EireBanshee


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Played: 30 Nov 2021 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
Played: 27 Nov 2021 Team size: 2 Time taken: 38 Outcome: Successful escape!
Played: 27 Nov 2021 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
story-drivenfamily friendly

Whether or not you enjoy this game will very much depend on what you are looking for.  Unfortunately, this game was not a match for us, although I cannot criticize it.  It is an impressive production for what it is.  

So, what is it?  It's mainly watching a narrative with graphic art images.  The characters tell you the story, while you watch.   Every now and then you are asked to have a quick little interaction with the game, but for the most part you are a spectator.  For us, this wasn't enjoyable.  When we play we want to solve puzzles and to interact with each other, so we found the long narrations tedious and we just wanted to get involved.

It is visually very pretty, and I think it it would be an interesting game for older kids/early teens.  Although it wasn't what we were looking for in a game, it's still very interesting and unique - and well made.

Played: 21 Nov 2021 Team size: 3 Time taken: 47 Outcome: Successful escape!
family friendlyquite easy

A fun and festive game, nothing too strenuous but it was enjoyable.  The very abrupt ending was a bit of a downer, no fanfare or sound effects just a sudden and silent return to the main screen.  Worth playing.

Played: 20 Nov 2021 Team size: 2 Time taken: 1:40 Outcome: Successful escape!
very difficult

This was the most deviously difficult game I have ever played!  

This game seems to have been made from a pop-up portable type of game, so set and decor is not exciting, but that's not a problem for us.

The puzzles were very difficult, and the annoying voice that regularly spoke over the game was very distracting.  But what was terribly frustrating was trying to FIND things that were impossible to find!  Invisible clickable places.  (also an transparent maze that was impossible to see).  We got stuck for ages on not being able to find something.  The hints system gave us the answer to the lock, but we were still not permitted to open the lock until we found the thing we could not find, and the hints did not direct you in searching so you were just stuck stuck stuck stuck!

A nice challenge for high-level puzzlers, maybe, but bring your magnifying glass and a player who can click on every pixel of the screen with patience.

Played: 14 Nov 2021 Team size: 3 Time taken: 90 Outcome: Successful escape!

This game requires 2 players on 2 devices, more people can play but they have to choose which of the 2 player screens they will be working with.  The Player 1 screen gets one set of information and the Player 2 screen gets a totally different set of information.  You must use good communication skills to share information and solve the puzzles.  

I love this premises of communicating to share different pieces of information.  We found the puzzles juicy and satisfying for the majority of the game.  Towards the end we got frustrated with one puzzle which we had to get the solution for from the hint system, but the reason for the solution was not given.  So we still don't understand why that was the correct answer.   And secondly, there was a random thing that needed to be done - I don't think any of us would have thought to do it in a million years without getting it from the hint system.

The hint system is an external page, rather than being built into the game.  We would much prefer a built-in hint system.

So overall this is a nice game, although the 2 frustrating points at the end left us a bit flat at the finish.

Played: 13 Nov 2021 Team size: 3 Time taken: 90 Outcome: Successful escape!
beautifulcleverimmersive

Very well made, slick production.  Incredible graphics and sound.  I love a bit of humor in a game, and this has several sneaky laughs.  The "catch up" option is fantastic and I was delighted to use it once.  Really well done!

Played: 31 Oct 2021 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!

A fun little game with good puzzles and bad jokes, lol.

Played: 31 Oct 2021 Team size: 2 Time taken: 23:00 Outcome: Successful escape!

It was OK.  It was very, very SHORT.  I understand that this was designed to be an "easy" game, but it would be better value if there were enough puzzles to keep you busy for longer.  

Played: 26 Oct 2021 Team size: 1 Time taken: 40 Outcome: Successful escape!
quite easy

Nice graphics, good puzzles though simple but enjoyed it.   Not a fan of the hint system (external html link with a list), but still enjoyed the game.

Played: 25 Oct 2021 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!

This was overall a good game.  My complaint would be that (the 2 players see different information) as detective it seemed that I had more information than the lab did, and there was a lot of material to read.  I spent the game reading out loud, and that got tiring.  My partner's role didn't seem to have much to do.  The puzzles were good, though.

Played: 25 Oct 2021 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
Played: 2020 Team size: 3 Outcome: Successful escape!
beautifulimmersive

This game had stunning graphics and ambient sound.  Our difficulty with this game was finding what we needed to find.  It involved endless clicking all over everything 1000 times to find precise and invisible "hotspots".  This was frustrating and took the enjoyment out of the puzzles, which were decent.  

Played: September 2021 Team size: 2

Great fun, interesting challenge of trying to collect "points" before time runs out for a "score", never played a game with that format before.  Logical puzzles and great theming.

Played: 2020 Team size: 4 Outcome: Successful escape!
great hostingmagical

A lovely game, we really enjoyed!  Our host accidentally gave us a super-hard version and there was a LOT to do!  But he helped us out by being pro-active when it was necessary.  Beautiful set, satisfying puzzles, excellent hosting.

Played: 2020 Team size: 4 Outcome: Failed :-(

We felt that we spent most of the game working on our own in the inventory, and really missed out on being in the "room" having an immersive experience.  Our avatar spent most of the time standing around waiting for us to do the work in the software, rather than interacting with us.  In fact, he was often tidying up the room on camera while we were working things out!  

Played: 2020 Team size: 2 Outcome: Failed :-(

I felt that we had to spend far to much time solving puzzles within our inventory in the Telescape software, and I felt like we were missing out on the immersiveness of the room.  Perhaps with more players we could have divided up the work more and been able to enjoy it better.

Played: 2020 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
Played: 2020 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
Played: 2020 Team size: 5 Outcome: Successful escape!
Played: 2020 Team size: 2 Outcome: Successful escape!
Played: 2020 Team size: 1 Outcome: Successful escape!

Solid game using Telescape, 360 virtual version of a real room.  Great quality images and video clips- feels like you are really there.

Played: 2020 Team size: 1 Outcome: Successful escape!

A pleasant family-friendly game in 360 environment of a real room.  Nothing too complicated here, but good fun.

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