DiFrancesco’s Diamonds was actually a fairly interesting room considering it’s quite small physically. The atmosphere is pretty good although it’s fairly easy to recreate a locker room in a commercial space. It would be nice to have some ambient audio like stadium sounds in the room. Rather, we had the sounds from the neighbouring room to keep us company.
I think the puzzle quality was one of the best parts of this room. We were only stumped by one puzzle and think it would be helpful to have Spoiler: a sign on the wall with the hint “Please return the balls to the rack.” This would solidify that one puzzle.
The staff member was friendly but we have a few points to note. The introduction is read hastily from a sheet of paper without much engagement with the players. The hint was given as an answer to the puzzle rather than a nudge in the right direction. And, now that I think of it, the host wasn’t following COVID protocols and wasn’t wearing a mask, despite having to enter the room to give hints.
Overall, the experience was enjoyable and is good for 2 to 4 people though the location charges for a minimum of 3 people. It’s a good quick room that is good for beginners but is not a very immersive experience.