The Game Room

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SPECIAL NOTE: The staff of Escape Rooms by Franknicky were in the middle of transitioning from their old location to their new location when we did this review. The escape room we played was a hybrid between a pop-up and permanent with some parts being used as an experiment at the time. Because of this, we decided it would be best to give a review based on what we experienced and what we confidently feel will be the ‘final product’ once the move is complete… Having said that, did the magician work his magic, or were we trapped box that simply couldn’t be escaped?

The pre-room and customer service was fairly standard in most ways. The staff are very friendly, polite, and interactive. There were few amenities available at the time, but this may change as they continue to modify their new permanent location. There is ample street parking in the Sandusky city core, and the company signs are easy to find. In almost every facet the experience was good, with nothing bad nor great to point out.

Room quality is a bit harder to determine as we only saw the pop up version of their game and the partially completed game in their new location. By all accounts it seems like the space is well used with some quality props and solid building structure. Enthusiasts may feel it lacks in creative design, but we feel fairly confident new and intermediate experience level players will approach it with appreciation.

Immersion is the one area we would’ve liked to have experienced more. There’s some supporting story and environmental elements, but for the most part our team felt like we were just moving from puzzle to puzzle without context to support why. This leads right into the puzzles which were great on their own, but lacked the flow and transition typically supported by immersion. Having said that, the puzzles are fun, creative, and show the designer’s strengths! Those who seek out escape rooms for the challenge of fun and creative puzzles will almost certainly like this room. There’s a good balance of linear and non-linear puzzle choices which helped keep our whole team involved at all times.

And of course what everyone wants to know… Was it fun, and would we recommend this room? Yep it’s definitely bound to put a smile on most people’s faces and have you talking for hours. We should probably mention new players are more likely to have fun with this room than experienced players (due the comparative mindset which comes when you do a lot of escape rooms). Either way, there’s enough here for everyone to have some fun, so if you’re on vacation or live in the Sandusky, Ohio area check it out.

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