Recently I had the pleasure of experiencing one of the more unique Escape the Room games NYC has to offer. In conjunction with Escape Entertainment, Sony has developed two escape rooms based on the NBC series The Blacklist and Timeless. From now until December 2nd these two adventures are free to enjoy for two to four people to try and crack the clues to escape.
While fans of either show will get a kick out of being immersed in the show’s plot, it’s not necessary to be familiar with either to enjoy it. You can choose to enter “The Blacklist Box,” the FBI’s high-security holding cell to try and break the code and escape from your confines, or jump into the “Timeless Lifeboat,” Mason Industry’s first generation time machine to locate Garcia Flynn before he disrupts America’s history for good. For each room, you have 10 minutes to solve the complex puzzles before you. You’re not alone, as there is a Sony Ambassador there to support you along the way. Additionally, you are given various hints by the game itself if you are idle for a minute or longer.
I personally went through the Timeless room and can attest to how difficult the questions given can be. After an introduction from Rufus, you must locate what time period Garcia is in by the clues given on the tablet. From there you must narrow down his location, and finally his target. You have one chance to get it right, so good luck! Being familiar with the show doesn’t give you a leg up, but it certainly makes it more enjoyable. Without the Sony Ambassador, I would not have made it as far as I did.
I know I wasn’t the only one to make it through the rooms with difficulty, as Malcolm Barrett, who plays Rufus Carlin on Timeless needed the help of a Sony Ambassador as well. Even Amir Arison and Hisham Tawfiq, who play Aram Mojtabai and Dembe Zuma respectively on The Blacklist, did not quite move so swiftly through The Blacklist’s room.
Both The Blacklist and Timeless utilize Sony products to enhance the story of each room. From the introduction video project from the Portable Ultra Short Throw Projector to the lighting, Sony made smart use of integrating their products into each story. My favorite feature is the use of MESH tags throughout the game. While it may not be obvious at first, it is integral in solving each puzzle.
Its performance didn’t go off without a hitch, as I observed one participant through The Blacklist room have difficulties getting his answer to be recognized. It came to the point they had to restart one of the tablets, but the Sony Ambassador was able to extend his time.
If you’ve always wanted to give a go at a challenging escape room, certainly give it a go. Being a fan of either series will only make your experience that much sweeter. You can book either experience, to skip the line, right here. Sony Square is opened Monday – Saturday, from 10a.m. to 7p.m. and Sundays from 11a.m to 6p.m.