Locked Up Philly - 1409 - Review
Location: Huntingdon Valley, PA
Date Played: January, 2019
Team Size: 2- 6 players
Duration: 60 minutes
Price: $30 per ticket
Loosely based off of the Stephen King novel of a similar name, 1409 checks teams into a mysterious hotel room where tragedy continues to strike. Discover the secrets of this room and check out with your lives.
While this room was similar to Komnata’s “Suicide Hotel,” however, we found this take on the theme to be much more puzzle-centric. Gameplay ranges from searching and combination locks to some extremely clever observations relating to newspaper articles. The later portion of this game presented an interesting final puzzle that brings together the discoveries of many of the room’s earlier varied puzzles.
1409 delivers a thematic set where almost everything serves a function one way or another. This room makes great use of mundane objects that are often found in escape rooms but typically do not make it into gameplay. Being able to interact with all items helps set the level of immersiveness. The second half of this escape room ramps up the creepy factor while not hindering gameplay.
For teams looking for a challenge, we felt that the first half of this escape room experience made our group think outside of escape room conventions. Gameplay felt intuitive and conveyed the eerie narrative throughout the game. The moment where teams can access the later portion of the gamespace came into play perfectly.
While most of this experience was straight forward, we felt that some puzzles lacked more direct prompting. Additionally, we feel that the later portion of this escape game didn’t match the difficulty of its previous section.
This Room is a Good Match for
Locked Up Philly provides a creepy escape room setting that is perfect for Stephen King fans and teams looking for a scare or two.