Murdoch Mysteries Escape Series – Secret of Station House # 4
Secret of Station House no. 4 is located on Beverly St in Downtown Toronto, and it is hosted by Secret City Adventures (the titans who release the SCRAP/Casa Loma games). We had booked this months in advance anticipating the massive demand for their games and our large group (which included the #REDivas, E4G, EGR’s Kayphen, “sBlung” and Alex). We were greeted by the GM who doubled as an ingame character, watched an intro video and started the game.
Creativity and Design: Did it sell the story / theme?
Summary: Great actor interaction, and some easter eggs if you are a Murdoch fan.
+ There were some “Murdoch” references, but we’ve never watched the show
+ Actor interaction was probably the most involved we’ve come across
+ high quality end-game video that references the show.
Bells and Whistles: Was it more than lockboxes?
Summary: Outside of actor interactions don’t count on any magic happening
+ No issues with any mechanical/electrical processes
+ tech took a backseat to actor interactions (which is ok)
– nothing really noteworthy for tech enthusiasts to chew on.
Intuitive: Did you have to be inside the designer’s mind to solve it?
Summary: LOTS of puzzles, not all of them were fun.
+ the first set of puzzles encourage players in a large group to spread out
– as the last set of puzzles come along, only 4 people (of 12) are needed
– some puzzles needed more nudging than others, even with our supergroup.
+ Ingame actors also are cluegivers, which we had no issues.
+ We finished the game with 10 minutes and 12 enthusiasts.
Staff Support/Price : Were they friendly? Were they helpful? What was the Damage?
The GMs were friendly and did a great job staying in character.
The prices were a bit hefty at $35+, but to see for yourself visit www.secretcityadventures.com
Overall: Definitely something unique to try if you are a Murdoch fan or love interactions with in-game actors. But for the price, we highly recommend at least one of those.
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