THE QUICK AND DIRTY
Play if… you live in DC primarily for the political scene.
Avoid if… you couldn’t make it through Season 1 of House of Cards.
Escape Artist DC:
Address: 720 I St SE, Washington, DC 20003(click address for Google Map)
Contact and Website: 301-502-2043
Description (from the company website):
Fossil fuel dependency may come to an end faster than expected if the Asteroid Bill passes, but not everyone is happy about the prospect of this game-changer. Sen. Frederick O’Connor’s college buddy may have found a way to convert one of the asteroid’s natural elements into abundant fuel. Can you, as a lobbyist for the alternative energy jetsetters, find the element and the formula to secure your freedom from the room?
Do not expect the key to be out in the open. It is hidden among clues everywhere you look. Your objective is to sift through all the chaff to get to the wheat — fast! You will have no time to waste flapping your gums when the world’s energy crisis could be moments from an astounding conclusion.
Difficulty (1-10): N/A
Time Limit: 45 minutes
Cost: $20 (for adults; $16 with Student ID)
Identifier: R2 (Episode 1 has been retired)
Party Size: 3-10
Staging Area: Decent sized waiting area with plenty of things to keep you occupied while you wait. FYI, to access the site you’ll have to go up half a flight of stairs. Then, to get to the actual escape rooms, another flight of stairs.
Metro Access/Parking: Eastern Market metro stop is about 3 blocks away. If you drive, you’re going to be looking for street parking, so we recommend metro or Lyft (or rolling the dice and driving).
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.
Description of the room: You’re locked in an office and have 60 minutes to find the formula for this alternative energy spectacle.
Understanding of the Mission: While locked in the office, you need to use all the clues hidden in plain sight, as well as your mental faculties (if you have any), to solve the puzzle and find the formula and element needed for this astronomically useful source of new found energy.
Did We Escape: Yes
Time Remaining: ~7:30
Our Suggested Party Size: We only had 3, and that wasn’t enough. We recommend 5-8.
Did the room challenge the entire team? Yes
Members of our team (other than the ERG): Heather
Worth the time and money? Yes. But we missed episode 1, and we feel that we lost some of the backstory (again, however, it wasn’t a requirement to play this room, which has since been retired and replaced with Episode 3.
Where to Eat/Drink Before/After: