One fabulous thing we did this weekend was participating in an escape room puzzle game at Escape The Room in Dallas for a friend’s birthday. For those of you familiar with this particular franchise, we did The Apartment. It was so much fun.
Of course, I can’t tell you anything about the game, itself. I don’t want to spoil it for people because it is quite satisfying to get out before the sixty minutes are up, but I can tell you the basic rules.
You don’t need to use brute force to pry anything up. Anything nailed down is supposed to be nailed down. Nothing needs to be hotwired. I thought that rule was hilarious. I can’t imagine a number of people who have tried to hotwire a piece of electronics in the room.
Also, of course, no pictures inside the room. Even the most innocent picture may unintentionally reveal something about the room.
Also, every now and then, the person who is watching in another room will send clues through the TVs or will play applause noises when we get close to figuring out a puzzle. Paying attention to those cues really helped us.
My own advice is this. Don’t overthink the puzzles. It’s not like the impossible quizzes online. These are pretty straightforward for the most part.
The one thing I will say about our specific experience was that one of the clues or puzzles wasn’t working right, and when we kept trying to solve it, the clue master finally came on the speakers and said that it wasn’t working. And that it would be better to just focus on the next clue on the TV. I feel like we might have had a better score if we didn’t have that hiccup, but we still got out before the end of time so I can’t really complain.
The staff was really awesome. Our clue master was great. One from our group accidentally hit the panic button that automatically ends the game, but he let us continue since he saw it was an accident. I’m so glad we had such an understanding staff member looking out for us.
I want to do it again, as soon as possible. We had another group with us, and it was so fun working together with them. I would highly recommend the location in Dallas, but I’m sure they are all a lot of fun!