This is one of the worst escape rooms in DFW, at one of the worst companies in DFW. If you like locks and nonsensical puzzle flow this is the place for you!Tommy Ray
I highly recommend working with Escape Experts for a group event! Everything was great from the initial booking through the night of the event. They worked with us through all our special circumstances and I feel we got out money's worth. We will definitely be coming back.Rebecca P.
This was my second time at escape expert. The room was very challenging but very creative. Nothing like things hidden in plain sight to make you feel stupid! My wife and I had a great time and will definitely be back for more!Brent H.
We'd been to Escape Expert a few years ago, when they were still in Richardson, but we hadn't had the chance to visit them since they moved to Plano. They have certainly upped their game since then!lethearen
On this visit, I booked "Holding Cell" for my girlfriend and myself--just the two of us. The room is designed for up to five people, but I don't think I'd recommend it for more than maybe three, because it's a pretty small room. But despite its size, there was plenty to keep us occupied for the full hour we were trapped. We struggled a few times to put a few of the clues together, but overall the puzzles were well-designed. There was one puzzle that was difficult for us just because we're both short--we couldn't see one of the numbers we needed, even when she climbed onto my back. Even with a few of our setbacks, we got out with 9 whole seconds to spare! It was a lot of fun.
Holding Cell was a "Generation 3" room--all the locks were electronic, either digital safes or RFID sensors. It's a little different experience to more traditional locks, but they did a fantastic job integrating all the puzzles.
Every company has a different take on how they handle their clues. Here, you get a total of three clues, but each clue deducts 2 minutes from your timer. We did get a couple of clues from them, so our time would have been a little better than what got recorded. Still, the experience is very much guided by you... you can more or less get as much or as little help as you want.
The staff is fantastic, too. We had the pleasure of chatting with one of the owners, Andrew, before we went in, as well as with Mikaela at the front desk. They were very friendly as we talked about their old location, some other rooms we've visited, and the industry as a whole. We also met one of the room designers, but we didn't get to chat with him much.
I won't be coming back. If this is your first escape experience you're probably going to have some fun. If you have done other rooms, you'll probably be let down. The Attic Society is not a well thought out room. You feel like you are doing the same puzzle solve sequence over and over. Plus, you can see nearly every lock in the room which means you have to try every combo or potential combo in every one of them. There is not a good flow and you feel like you are brute forcing everything. The room just isn't designed well from the puzzles to the set design.Ben
"Dead End," in what it gained with its dark atmosphere and excellent attention to interior design and sound effects, was actually lacking in clue diversity. Most of the clues were tied to numbered or lettered locks, which (although providing some embedding of the "death lab" theme) didn't really stretch the imagination in terms of problem-solving.Nathan
What we enjoyed was the "webbed clue" format of the room, in which several elements can be simultaneously completed to arrive to the conclusion (allowing for groups to split-up and solve individual cases) instead of following a linear path.
The ending was extremely clever and well-respected. Overall I found it to be clever and well-designed. I've been to 10 such locations and consider Escape Expert to be one of my favorites.