Brace yourselves, this is the one and only time I’m going to say this. I loved the dentist.
Top Escape Rooms are currently closed, so they’ve brought their popular game, The Dentist, to the comfort of our own homes. This is the first time I’ve tried a point and click offering based in the actual room so I was intrigued to see how it played out.
The game opens with a video call telling us that Neville has gone missing, and he was last seen at the dentist. Word of mouth is that the new dentist is a shady character, so we have to find Neville as quickly as possible.
You’re given a lowdown of how to play the game with some useful advice on the various cursors and sounds you should be aware of, then the room is yours to explore.
It was so good being back in an escape room where I could look at the environment around me in my own time. I love avatar led games, but I do miss the freedom of being my own navigator. It’s slightly easier to find clues since your cursor changes when you hover over something useful, but for me it didn’t take away from the experience too much.
There was a great range of puzzles, from observation led to logic to racing against the clock, there’s definitely something for everyone if you decide to play this as a group. I played on my own, but if you log in on different devices everyone can work on different tasks simultaneously.
As with many exciting escape games there were several rooms to discover, with puzzles lurking in books, pictures, toys and computers.
The story was kept alive through contact with Neville’s partner, Elise on your mobile, and this is also where the clue system is found. Elise will give you hints about how to reach the next step of the game, and sometimes offer the solution for some of the harder puzzles.
There were a few hiccups along the way, mostly involving how to navigate the room. It took me a while to realise that when selecting an object from my inventory to use, there were a few steps I had to take to find out if I had the correct solution.
- Select the item you wish to use
- Select the area you wish to use it on in the pop up
- Come out of the inventory and navigate to that area
- Drag the item to the object to find out if it works
Hopefully this helps any future players. Once you get used to it, it becomes second nature but perhaps filling us in on this process would have been useful.
All in all this was a really enjoyable game. The graphics may not be as impressive as some online games out there, but it took me back to the basics of why I love escape rooms. I finished in just over an hour, which for a solo play I’m happy with.
In fact, I think I did so well that I deserve a little plaque…