Escape with Usavich
Escape with Usavich
- Played January 2017
- 60 minutes
- 3-8 players
- What People Say
I can with certainty say that Escape with Usavich is worth the effort it takes to get there, but should note to leave some time to find the location. It can be a bit tough to navigate the parking lot to get to Mayze but once you do, you’ll be glad you did.
You won’t be bored at Mayze, as the lobby offers lots to do while you wait for your experience. There are board games with tables and chairs to play them on, as well as couches and even karaoke. They are currently in the process of putting in a Virtual Reality game experience which you could plan to do before or after escaping with Usavich. Plus, the staff are incredibly friendly and will welcome you with open arms and board game recommendations. The introduction to the room was good, but a bit confusing once you get out (you’ll understand why). A little edit of the pre-room speech and story could go a long way.
The quality of this room is outstanding, and it is clear that the creators thought about everything right down to the minuscule design details. The sets are beautiful and colourful (the ceilings are actually the only thing not decorated) and they utilize light and sound in very creative and unique ways. What’s especially exciting is that you’re taken through a series of different environments that are meticulously designed so you feel like you’re exactly where they’re intending for you to be. You will not find any “do not touch” signs among the creative characters and strongly built settings, but you may find the occasional struggle with the sound (and for what it’s worth, it doesn’t really make this room any less epic).
If you can imagine what it’s like to feel like you are inside of the cartoons you watch on TV, you can imagine what it’s like to be in this room. It’s a simple and classic escape story, which allows for the room and the puzzles to shine. The set, the sound, the puzzles and the lighting all work together to transport you into Usavich’s cartoon world. I do want to note, however, that a smaller group may be beneficial to your immersion experience, as a lot of the tasks are good for 2-3 people.
While the puzzles may be good for a smaller group, they are very well designed. You will not see any code lock puzzles throughout the whole experience. There is a great mix of physical and intellectual puzzles to match the strengths of your whole group, and the technical elements are sure to impress. The room is quite linear, but it works for the story, and it makes it very clear what you are supposed to be working on (but don’t worry that does not at all mean it is simple).
Most importantly, this room is fun. It’s hard to walk into this environment and not smile; the colours, the sounds, the characters and the tech work together to creative an immersive cartoon world that is hard not to love. Mayze continues to impress with their rooms and design, and I absolutely suggest coming to try Escape with Usavich (and staying for some board games too)!