My family and friends gathered for the holidays and decided to attempt an escape room. We joined another group with nine of us did "The Ship". Most of us had experienced several different escape rooms, and I have to say this one was a disappointment.Joe
First off, this room was recommended for a group of up to ten people, but it was too small for our group of nine. The decor did not even resemble a ship. The clues were very serialized so most of us were standing around waiting for someone else to perform a task. At one point I noticed a friend sitting on the couch waiting for it to all be over.
This challenge required a lot of reading and scanning through multiple books to extract the clues. To complicate matters the room was dimly lit, and some of the text was very hard to read. When we got stuck and requested a clue, we found out the walkie-talkie was dead.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not bitter that we didn't escape. We were set up for failure. There was much effort to get us to buy in to "the story" and little effort to make it a fun experience. If this had been my first experience, I wouldn't have ever tried again. I cannot recommend this room.
I like to mention in my reviews that I have played hundreds of escape games all across North America. This place had a lot of potential, but a few things really bothered me.Daniel
The Theater room: There is a math puzzle in this room commonly known as the "Peg Jumping Game", which I was familiar with. This is extremely difficult to figure out if you don't have the "grid" to play the game with. We were provided the "pegs", but not any type of board/grid to help figure out the puzzle. I would suggest replacing this with another puzzle.
The other thing that bothered me was the final puzzle involving the light board. The game master eventually had to tell us what to do, and I got the impression that this happens all the time. It was fun playing around with the lighting board and controlling the stage lights, but the ultimate solution of what you were supposed to figure out was very, very unclear.
The Doll House was my favorite of the two rooms we played with this company, but it still had many problems. The theme was great, and one of the best story themes I have ever come across. Yet again, several of the puzzles were really ambiguous and bothered me. There is an audio clue that plays over the loudspeaker, but if you miss the clue, you're out of luck unless the game master replays it. A puzzle didn't have the suggested input format for it's solution, which left a LOT of room for dumb trial and error. A game player should never have to GUESS the solution to a puzzle.Daniel
We never did figure the thing out until he told us the correct format and what to do. You'll still have fun at this facility, but be prepared to run into some puzzles that were poorly designed.
I just played their newest room, the Treehouse! This is a MUST play! I've done about 5 escape rooms now, both in Michigan and in Dallas and this was by far the most challenging room I've ever played. It was so much fun and so difficult.Mike
The theme of this room takes you back to your childhood. The puzzles were well thought out, constructed beautifully and A BLAST to play.
If you only have time to play one of their rooms I would definitely recommend the Treehouse!
We did the Theatre room and it was so much fun! The clues and puzzles were not too difficult for us and we had such a great time going from one clue to the next. We have already talked about going back and trying another room! There were no creepy zombies trying to attack or anything so there was no added distraction. The room was very well planned out and I would recommend this place highly!Jennifer
The Treehouse room was so nicely done - you really feel like a kid would love this type of tree house. Even I would like to spend time in a room like this. Everything worked and was well designed. Our difficulties (especially with one of the puzzles) were our own skill levels.Judy
This room is just fun - the theme sets that up from the start. We had a good time and enjoyed the theme, the puzzles, and the couple that joined us in the challenge.