THE QUICK AND DIRTY
Play if… you like beating your friends at any sort of game.
Avoid if… you’re a sore loser.
Laurel’s House of Horror:
Address: 935 Fairlawn Ave, Laurel, MD 20707 (click address for Google Map)
Contact and Website: 240-278-4545
Description (from the company website): “Good vs. Evil” is a brand new escape room that challenges groups to race each other. The winning group will be rewarded a special prize at the end: a gift card! Join us for this 45-minute game and find out…who is the smartest group?
Difficulty (1-10): not listed
Time Limit: 45
Cost: $25 per person
Party Size: Minimum of 6; max of 8
Staging Area: It’s in an old movie theater that is supposedly haunted, so pretty damn creepy.
Metro Access/Parking: Not metro accessible at all. The theater is in a strip mall so there is plenty of parking.
This is the video we took before we entered the room:
This is the video we took just after we completed the room:
Description of the room: Each team starts off divided into 2 groups with a shared wall between them. You have to help your teammates get out of their room while they help you do the same. The opposing team has the same types of puzzles, but different solutions.
Understanding of the Mission: Get through to the final room to secure your own exit. And let your opponents out if you feel so obliged.
Note: Because we paid to do the other three rooms, and had a lengthy discussion about who we are and our thoughts on the rooms, the GM (this time that’s General Manager…) wanted to get our take on the competitive room and allowed us to go through it for free, provided we give him feedback at the end. We ended up pointing out a few issues with the Evil set of rooms that would have delayed or prevented the team in that room from completing the mission altogether.
We also feel that it is not fair to do the standard rating scale on this room, since each of the different teams would have different experiences, but we have provided our feedback on the experiences in those categories below.
Did We Escape: Jason’s team did (and eventually let Mike’s team out)
Time Remaining: The experience lasted about 35 minutes until Team Good solved the last puzzle and won the game.
Our Suggested Party Size: We had 8 (2 teams of 4). That was pretty perfect.
Did the room challenge the entire team? Yes
Members of our team (other than the ERG): Alphonzo, Mark, Katheryn, Eric, Eric.
Team Good: Jason, Eric, and Alphonzo
Team Evil: Mike, Eric, Mark and Katheryn
Worth the time and money? Yes, especially if you’ve got a group that’s done a few rooms before and is really competitive. Like ours.
Where to Eat/Drink Before/After: We’re not familiar with Laurel, so we’re going to have to leave you to Google for a recommendation. But we did go to a Five Guys for lunch beforehand that’s 2 blocks away.