Masterpiece Escapes – Missing (Review)

Location: Indian Trail, NC

Players: 2-8 (We recommend 4-6)

Price: $25 per person

Time to Escape: 60 Minutes

Killer Real Estate

Theme:

Twenty years ago in Harper’s Ferry, young Malachi Taylor went missing and he was followed by another 13 people who disappeared over a two month period. It was always suspected that the hermit Eugene Dutton was to blame, but nothing was ever proven. Now, decades later, people have started to vanish again, and it’s up to you to investigate Eugene’s house and figure out what’s been going on before you too go missing!

First Impressions:

As a unabashed fan of horror themed escape rooms, I was excited to hear that Masterpiece Escapes was building their own take on the ubiquitous serial killer theme. Having experienced their other rooms, full of well designed secrets and twists, I knew that this one would be special! After walking inside, I was sure that I wasn’t wrong on that point!

High Points:

Masterpiece Escapes continues to surprise our veteran group with even more cleverly hidden secrets, original puzzles and a room that turns some of the usual serial killer escape room tropes on their head. The introduction to the room was again delivered in an exciting way by a live actor, and set up the mystery in an interactive way. Meticulously decorated set design helps drive the tense narrative towards the big reveal and beyond! Puzzles were intuitive without being simple, and were integrated into the theme well. Also, the hand-crafted nature of Masterpiece’s puzzles lent this room a more authentic feel, tying together the 70s inspired house and decor in a convincing way. Technology is peppered throughout the room to give the experience a spooky feel, and mounting horror it instills adds to the thrill of this adventure!

Low Points:

One of the focal points of the late game is initially overwhelming, but proves to be manageable. However, it still requires a fair amount of guess and check due to several repeat types of lock entry. After a large and exciting buildup, the climax doesn’t quite deliver a big payoff, but the room as a whole doesn’t suffer from this.

Verdict:

With Missing, Masterpiece Escapes takes a common escape room theme and weaves it into a unique and exciting adventure! I always go into their rooms expecting to be amazed, and this room is no exception. I highly recommend escape room fans and lovers of all things spooky to give this one a shot! You can book your investigation into the old Sutton house here!

9/10 (Excellent)

Full Disclosure: Masterpiece Escapes provided media discounted tickets for our team.

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