Welcome to the Game Grrlz blog! Today we’re reviewing the escape room Blue Meth Breakout at Lockout Austin in Austin, Texas. I highly recommend this game. It’s really witty, with fresh puzzles, great atmosphere, and a highly unique room guide and hint system. The only real drawback to this room was its lack of scope. You stay in one room the entire time, so it’s missing something I love about room escapes- finding your way into another room and having a whole new place to explore. But with that said, the room is large and there is LOTS to do to keep you busy. There were two of us playing, and I’d say the room is better designed for 4 people- there are just so many puzzles there, and many of them are really different and new. This escape has a room guide who also plays a role in the story, and this was one of the really great things about the game; our guide was really top-notch and set the tone for the game well. Finally, the attention to detail in this room and in the puzzles is terrific. A lot of care and thought and humor went into crafting these puzzles, and making them stand out, and work with the narrative and the ambience. Many times puzzles in escape rooms feel sort of WTF- like what is an electronic neon puzzle doing on a 19th century pirate ship? But everything here felt crafted to fit the storyline and the grungy feel of the room.
What a delightful room to escape ( or at least try). To begin with, I was not expecting an in-character room guide and very glad to experience the immediate immersion and extra sparkle he brought with him. It was fun before the clock even began! This was by far my favorite guide and hint system and it was folded into the game seamlessly and humorously. The puzzles and cleverness required were wonderful. These guys made a single small room layered and complex with lots to do. It was dense and we were busy - juuuust the way I like it. There was a nice combination of puzzles types that were familiar and new ideas for critical thinking/puzzle solving. Overall, I REALLY liked this room and I REALLY liked the staff. Clearly, this is a passion for them, like it is for us, and it shone through in every experience. See you again Lockout Austin!
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Eva and Amanda are best friends who puzzle obsessively. Our focus is on iOS puzzle games, interactive fiction, and live room escapes.