RATING: 5 Keys RESULT: Win REMAINING: 19:35
We have a lovely mansion for sale at a steep discount. It may be haunted, but did we mention it’s discounted?
Finding a house this cheap is rare in New York. You’re not one to believe the stories, but they say this home was refuge for one of the most evil spirits the small town of Amityville has ever known. All of the home’s past owners and families have disappeared without warning. Everyone in town tells you to get out while you can — loss is inevitable, and terror is unavoidable. We hope you enjoy your first night at your new home.
Amityville is based on the supposedly true story of paranormal activity happening inside the mansion at 112 Ocean Avenue. Whether or not you believe in spirits, the story builds to a grand climax that almost made us believe that the space was truly haunted.
60out drops us into an immersive world that we must escape. After a couple jump scares along the way, we do everything we can calm the spirit world and not disappear like the owners before us.
Amityville starts in a large master bedroom area with a dirty piano, clocks that have not worked in awhile, and old pieces of wooden furniture. The space is dark except for the glow coming from the fireplace. It truly is a spooky atmosphere, and the tortured soul inside the house occasionally shakes the lights up above to let us become aware of her presence.
As we make our way into the the child’s bedroom we become even more spooked. There are clothes hanging on the walls that have obviously not been worn in awhile. A few dingy stuffed animals line the room along with a small children’s table. Perhaps she had a few tea parties … when she was alive.
Like any haunted space, there are hidden passages that were used not only to organically enhance the story but to create a sense of fear. We never truly knew what we would witness next.
Amityville has us interacting with the props and set in a natural way. In fact, the actions taken never really feel like puzzles. The story of this house organically unfolds as we maneuver through a variety of tasks placed inside of this mansion.
60out is able to take a well known story and enhance it with clever interactions every step of the way. The puzzles are mostly linear, and our only criticism is that there could have been more of them put into the hour time frame. With that being said, Amityville is definitely approachable to beginner players who may require the full sixty minutes.
Even when Amityville feels like it has come to its conclusion, there is an interesting twist at the end that you will just have to experience for yourself! Let’s just say it was unexpected but genuinely gratifying.
Our team had previously visited The Haunted at Brooklyn Escape Room. It is worth mentioning that The Haunted is a similar game to Amityville. However, there are enough differences between the two of them that we felt it was imperative to review them separately.
Amityville is yet another solid addition to the 60out brand. It is a darker theme than most of their other offerings, but it is only a very tiny bit scary. Even those who aren’t able to handle spookier escape rooms will be able to enjoy this one with ease.
60out keeps raising the bar on the meaning of an immersive storytelling experience. We were completely engrossed in the narrative every step of the way as we took actions to appease the spirits. 112 Ocean Avenue is for sale again. Are you brave enough to become the new owner?
Location: Los Angeles, California
Number of Games: 3
GAME SPECIFIC INFORMATION:
Duration: 60 minutes
Capacity: 6 people
Group Type: Private / You will not be paired with strangers.
Cost: $40 per person (a minimum of two people are required for booking, then prices vary for each additional player.)
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