This is a "revolving-door" style escape room. Your team gets five minutes in a small room with a single puzzle. After five minutes, you're moved to another room regardless of whether you've solved your puzzle or not. There are four rooms total, and you get two chances to solve each room. That means you have a total of ten minutes in each room. If you fail to solve a room after your second try, you'll be unable to escape.Jeff Hemphill
The revolving door style lets it boast an impressive player count (24 players?), because different teams can use different rooms in parallel without having to see each other. But it's extremely jarring to be moved from one room to another before you've solved a puzzle, to be moved back into a room that you've half-completed after solving three other unrelated puzzles, or to have solved three out of four puzzles and have nothing to do because the schedule constrains you.
And since there's only one puzzle per room, your potentially 6-person team is all crowding around a single task at any given time. Part of the fun of an escape room is the way your group divides to solve different tasks and rejoins to share what they've learned, but that's impossible here since you always have exactly one puzzle in front of you.
The puzzles are fairly simple but fun, the decor is amateurish but flavorful. I'm sure there are many worse rooms in the SJ area, but I know there are many rooms that are much much better.
I came here last weekend to do the mad hatter room with some friends I had visiting. A few of us had been to escape rooms before, so we kinda knew the drill! I felt like the puzzles here were hard (but not too hard) and our host was always making sure we were having a good time. I'll be back to try another room soon!Victoria G.
Shout! Thank you Kily and Grace for amazingly hosting The Mad Hatters Tea Party escape room. You made it so much fun! My daughter had a great time. Thank you again for an awesome timeMaria N.
What a great activity! Our group of 7 loved solving the puzzles in the Mad Hatter escape room- they were all really clever and challenging. Our game master, Ethan was super fun and enhanced the experience. Highly recommend.Patrick L.
Totally worth your time and money. Tons of fun. Now I want to try the other one. I'll be recommending this to everyone.Erica
My 12 year old twins had a great time with their friends. The people from Ryptic were very helpful and ensured that the birthday party was a big success. After it was over, the kids all told me how much fun they had. Definitely recommended for this age group and older.Steven