Ching Chiu Palace was the fifth and final room we tried at Xcape during a single day when we tried 5 of their rooms back to back in December 2017.
- again, like most of their rooms, the production value of Ching Chiu Palace was very high. Some parts of this room are like a movie set;
- there are some aspects of this room that we had never seen in an escape room before;
- as with all of their other rooms, there is a lot of tech in this room (and it all suits the theme pretty well);
- there is one particular puzzle in this room that from a design point of view, I really liked. It was truly novel and very well done.
- there are some real safety concerns in this room. There is one particular section that is really cool but my friend nearly lost a finger. There are also sections of concrete (both above your head and below your knees) that need to be covered in something soft to protect players' heads/knees. And as a general comment, there are sections of Ching Chiu Palace that I have concerns about from an evacuation point of view - in the event of a fire, I'm not sure how players could easily (and quickly) escape;
- a pretty major concern I have with this room is that I think it is really only suited to Chinese players (rather than English players). English players are provided with a scroll which is supposed to help players with deciphering chinese characters throughout the room. However, many of the Chinese characters in the room are "old" or traditional characters, which are not exactly the same as the new Chinese characters in the scroll. In my view, this made it impossible to decipher. It wasn't helped by the fact that there are props with Chinese characters on them that are very poorly lit;
- we had a number of technical issues in this room. There were 3 different puzzles that did not work as they were intended to work (and we needed the game master to enter the room to help us). Part of the problem related to the Chinese characters, but other issues were technical issues. I know we were beta testing this room, but there was one puzzle that contained a pretty major error (which the owner said he would get fixed);
- this room is very expensive at up to $60pp. It is also an 80 minute room, but despite having a number of technical issues and other problems deciphering Chinese characters, we still escaped with a lot of time left over.
Themes: 6 currently
Cost: $50pp (or $60pp on weekends/evenings) (but we played at the kind invitation of Xcape)