Bull City Escapes – Enchanted Kingdom (Review)

Location: Durham, NC

Players:  2-6 (We Recommend 2-4)

Price: $25 per person

Time to Escape: 60 minutes

Your Kingdom awaits!

Theme:

Beyond the forest lies a hidden Kingdom, a place where faeries and dragons exist and magic is real! The crown jewels have been hidden away, and it is up to you to find them and return them to their rightful place in the throne room. But first, you’ll have to find the Kingdom itself, and that’s no small task for a mortal.

First Impressions:

Enchanted Kingdom is extremely well decorated and themed, and the atmosphere created by the décor and soundtrack was very immersive and playful. It’s always nice to see a more light-hearted theme when a lot of the main standbys are prisons, murderers, and monsters. This room was one I’d been in before when it was Bull City’s 90s Room, but they had done an excellent job making it unrecognizable!

High Points:

Beyond the fantastic themeing of the room, puzzles were a great mix between set interaction, code finding, and searching. Though there were standard locks around, there were also a good few technological interactions that surprised us in the best possible way. I wish we’d had  someone in the room to take a picture of our faces after one early “magical” interaction, as it’s definitely one of my favorite puzzles I’ve seen lately, and the payoff was a lot of fun. Flow between puzzles was very smooth, and it was almost always easy to determine what to work on next. Difficulty was handled well, and ramped up at the right points. The hint system is clear, but unobtrusive, and allows for the experience to be adjusted based on the team size and experience.

Low Points:

One puzzle gave very little clear feedback upon solving, to the point we solved it by accident and didn’t even realize it. There was also one particular puzzle that had multiple possible answers, causing it to come into play as a red herring too often.

Verdict:

Enchanted Kingdom is an excellent new room that builds on the successes of Bull City’s previous rooms and delivers a magical feeling experience. The diverse and exciting array of puzzles make it a great room for anyone to start with, and is filled with enough tricks to keep Enthusiasts entertained. This is definitely one of the best rooms in the Triangle area, and I cannot recommend it enough. Book your time in the Enchanted Kingdom here!

9.5/10 (Excellent)

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