RATING: 5 Keys RESULT: Win REMAINING: 7:59
Over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house we go.
A darkness has come over Dane Hills and everyone can feel it down to their bones. Strange things have been happening in the town. The terror started when the lights came back on at Grandma Agnes’s old house. No one can explain the dark figure in the window or the strange noises, but now neighborhood children are missing. Uncle Garrett thinks he knows the source of this evil and has asked you to help him stop it. As you step on the porch to greet the sweet lady that now inhabits the house, the air becomes musty and you can hear the souls clawing for help. You quickly realize that she is not who she says she is. Your only goal is to make it out alive.
There’s nothing quite like visiting grandma’s house. She always knows how to spoil us with pies baking in the oven and other sweet treats. Only this house is inhabited by something much more sinister.
Grandma’s House is a twist on Black Annis from English folklore. She captures unsuspecting children whom wander down Dane Hills and makes furniture from their skin. Escape Room Louisiana fully immerses us in the story every step of the way as we banish the evil spirit from the house for good.
We start our journey outside an eerie old house with vines growing around the facade. The dim lights and creaky wood porch set the mood for what is about to come. We do not have a warm and cozy feeling about this Grandma.
The inside of the house is even more off putting than the entrance. Upon further inspection, the leather chair seems to be made from human skin. We grow more worried as we notice children’s shoes scattered around without any children in sight. “Home Sweet Home” could not be further from the truth. Grandma did leave us some sweet treats to eat, but our nerves have made us lose our appetites.
We are in awe as we notice a secret entrance implemented in an entertaining and unusual manner. We have not seen something quite like it, but it is something you will have to see for yourself!
As we make our escape out of this unpleasant abode, there are dolls lined up in display cases and bones scattered on the floor. We are glad to finally put Grandma Agnes to rest so that the other children of Dane Hills do not suffer the same fate.
The puzzles in Grandma’s House are simply used to enhance the story. Every task strongly connected to the narrative and had a purpose within the story world. The game starts in a linear fashion, but our group is able to split up as soon as we gain entry to the house.
The steps taken are varied, and they are activites we would actually do while visiting grandma – minus the exorcism part. There is even one puzzle that we usually don’t like seeing inside of an escape room, but it made sense to include it here.
Escape Room Louisiana makes great use of both lighting and sound effects in order to direct attention to certain areas of the game and give feedback as we interact with the environment. This system seamlessly integrates with the narrative to make it immediately obvious when a task is correctly solved.
When we think about visiting our own grandma, we have fond memories of overindulging in sweet treats. However, Grandma’s House tells a far more malevolent story that unfolds with brilliant execution from start to finish. While there are some spooky moments throughout the game, even the most timid of players will find it approachable.
We were not quite sure what to except while visiting Escape Room Louisiana, but they have proven to be a hidden gem within a market that has some remarkably high quality venues. Grandma is patiently waiting for your visit.
Venue: Escape Room Louisiana
Location: Lake Charles, Louisiana
Number of Games: 3
GAME SPECIFIC INFORMATION:
Duration: 60 minutes
Capacity: 8 people
Group Type: Public / You may be paired with strangers.
Cost: $28 per person
We thank Escape Room Louisiana for inviting us to play this game. Although complimentary admission was generously provided, that in no way impacts the opinion included within this review.