Le Manoir de Paris: Skeleton Key review
Le Manoir de Paris
For centuries, a fiercely guarded secret endures in the ancestral tomb of the Saint-Germain family. Will you brave the dangers and pitfalls of the crypt and deliver the keeper of the curse that reigns in this place forgotten time?
Date we visited:
25 November 2017
Price at time of visit:
Daiman, Jenny, Paul, Bharath
Did we escape?
Yes, with two minutes to spare
Value for money
7/10The room itself was basic, taking place in a single area. However, the inclusion of a live actor is something that’s rare and provides decent value considering that the price is fairly comparative to other games.
5/10At €35 this is quite expensive for the room, although you can excuse this as there are two people in the room with you. However I felt the experience was not worth the upper end scale of pricing.
5/10At just over £31 each in English money, it’s a bit pricey, but it includes a live actor who was very good at keeping us on our toes!
3/10We paid €35 per person for the experience and I think that was too much.
7/10The theming here was definitely authentic and I loved that we needed to find our way into the main area rather than just entering it. Inside the crypt, the set dressing was exactly what you’d expect from such a locale.
6/10The theming was kept throughout to make you feel like you were in an Indiana Jones movie. The host who stayed in the room played his part to also keep on theme.
9/10They did a really good job with the theming and the actor was on point. Looked very authentic.
6/10The theming and atmosphere was believable and it felt like we were in a crypt.
5/10Whilst the room features a live actor which is definitely a relatively unique feature, everything else hanging around this was by the numbers. It was a bit disappointing that the game took place in a single space, especially given the story of exploring a forbidden crypt.
7/10It was great to play a game where you had the added element of a crazy professor who was attached to a chain which seemed to get longer and longer throughout. The puzzles and room design were fairly standard.
7/10The live actor chained up in the room with you is not entirely new (there’s a room in London that does something very similar) but it is unusual and does make this room memorable.
5/10In terms of storyline its not unique as it has been done before time after time. I enjoyed having the live actor in there though who you had to keep away from so that added an element of difficulty. However, taking time away from solving the puzzles.
3/10This is where the game failed big time. There was a big puzzle that required outside of the room knowledge and it was info that was obscure enough that none of us knew the answer. Elsewhere, nothing that we did was terribly exciting and we stumbled through a few solutions, not knowing exactly how we managed to crack them.
3/10The crypt seemed to be really lacking with puzzles and I found myself just stood around for a while not grasping what we had to do. I felt like a lot of outside knowledge was needed and that the games lacked logic. Other than the usual hunting for things I felt the company focused more on the acting and theme than the games.
3/10There weren’t that many puzzles in here. One of them needed you to already know the answer to it. As none of us did, we struggled until the host told us. Another puzzle was really hard to get the answer to because of lack of light.
4/10There were not many puzzles, annoying searching that took a bit of our time and one puzzle that required outside knowledge.
The set design was great and the addition of the live actor was definitely a plus.
I liked the pressure of the crazy professor. I also liked like the theme.
The actor was very good and made a lot of effort to scare us. The set is great and the venue is cool.
The live actors added a level of difficulty as you always had to be aware of them.
The puzzles – the game felt like a throwback to older games and the industry has moved on since then.
The lack of games with logic to solve. Also I can’t forgive this one puzzle game where outside knowledge was required to solve it.
The games let this room down, which is a shame as everything else was good. You have to pay for the group photo they take of you at the end.
Puzzles requiring outside knowledge which in my opinion is a big no no for escape rooms.
Value for money - 5/10
Theming - 7/10
Uniqueness - 6/10
Puzzles - 3.25/10