🚶 LIVE ELEMENTS: Control A Live Avatar, Live Video & Audio Feed
🎒 INVENTORY/SUPPLEMENTAL: 60Out Customized Inventory System
🔎️ OTHER NOTES: Features 360° View, Time Countdown
► PREMISE & OBJECTIVES ◄
Official Premise (from 60Out Escape Rooms):
You have been invited inside of one of the most brilliant minds of our time. Nikola Tesla has welcomes you inside his workspace -- a place where sparks fly and time stops. Just know that the clock is ticking as you search for one of his most secret, prized inventions.
I've played this incredibly magnificent escape room, "Time Machine", in person roughly 1 year ago when it first opened. To date, it remains to be one of the more special games I've participated. For what other room can I really say I've witnessed a true exothermic chemical reaction happening right before my eyes? None so far, I'd have you know!
Since I've already reviewed this room, I am instead focusing on the web features of this avatar led, Zoom based online rendition, available for booking now until this pandemic business in the US sorts itself out... it may take a while.
100% rocked a Tesla hairdo & blazer for the game, alas, facial hair couldn't be grown in time
GAME OPERATING INTERFACE
60Out is a fairly reputable franchise in the Los Angeles market, so it came as no surprise that the game appeared so slick and polished on the net even on first glance.
The overall combo is Zoom conference app plus supplemental inventory screen, pretty standard. While the Zoom side is pretty self explanatory and unremarkable, for video and sound live feeds, the inventory side merits a couple of compliments.
First, it features a true 360° panoramic view from top to bottom. Think Google Map. Not only can you drag your room view left and right in a full circle, you can also go vertically from ceiling to the floor. Even without the live camera feed, you'll get a pretty solid idea of the layout.
Inventory's map system enables you to see every inch of the room...
And of course, the room looked just as gorgeous as I still fondly remember it.
On the left side of the inventory system, it features a column that display certain areas or objects of importance for closer looks. A piece of poetry on Tesla's desk, for instance, can be found here once you avatar gets ahold of it.
Finally, there is a handy timer on the top right to keep track of time with ease.
...Including the ceiling! Hello, light and air vent!
"Time Machine" is inherently a very visually focused and hands on escape adventure--think of it as a historic tour with Nikola Tesla, laced with the occasional science experiments here and there. Enjoying this electrifying gem of an experience in real life was a blast, (even literally at some point).
The virtual version, however, stumbled a little bit due to its very nature of being an immersive showstopper. Immersion wasn't completely lost, but a lot of the puzzles and special effects are meant to be and best enjoyed in person. Consequentially, some parts of the game may need some appropriate modifications and tweaking before it can realize its full potential.
Inventory items on the left, time count down on the top right
All puzzles that I've played in person were allintact in the live streaming room, so rest assured, the business will give you its 100%, bringing the game to you at home as completely and as authentically as technology would permit.
We were one of the first groups to have partaken this temporal journey back in time when the virtual option became available, so our avatar was still a little green with her camera work and performance. Once these little details are ironed out with time, it'll be one of 60Out's most attractive offerings on its roster.
And relax, don't rush, take all the scenery in slowly. You have 60 minutes to complete the game, and that's plenty of time for most groups. Dare to be mesmerized by the beautiful set, despite potentially being miles and miles away. Talk to your avatar, interact with them, chat it up, and even goof off a bit. Time is on your side--you're controlling a machinery for it after all.
My entire team of 5 agrees that despite some shaky details that warrant a second look from the show runners, the production value undoubtedly shone through even across the the barriers of computer screens. (Everyone sans me is from the east coast, and this is their first time graced by Tesla's greatest invention.)
I am not at all surprised at their reactions, because when a room looks this good, it sells itself!
My east coast friends trying out "Time Machine" by 60Out Escape Rooms
With utmost sincerity and honesty, I would recommend, of course, to experience "Time Machine" in person if you at all have the luxury and opportunity to do so. However, for those who reside outside of Southern California, this is your golden ticket to something special without the need for risky air travel. (Remember, stay safe!)
During this period of intense uncertainty, with so many confounding factors at hand, visiting (my favorite) K-Town 60Out branch may just be out of question for the time being. So why not give this remote escape room option a try? (Nautilus at the same location is also available.)
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