The idea of only having one hour to escape from an area full of puzzles gets my blood pumping. When I discovered that Ubisoft had created an Assassin’s Creed escape room, I knew I had to try it. Assassin’s Creed – Escape the Lost Pyramid is a virtual reality escape room that places a team of two or four players in a pyramid themed after Assassin’s Creed: Origins. The basic story is that Abstergo Industries has tasked your group with exploring the memories of an expedition led by Sir Beldon Frye. This is in an attempt to find the lost Pyramid of Nebka and “something” reported to be contained inside.
Players can choose between four avatars and a slew of accessories to make their virtual selves ready to tackle the pyramid. There was a good selection of items to make each player unique. Directly following the avatar creation was the tutorial.
Like most VR games, Escape the Lost Pyramid has players aim the cursor at a point in the floor to warp around. It can be jarring at first, but by the third or fourth warp it becomes easier. I was a little nervous jumping head first into Escape the Lost Pyramid. I wanted to avoid any motion sickness or vertigo. Thankfully Escape from the Lost Pyramid performs like a dream. I did get a falling sensation a couple of times but at no point did I have to stop to gather myself before moving forward.
The puzzles themselves aren’t too complicated. They mostly rely on solid teamwork. There were several sections in which I could not continue until my teammate figured out their half of a puzzle. In order to establish who is in charge of which puzzle, players can simply raise their hands in the air and your character’s frame and puzzles will glow. Blue is for you and your partner’s is orange.
Besides the mention of Abstergo and the treasure of the pyramid, there unfortunately isn’t much of an Assassin’s Creed theme. It feels more like a story that at the last second Assassin’s Creed was brought in. The pyramid is gorgeous and immersive, but it didn’t feel like Assassin’s Creed: Origins.
When I first read about the experience I imagined playing as Bayek, or even a subset of the assassins tasked to retrieve some artifact. Instead we get to follow an expedition, with nothing concerning Bayek or the Assassins, set around the 1920s. It’s disappointing.
Assassin’s Creed – Escape the Lost Pyramid is a great intro to escape rooms. The virtual reality feels like a natural part of the experience. While the Abstergo name and some spoilers add the Assassin’s Creed feel, it felt more as if a cheeky nod to the series as a whole. Those experienced in escape rooms will enjoy some of the puzzles, but find the experience to be something memorable. Newcomers will enjoy a challenge that rewards players.
In order to find an escape room hosting this, simply look at the Ubisoft website to find a facility near you. My group escaped and discovered the secrets of the lost Pyramid of Nebka in 28 minutes flat. Think you can do better?
All images from Ubisoft Escape Games.