You’ve woken up in an unknown room and you’re locked in. You can’t remember where you are or how you got there. Come to think of it, you can’t even remember your own name. You need to find out your true identify before you can escape.
Date Played: January 2023
Time Taken: 1hr 5 minutes
Number of Players: 4
Even though the lockdown of 2020 feels like a distant memory, I still enjoy getting together with Al, Ash and our friend Tasha of a weekend to play a few digital escape games. By now, we’ve played most of them. Unfortunately! But sometimes- juuuusttt sometimes, we come across a few, brand new hidden gems. This was exactly what we found when we stumbled across Prestige Escape Rooms – a UK-based escape room company who have used Telescape to digitize their physical escape rooms into point-and-click play at home experiences. Sign me up!
As with all Telescape games, we purchased our copy of the game online and quickly received a code – this code was then shared between the team, who all signed in and joined on from their personal devices. In Telescape, you can see everyone’s mouse as you click around the screen and move around the room. Pretty cool, and pretty close to being an in an actual escape room too.
So on with the experience, how did it go?
Where am I? Who am I?
With Amnesia game starts with you waking up in a mysterious room, with- you’re never gonna guess this– no memory of how you got there or even your own name. You soon discover that the only way out is to figure out your true identity and escape. It’s a classic escape room concept, but Prestige Escape Rooms has done an excellent job of adding their own personal flare to the genre. As you explore the room, you’ll find yourself learning more and more about who you actually are, through a series of cryptic notes you’ve written to yourself before the amnesia. It’s like Memento, but a lot less creepy!
What impressed us the most about “Amnesia” was the quality of the puzzles. It’s an escape room that errs on the side of ‘lock heavy’, but if you’re a regular reader, you’ll know I’m actually quite a fan of more traditional lock-based rooms. The puzzles invariably were centred around us finding a key, or a code – 3 digit, 4 digit, 5 digit, or letter locks. At times, we found a code and had to rush around trying it in multiple locks, but at other times the flow made sense and we knew exactly where to head with our code. On balance, the puzzles were well-designed and diverse, ranging from math challenges to observation puzzles to logic problems. There were also plenty of hidden clues and surprises throughout the room, which kept things interesting and exciting.
Another thing that really stood out to me about Prestige Escape Rooms was their attention to detail. The Telescape platform they use for their point-and-click games is top-notch, and the game flowed smoothly from start to finish. I really do love seeing whole 360s of rooms converted onto the screen, and they did really well transporting the atmosphere and excitement of their physical space. The inventory system was easy to use, and we appreciated that items we no longer needed were marked as used, so we didn’t waste time trying to use them again.
We finished Amnesia it in just over an hour, which felt like a decent amount of time for the four of us given the puzzles we encountered. I assume that the physical room is a 60 minute room – meaning we went just over time, but thankfully the digital version does not punish you for taking your time. In terms of difficulty, we found it to be just right with a few moments of bafflement, but a clue or two to nudge us in the right direction.
We can’t wait to try out Prestige Escape Room’s physical escape rooms when we have the chance!