I had a rootin’ tootin’ grand ole time in this fully immersive Wild West escape game. I felt like a real old fashioned cowgirl trying to break out of jail with the physical puzzles that required me to use not only my brain power but other skills as well. One of the most impressive things was the set decor. You could easily forget that you were in a building in the year 2016 because of the impressive set design. The props were made to stand up to the roughest of cowboys. The puzzles were a good mix of physical and mental challenges. It isn’t the most difficult room and the gamemaster is willing to give assistance, so it’s great for beginners. I had a lot of fun playing it as an experienced player, but if you have a large team of experienced players I might suggest playing a more difficult game at this location. The staff here was outstanding, which made the whole experience even better. I actually came back later that day with a friend to play Kidnapped based on how much fun I had in Wild West by myself earlier that day.
As a woman that grew up reading Interview with a Vampire and fantasizing about handsome pale skinned figures that could exist for eternity, I know that nothing is more exhilarating than being hunted by a vampire, except hunting one yourself.
At Epic Escape Game’s Blood Thirst, you become part of an elite vampire hunting team. You must enter the room with your team and solve the puzzles leading up to finding and eliminating the most famous of all, Dracula.
The story is strong and the room is well themed. The puzzles are all tied to the theme and not just your standard boxes with locks. I especially liked the use of both physical and mental challenges combining for a uniquely fun and challenging game. Note that this room’s difficulty level is Challenging so it may require some out of the box thinking. It is nice to see a company that can take a “scary” theme and make it appropriate for all audiences, yet still find creative ways to add in the fear and excitement without any sort of bloody special effects or gross decor. This room has one of the most creative puzzles I’ve seen that totally and completely ties together puzzles and story as you approach your objective. That really helps this room stand out among the standard escape games.
I recommend making a whole event out of it and having your friends over to get in the mood by eating some garlic flavored popcorn while watching a few popular vampire movies ahead of time. Maybe even dress the part. Am I the only one that thinks it’s cool to show up dressed like Blade in my black leather trench coat? Okay, admittedly it gets a bit warm and confining to try to play in my trench coat, so maybe just dress comfortably.
The Book of Fun is missing!?!?! Oh NO!!! Grab you friends and your kids and head over to the Whimsical Library to save it from being closed…forever.
This family friendly escape room in Phoenix Arizona is a wonderful beginners room and especially good for kids. The story is excitingly magical. It feels as though you’ve walked into a cartoon upon entering the brightly colored library. The energy in the room is quite spirited and fun. The puzzles do not require difficult problem solving, but rely more on observational skills, focus and patience. There is plenty to do for all ages and everyone can contribute in a useful manner.
Below is a list of the Escape Rooms I’ve played organized in order of MY favorite to least favorite in each city. Note: I especially enjoy horror, paranormal & magic themed escape rooms, so my preferences may be different than yours. Feel free to tweet me questions.
ARIZONA ESCAPE ROOM LIST:
The Great Room Escape – Spell Bound
Eludesions – Mad Hatter
Escape Westgate – Bill & Ted’s Excellent Escape Room
Phoenix Puzzle Room: The Curse of Madame Lumina
PanIQ Room: Kidnapped
*Phoenix Puzzle Room: Competition Room
*This last room (Phoenix Puzzle Room: Competition Room) isn’t last on the list due to preference. I had a lot of fun playing this game! I am placing it at the end because it’s really it’s own category. It’s so unique that it doesn’t quite fit in with typical escape rooms. It is a puzzle competition room.
The Sleuth Box: The Study
Escape Zone AZ: Rush Hour
Dare to Escape AZ: X-Child
Escape This Live: Queen Anne’s Revenge
Escape Adventure: Escape the Dead
Escape the Room AZ: The Submarine
Baffled Escape Rooms: The Trap
We had a fun time in the 80’s Rec Room room. It was neat to be reminded of things from childhood during the game. I love the decor. I wasn’t happy that a key puzzle/game had been updated from the original version to a more modern version making it very difficult. Overall the puzzles were creative and fun. There was only one room in this game, but they have other games at this location. You escape out of the same door in which you entered. This is the only room I’ve done in AZ so far.