Beat The Lock: Xternal Forces

By | January 24, 2021

by Beat The Lock (website)

San Jose

4-10 players

60 minutes

Summon your super powers to save the galaxy! Survival on Earth depends upon our Weather Manipulation System. The secret weather transmitter is disguised as the Eiffel Tower in Paris. An evil force has taken control of the top secret weather command hidden in the Tower. We have lost contact with our covert team. The core of the Earth will burst in 60 minutes - All will be lost! With your super powers you are the last hope to regain control & rid the evil from our planet!
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Provisionally rated between 15 and 25 out of 5

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🦡cipherdelic virtuoso rated this:Rated between 20 and 20 out of 5
Played: 12/12/20 Team size: 3 Time taken: 58 Outcome: Successful escape!

I should have had an inkling that this wasn't going to go well then they took the team photo at the start of the game....

If you're doing a pre-recorded video escape room then you'd think that you'd film it in focus and make a decent job of making any text visible.... is not just me is it to expect that, is it???

Our host was pleasant and patient with us constantly asking for things to be described and read out, in fact she must be used to it as she offered to do this as part of the introductory briefing!

The puzzles were variable, with some seriously large logic leaps required at times and further let down by some rather lazy puzzles that should only be in a book! Add that to a pointless 'superpower' and at least one 'key for a key' (ie open a box just to get another key for a second box... nothing else just a key) made this so disappointing that 1/3 of our team walked away from the game at the 20 minute mark (and went to get beer whilst muttering something about the game being "p*sh!").

Apparently the sucess rate is 20%, not sure if that is due to the number of people who give up, or that the logic leaps are just too wide for most, but if you're in that 20% then you deserve a medal for the pain and suffering (I know I want one!). The sad thing is that this game has quite a good story and a nice host, and with some decent camera work and some changes to the gameplay and puzzles then this would be a solid game (albiet expensive for a pre-record game)... but until that happens, I'd avoid.

Ron Kagan expert rated this:Rated between 30 and 30 out of 5
Played: July 12th 2020 Team size: 5 Outcome: Successful escape!

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