Down the Rabbit Hole

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Down the Rabbit Hole

  • Played November 2017
  • Chicago

  • 60 minutes
  • 2-6 players
  • $32 per person

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Escape Reality is located in the city of Chicago with relatively easy parking through Spot Hero or parking garages. They have visible signage above their door and also look for heads in the window, you’ll find it! The staff here were very welcoming and friendly, and made us feel quite comfortable. There were plenty of tables, chairs, and games to play, as well as a variety of refreshments available. There was music playing in the briefing room, which made us feel immersed instantly, and the pre-room speech was personalized based on the group playing, we loved that!

The game masters told us that the room is not for new players but should have quite a few games under their belt. We took this as a challenge and were so excited to start this room. The first puzzle (necessary to move on to the next part of the room) took over 20 minutes, even with the help of the game master. If you need a hint in any of their rooms, you have a device you can use to get one of your three clues, but are penalized five minutes each clue. If you don’t want to use the clue device, you can ask for help from the game master, and they will come in to help you with the puzzle in question. With this method, it took us completely out of immersion and is not our preferred clue system. We knew we had our work cut out for us! Once we finished that puzzle, we got our excitement back and loved the décor, which stuck to the theme well, for the most part. About halfway through, we found ourselves with another puzzle that didn’t make much sense, even when we did figure it out. Some of the puzzles were challenging and fun, while others left us trying to understand their logic. We loved the theme, the quality, the likeness to Alice in Wonderland. Some of us were left frustrated throughout the room, while some loved the challenge.

Did we have fun? Some of us did. We loved seeing the different parts of the room, the variety of puzzles, and the Alice themed décor, but some of the puzzles were more frustrating than they needed to be. This is definitely a room for very experienced players who don’t mind thinking “outside the box” type puzzles and “tricks” throughout the room.


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