The somewhat crazy Doc Braun claims to have invented a machine with which we can travel through time. He invites us to take a guided tour through the Jurassic Period to see harmless dinosaurs in the wild. Sure! What can go wrong?
After “Operation DB: Cooper”, “The Kill House” (now renamed to “Ronnie’s House”) and “CSI: North Pole”, “Jurassic Tours” was our fourth virtual visit to NW Escape Experience. Jurassic Tours (subtitle Back to the Past) is a time travel themed escape game, which can be played remotely via Zoom supported by a Telescape inventory, which was not overused, so the main focus remains on the live stream. The picture and sound were consistently good.
The game has some references to Jurassic Park and Back to the Future. The transition to the Jurassic period and its visual implementation were well done and made us feel like we were actually going on a journey into the past. As you can imagine, not everything is going according to plan. Suddenly, due to an incident, we are stuck in the past and we only have a certain window of time to fix the system and come back to the present. Decisions must be made during the game that can have an impact on the end of the game.
The puzzles (searching, observing, combining) were on the topic and mainly dealt with the repair of the time machine. In fulfilling the mission, our team receives – sometimes more, sometimes less useful – support from the very talkative robot Marty, who has his own personality. This is a nice add on to this game that sets it apart from the rest. Our GM and our helper Marty were always part of the mission and made the game session very entertaining. Of the four remote games from NW Escape Experience, I liked Jurassic Tours best because of its originality and some quite humorous aspects.