Category: Escape Room

Blackbeard’s Escape Review

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We had some experienced Escape Room enthusiasts stop by recently, and they gave us a quite thorough review we’re proud to share with you!

Review by Kyle Moore:

The steaming streets of Nassau juke and swerve. The aroma of roasted meat and exotic spices dance on the tropical breeze like a sensuous spirit, luring tourists to pastel colored delights. Soon enough the intrepid traveler finds one’s self in a sun-kissed courtyard. Statues that look like Disney rejects from their classic Pirates of the Caribbean ride stand motionless among the palm trees and cracked stone benches as escape room enthusiasts eagerly await their chance to take a crack at helping the infamous pirate, Blackbeard, escape the Royal Navy with booty intact.

Immersion is an important aspect of escape rooms, and one can’t overstate the impact of treading the same winding byways down which brigands of yesteryear may have drunkenly stumbled. A whiff of rum and salt on the air fills the adventurous mind with images of peg-legs and eye patches, cannonballs and black spots.Escape Room in Nassau Bahamas

Thus one enters the world of Blackbeard’s Escape, Nassau’s first room escape challenge.

As is always the case with escape rooms, you are locked in a room. You’ve an hour to accomplish a task and find your way out the door. In this case, Blackbeard has already fled the room in which he’s been holed up, and he’s hired you to get in, grab his treasure, and get out before the Royal Navy help you learn how to dance on the wind.

Connected to the Pirate’s of Nassau Museum in the heart of Nassau’s tourism district, Blackbeard’s escape seeks to bring immersive puzzle solving fun to the bustling haven of pirates of yore. At the time my wife and I visited, they did only have the one room, with promises of more to come in the future, but if future additions meet the quality of their first room, regular visitors to the Bahamian city can rejoice!

Blackbeard’s Escape is an excellent experience for beginners. Seasoned veterans of escape rooms might find that this one veers towards the easy side of the spectrum but not frustratingly so. You are allowed three clues, and my wife and I used only one (that, after we received it we were slapping our foreheads so hard we were in risk of leaving permanent marks). Aside from what ended up being silly oversight on our part, we were able to solve most of the other puzzles in the room in the first half hour.

That’s not to say that easy can’t be entertaining, nor does it fail to be original. The puzzles were an absolute blast to solve with a few things I’ve not seen before. It was clear that this was a room put together by people who had a passion for escape room puzzles. Further, while this is a classic lock and key (or gen 1 for those that are really committed to industry jargon) mechanics, this has also ended up being one of the most interactive rooms we’ve played in where virtually everything is part of something else, and nearly every single item in the room is a vital part of the game.

For such a low tech room, we truly came away feeling as though this was one of the more immersive rooms we’ve experienced yet. Yes, you’re in the caribbean. Yes, street sounds are artfully pumped into the room to near perfection. But also care was placed into the story, one that evolves as you solve one puzzle after the next. There’s even a plot twist or two that manifest late in the game which is something I’ve not seen done before and I felt deserved special praise.

If I were to provide any criticism at all to this room it would be sparingly. Perhaps hiring someone to dress up in authentic garb to deliver a scripted introduction might have taken the immersion level, already laudable, and really elevated it to something special. Also, while this room is great for beginners, one does get the sense that if Blackbeard’s Escape is going to attract the greater escape room crowd, future rooms will need to be more challenging.

All of that said, this was a truly enjoyable escape room for us. Yes, the pirate theme is a pretty common trope in escape rooms, but this is the Bahamas! If ever there was a place where a pirate themed escape room belonged, this is it! A great, immersive room, friendly staff, and well designed (if easier) puzzles are complemented by an unusually intricate story making this room a must for those that find themselves in Nassau.

Besta Testing Complete!

We have had a great time beta testing our escape room!

We had some local Bahamian friends and family out to test from the very beginning, and even had enthusiasts from New York visit and give us some great advice!

We have added additional puzzles to lengthen the game and changed a few of the clues to sharpen the game play.

We are now taking bookings on select days as well as are open for group bookings!

For more information or to book a group, please email info@blackbeardsescape.com

 

 

Team Attends Room Escape Conference & Tour 2018

The Blackbeard’s Escape design and management team travelled to Nashville to attend the 2018 Room Escape Conference & Tour.  The three day event was composed of seminars, workshops, and escape room tours.

The all-Bahamian team was composed of husband and wife Lee & Chrystonia McCoy along with Samantha Allen & Margot Constantakis.  While the McCoy’s have previous escape room experience, both Allen and Constantakis had never done an escape room before.

Friday consisted of registration and seminars, followed by a bus-tour to two Escape Room facilities near Nashville.  The first location was Locked Games.  The Blackbeard’s Escape team joined with other players from the conference to play the game.  “Game Museum” was selected and played – a brand new escape room with a board game theme.  As this was a new game, the team was not able to escape in the alloted time, and there were a few design and tech issues.  The second location was Liveminds Adventure Escape.  These rooms are built by professional set designers and escape room enthusiasts, and are completely immersive in terms of the set design and gameplay.  The “Pacari” game was an adventure set to a Mayan theme, with multiple rooms and amazing puzzles.  This time, the all-Bahamian team and their coplayers were able to successfully find the ancient wonder and escape the room.  

Saturday and Sunday were filled with classes, seminars, and workshops surrounding the escape room industry. Presentations, most of which were given by experienced owners of escape games, consisted of initial design and planning, set and game design, safety, marketing, best business practices, and a myriad of other topics.

Networking and team building played a key part of the weekend.  Contacts were made with enthusiasts, persons just starting their own businesses, and key industry players.  The tradeshow floor was also filled with demonstrations of mobile escape games, puzzle and set designers, booking systems, and everything else escape-room related.  The team was also able to further develop the Blackbeards Escape room experience and bond together as a team with a unified vision for the company.  Many ideas were brought forward on how to expand the current offerings and develop the market in the Bahamas and the Caribbean.

The weekend was rounded off with a final escape room tour – this time at a downtown location called Escape Experience Nashville. The multi-room game “The Inheritance” was played, together with a recently married couple enjoying their honeymoon.  The team was able to succesfully complete the challenge with 2 minutes to spare – not an easy feat considering there is only a 27% success rate for the game!

Blackbeard’s Escape is currently being finalized, built and tested with a scheduled opening in August of 2018.  The company is currently interviewing and hiring Game Masters to bring this amazing new experience to downtown Nassau.