Online Escape Rooms
Sector x – The Bruce Project, is a mix between an escape room and and a retro point and click computer game. When part 1 was released, when were straight on it. Here’s what we enjoyed…..
A renowned scientist, Dr Wilder Snr dies tragically after a routine dimension hopping adventure goes hideously awry. He’s reduced to nothing more than a brain in a tank of fluid. You take control of a robot who travels through the various sectors to shed more light on what has happened.
I have to start this review by saying just how much fun this game is. We’ve played a good number of games in lockdown but this one utilises technology brilliantly. Players buy one activation key and then share it between the players, which can be spread across multiple houses. Each team logs in, enters the room set up by one player and, using the wonders of online video calling, can communicate and operate the game together. In fact, you can see all the cursors moving around the screen as people play! It’s a joy to watch. Add in the celebration button and this is a game that harks back to the best of the platform games from the late 80s/early 90s.
The game begins with an immersive video that really sets the scene. It’s a really great opening that prepares you for what is to come. Think about some of the great game briefings you’ve experienced and this is the feel.
The game consists of 5 sectors. Each level is led by a lovable robot who brings a sense of charm and humour to proceedings. The puzzles in each level are varied and a joy to play. One puzzle does require a little bit of a logic leap but once you work out what to do it becomes plain sailing. It’s a real joy to play. I don’t want to go into too much detail as it’ll spoil the game but the game flows very, very well. It recommends 2-6 players with 4 being the optimal number. We found playing as a two worked well for us but we can see how larger groups can help.
The design of this game is superb. There has been some real love and care put into this game. You can tell that it’s become a labour of love and a nostalgic trip down memory lane for the designers. The game play doesn’t take itself too seriously and neither does the design. Both fit beautifully and have developed a really immersive experience. A total pleasure to explore and a visual delight.
Part 1 was a joy to play! A great way to scratch the escape room itch and a very different style of game to others out there. We cannot recommend this game enough!