Garage Sale

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Located in Downer’s Grove, Illinois, Fuzzy Logic is an easy-to-find escape room company with several escape rooms.  The location has lots of parking, nearby restaurants and shops, and good signage.  Upon entering Fuzzy Logic, we were greeted by enthusiastic employees and were impressed by their lobby.  There was plenty of seating, games on the tables, merchandise for sale, and a well-executed lock-wall to get your mind “escape-room-ready.”

Prior to entering the garage sale, we were given the opportunity to purchase a black light/flashlight combo keychain, which comes in handy but is definitely not necessary for the room.  Our objective was explained to us, and it was different from what typical escape rooms are.  We were told we had to find a purchasing slip and fill it out with the items we wanted to buy.  We were supposed to find which items we could purchase to get the best value for our money.  The owners, who have a video game background, explained that this is a room you can replay and have access to “new features” if you play a second time.  The goal would then be to find additional merchandise to purchase and ultimately have a higher valued purchase.

We did feel like we were in a garage sale, with lots of items all around us.  There was a heavy reliance on certain escape-room clichés, however, we did still enjoy searching the room and following puzzles.  We were having a hard time getting immersed, some of which was due to easily fixed design flaws (e.g., grass on the window).  We found the purchasing slip with plenty of time to decide on our items, and still “check out” with time on the clock.  We liked the change from the typical escape room experience, but found ourselves wishing there were more, or more in-depth, puzzles to have solved.

Overall, we felt like this was a fun change of pace but found ourselves wanting more from the room.  We think that with some tweaks and changes, this will be a great concept.  We loved that the owners are trying to break the cycle of “you can only play once” and finding unique ways to allow players to return over and over.  If you are in the area, this is a room worth checking out.  This would be a good room for smaller groups, newer groups, those looking for a change of pace, and groups with kids!

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