A lot of people ask me what haunted attractions I will be attending, so I’m posting a list here of my 2017 haunt season plan.
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9/16/17 Fright Fest at Magic Mountain
9/17/17 *NEW* Elevator escape room at The Basement
9/17/17 Rizo’s Scarehouse
9/23/17 Knott’s Scary Farm
9/28/17 Queen Mary Dark Harbor
9/29/17 Talladega Frights
9/30/17 Universal Studios HHN
9/31/17 17th Door
TBD Motel 6 Feet Under
TBD Into The Black
10/20 or 21 Dent Schoolhouse
10/6/17 Ruby Falls Haunted Cavern
10/7/17 Netherworld Haunted House & Escape Rooms
Time allowing: Fear the Woods, Sinister Suites & Terror Mills
10/8/17 Escape Woods Escape Games
10/8/17 13 Stories
10/9/17 Mission Escape Atlanta escape games
*LIST SUBJECT TO CHANGE
HOUDINI’S ROOM ESCAPE
I may have been Bess in a former life because I am absolutely in love with Houdini. Therefore, every time I’m in a city with a Houdini themed room I must play it. This however, was not my favorite Houdini room. Actually it could’ve been called, “Any old magician’s office,” since I didn’t really feel as though Houdini inspired anything in it. I know we were looking for shackles and a straightjacket, but Houdini was so much more than those two props.
The room itself was spacious and well decorated. The study looked like a real study and so forth. The set pieces were nicer than the typical Ikea furnished room. The lighting and color scheme was pleasant. However, I didn’t really feel immersed in a Houdini-esque world. It felt like a really nice study that probably belonged to a magician.
The puzzle design was average. There was little to no technology, which is fine, but the puzzle creativity was a little lacking especially when considering the theme. There was one really fun “Aha” moment, but other than that it all felt a little overwhelming and chaotic. There was a little searching involved. There was a lot of solving simple yet tedious puzzles both physical and mentally. There were two puzzles that stood out as far as being difficult for the sake of having something difficult in the room, one of which required prior knowledge. (Maybe playing chess is common knowledge, but I don’t think it is.) My biggest problem with the room was that amount of people they stuffed in it. It was way too crowded and even with the busy work there wasn’t enough to occupy everyone simultaneously.
Below is a list of the Escape Rooms I’ve played roughly in order of MY favorite to least favorite by city. Note: I especially enjoy horror, paranormal & magic themed escape rooms and recently realized I don’t enjoy physical puzzles like moving furniture or fishing for keys very much, so my preferences may be different than yours. Feel free to tweet me questions.
Escapology – Assassination Express
Breakout Cincinnati – Museum Hiest
Houdini’s Room Escape
Escapology – Nuclear Annihilation
Cincinnati Escape Room – Secret Society