- Played June 2017
- Branson, MO
- 60 minutes
- 2-8 players
- Good for children of any age. The game begins in darkness for the first minute and features thunder and lightning effects.
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While many visitors flock to Branson, Missouri for its shows and amusement parks, my family’s #1 destination is Escape Code. As a Bible teacher and escape room enthusiast, I was quite interested in checking out the new Bible-themed rooms at Escape Code in Branson. Escape Code is a beautiful facility within the Branson Meadows shopping area of this tourist town. Ample parking, a sparkling clean lobby, and friendly staff (who remember us from last year’s visit) start the experience off right.
The Ancient Scrolls (Bible-themed) rooms, which are located in the back of the 3000 square foot facility, allow guests to travel far back in time. (The bathrooms and surrounding hallway lack the professionalism that the rest of the facility maintains, but this was quickly forgotten when we reached our escape room).
Before entering the room, players watch a video explaining the rules and introducing the story. The intro films are expertly created by the owners, who previously worked in the advertising and graphic design industry. (You can preview these videos on the Escape Code website). In addition, one of the owners has a creative writing background, so the storylines within their rooms are well-developed, logical and always theme-appropriate.
Condemned tells the story of the Paul’s escape from prison. Players receive a cow bell to ring for clues. When you solve a puzzle, you often speak your answer, since there are no number or word locks in the Ancient Scrolls rooms. A new clue then leads players to the next part of the challenge. (This helps players stay within the ancient world that is created). But don’t let this unique approach scare you off; Escape Code has a staff member specifically assigned to each group, ready to lend a hand.
The puzzles in the game are intriguing and inventive; they are a cut above what players may be accustomed to experiencing elsewhere. Condemned is designed to introduce new players to the excitement of the escape room world; therefore, less experienced players would probably enjoy having a group of six to eight, but hardcore escape room fans might prefer a smaller group of two to five.
If you visit Branson, Missouri, there is certainly a show for everyone; but the #1 entertainment choice for me and my family will always be Escape Code.