Who Wants to Live Forever, Anyway? – Room: The Alchemist – October 12, 2018

ESCAPE ROOM REVIEW – THE QUICK AND DIRTY

Play if… you’ve got the Midas touch.

Avoid if… you think that the Philosopher’s Stone originated with Harry Potter.


THE BASICS

Insomnia Escape DC:

Address: 2300 Wisconsin Ave NW, #200B, Washington, DC 20007 (click address for a Google Map)

Contact and Website: 202-600-0419
https://insomniaescaperoomdc.com/secret-society

Room – The Alchemist:

Description (from the company website): A perfect library with floor to ceiling bookshelves. The smell of old books that lingers here is distinctive, but it is hard to know exactly what creates the nostalgic aroma. The room looks like the place where Goldfinger would stockpile gold reserves. Oh, wait… Have I just said gold?

Well, that is right. Probably you have heard that the Order of the Alchemists has finally created the Philosopher’s Stone. The secret gathering of the Order is arranged to take control of the World with this powerful artifact. You are sneaking into the library of the Master of the Order just 60 minutes before the Order members will start arriving. You are the last hope of mankind, you have to stop them.

Our escape room could be filled with enough comfy chairs and reading material to call itself DC’s best-hidden library but you will not have time for such mundane activities anyway. This is the place where the Order of the Alchemist keeps their secret documents and your task it to find the Stone.

The Alchemist is an innovative escape room here in DC. Once you and a group of your friends cross the threshold, you are transported into a different world. Can you escape the library before the members of the Order come for you? Can you find the Stone before it is too late?

Difficulty (1-10): 9/10

Time Limit: 60 minutes

Cost: $29/per person

Identifier: R1

Party Size: 2-8

Staging Area: The staging area was basically a lobby with a couch, coat closet, and a water cooler.

Metro Access/Parking: The nearest Metro stop is either Tenleytown or Woodley Park metro (and then a bus), so it’s likely easier to drive/cab/Lyft in. There is street parking and one or two garages nearby.


OUR EXPERIENCE

This is the video we took before we entered the room:

This is the video we took just after we completed the room:

Logistics:

Description: Instead of describing it, we have a picture! (posted with permission from Insomnia Escape DC)

This is a view of the room from the entryway.
This is a view of the room from the entryway.

Understanding of the Mission: Pretty straightforward. Find the hidden Philosopher’s Stone before he comes back and catches you.

Did We Escape: Yes

Time Remaining: 13 minutes.

Our Suggested Party Size: We had 6; 4-6 should be perfect.

Did the room challenge the entire team? Not particularly

Members of the team (other than the ERG): Steph D, Heather, Rosemary, and Don

Worth the time and money? This room had previously been billed as their best and hardest room. We can tell you it’s certainly not the hardest.

Where to Eat/Drink Before/After:

  • Old Europe. Authentic German food a few minutes walk. Been there twice.

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Losing is Never an Option – Room: The Lost Ruins – June 30, 2018

ESCAPE ROOM REVIEW – THE QUICK AND DIRTY

Play if… you enjoy a challenge and don’t mind getting a little dirty.

Avoid if… you hate losing, have a fear of flying, or are claustrophobic.


THE BASICS

Red Door Escape Room:

Address: 8103 Rasor Blvd Suite #100, Plano, TX 75024 (click address for Google Map)

Contact and Website: 972-787-0085
https://www.reddoorescape.com/location/plano

Room – The Lost Ruins:

Description (from the company website): You’ve received a rather cryptic journal from your missing graduate professor, Dr. Summerlee. Gather your classmates, travel to his last known coordinates and locate him before the jungle… or, perhaps something worse, claims him.

Difficulty (1-10)Medium

Time Limit: 60 minutes

Cost: $32

Identifier: R1

Party Size: Up to 6v6

Staging Area: Lobby has plenty of seating, some games to keep your hands busy, and a brain teaser that, if I recall correctly, nets you 10% off.

Metro Access/Parking: It’s in a shopping center, but I don’t know anything about the public transit system down there. Drive or call a Lyft/Uber.


OUR EXPERIENCE

This is the video we took before we entered the room:

This is the video we took just after we completed the room (apologies for the wind):

Note: The ERG were given the opportunity to try out this room for free, with the understanding that we would continue to provide an honest review and follow the same process we’ve used on all of our other ratings.

Logistics:

Description of the room: You start off your (competitive) adventure in the remnants of a crash site and need to find your way out and through the series of rooms before the other team.

Understanding of the Mission: Find your Professor, or what he was searching before, before it’s too late and you become one with the jungle.

Did We Escape: Yes. We both won and lost, too. Read on.

