The Collector

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Mind Trap is located in Montgomery, Illinois, near Aurora, about an out outside of Chicago.  Their location is a bit off the beaten path, however, it is well worth the trip out! It’s no surprise to us that Mind Trap was able to boast on their website about being named one of the best escape rooms in Illinois, and was (at this time) the most-liked Illinois escape room on Facebook.  This company also runs one of Illinois’ top, and scariest, haunted houses (Massacre Haunted House), and has a laser tag arena (iCombat) that they say will make the experience feel like you are in a video game.  Arriving at Mind Trap, we met the owner, Ryan, who delivered exceptional customer service.  Mind Trap offers plenty of tables and chairs, merchandise for sale, water for players, and has two large bathrooms.  In addition, when we went in, they also had a photo-station that we loved playing with while we waited!  As we walked to The Collector, we were taken through areas where they work on and store some haunted house and escape room pieces, which made us feel immersed before the game even began!

We were immediately blown away by the quality of the set, and this feeling only grew as we continued through the room.  The set and props were movie-grade, or Hollywood, room quality, in our opinions.  We genuinely felt like we were part of this story, in large part due to the authenticity of the props.  There were a couple laminated pieces of paper at the beginning, which are usually not our favorite, but it did not take too much away from our immersion.  This set was of the highest quality, and should be what companies are aiming for.  This allowed for us to be easily immersed in the story, and truly feel like we had woken up in a twisted killer’s chamber and had to get out.  We loved that the immersion continued as we found more information about the man who abducted us, which only made us want to escape faster.  There was a feeling of excitement, anticipation, and slight anxiety, as we played this room.  While Escape Doctor Death has the option of a live actor, The Collector does not have an actor—however, this does not detract from the room’s immersion or quality.

So…we’re in a movie-quality set, with great immersion, but are the puzzles any good?  Yes!  No two puzzles felt alike, and they were each unique and inventive in their own right.  We love having a variety of puzzles, but this room blew us away—honestly, there is something that every person can do, and you can work on multiple puzzles at the same time, while you journey through this story.  We don’t want to say too much, however, you’ll definitely know when you get a puzzle wrong—and it will just add to the immersion of this room.

The Collector has a perfect balance of set design and quality, an immersive and intriguing story, as well as unique and exciting puzzles.  This room is well worth the trip to Montgomery!  We would recommend this room to almost everyone, however, it does include crawling and strobe lights (the website will remind you of this).

Final Verdict:

9.2/10

2 responses

  1. Not says:

    Their FB page is only the most liked because they are using their old haunted house page. They have photos from 2012 on that page. Totally impossible

  2. LOL says:

    When you have been running a haunted house for many years and change the name of your facebook page so that your likes transfer over then you will certainly have tons of extra likes. Business opened in 2016 strange that they have pics from 2012

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