Komnata Quest - The Vault - Review

Location: Manhattan, NY
Date Played: May, 2018
Team Size: 2 – 8 players.
Duration: 60 minutes
Price: $35 per ticket

You and your team’s vault life has thus far kept you safe from the horrors of the wasteland. However, a new threat has emerged within a closed-off level of your once-secure home. Your team has been tasked with finding a solution before it’s too late.


Gameplay within the Vault revolved more around searching and focused on task-based hurdles more so than most typical escape rooms. While each task felt unique and true to the source material, there wasn’t a substantial amount of tasks to complete overall.

Production Value/Immersion

In usual Komnata Quest fashion, this room absolutely nailed the ambiance of the subterranean world it set out to present. Gameplay heavily incorporated a very Fallout-centric prop. It was executed well and had great tech features which made it an awesome addition that further immersed us into this post-apocalyptic world.


The narrative scaled nicely as the game progressed. We love rooms that escalate in pressure and build up towards a grand finale. Shelter R certainly fit that criteria. Our group collectively breathed a sigh of relief as our vault opened.

This escape room absolutely nailed game progression, as the game flowed seamlessly while we solved its puzzles. Shelter R does a good job of highlighting and giving nods to the video game it is inspired by but doesn’t overly-rely on its source material.


There were moments in this game where we had to listen to the audio in video clips in order to know how to proceed. When played overlapping with the 50’s music piping in the background, our team found it very difficult to focus in on the audio and hear the steps necessary for advancing.

This Room is a Good Match for

This escape room is a must-do for all vault-dwellers that make their way to Lower Manhattan. For those unfamiliar with the Fallout series, this is a great room for those new to the world of escape rooms, as it’s not very difficult and plays upon most escape room characteristics.

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