Time Remaining: I don’t actually know but the other team beat us out of the room, but because they used a 4th clue (you only get 3), they lost 3 minutes off their time. So, we beat them, time-wise, by 90 seconds. (And we only used 2 clues.)

Our Suggested Party Size: We were a group of 6 (with 4 ERVs) against a group of 4 novices. I would highly recommend 4 as your minimum.

Did the room challenge the entire team? Yes

Members of our team (other than the ERG): John, Rosemary, Jayden, Julian, Steph D.

Worth the time and money? Absolutely

Where to Eat/Drink Before/After:

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Interview with Perplexodus Escape (Johnson City, TN) – October 27, 2018

ESCAPE ROOM INTERVIEW:

I recently reached out to the nice people at Perplexodus Escape as I was in town for a brief weekend. After a short phone conversation, they were more than welcoming and both offered to have us try a room (with a new theme, finally!) as well as graciously willing to sit down for a quick video interview about their location, and other things.

One of the things that makes this location unique is the live actor. There aren’t that many that do it, and honestly some of the ones that do…well, they’re not the greatest. This was an obvious exception.

Matt, our Game Master (and Dr Jekyll actor), as well as Cindy, their owner, provided us with a discount for all of you: 25% off your booking! Use code ERG25 and when you get there, tell them The Escape Room Guys sent you!

Check out the video below and leave a comment, especially if you’ve been there before. You can also use the social media buttons on the top of this post to share and spread the (escape room) love.

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There Were No Pigs In This Pen…Only Felons And Explosives – Room: The Pen – August 19, 2018

ESCAPE ROOM REVIEW – THE QUICK AND DIRTY

Play if… you like being distracted, getting dirty, and enjoy loud noises and the smell of death.

Avoid if… you’re easily scared/creeped out, or are a germaphobe.


THE BASICS

Hellscream Haunt:

Address: 3021 N Hancock Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80907 (click address for Google Map)

Contact and Website: 719-650-4483
Https://www.hellscreamhaunt.com

Room – The Pen:

Description (from the company website): YOUR FELLOW PRISONERS ARE BREAKING OUT OF THE PENITENTIARY. THEY DIDN’T SAY HOW THEY ARE DOING IT, BUT THEY DID LEAVE BEHIND SOME CLUES. TO MAKE MATTERS WORSE, IN ORDER TO LEAVE, THEY NEED TO BLOW UP YOUR CELL! YOU HAVE 60 MINUTES TO GET AS FAR AWAY FROM THE BLAST AS POSSIBLE.

Difficulty (1-10)Medium and EXTRA Scary (you have the option of choosing Medium or Hard, as well as Scary or Not Scary, but this is their hardest room)

Time Limit: 60 minutes (and you will need every second)

Cost: $28

Identifier: R1

Party Size: Up to 6

Staging Area: This whole place is also a haunted house, so there’s a queue outside where everyone can line up then they bring you in. Once you get in, there’s a small area where you get the briefing before they start your game.

Metro Access/Parking: Drive or get a Lyft/Uber


OUR EXPERIENCE

I totally forgot to do any Facebook Live video’s for this room and I’m totally bummed about that. We rushed in because we were so excited and I just completely forgot after.

Note: The ERG were given the opportunity to try out this room for free, with the understanding that we would continue to provide an honest review and follow the same process we’ve used on all of our other ratings.

Logistics:

Description of the room: You start in a jail cell that is tiny, grimy, and disgusting. Perfect!

Understanding of the Mission: The previous resident of your jail cell wants to destroy the jail. Problem is you’re still in it. He tells you that if you can get to the control room, you should be able to create another small explosion so you can get out safely before the whole building goes KA-BOOM.

Did We Escape: Yes

Time Remaining: 56 seconds remaining (LEADERBOARD) and used only 3 of the 4 available clues (ALSO LEADERBOARD… they have multiple boards)

Our Suggested Party Size: 4-6

Did the room challenge the entire team? Yes

Members of our team (other than the ERG): Marco, Steph, Dillon

Does this look like a team of felons that escaped a soon-to-be-exploded penitentiary? Well, it is!

Worth the time and money? HELL. YES.

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We Got Out With Our Lives, But The Mummy…Not So Much – Room: Egypt Tomb – August 18, 2018

ESCAPE ROOM REVIEW – THE QUICK AND DIRTY

Play if… you like anything Egypt, Indiana Jones, or digging for treasure.

Avoid if… mummies freak you out or the thought of getting trapped in a tomb makes you hyperventilate.


