Room review: Lockdown.sg: Circus of the Dead

LOCKDOWN’S THE CENTRAL BRANCH IS NOW CLOSED.
This review is left here merely as a record.


Their description: As an aspiring group of performers craving for fame, you have been invited as a back up for a performance and were assigned to an abandoned dressing room due to a lack of facilities.

After entering the dressing room, strange things start to happen and your performance is starting in an hour. Will you be trapped and lose your mind like the others before you?


Circus of the Dead isn’t the flashiest of escape rooms, but it has enough tricks up its sleeve to make for a pretty cool experience, with a solid core of puzzles underneath.

The atmosphere is suitably eerie but never scary enough to impede solving. While the setting is on the bare side, it gets the job done — and, perhaps just as importantly, it’s meaningfully incorporated into most of the puzzles.

The puzzles themselves are a decent mix. Some are forgettable or lean a bit too much on execution, but none of them felt disappointing, and one genuinely clever setpiece elicited a collective “wahhh” from my very jaded escape room team.

The storyline felt rather superfluous at the start, but the narrative link to the puzzles was strengthened by the end. For its all-round competence and cohesiveness, and for that one great puzzle in particular, I’d say Circus of the Dead is RECOMMENDED — as long as you’re not seeking a scary experience.

Puzzle difficulty: 3.5/5
Puzzle logic: 4.5/5
Multimedia aspect of puzzles: 3/5

Atmosphere and setting: 3/5
Exciting flourishes, use of technology or physical aspects: 3/5
Storyline integration: 3.5/5

Their suggested number of players: 3 to 8
My suggested number of players: 3 to 5

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