Mad Genius Escape Co.: The Truth About Edith

By | April 28, 2020

by Mad Genius Escape Co. (website)

1444 SE Hawthorne Blvd, OR 97214

1-4 players

£57.00 $80.00

🎧actor / audio
Winner of a 2020 TERPECA award
You may recognize Edith Humphreys, your sweet neighbor with 24 cats. You may have even helped her out, snooped around her apartment. But there's something about Edith that doesn't quite add up... she looks way younger than she is, she says she was born in 1902 but that she's 97 years young... and she lives at a business called Mad Genius Escapes?! What is going on here...
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When lockdowns caused a wave of play from home escape experiences to spring up, The Truth About Edith was one that really didn’t fit into any neat category. With hundreds of games now available, it remains in its own category of one, sharing elements of online, ARG and live hosted games in its own distinctive mixture.
Your job is to investigate a suspiciously energetic old lady who appears to live at the Mad Genius Escapes escape room venue. You do this primarily via a variety of websites and o...
Mad Genius Escape has a physical room called „Cat Lady“, however, “The Truth about Edith” is not the corresponding remote counterpart, which takes place in this real escape room. It is rather a hybrid – a mixture of an escape game (with game master and live actor) and an online game with many digital elements. The game is designed for exactly four players and is played via zoom.

This game felt like an audio escape, digital escape and a bit of remote escape game  hybrid (although you're not in a physical escape room setting, there is a live actor interacting with you during the game). It's truly one of its kind. We haven't seen anything like it on the market. You should definitely check it out yourself and we would love to hear your thoughts! 

I really enjoyed the experience, it's so different and surprising, but it's not an escape like you're used to. Yes you have to think and combine and observe and communicate and yet it's not as immersive as you might expect.

A little old lady has a shocking secret. And twenty-four cats.

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It’s got cats (lots of them!), strange old ladies, and a sinister undercurrent of ‘what is this secret shadowy organisation and are they going to take over the world?’. But the real stand out about The Truth About Edith is how you play. It’s actually quite unlike any other play at home escape room I’ve ever experienced and, as such, I really struggled to put it in a ‘category’ for this review.

Gameplay-wise, the game is... not what I expected. I'm not quite sure of what I did expect in the first place, but hey, it wasn't that. 😅 Without saying too much, the game is mostly played throughout a number of fake websites, with a bit of real websites mixed in. You also get to meet a couple in-game characters over Zoom, but that latter tool is mostly for team communication. And you'll definitely need to communicate together, since most of the tasks & puzzles will require everyone's contribution.

From crazy cat photos, crazy cat puns and one crazy cat lady, the hour combines hiss-sterically funny gameplay and purrr-fect feline puzzles for all the family to enjoy!

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