THE BASICS

Glenwood Escape Room:

Address: 918 Grand Ave, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601 (click address for Google Map)

Contact and Website: 970-945-7529
https://www.glenwoodescape.com/

Room – Egypt Room:

Description (from the company website): You and your team of treasure hunters have just discovered riches beyond measure in an ancient Egyptian tomb, but word has gotten out to nearby tomb robbers who are desperate to have it for themselves. Find encrypted clues, solve heiroglyphic puzzles and crack the code within an hour, or be captured by the robbers and locked within the tomb forever!

Difficulty (1-10)N/A

Time Limit: 60 minutes

Cost: $29 (All bookings are private)

Identifier: R1

Party Size: 2-8

Staging Area: Lobby has a couch and some puzzle games to play with. Water is available.

Metro Access/Parking: Glenwood Springs is a little touristy and a few hours from Colorado Springs, so you’re probably driving there. Plenty of street parking, though.


OUR EXPERIENCE

This is the video we took before we entered the room:

This is the video we took just after we completed the room:

 

Logistics:

Description of the room: The room is supposed to be an archaeological dig site. You start in a giant tent and make your way to the hidden tomb. Nothing is really hidden from you except where the tomb is.

Understanding of the Mission: Find the hidden Pharaoh’s tomb, escape with your life

Did We Escape: Yep!

Time Remaining: 10:29

Our Suggested Party Size: 4 is sufficient

Did the room challenge the entire team? Yes

Members of our team (other than the ERG): Steph

We found the Pharaoh’s tomb and escaped before it was pillaged.

Worth the time and money? Yes

Where to Eat/Drink Before/After:

  • Smoke Modern BBQ – We went here before because we were super hungry after the hot springs. The food was great as was the service.

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Definitely Wasn’t Love In An Elevator…More Like Death – Room: The Elevator – August 17, 2018

ESCAPE ROOM REVIEW – THE QUICK AND DIRTY

Play if… you enjoy freaking people out, like word play (the actors are clever), or are into S&M.

Avoid if… you have claustrophobia, hate clowns, or don’t like sci-fi.


THE BASICS

Hellscream Haunt:

Address: 3021 N Hancock Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80907 (click address for Google Map)

Contact and Website: 719-650-4483
Https://www.hellscreamhaunt.com

Room – The Elevator:

Description (from the company website): THE ELEVATOR IS ONE OF THE BIGGEST ESCAPE ROOMS IN COLORADO AND ONE OF THE MOST UNIQUE IN THE WORLD! YOUR ADVENTURE WILL START IN AN ELEVATOR WHICH WILL TAKE YOU ON A THREE LEVEL JOURNEY THROUGH 6,000 SQUARE FEET OF HELLSCREAM. YOU WILL NEED ALL OF YOUR WITS AND SKILLS TO GET OUT AND ESCAPE WITHIN 60 MINUTES.

Difficulty (1-10)Medium or Hard (you get to choose, along with “Scary” or “Not Scary”)

Time Limit: 60 minutes

Cost: $28

Identifier: R1

Party Size: Up to 6

Staging Area: This whole place is also a haunted house, so there’s a queue outside where everyone can line up then they bring you in. Once you get in, there’s a small area where you get the briefing before they start your game.

Metro Access/Parking: Drive or get a Lyft/Uber


OUR EXPERIENCE

This is the video we took before we entered the room:

 

This is the video we took just after we completed the room:

Note: The ERG were given the opportunity to try out this room for free, with the understanding that we would continue to provide an honest review and follow the same process we’ve used on all of our other ratings.

Logistics:

Description of the room: You start trapped in an elevator and need to make your way through the lab and basement before making your way out of the mansion.

Understanding of the Mission: Dr von Heltin does all his evil/crazy experiments in his home. You make your way from his lab to his basement and then you need to figure out how the hell to get out of his home. It’s fucking creepy (and, as I said, in a haunted house).

Did We Escape: Yes

Time Remaining: 7:19 remaining (LEADERBOARD) and used only 1 clue (ALSO LEADERBOARD) (they have multiple boards, one based solely on time and the other time+clues used)

Our Suggested Party Size: 4-6

Did the room challenge the entire team? Yes

Members of our team (other than the ERG): Marco, Holly, Steph, Dillon

One of those zombies is real…

Worth the time and money? HELL YES

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I’ve Found Worse Things In Worse Places… – Room: The Attic – August 17th, 2018

ESCAPE ROOM REVIEW – THE QUICK AND DIRTY

Play if… you like solving mysteries.

Avoid if… you don’t like dark, dank, dusty attics (in theory).


