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.

For more information check out:
www.secretcityadventures.com

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