Their description: There were many myths and legends about the old mansion. Some say the invaluable treasures and antique inside were guarded by the creatures of the night, but no one has ever seen them. Can you survive the test set up by Dr. Hachi and reveal the truth? Or will you be consumed by the endless darkness and horror?
NOTE: I played the original version of this escape room, not the current updated version.
After Xcape closed its first branch at Purvis Street, it decided to reopen improved versions of two of the four rooms at its Bugis Village outlet. I think both rooms were good choices. Whisper of the Dead is perhaps less impressive than Chamber of Secrets, but it still makes for a decent experience.
Despite the scary-sounding text, the version I played was eerie rather than outright scary, which is nice if you’re not interested in the fear factor. The room’s strengths are its cool moments, use of technology, and multimedia aspects. One or two puzzles seemed less inspired, but I’m not sure if the new version still has these.
As often seems the case with Xcape rooms, the storyline is basically irrelevant. However, there’s at least an attempt to make the puzzles fit in with the setting, which is appreciated.
RECOMMENDED based on the old version, though I haven’t played the new version.
Puzzle difficulty: 4/5
Puzzle logic: 3.5/5
Multimedia aspect of puzzles: 4/5
Atmosphere and setting: 4/5
Exciting flourishes, use of technology or physical aspects: 3/5
Storyline integration: 2/5
Their suggested number of players: 4 to 8
My suggested number of players: 5 to 6