If you’ve entered a dimly lit waiting room welcomed by an Umbrella Corporation agent after a 70 stair walk up, then you are probably one of the lucky few who have been to the NYC Resident Evil Escape Experience.  Originally a promotional stunt in LA, the tour took on the Big Apple to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the series. Parties of six are brought into a small theater, transformed into rooms that are inspired by the Resident Evil games- down to the characters and designs.  On February 26th, five of my friends and I entered the theater hoping to experience a little of the fear that is a staple of the Resident Evil series.

Made it with 14 min and 8 sec to spare!!

Other than a singular task given by the Umbrella Corporation, you are not really given any other definitive direction in order to complete the room(s).  I would highly suggest playing any of the Resident Evil games beforehand, especially the Resident Evil remaster, to get a feel for the puzzles you will face. In 45 minutes, the team will have to work together (I stress, “HAVE TO”) to keep track of numbers, letters, and clues that are strewn throughout the rooms.  If you are friends or in a relationship, be aware that things will be probably said that cannot be unsaid– it gets that intense during an Escape Room.  And when all else fails, there is an assistant present for the majority of the challenge who will make sure you don’t get too stumped, or hurt in our group’s case.

Without giving away to much, there are very obvious nods to series veterans, like Leon Kennedy and Jill Valentine, and more subtle auditory points to the newest title, Resident Evil 7.  While the experience’s poster highlights Resident Evil 7, it is not by any means a challenge specifically based on that title.  In fact, there are no direct connections to a specific Resident Evil game in the story that is being told in your challenge.

Being completely honest, I give this experience a 7/10 as a very heavy-handed, but also fun and challenging, promotional stunt. If you are looking for something fun to do on a Friday night, it is definitely a once in a lifetime experience. We were able to make our Escape Room’s assistant laugh by closing all the doors behinds us (because enemies respawn in real life, right?). However, the level of fear, an important element of the games, leaves a lot to be desired. We still enjoyed it, either way.

Resident Evil Escape Experience has extended its tour until the first week of April. Limited tickets can be found on the events page run by Capcom and iam8bit.

Resident Evil 7 is now available for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. For more Resident Evil and gaming news, check out Gamer Assault Weekly.

About The Author

Christine M
Sr. Community Developer/ Staff Writer

About me: Christine "smollbirb" Marten is a recent college grad that has been playing video games since she was gifted with her first NES console in 1999. Known as LuxAterna on Steam, she started as a games journalist in 2012 and has been writing about games and the industry since. In college, she acted as the president/clubmother for the gaming club, and hosted her own gaming radio show called SoundWave Games. When she is not gaming she can be seen cosplaying at conventions, working with non-profits that fundraise through video games (like Extra Life and Child's Play), acting as community manager for The Senpai Project, playing League of Legends with friends, or serenading passerbyers with her violin skills on the streets of NYC. She will literally play anything that is thrown at her (but please don't throw to hard she is smoll). She enjoys indie games and horror games especially, and her favorite series of all times is Kingdom Hearts. Her third love, after video games and violin, is puns. Although it is a dangerous life she makes them whenever she hears the opportunity to do so. Christine hopes to bring her own spin on storytelling to the GAW community as she continues to seek out whatever the world has to offer!