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.
EPIC ESCAPE GAME: BLOOD THIRST
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.
EPIC ESCAPE GAME: WHIMSICAL LIBRARY
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:
Eludesions – Mad Hatter’s Tea Party
The Great Room Escape – Spell Bound
Escape Zone AZ: Rush Hour
Escape the Room AZ: The Submarine
R.I.P. the following games are no longer around
Epic Escape Game: Top Dog
Epic Escape Game: Blood Thirst
Epic Escape Game: Fortune Teller
PanIQ Room: Wild West
PanIQ Room: Kidnapped
Epic Escape Game: The Whimsical Library
Escape Westgate – Bill & Ted’s Excellent Escape Room
Phoenix Puzzle Room: Competition Room
Phoenix Puzzle Room: The Curse of Madame Lumina
Escape Zone AZ: The Inheritance
Escape Zone AZ: Jail Break
The Sleuth Box: The Study
Escape This Live: Queen Anne’s Revenge
Escape Adventure: Escape the Dead
Dare to Escape AZ: X-Child
Escape the Room AZ: Rec Room
Baffled Escape Rooms: The Trap