Congratulations to all of the 2016 Skeleton Key Award winners!
The following games are all incredibly fun and unique in their own ways. Below you can see them listed by the category in which they shine especially bright.
Puzzah! Tick Tock
So I’ll admit up front that I may be a bit biased in this review since I absolutely loved this room as it felt like it was made for me. I played alone and took third place on the leaderboard. I studied music so I related to the theme. Also the puzzles played to my strengths with logic puzzles and such.
I loved the story of a mad composer hiding an explosive device and you must crack his puzzles to find the device and disarm it. It is a heavy audio and music based room. The hints and some of the puzzles are actually given through the speakers, so if you have difficulty with audio puzzles this may not be a room for you. I happen to love audio and music related puzzles.
I am also fascinated by the unique way this game guides players along. The gamemaster doesn’t even need to watch the game because the hints are automated. Everything works together to tell the story. It’s very clever and unlike anything I’ve seen.
The game itself takes place in a fairly small room. I would recommend playing a different game at this location if you have a large group. They have several games at the location and to my understanding they all use the same hint system automated technology.
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.
Denver Escape Room: Pipeworks (now called Puzzle Effect)
Epic Escape Game: Conspiracy Theory
Conundrum Escape Rooms: Mystic Chamber
EscapeWorks Denver: Egyptian Tomb
R.I.P. these games are no longer around
Epic Escape Game: Pikes Peak or Bust: Colorado’s Gold Rush
Epic Escape Game: The Grand Theatre Presents: The Mustache Thief
Epic Escape Game: Dorm of the Dead (original)
Epic Escape Game: Sweet Dreams
Q The Live Escape Experience: The Asylum
Puzzah! Tick Tock
EscapeWorks Denver: The Big Game