King of the Bootleggers

King of the Bootleggers
9.25

Atmosphere

100/10

    Equipment

    95/10

      Creativity

      90/10

        Puzzles

        85/10

          Pros

          • - Actors were fantastic
          • - Immersive setting

          Cons

          • - The group is split up for most of the game
          • - You only play one room for most of the game

          I’ll tell you right off the bat that your group of sixteen (yes, you need 16 for this game!) gets split up into three groups after spending a bit of time together at the beginning. Towards the end, you regroup and finish the game together. So I can’t speak to the other two rooms that I didn’t participate in, and will focus mainly on the room that I played after splitting up, since that’s where most of my time was spent.

          If you read my review for the first Casa Loma game – Escape from the Tower – you’ll see that I enjoyed that game immensely. So as soon as the tickets for this King of the Bootleggers were released, I jumped right on them. Between E4G and another group of friends, we bought fourteen tickets, and the remaining two tickets were quickly snatched up by “randoms”. But for whatever reason, these randoms did not show up and in my opinion, costed us the win. Yes, there’s a reason why they allow for sixteen people…because you need all those hands and brains.

          Like Escape from the Tower, something I really enjoyed about this game is the incorporation of actors. They all took their roles seriously and did a great job of acting their part. Combined with the appropriate furniture and props, they do an awesome job of transporting you back to the 1920s. No complaints here!

          The puzzles in the room that I played were not easy. Not only that, but each puzzle required multiple steps to solve. While we did complete the room in time, it was tiring and somewhat frustrating. We definitely would’ve benefited from having another player in the room. There was one puzzle that I happened to solve quickly because I’m experienced with that type of puzzle. Without the same experience, I imagine it could take quite some time and might even seem impossible at first, especially given the time crunch. There was another puzzle that our team got rather frustrated with because it required listening to something, and the key part, the exact part that we needed, was not clear at all. At one point, all five of us stopped what we were doing to listen to it, and still couldn’t make it out clearly. I hope they can fix this somehow.

          I did appreciate the variety of puzzles, as well as how most of them tied back into the theme. What I did not appreciate though was being stuck in one room for most of the game and essentially, only playing one-third of the game. At least in Escape from the Tower, we could see the other puzzles and work with different players at different times. While it was an enjoyable game overall, I did not feel that it was worth paying almost $50 for it.

          If you’re trying to decide between this game or Escape from the Tower, I would say Escape from the Tower for overall gameplay and King of the Bootleggers if story line is more important to you.

           

          Casa Loma
          1 Austin Terrace, Toronto, ON M5R 1X8

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