Grandma’s Kitchen

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Grandma's Kitchen

  • Played October 2018
  • Hinckley, IL

  • 60 minutes
  • 2-8 players
  • $30 per person

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EXIT Room is located in the small Illinois town of Hinckley.  As we drove up to the room, we already knew it was going to be different from what we’ve seen before—this escape room company bought an 1800s home, gutted it, and redesigned it to be EXIT Room.  The owner was incredibly sweet, told us the story behind the company, and went above and beyond to make sure we had a great time.  As we went through the home, we could see how they used the original pieces of the home and repurposed them into something unique and beautiful.  The lobby of the house had trendy décor, was warm and welcoming, and had plenty of seating.  Additionally, there were several beverages for purchase, and a “fish tank” to relax by.   Each room began with a video of the rules, and a video to tell get the players feeling immersed in the story of the room.

Our last room at EXIT Room was Grandma’s Kitchen, where we are having Thanksgiving dinner with all of the eccentric relatives!  The room had authentic décor, vintage looking appliances, and even curtains that made it feel like Grandma’s house.  Looking at the room, all things looked to be in place and made sense in the room.  When it came to immersion, we did feel somewhat immersed, but we had a couple logistics problems.  First, some of the spaces were a bit tight, so only a few people could see those parts – not a huge deal in the grand scheme of the room.  The other difficulty we had when it came to immersion was that many of the locks were in spaces that only one person could see, which meant that the other people were just waiting.  This did hinder our immersion, however, due to the authentic and vintage-looking set, we were still immersed in the story and our momentum continued.

There were a lot of puzzles that seemed tricky, but once we figured them out they were logical and made sense.  Similar to the other rooms at EXIT Room, there were a variety of types of puzzles and types of thinking required to solve the puzzles.  We enjoyed this because we were all able to play on our strengths and work together to solve the puzzles that challenged all of us.  We felt like the puzzle design could have been strengthened if there were more teamwork-required puzzles, which boosts an escape room experience, in our opinion.

We enjoyed playing Grandma’s Kitchen and problem-solving this crazy Thanksgiving.  We loved the vintage props, the variety of puzzles, and the overall experience of the room, however, we were a bit disappointed when some of us couldn’t be part of different puzzles due to only one person being able to see the locks at a time.  We would recommend this room to smaller groups, and groups with kids! If you’re in the area, check out EXIT Room and Grandma’s Kitchen!

Final Verdict:

7.4/10

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