GREY MATTER ONLINE ESCAPE GAMES
Grey Matter are an online escape room company based in India. We have had the pleasure of playing both their current offerings. Check out our reviews below

To purchase these experiences, visit; https://www.greymatterescaperoom.in/#/home

GREY MATTER - THE CLASSIC BOX
 

PADLOCK RATING; 3 - REASONABLE

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First of, the story line; Three best friends, set out on a road trip, find a huge abandoned mansion in the forest!
While exploring the colossal mansion they go separate ways into the Library, Garage and Kitchen Bar, only to find themselves locked up! Will they open the Safe that holds the Key to Escape ?!

This storyline hit the mark with us. The fear of being separated in a creepy mansion certainly isn't many peoples idea of fun, but we were looking forward to it! To add to this, the game started with an epic opening video which provided a little extra excitement (although the film buff among you will probably notice that this has been cobbled together from some major Hollywood blockbusters!) 

And so to the game. You need three players to join this game - when receiving your initial email, you will be provided with three separate logins. Each of the logins will take the player to a different area within the mansion. This is a cool touch and does give the feeling of being lost - this is where great communication is key! 

Using a video chat service (we chose Zoom), don't be tempted to screen share! The whole point of this game is cooperation. Each screen will show different aspects of the same puzzle and its your job to piece them together. Search round your own room, find the clues and tell your friends! 

With regard to the puzzles, these were a little on the simple side, and nothing that prolific escape room players wouldn't have seen before - although the three separate screens was a novel way at presenting them. Graphically they looked good and provided a nice atmosphere to the game. Each of the rooms has a mass of items which appear that they should be interacted with - although there are only actually a few items that are. To make life easier, certain objects open as you solve the previous puzzle, so you can then interact with objects you may not have been able to before. 

Sadly, there were only a handful of puzzles so once we got the feel of the game, we found that we had completed it. There need to be a big finish, which was a fitting as the epic opening video, and it just felt a little flat. 

All in all, a reasonable game, which would be good for first time puzzlers or those which don't have much experience. Similarly, it would be good for those which haven't played co-operative style games before. Did we enjoy it? Yes, we just wished there were a few more puzzles and a big finish to give some impact.  

 

GREY MATTER - THE CURSED BOX
 

PADLOCK RATING; 3.5 - GOOD

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Similar to that of The Classic Box above, The Cursed Box follows the same format, with the exception of the difficulty level and the storyline, so this review also follows a similar format to that above. 

Firstly, the storyline; Are you afraid of waking up the evil mummy? Three archaeologists discover mysterious items during an excavation. Will they inadvertently wake up the spirits locked up underneath? The Cursed box takes you on a tour to the pyramids, make sure to carry your tools and hieroglyphs scrolls to unearth the puzzle and escape the box !

Who doesn't enjoy an Egyptian experience?! Mummy, hieroglyphics, scrolls - all the boxes were ticked! Again, a well pieced together "Hollywood blockbuster" opening video which set the scene nicely. 

And so to the game. You need three players to join this game - when receiving your initial email, you will be provided with three separate logins. Each of the logins will take the player to a different area within the tomb. This is a cool touch and does give the feeling of being lost - this is where great communication is key! 

Using a video chat service (we chose Zoom), don't be tempted to screen share! The whole point of this game is cooperation. Each screen will show different aspects of the same puzzle and its your job to piece them together. Search round your own room, find the clues and tell your friends! 

With regard to the puzzles, these were solid and certainly a step-up from the more simple ones within The Classic Box. Again, there isn't anything which will blow your mind (although the final puzzle was very strong and a little tricky). The presentation of having three separate logins for this game was certainly the thing that made this more complicated, and our brains got a good work out on the finale.  Graphically the rooms looked strong, yet unlike The Classic Box, it was generally quite obvious what items within the room needed to be interacted with. 

Again, not a vast amount of puzzles to be had, but the last puzzle certainly took up the large portion of our time. Likewise, there needs to be a big finish, which was a fitting as the epic opening video, as the ending didn't give the much needed sense of achievement. 

When all was said and done, we certainly preferred this game out of both offered by Grey Matter. The puzzles were certainly stronger and the theme worked well alongside the games. The co-op style is a nice way of presenting the game and give a great sense of isolation.