Exit Strategy North – The Mansion (Review)

Location: Charlotte, NC

Players: 2-8 (We recommend 4-6)

Price: $25 per person

Time to Escape: 60 minutes

“Is everything alright?” “Yep, two corpses, everything’s fine.”

Theme:

You’ve been invited to a dinner party at the mansion of an eccentric billionaire! Rumored to boast 108 rooms and many secret passages, you’re certainly in for the night of your life! Walking up the steps through the stormy night, your excitement builds as the butler greets you and ushers you towards your seats. After laying out the agenda for the evening, the real party gets started, and what a party does your host have in store for you!

First Impressions:

The Mansion is another of Exit Strategy’s newest and most elaborate sets. I had previously been entirely unimpressed with Subject Zero, save for it’s set, so that in and of itself wasn’t enough to get us too excited, but what followed our initial wonder at the design redeemed Exit Strategy greatly in our eyes.

High Points:

There’s not much I can say about the story itself without giving too much away, but I can say that the introduction to The Mansion is one of the best I’ve ever experienced, things start up with a bang, and don’t really let up from there. If you’ve ever wanted to experience the movie Clue as one of the guests, this is the best, and probably the most exciting, chance you’ll get! The set itself is flawless, and contains many secrets that make it more and more believable as you go. Technology used is well integrated, and although we experienced a hiccup during one interaction, the times they popped up, it was surprising and fun to experience! Finally, our Game Master gave a standout performance, and helped deliver a immersive and extremely fun experience on top of the room itself.

Low Points:

Puzzles flow pretty well for the most part, and contain some surprises that we really enjoyed, but some moments of weird logic brought us to a dead stop now and again. The hint system was integrated well in the theme, but the speaker itself was very fuzzy and caused us to need to have hints repeated a few times, eating up more time than was necessary. One technical failure caused us a bit of grief in the early stages of the game, and the immersion was broken a little bit as the fix was done, but it was spotted and corrected quickly, so I don’t fault them too much for it.

Verdict:

The Mansion is a great room, boasting an immersive mystery and well implemented theatrics to help deliver the story. While puzzles can mess with the flow from time to time, the adventure itself is well worth the price of admission. I recommend mystery lovers and Clue fans alike to experience this room, and feel it will be great fun for both beginners and enthusiasts. Book your dinner party here!

8/10 (Great)

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