Grandma’s Master Plan – 60Out (Melrose)

Grandma's Master Plan poster from 60Out

Granny’s Got a Secret

Grandma’s Master Plan sounds less like the name of an escape room and more like the title of a late-80’s sitcom. Despite this, Grandma’s Master Plan was an early addition to the infamous Escape Junkies California trip wish list. The clever marketing poster (shown above) was enough to sell me on making a visit to dear old Granny’s to find out what’s really going on when she was supposed to be playing Bingo.

The Good

The common thread that I noticed during our entire California escape run was the quality of the storytelling. I suppose that makes sense, especially in L.A., where most of the rooms we played had very engaging plots. Grandma’s Master Plan takes the usually ho-hum bank robbery tale and turns it on its ear with a lovable twist. As the game progresses, you learn more about Grandma’s secret life, which gets more incredible throughout your journey.

The puzzles in Grandma’s Master Plan range from basic to very intricate. Each section of the game has several puzzles that fit the theme of the space very well. For the most part, we enjoyed solving the various challenges that Nana left behind for us, even if a few will be familiar to escape room veterans.

The Not So Good

If you’ve done other heist-themed escape rooms it is very likely that you’ve encountered some version of these puzzles before. That’s not to say that 60Out didn’t add some Grandma specific twists, but it was still a little disappointing. There was 1 particular puzzle early on that we found needlessly annoying which we could have done without. Lastly, while this was a 90-minute game it was very linear for the extended time limit. We played with 5 out of a maximum 7 players and we still felt like it would have been better suited for 3 Junkies. Less experienced teams will probably find no issues with 5 or more players.

Conclusion

Grandma’s Master Plan was a solid escape room with a light-hearted theme. I’ve gone back and forth on how to score our time with this game because it was 1 of the rooms I most wanted to try during our trip. The other 60Out games we tried during our stay were not as acclaimed but were more memorable. Grandma’s Master Plan was longer, but felt maybe a bit too long for a linear game. I still really enjoyed this room and would recommend it for enthusiasts even if it doesn’t quite hit the jackpot. 4/5

4 out of 5 locks

  • Location: 60OUT
  • Time Limit: 75 Minutes
  • Number of Players: 3-7
  • Recommended Skill Level: Intermediate

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