60 To Escape · Escape Room · Gurnee, IL · Private Room · Reviews

Mystery Manor @ 60 To Escape (Gurnee, IL)

Date played:  Saturday, September 7, 2019
Number of players:  4
Max number of players possible for this room: 8
Public or private game:  Private
Outcome:  Escaped

I am skipping First Impressions and Setup, since we had been to this location before and things were the same (and great!) (You can read about them here if desired.)

The story for this room on the website is as follows:

“An eccentric family has apparently left their entire fortune (and an incredible mansion) to their only living relative… YOU. Upon arriving at the home, you realize things aren’t so simple. Uncover the mysteries that surround this bizarre home and take home an immense fortune, or suffer a fate worse than death! This ghostly adventure is packed full of incredible effects and is sure to lift your spirits!

Game Play
This was a great room. First of all, I love that the max number of players you can book for this room is 8, because I can see another company putting this at 12 or more. The size of the escape space is fantastic, and 8 players would be fine. I enjoyed having just 4, but it wouldn’t have been bad with more.

The scenery/decor/props were done very well. I don’t always like rooms that are set in homes (or heaven forbid an office) because it’s too close to normal and it ends up feeling boring to me. I’m playing because I want to be immersed in a different world, so I don’t seek out those more regular themes. But the spooky and mysterious theme made this feel special and not just like any old house. Not as cool as some of their other rooms, but still executed well for the theme.

The puzzles were great. I think 60 To Escape has mastered the exact right level of puzzle difficulty in their rooms. We sometimes needed a prod in the right direction, but we could still figure most things out by ourselves and it wasn’t too easy. I really liked how they incorporated little bits of technology into their puzzles, so that fun things would be added to the theme of the room while still assisting us in the puzzles. The puzzles also had a good variety, needing searching, logic, or other different ways to get to an answer.

There was one especially cool moment that I had never seen before in a room. It was a great effect and it fit right in with the theme. I love how original the game creators are!

We escaped with a few minutes left on the clock and had a great time!

Final Touches
Our GM was FANTASTIC! Any time we asked for a clue, he was RIGHT on it. You could tell he was paying attention to our game and knew what help we needed, and he was more than happy to answer our questions or go over a few points of the game with us. We talked with him afterwards for a few minutes and his enthusiasm really showed through. He really made the experience extra great for us!

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In conclusion…

Play This Room If…
-You have a group of just about any size
-You like mystery themes
-You have at least one person in your group who has played several rooms before

Skip This Room If…
-You have very young kids, as it’s possible some things could be scary to them
-You have never played an escape room before. I think this is better for players that are not entirely new to the concept.

Overall rating:  5 out of 5

Company website: http://www.62escape.com/

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