THE BASICS

Enter the Enigma:

Address: 3540 N Academy Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO 80917 (click address for Google Map)

Contact and Website: 719-309-6862
https://www.entertheenigma.com

Room – The Attic:

Description (from the company website): Iris Trenton, a famed thief and escape artist, has eluded capture for over six years. Known for her trademark puzzles left at each scene, many failed attempts have been made in cracking these clues. The latest puzzle has finally slid across your desk and as a young detective you are eager to prove yourself. Burning both ends of the candle you are about to call it for the night when you spill your coffee on the puzzle. Words begin to appear. It’s an address! Wasting no time you jump up and assemble a small police force to accompany you wherever this address may lead.

Arriving at a large mansion your team moves swiftly through the residence when a bang sounds from above. Racing into the attic the lights dim and door slams shut behind you. Surveying the room you see a letter
Greetings Detective…….

Difficulty (1-10)Hard

Time Limit: 60 minutes

Cost: $30

Identifier: R1

Party Size: 2-6

Staging Area: Small front room before the hallway where the rooms are.

Metro Access/Parking: This is in Colorado Springs, CO, so either drive or get a Lyft/Uber.


OUR EXPERIENCE

This is the video we took before we entered the room:

This is the video we took just after we completed the room:

 

Logistics:

Description of the room: The room was sparsely decorated, but what was there felt like it would be in a weird attic.

Understanding of the Mission: Iris has been a step ahead of the police forever and you randomly stumble upon a lead. You follow it and come to a mansion. Upon entering, you hear a noise from the attic, which you investigate. After the door slams, you turn around and see a note from Iris.

Did We Escape: Yes

Time Remaining: ~15:30 (Leaderboard, bitches!) (Though we’ve been replaced already I think.)

Our Suggested Party Size: 2-4

Did the room challenge the entire team? Yes

Members of our team (other than the ERG): Steph

Jason and Steph were able to stop Iris in her tracks!

Worth the time and money? Yes

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Interview with Glenwood Escape Rooms (Glenwood Springs, CO) – August 18, 2018

ESCAPE ROOM INTERVIEW:

I can’t remember the last time I walked up to an Escape Room location and was all, “Hi, I’m Jason from The Escape Room Guys. Do you have any availability tonight for us to play?” Actually, I don’t think I’ve ever done it at all. But that’s what happened when we got into town in Glenwood Springs, after soaking in the hot springs nearby. We said we were going to go get some dinner and asked for any recommendations, then came back and completed the Egypt Tomb Escape.

The Manager on Duty, Emily, was nice enough to talk to us after we escaped, and you can see that video below.

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Interview with Hellscream Haunted House and Escape Rooms (Colorado Springs, CO) – August 17, 2018

ESCAPE ROOM INTERVIEW:

When I (Jason) was searching for rooms to do while out in Colorado Springs, one that caught my eye on Google Maps was ‘Hellscream Haunt’. After perusing their website for a few brief minutes, I couldn’t help myself but to email them because The Elevator really piqued my interest.

I’m all for a good gimmick in a room (don’t get me wrong, when I hear that word I immediately think WWE), but that was initially what hooked me on this place. (Maybe ‘hook’ is a better word…)

Anyway, I reached out and was offered the opportunity to come in with a team (up to 6) and test our mettle. 5 went in and 5 came out, and a review will be posted soon, but that’s aside the point.

Once we got there, we realized these guys weren’t joking around; this place looks AMAZING and it’s no wonder they are consistently rated a top Haunted House in Colorado. But how were the escape rooms…? Well, we sat down with Jesse, one of their master builders (and our GM for the night), to talk some shop, so give a watch. (We ended up going back 2 days later to escape The Pen.)

Additionally, if you book a room on either a Thursday or a Sunday, use code Escape2018 for a whopping 50% off! (Thanks to Vince for that, their DDP-lookalike owner.) (Yes, I had to tie it all back in to the WWE comment at the top.)

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Interview with Enter the Enigma (Colorado Springs, CO) – August 17, 2018

ESCAPE ROOM INTERVIEW:

No trip out of state is complete without another escape room. I can remember back to the first time I (Jason) was in Colorado (once my escape room obsession began) and there were maybe 3-5 rooms in the area. Now, at least 12. It’s amazing!

The great thing is that they (almost) all have different themes or different takes on a theme. I do love a good detective-style room which is what led me to choose The Attic for Steph and I to do while vacationing in Colorado Springs. (This was also the first room she and I ever did on our own, so that was a big step for us. HAHAHA)

Big thanks to Don for getting us in the room at the last minute (we set it up a day or two prior) and for his willingness to be on camera. (And an even bigger apology for saying “Escape The Enigma” when it’s actually “ENTER The Enigma”.)

Additionally, they have a grand opening promo code of 20% (until 10/1/18) using the code ETNGS18. Furthermore, all military and first-responders always have 20% off.

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