Escape The Night: Drama And Puzzles

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Hello, people who may or may not like escape the room games, this review is for you. Check out my take on Escape the Night!

Background:

Youtube has become more and more of a commodity over the last few years. It went from a platform that anyone can upload any kind of content to the ad-apocalypse to trying to become more like a streaming service where certain popular creators get their own series. Escape the Night is one of those. I thought it would be perfect to kick off the spookiest month of the year.

Season 1:

Joey Graceffa has inherited a house from a recently deceased relative. If Joey wants the deed, he must invite guests over to the house. However, the house is no ordinary house. It is a house that stands still in time, stuck in the 1920s. No modern technology is allowed.

Interesting but where’s the escape part in Escape the Night?

Joey invites a bunch of his friends over. Everyone who comes must dress and act like they are from the 1920s. The evening begins well enough, the guests arrive at a creepy mansion and immediately you wonder what’s going to happen. All of the guests are renowned Youtubers given characters to play. Dinner is served and in the midst of the laughter, someone slumps forward, poisoned. Those alive must scramble to solve puzzles to try and save them. They fail and that is when they learn they are trapped in the house and must go through trials to try and escape. However, there is a catch. With each trial, they must sacrifice one of their friends. 

Do I need to know the YouTubers to watch Escape the Night?

Escape the Night has twists and turns and drama. You don’t have to watch many of the YouTubers featured in Escape the Night. I enjoyed watching all of them try and figure out how to escape, questioning if any of them are working with the evil the entire time. I was amazed at the thought put behind all the puzzles, the narrative, the trials, and the behind-the-scenes. 

Things/characters I liked about Escape the Night:

  • When they found the soldier and all the girls could talk about was how cute he has had me cracking up
  • The YouTubers were able to put so much personality into their characters
  • How each of the characters reacts to the death of their friends
  • The special effects
  • The monsters
  • They were able to combine so many times/themes/genres into this one project. One moment you are having a murder mystery dinner party then you go to the circus then you go to the madhouse. It’s amazing. 
  • How Joey knew some things but asked to be left out of other things so that he could play the game
  • The puzzles were immaculate. They were able to make a simple game like Battleship and twist it into something new.
  • The costumes were really cool. I can’t imagine doing some of the things they were doing if I was wearing heels.
  • I loved the background snippets during the episodes which gave context to their next challenge. Well done. 

Things I disliked:

  • I wish they had more smart people as the main characters. Those who survived did so because they were intelligent and lucky and careful. 
  • I wondered if they had to reset the house every day they were filming for Escape the Night. They did. 
  • I wish they had made the timeline longer than one night. I felt like it was a little unrealistic to do all that they did in one night, especially since there wasn’t a countdown. 

Overall, I still give this season a 9/10. You should watch it if it sounds like your jam.

Season 2:

It’s a spooky season so I thought I’d keep watching. Season 2 has a similar story to season 1. Joey’s friends are invited to come to a masquerade ball at a mansion. They’re to dress in period clothing–this time in Victorian-era clothing –and act like the persona given. This time around some guests received special items as part of their costumes. Another ~small twist~ Joey didn’t send out the invitations. Season 2’s villain is a sorceress who wants to come to our world and the only way to defeat her is to use a crown embedded with gems from her lieutenants. Similar to last time, with each encounter with a lieutenant, one of Joey’s friends must perish. Everything I liked about season 1 was in season 2 so I will try to focus on the things I liked and disliked specifically in season 2.

Things I liked:

  • using cards to shuffle/vote instead of writing on paper, putting it in a hat, and pulling out a name.
  • guests getting special items beforehand
  • lieutenant format vs finding artifacts which were a little more free reign exploration
  • The resets they did were a little less obvious
  • lieutenants were from all kinds of folklore, fairytales, mythos, and history which is really cool. My favorite lieutenant was Hanzel and Gretel.
  • the twists n turns regarding the end
  • gameplay creativity
  • The rivalry between Alex and Daestorm

Things I disliked:

  • The part where they have to get the fairy’s tear by making her laugh. They made her laugh in a dumb way.
  • They had similar kinds of puzzles as last time

Overall, I still give this season a 9/10. You should watch it if it sounds like your jam.

Season 3 (minor spoilers):

Season 3 has a similar story to season 1. Except, of course, when Joey Graceffa died at the end of season 2. He is told that in order to revive himself from the dead, he must save a town and sacrifice his friends. However, the town is no ordinary town. It is a town that stands still in time, stuck in the 1970s at the mercy of the carnival master. Thus, everyone who comes must dress and act like they are from the 1970s. The evening begins well enough, the guests arrive at the town after some light spell casting to a creepy clown greeting them. All of the guests are renowned Youtubers who are given characters to play throughout the series. The participants play some carnival games and then they receive a jack in the box. They are pressured into opening it and they release a gang of killer clowns.

So what’s the deal this time?

They learn they are must go through trials to try and gather all of these cursed artifacts from the carnival master. Then they must cleanse them. However, there is a catch. With each artifact cleansed, they must sacrifice one of their friends. Everything I liked about seasons 1 and 2 was in season 3 so I will try to focus on the things I liked and disliked specifically to season 3.

Things I liked about season 3 of Escape the Night:

  • There were more intelligent participants which I think made a big difference.
  • The sacrifices felt more impactful for some reason (I knew more of the participants so maybe that’s why? Not sure).
  • The changing map was a cool way to reset the rooms or unlock new places.
  • The resets of rooms that had been visited weren’t obvious.
  • I think the layout of season 3 was better. I liked that you went to new buildings and not new parts of a house. Having a giant town to run around with one safe room was perfect.

Final Thoughts:

I honestly can’t think of a single thing I didn’t like about this season. It left me with so much hope for the next season. It is by far the best of the 3. I give it a 10/10. Check it out here if anything I have said tickles your fancy to start the first season. Thank you for reading my take on “Escape The Night”, I appreciate it. Comment below your favorite season. If you like my content, consider subscribing to my mailing list and if you want a review on something similar, click here 

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