Mad Genius Escape Co.: The Truth About Edith

By | April 28, 2020

by Mad Genius Escape Co. (website)

1444 SE Hawthorne Blvd, OR 97214

Portland

1-4 players

£64.00 $80.00

remote play
different
You may recognize Edith Humphreys, your sweet neighbor with 24 cats. You may have even helped her out, snooped around her apartment. But there's something about Edith that doesn't quite add up... she looks way younger than she is, she says she was born in 1902 but that she's 97 years young... and she lives at a business called Mad Genius Escapes?! What is going on here...
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Overall rating

Rated between 40 and 50 out of 5

based on ratings from 12 users
combined with 3 pro reviews

Player reviews

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Juliette B expert says:
We had great fun playing this - it was set up well to make sure that everyone participated equally and our hosts were funny and engaging. I wasn't that sure about rooms with live actors tbh,  but they have done this so well it doesn't feel awkward, and as it is designed as on online game it isn't the case that you are trying to do  a real life ER. Recommended! 
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Anonymous says:

We had great fun playing this - it was set up well to make sure that everyone participated equally and our hosts were funny and engaging. I wasn't that sure about rooms with live actors tbh,  but they have done this so well it doesn't feel awkward, and as it is designed as on online game it isn't the case that you are trying to do  a real life ER. Recommended! 

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cipherdelic expert rated this:Rated between 40 and 40 out of 5
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stairs experienced says:
The Truth about Edith is a delightful, whimsical 1hr experience that lies somewhere between escape room, immersive theatre, and ARG. Many of the recent online, "virtual" escape room games can feel a bit emotionless - leaving players feeling as though they were just remotely interacting with a distant videogame. But Edith, despite being 100% digital, exhudes human charm and intimacy, due in part to the wonderful live characterisation of the eponymous mad old cat-lady Edith.

It is also a somewhat unusual experience in absolutely requiring a team of 4 players to participate (each on separate devices, even if they are co-located in the same room). While this may present somewhat of a constraint to team formation, it means that Edith can make use of puzzles explicitly designed for 4 people in which every team member has a crucial role to play. This further aids the humanity and co-operative warmth of the game - you simply cannot win unless every player contributes their part. The puzzles span a wide variety of styles:- there's some digital versions of classic escape room assembly and combination puzzles, ARG-esque use of external websites, social media, and email, interaction with a live actor, and a chaotic multiplayer co-ordination task along the lines of "Spaceteam" or "Keep talking and nobdy explodes". They're silly, well-made, and lots of fun.

We experienced one brief technical glitch (no fault of the company - one of players lost their Zoom connection at their end), and our attentive gamesmaster immediately paused the clock, waited until they reconnected successfully, and then allowed us to resume the game. And we had a lovely opportunity to chat to her afterwards - to meet the "real" Edith, and ask any questions - all from the other side of the world. Highly recommended.

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Anonymous says:
Best of the play-at-home games I've played so far in that it provides an engaging experience and unique role for all four members of the team in some innovative puzzles, plus the theme is adorable and quirky as can be!
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Reviews by escape room review sites

A little old lady has a shocking secret. And twenty-four cats.

This game felt like an audio escape, digital escape and a bit of remote escape game  hybrid (although you're not in a physical escape room setting, there is a live actor interacting with you during the game). It's truly one of its kind. We haven't seen anything like it on the market. You should definitely check it out yourself and we would love to hear your thoughts! 

Nothing but absurdity, feline obsession, and pure joy behind "The Truth About Edith", a purr-fect getaway into this meow-tastic cyberworld... Read the rest on EscapeMattster.com 🙂

From crazy cat photos, crazy cat puns and one crazy cat lady, the hour combines hiss-sterically funny gameplay and purrr-fect feline puzzles for all the family to enjoy!

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