Secret City Adventures – Where Dark Things Dwell

Where Dark Thing Dwell is part of the Black Creek Pioneer Village Escape Series, created by Secret City Adventures.  The #REDivas (actually just Errol) were invited to try the game out on their media day.  They had beer, a food truck, axe throwing and a ghost walk (tour) as part of the experience (which probably won’t be most people’s experience).  Another thing they weren’t in short supply was of bugs…

Long story short: Stop the cultists (at Black Creek) from awakening an evil force..

Creativity and Design: Did it sell the story / theme?
Summary: You get to explore a whole village… but not really

+ The experience uses the entire Black Creek Pioneer village, which is hard to beat
– your team will be streamlined into 3 buildings (at the same time other teams will be at different buildings), so its not exactly exploring the whole village
+ lots of actors to interact with… some of them are creepy
– it didn’t seem they incorporated Black Creek history into the game, but instead it was a fluff piece

Bells and Whistles: Was it more than lockboxes?
Summary: Nothing to really mention, they used actors to supplement this

+ No real tech was used, unless you count the lanterns they gave you

Intuitive:  Did you have to be inside the designer’s mind to solve it?
Summary:  GMs aren’t helpful if they don’t know the puzzles

– The hint system used the GMs/NPCs, however this didn’t work so well with us
– The GMs either weren’t familiar with our puzzles or chose not to help us
– At one point it is a big treasure hunt… in the dark… with no guidance.
– only one team gets to ‘escape’, the rest are just taken along for the ride.

Staff Support/Price : Were they friendly? Were they helpful? What was the Damage?

The GM were friendly but while in character they weren’t overly helpful.  Its possible they learned the puzzles after our experience, but it was clear they were struggling in our game.  Our game was also partially raining, so they provided ponchos, however it didn’t save us from Summertime mosquitoes which ate us alive.

You can find the price information on their website and even though we played for free, I’m not sure it’d be worth the price point for a ’90 minute experience’.

Overall:  If you are a Black Creek fan, come for the novelty.  But definitely don’t come for the puzzles.

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