before we started.

The Room

This room was different to most escape rooms that I have played before because we had to identify the murderer from a list of suspects to escape, which meant at times it felt a bit like a live action game of Cluedo! Each puzzle that we solved gave us another piece of information about one of the suspects and we had to put all of the information together and work out who was responsible.

The theme also meant that the room was quite narrow, it genuinely looked like the inside of a train, but that meant that it took a bit of awkward manoeuvring to get around each other at times. I really liked the aspect of moving through the train though, it really brought the theme to life and we kept lifting the curtains to observe the snowy landscape outside!

There was a lot to look at inside, plenty for everyone to get stuck into and a few of the puzzles brought everyone back together to work something out.

Simon – A great setting! The whole idea of being set on a train was a big change and was accomplished fairly well. There was an interesting variety of puzzles and there weren’t any points where we felt completely stumped, but we were still challenged.
The final puzzle was a nice climax and our years of playing Cluedo (and Ster’s expertise for that kind of puzzle) was great. Overall, a unique game which worked well.

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Score

Difficulty

3/5

Overall

4/5