ESCAPE ROOM REVIEW – THE QUICK AND DIRTY
Play if… you enjoy horror, being spooked, and/or The Conjuring movies.
Avoid if… you jump easily, don’t like being scared, or are claustrophobic.
Panic Escape Room:
Address: 990 Grand Canyon Parkway, Hoffman Estates, IL 60169 (click address for Google Map)
The Room – The Conjuring:
Description (from the company website): A desperate cry for help falls on deaf ears as you and your group take up the challenge to save this poor girl. Your journey begins in the infamous Warren’s Occult museum as you search for clues as to what was taken and what has caused the neighbors and their young daughter vanished without a trace . Remember everything in the Warren’s is possessed or cursed so avoid taking anything with you!
Difficulty (1-10): Not listed, but has a 26% escape rate as of this writing (as per the website)
Time Limit: 65 minutes (Note: When this room was first booked, it was listed as 75 minutes. After that, I was told it was 65, as now listed. When we got there, we were given 60 minutes, plus a few extra, as you’ll read.)
Party Size: Listed as up to 10, the booking page says minimum 3, but once you click Book, you are told minimum 4, max of 12. If you have less than 4, I’d recommend calling.
Staging Area: The location is (appropriately for the theme) in the basement of an office building. There’s a bench in the corner and a water cooler. Standing room otherwise.
Metro Access/Parking: This room was not in our home location, so we drove everywhere.
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 at a discount, 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: The initial room this escape starts in is cramped. Pretty much to be expected if you’ve seen the movies, as you’re supposed to be in the Warren’s Occult Museum.
Understanding of the Mission: Find the stolen items and figure out why the neighbors and their daughter have disappeared.
Did We Escape: Nope.
Time Remaining: 🙁 Even with the extra time.
Our Suggested Party Size: 4-8, though 8 will be a tight fit.
Did the room challenge the entire team? Yes
Members of our team (other than the ERG): Steph D, Aaron, Andrea, Mary Jo, Liam, and 3 others whose names I have, unfortunately, forgotten.
We did not take a photo after this failure. Not that we didn’t want to, but we weren’t asked.
Worth the time and money? Yes and no.
Where to Eat/Drink Before/After: We didn’t go anywhere after (nearby), so no recommendation here. Sorry.