THE QUICK AND DIRTY
Play if… you can focus amidst a lot of distractions.
Avoid if… you don’t sing even while in the privacy of your shower.
Escape Adventure DC
Address: 12280 Wilkins Ave., Rockville, MD 20852 (click address for Google Map)
Contact and Website: 202-538-7963
Description (from the company website): You will be escorted on a tour of the dreaded Zombie Lab where the out break of the virus was first discovered, You will be taken to the very spot that Doctor Oxy has isolated the strain of the zombie virus and was working on the only vaccine.
Prepare to be locked in a room with up to 11 other people and a zombie that is chained to the wall! Hidden in the room is a key that will unlock the door to your freedom. To find the key, you must locate numerous clues and solve riddles. Every five minutes the hungry zombie’s chain will be released another foot. Within an hour, the zombie will be able to reach you. You have 60 minutes to the find clues, solve the puzzles, unlock the door and escape the room without getting eaten! Are you smarter than a zombie? Find out!
Difficulty (1-10): Not rated, but we were told it only has an 18-20% escape rate.
Time Limit: 60 minutes
Cost: $30 per person – BUT, use ERG45 when booking your tickets to get 45% off per person!!!
Identifier: R2 (this is actually Trapped in a Room with a Zombie – Still Hungry!)
Party Size: up to 12 people
Staging Area: You are escorted from the parking lot by your host, who takes you back to the Professor’s office to sign your waivers. A short film and an explanation later, you are taken through the building to a hidden elevator. Don’t worry! There are restrooms to stop at on the way to your experience.
Metro Access/Parking: Twinbrook Metro Station in Rockville is about a 15 minute (.8 mile) walk away. Otherwise, you can drive. There is ample parking in the lot, but follow your GPS closely as the address is kinda tricky.
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 start off in a small office where you are given some details about the room, and watch a short video while the Professor tries to sedate the zombie. Then your host takes you through the building to a hidden elevator where the Professor meets you and takes you down an elevator to the basement where the lab is located. The doors open and your adventure begins.
Understanding of the Mission: You have been invited to the Professor’s lab to learn more about zombies. Unfortunately, as soon as you enter the lab, something goes wrong and a self-destruct sequence is triggered. You now have 60 minutes to escape the lab by opening the locked door, saving yourselves, the brilliant (but sometimes nutty) Professor, AND the zombie (it’s a prime specimen that they don’t want destroyed). However, as you search for the way out, the zombie’s sedative wears off and it starts to come after you… with its chain getting longer every 5 minutes.
Did We Escape: Yes, but barely!
Time Remaining: 57 seconds
Our Suggested Party Size: The room holds up to 12. We had 8 and that was probably enough (if all are experienced). If you’re new to escape rooms, the maximum should work (the room is DEFINITELY big enough – at the beginning at least – for that many people).
Did the room challenge the entire team? Yes
Members of our team (other than the ERG): Eric, Brittany, Tara, Mark, Corey, and Heather
Worth the time and money? Yes
Where to Eat/Drink Before/After:
- 7 Locks Brewing – we stopped in for what turned out to be some great beers after we did the room.