The Carnival is coming and you’re definitely going! Rumour has it that a secret society is hiding there, luring potential members with puzzles spread over the fair grounds. Come; show your mettle; beat the carnies at their own games.
Completion Time: 50 Minutes
Date Played: 17th November 2020
Party Size: 1
Recommended For: Everyone
Carnival is a brand new online escape room by Edaqa Mortoray and it describes itself as “A 1 – 4 player game full of puzzles, horses, and hot dogs.” – Yep! I couldn’t have said it any better than that. Although, I’d add one extra note. It’s PACKED with charm. And exactly as it should be! Edaqa is a fellow escape room enthusiast with over 120 escape rooms under their belt (which is more than me). The creativity of puzzles really shows!
The story goes, you’re visiting a carnival. Fun, right?! But not all is as it seems. There’s a secret society of, uhh, illuminati-esque carnival dwellers hiding somewhere deep within the attractions. How you enjoy the game from that point onwards is completely up to you. If you want to attend the carnival, play some games then leave – that’s fine! If you’re here for the conspiracy, you won’t be disappointed either.
One of the most enjoyable things about playing Carnival was that the game is collaborative in the same way The B.R.U.C.E. Project is, making it perfect for playing remotely with friends via Zoom. Whilst playing, there’s a chat functionality where all players can share messages – and players can see in real time what everyone else in the game is doing.
In short, it revolutionises the “Point and Click” genre! I only wish I’d played it with more people to share the fun with. I chose to do this one solo on a quiet Tuesday evening. It more than entertained me for the 50 or so minutes I took exploring (and solving!) the carnival.
In terms of puzzles, you can expect a bit of everything! I’d class this whole game as “Medium” difficulty. For sure, there were a few puzzles I couldn’t solve. But then there were even more puzzles that sparked a lot of joy. Every single puzzle in the game fits perfectly into the carnival universe. Whether you’re fixing lights, or operating a swinging pirate ship ride or trying to calculate your ticket for entry into the park… It worked!
Another feature I’d love to highlight are the “Achievements”. In typical videogame as you proceed through the game you can unlock “achievements” as you go. Solve a puzzle? A large gold star and the name o the achievement flashes up on your screen. I wasn’t completely sure how to view what I’d achieve and what I still needed to achieve but, it was a really nice touch to an already fantastic game.
Carnival is available to play for $12.50 USD on Edaqa’s Room’s website.
Mairi is the editor-in-chief and covers escape rooms/immersive theatre in London, play at home games, and video games.