Curse of the Billy Goat

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King’s Escape is located near the Cherry Creek Reservoir about 15-20 minutes from downtown Denver. The office park doesn’t have great signage, but our GPS easily got us to the front door of the building with plenty of space for parking. Our host was very friendly and clearly passionate about the escape room community. The lobby area is clean and nicely appointed with drinks and candy on hand. We were slightly confused during the explanation of this room, but the gamemaster made sure to repeat the parts of the story that were pertinent to our puzzle experience.

Upon entering the room we were immediately taken in by all of the sports memorabilia. The items are all in near mint condition even though many previous groups have attempted to solve the Curse of the Billy Goat. Great care had been taken to insure a consistent experience day in and day out. The set and props in the room were solid and related to baseball, however we didn’t love that there were a number of exposed boxes with locks. That didn’t feel quite right for the theme. The lighting was great until it wasn’t — we had some trouble towards the end of the game.

Overall we were content with the level of difficulty and the variety of puzzles, yet we found them to be a bit of a mixed bag. There were some really interesting puzzles, but since there was a reliance on combo locks the solutions become fairly abstract. We loved the highly creative use of light and mirrors, but then we were underwhelmed by a straightforward math challenge. This room progressed linearly, which will work well for escape room novices. Veteran players and larger groups may find some people waiting in the dugout. That said, all of our team would recommend this above average puzzle experience.

Curse of the Billy Goat was a baseball-themed experience, but no prior knowledge about sports was required. Our team included a well-versed baseball fan and someone with zero interest in the sport; both had an equally enjoyable experience. The set pieces were very consistent with the baseball theme, however as we progressed through the puzzles we didn’t feel like the story kept pace. We didn’t experience aspects of the curse atmosphere until the final parts of the game. We also found the relationship between each of the puzzles to be a bit disjointed and that kept us from being fully immersed. Still, when you consider the amazing set and attention to detail, you’ll agree that this escape room’s environment does a very good job of keeping you into the theme throughout the 60 minutes.

When we looked at the experience as a whole we were quite happy we had the opportunity to take part in this well-conceived and well-made room. The puzzles can be challenging, but attainable (or easily assisted through unlimited hints). We didn’t find ourselves particularly frustrated or elated during the game; our emotions were kept in check. In an nut shell, solving puzzles in a cool environment continually gave us a strong sense of accomplishment which makes for an enjoyable and relaxing night out with friends.

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