About The HeistThe Heist is rated 8/10 on the difficulty scale, and it was noticeably more challenging than Gold Rush, one of their two easiest games. The description on their site reads: "A famous piece of artwork has gone missing, and it is up to your covert team to recover the invaluable masterpiece. If you succeed in your mission you will become national heroes! If you fail, you will be treated as a common criminal by the authorities."
The Escape Game Pigeon ForgeVoted best escape room in Pigeon Forge for 2018, The Escape Game is also TripAdvisor's number one rated "escape room" and "fun & games" attraction in the area - and it's no surprise why. The first time I played with 3 close friends, we all agreed that it was the most fun we'd ever had. I've spoken to a few people that have played other escape rooms, and it seems there are a few very important reasons The Escape Game stands out among other escape rooms.
What Makes The Escape Game Pigeon Forge So Awesome:
1. 100% ImmersionFrom the moment we walked into the first room of The Heist, we were immediately willing to drop everything connecting us to the real world and become completely immersed in the narrative presented to us. It is not difficult to get your head in the game when you're surrounded by such purposeful decor amidst the thought provoking setup. The pacing of the game has been expertly planned, and by the climax of the story you will be too excited to think of the outside world.
2. No Misleading CluesI've heard from many others who have played various escape rooms that they would often run into red herrings (clues meant to mislead or distract) that were very frustrating. They'd find a bunch of symbols scratched into a poster on the wall or a mysterious combination of numbers reocurring in different places, yet nothing would ever come of it. The absence of pointless clues like that is one of the most helpful parts of The Escape Game. Almost everything you come across in these games is relevant to your escape.
3. Exceptional Puzzle DesignI mentioned in my last game review that I grew up on treasure hunts and puzzle-solving games, so it's no surprise that this is my favorite part of The Escape Game. The storylines are brilliant and every single clue is so clever without being overwhelmingly obvious or too difficult for anyone to decipher. You don't have to be a trivia expert or mathematician to figure out how to escape in time, and that's another reason why this game is enjoyable to so many people. It's for everyone.
The Outcome Of Our GameWe escaped with about 5 minutes to spare! This one was definitely harder than the game we played before, and we had one more person (a total of 5 people) which factored into some communication issues. We still solved all the riddles and did plenty of solid critical thinking, but afterwards we all acknowledged that we were frustrated with each other at times, and there were a few simple clues that we couldn't believe we didn't immediately figure out.
Q: In any of the games, are there times when there is more than one way to get to the next big clue (other than people just finding things out of order), or is there a pretty direct chain of events that has to occur? It seems like the writing that goes into these games is incredibly specific.
A: Our games are designed with a lot of thought about how the progression should occur throughout the game. Our guests surprise us often by discovering new ways that these experiences may be completed a number of different fashions, and they may even complete some steps out of order.
Q: I've heard from people who have played other escape rooms that the The Escape Game uses much fewer red herrings (misleading/distracting clues) and pointless objects lying around. Do you think that holds true for all 5 games at The Escape Game Pigeon Forge?
A: Really anything in a game can be considered a distraction, it just depends on how far you are looking into every aspect of the game. Sometimes the decor can be so immersive that some items or objects could be seen as distractions, but there are never dead end challenges at The Escape Game.
Q: You mentioned that the first time you played an escape game that you didn't make it out in time. Why do you think that was?
A: There are multiple factors that can contribute to teams failing to escape. Sometimes teams are unwilling to ask for clues, looking too far into the tiny details and missing what is right in front of them, or not communicating with their teammates. The first time a team plays it usually takes them a bit to realize what they need to be looking for and how each clue leads you to the next.