Congratulations 2016 Skeleton Key Award Winners

Congratulations 2016 Skeleton Key Award Winners

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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.

Overall:

13thgate

13thgateescape2

60out

Immersion:

wizardsandwires

paniq

enigma

Innovation:

crossroadsaward

basement

puzzah

Family Fun:

epic

1st Gen:

escapemyroom

quicksand

escapezone

Creativity:

exitgame

mazerooms

Competition Room:

denverescape

Set Design:

escapology

ESCAPE ROOM – Epic Escape Game: Blood Thirst – Arizona

EPIC ESCAPE GAME: BLOOD THIRST

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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.┬áIt 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.

 

ESCAPE ROOM – Epic Escape Game: Whimsical Library – Arizona

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.

ARIZONA ESCAPE ROOM LIST

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:

PHOENIX

Epic Escape Game: Top Dog

The Great Room Escape – Spell Bound

PanIQ Room: Wild West

Eludesions – Mad Hatter

Epic Escape Game: Blood Thirst

Epic Escape Game: Fortune Teller

Escape Westgate – Bill & Ted’s Excellent Escape Room

Phoenix Puzzle Room: The Curse of Madame Lumina

PanIQ Room: Kidnapped

Epic Escape Game: The Whimsical Library

*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. 

TEMPE

Escape Zone AZ: The Inheritance

Escape Zone AZ: Jail Break

The Sleuth Box: The Study

Escape Zone AZ: Rush Hour

Dare to Escape AZ: X-Child

Escape This Live: Queen Anne’s Revenge

MESA

Escape Adventure: Escape the Dead

 

SCOTTSDALE

Escape the Room AZ: Rec Room

Escape the Room AZ: The Submarine

 

PEORIA 

Baffled Escape Rooms: The Trap