UNRAVEL IS NOW CLOSED.
This review is left here merely as a record.
Their description: October 15th, 1985
The headlines were unreal: “School Cleaner Missing After Student Found Hanged”. The police initially thought the student, Judy Lim, committed suicide as she was found hanging in one of the toilet cubicles. Post-mortem revealed that she was actually strangled and the killer made it look like a suicide. The biggest suspect is the school cleaner who had not reported for work since October 15th. Police spoke to his family and he had not returned home since the night of October 14th.
Are things really that simple? What will the Ouija board reveal to private investigator Kai?
The main thing I remember from The Ouija is being terrified. If you enjoy horror rooms at all, you must play this one. Just do it. Don’t expect the usual cheap scare tactics of rubbery body parts; this room takes a more sophisticated approach, and is thus also better than Unravel’s other scary room, The Haunting.
If horror alone isn’t enough of a draw, don’t worry — The Ouija is still a solid escape room experience.
I personally thought that the first puzzle was one of the tougher ones in the room, which seemed a strange way to start. Get past that, though, and it’s relatively smooth-sailing. The puzzles are not mindblowing, but they’re all logical and fair, and there are various fun (and occasionally creepy) mechanisms involved.
Setting, plot, and puzzles are also integrated well with each other. The first puzzle fits particularly well into the setting, and unlike many escape rooms out there, this one does actually provide a conclusion to its plot.
This room also plays very well on the tension between the need to search and the fear of doing so. Bring at least one brave person, or you simply won’t make it out. (My team made it out with three cowards and one brave person.)
Perhaps my only real quibble is that one late-stage puzzle felt a little misleading, in that the correct answer is not the most natural variation of what you have to hand. But that’s a minor point.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED if you enjoy horror. The solid storyline and decent puzzles make this WORTH A TRY regardless — unless you really hate horror, in which case, stay away.
Puzzle difficulty: 2.5/5
Puzzle logic: 4/5
Multimedia aspect of puzzles: 4/5
Atmosphere and setting: 5/5
Exciting flourishes, use of technology or physical aspects: 3/5
Storyline integration: 4.5/5
Their suggested number of players: 2 to 8
My suggested number of players: 3 to 4