RATING: 5 Keys RESULT: Win REMAINING: 06:20
We just found a true diamond in the rough…. and now it’s time to steal it.
A ruthless Russian billionaire has taken up residence in an old mansion down the the street. So of course since we are the best cat burglars in town, it’s obviously our responsibility to rob him blind.
Our mission is to penetrate a billionaire’s mansion, steal his offshore bank account codes, and get away with it.
Mr. Bestunkovich is known for taking prisoners, so if we are caught, we may not live to tell about it. If we succeed, the reward will be worth the risk.
The story is instantly immersive from the second you walk in the room. We are clearly and without a doubt inside the mansion of this eclectic billionaire.
It’s dark, but enlightening. It’s gorgeous, but overwhelming. It’s safe, but intimidating.
It just works so well.
He’s a filthy rich, materialistic billionaire who loves to show all of his prized collections – which is why I don’t feel bad robbing him for every penny he’s worth.
To further enhance the story world, flashlights are used in this game to stay true to the character of a criminal mastermind. After all, any self-respecting thief knows you don’t rob a joint in broad daylight!
There is a very good mix of tech and classic puzzles in Cat Burglar.
The puzzles fit the theming of the room very well, from the mansion’s parlor to Bestunkovich’s secret office and his impenetrable vault.
Progressing through Cat Burglar only immersed us further into the storyworld of being thieves in the night. Everything here connects to the central narrative.
Most importantly, the gameplay was one fluid motion from start to finish. There were no logic leaps or even speed bumps in our way.
We’ve said it before but it bears repeating – Escape Artists is absolutely the venue to watch in the Central Florida market. Both of their games are solid 5 Key attractions. They exhibit a clear understanding of story, scenic and show in a way that we long for, but so rarely find in new games.
Though a bit outside of the Orlando tourist area – some 40 minutes north – both Cat Burglar and Rest Easy Motel are such good games that there is simply no question as to whether or not a visit to Escape Artists is worth the trek. The more we see in the Orlando market, the more it becomes clear that Escape Artists is absolutely the one venue that must be seen over all others in town!
Venue: Escape Artists
Location: Sanford, Florida
Number of Games: 2
GAME SPECIFIC INFORMATION:
Duration: 60 minutes
Capacity: 6 people
Group Type: Public / You may be paired with strangers.
Cost: $32 per person (minimum 2)
We thank Escape Artists for inviting us to preview this game during its soft opening period. Although complimentary admission was generously provided, that in no way impacts the opinion included within this review.