Location: Alexandria, VA
Players: 2-10 (We Recommend 4-6)
Price: $34 per person
Time to Escape: 60 minutes
Long Live the King!
The King has been taken hostage and a hefty ransom has been demanded in exchange for his safe return, but a firm deadline has been set, removing any hope for a negotiation or time to muster a force to find him. As his most trusted advisers, you are tasked with putting together a ransom of gold and jewels before the King is executed, which is sure to begin a long and bloody war!
As previously mentioned in our Lost Temple review, Escape Quest boasts a beautiful and comfortable lobby, as well as an excellent space for briefings. Our experience with GMs here was also top notch, as they provided excellent customer service and help whenever needed.
The room itself is, as we’ve come to expect from Escape Quest, beautiful and highly immersive. In fact, I’d say King’s Ransom is the best looking game we saw while in the area! Progression is linear, but builds in a way as to include multiple teammates and encourage teamwork. Tech is well hidden, and is used sparingly, in order to evoke a sense of mystery. King’s Ransom is Escape Quest’s hardest room, so puzzles are generally a bit more esoteric in their solutions, but were not frustratingly done. Once methods to solving were figured out, there were many ah-ha moments to be had. Props felt overall like they belonged, and were fun to manipulate and use in our puzzling. The story was light, but continued to be uncovered throughout, leading to a climactic and satisfying conclusion to the experience.
One puzzle in particular was very weakly clued, and we the connection between the solution and input was tenuous at best. An interaction we had solved fairly quickly was finicky and required a lot of unnecessary jiggling and guess and check in order to finagle it into the right position. One particular prop felt anachronistic, and confused us a little bit.
King’s Ransom is another great addition to the DC area escape scene, and delivers a more challenging experience for enthusiasts, while still remaining accessible to newcomers as well. I would, however, recommend getting at least a couple rooms under your belt before attempting King’s Ransom. In short, I highly recommend this room for it’s fantastic set design and exciting puzzling. You can help Ransom the King here!
Full Disclosure: Escape Quest comped our tickets for this game.