*dun dunnnnn dun dun dun deee dunnnnn*
ESCAPE THE EMPIRE! An play at home adventure from STL Fantasy Maps set in a galaxy far far away!
Completion Time: 2 hours (over 2 days)
Date Played: 2nd – 3rd of May 2020
Party Size: 2
Since Escape the Empire took us about 2 hours over 2 different days – for that reason, I’m not calling it a classic escape room. It’s an adventure-come-party-game.
First you choose your character from a selection of booklets … Each character has different skills and different secret information that will help them in the game.
Then, in character (and costume if you fancy!) you and your crew have 5 missions to complete, with two fun ‘bonus missions’. The missions aren’t too long apiece, maybe 15 or so minutes between them – which is a nice pace to go out and enough in each to keep everyone busy!
The bonus missions by contrast are just brilliant. One of them has you attach little light sabres to your thumbs and take on a thumb war to determine the champion (who gets to wear a badge for the rest of the game). The other has a player blindfolded as you guide them through an asteroid belt.
And how was it? Brilliant!
I’m so inspired and wish I could play it again after the quarantine with a larger group. So if you’re ever planning a Star Wars themed party this game is an absolute must!
But most of all, I loved this game because it’s so obvious how much love has gone into making it. It’s a real enthusiast’s dream and sparks joy in really unexpected ways. Refreshingly different, it goes to new levels of immersivity and more than anything is really, really accessible to the non-escape room player market too!
Escape the Empire can be purchased for $19.99 – $26.99 USD on the STL Fantasy Maps website.
Mairi is the editor-in-chief and covers escape rooms/immersive theatre in London, play at home games, and video games.