Walking around Galway, we stumbled across Asylroom and walked in to see if they could accommodate us. They could, and we tried to escape from Sherlocked. The experience was fun, although there were a couple of problems. If you’re in Galway and are looking for an escape room, check out Asylroom. See below for the full review.
UPDATED. After The Wizard’s Lair, we were hoping The Magician’s Menagerie would be less buggy. The three of us returned (after Ritual Room and Wizard’s Lair), hoping this room would be more Ritual Room and less Wizard’s Lair. Unfortunately, it was plagued by technical problems which really made the experience rather frustrating. A few interesting and new puzzles, but Escapism should really do more beta testing before opening a room. A few simple changes would make the room much more enjoyable. See below for the full review.
UPDATE. It had been months since we’d completed all of Escapism’s prior three rooms, The Ritual Room, Jungle Ransom, and Dr. Zylchov’s Laboratory. Ritual Room was really a lot of fun, and the first escape room for one of our kin. Once I’d learned that Escapism was opening two more rooms, I was looking forward to trying them. The Wizard’s Lair had a few design issues that made for a less-than-ideal experience. See below for the full review.
Immediately after escaping The Attic, I wanted to try Escapism’s other room. It was unbooked, and the helpful employee let me book it right away. Well, I didn’t make it out and I found the second room much more confusing. I don’t think the puzzles matched up with my problem-solving brain. It is probably more fun with a bigger group. I would not call it difficult, but you may need multiple brains to poke at the puzzles from different angles. See below for the full review.
During a recent trip to San Diego, I grew restless with my freedom and sought to be locked in a room. Escapism was accommodating, and I set about on my first solo escape from The Attic. A good variety of puzzles in a fun atmosphere. I really enjoyed the experience and booked another room with Escapism immediately after. See below for the full review.
Ok, I added that last exclamation point in the title above, in keeping with the theme. When visiting a friend in Denver, we decided to let him in this whole escape room thing. The closest room that we could book in time was Puzzah!’s Kazam! Decorations were fun, puzzles were interactive, and we got out by the skin of our teeth. See below for the full review.
I decided, last minute, to try and book an escape room by myself in San Diego. Instead, I asked my mom if she wanted to go. We attempted The Entrapment, and had a lot of fun. It is clearly designed by experienced puzzlers, and I was happy to have such a linear experience after some other random puzzle rooms. This is a fun experience, with interesting and interactive puzzles. See below for the full review.
Our first Orange County escape room. The Dynasty is composed of three rooms, each room leading to another in a sequence. The theme is on point, and continues throughout the rooms. It was fun, with a variety of puzzles, although there were a few weaknesses that brought down the overall experience. I’d recommend it as intermediate to advanced, and having more than 2 people is almost a necessity if you want to complete more than one room. See below for the full review.
Vancouver, Washington just got its first escape room. Inside the Vancouver Mall is Mythic Escapes, an escape room within a game store. Blackbeard’s Brig is a pirate-themed escape room with a variety of puzzles and multiple rooms. A good room for beginners and families, with plenty of unique puzzles to keep escape room enthusiasts busy as well. See below for the full review.
Psychotic Janitor? Yes. Psychotic Janitor. Well, it certainly is a unique theme. The room was okay, but there were way too many people for this room. A few cool puzzles, but I’d recommend checking out some others before you try to escape the psychotic janitor.
“In our first game you are trapped in a mysterious basement were an old psychotic and bitter janitor used to work. Can you escape the room before time is up? Success requires teamwork, creativity and puzzle solving.”
A bunch of locks, multiple rooms, random tools, maps and a ‘love room in a weird have high space’. Still with me? A few cool puzzles but only about 3 out of all of them. 7 of us escaped in 48 minutes with 1 hint. 5 of the people were first-timers. 7 people were too many for this room. I’d recommend 2-4. One of the people in our group said she didn’t do anything the whole time. For first-time escape roomers, standing around doing nothing is not a good introduction to the activity.
Nørre Farimagsgade 7, kld., 1364 København, Denmark
(A short walk from Nørreport Station)
180 DKK (~$27) per person Sunday to Thursday, 250 DKK (~$37) Fridays, and 310 DKK (~$46) per person on Saturdays.
Perhaps now is the time to rant about mediocre escape rooms. Maybe it is because we have had the benefit of doing so many interesting, diverse, and exciting escape rooms that we are becoming jaded with these half-ass rooms.
As escape rooms get better and more high tech, it is nice to see at least a little bit of technology incorporated into the room. Or even if there is no tech, the room should at least be well-designed, or well decorated. Good eye candy can do a lot for a room with an interesting theme. This room could benefit from an overhaul.