The Timekeeper’s Trapped!
The Timekeeper's Trapped!
- Played January 2019
- Forest Park, IL
- 60 minutes
- 4-10 players
- $32 per person
- What People Say
Located in Oak Park, Illinois, you will find Escape Factor. Their location is great—it’s easy to get to driving from the suburbs, as well as taking public transit from the city. There are places to grab a bite to eat or some coffee, and street parking is generally easy to find. Their lobby is clean and has seating, as well as some tabletop games and puzzles while you wait to get started. They also have lockers and a storage area for your bags or personal items. Additionally, the owners are wonderful! They were friendly, relatable, and made us feel incredibly welcome in their business.
The Timekeeper’s Trapped is a darker and more serious room than Escape Factor’s other rooms. The premise is that an evil group has been bending time for their benefit; our colleague is now in extreme peril and we need to work together to free the Timekeeper. The room is dimly lit and has a high-quality set—the materials used were well thought out, had little to no wear and tear, and helped us feel immersed in the story. There was pressure throughout the room and anticipation for what as to come; there was never a time we were bored or that we didn’t have an idea of what we could work on. There were surprises and unique features throughout the room which also helped us feel immersed in the story, and kept our momentum to free the Timekeeper.
This room had a lot of puzzles! We think this is a good thing; however, it is a reason we recommend having more experienced players or just more players in general. There are many puzzles that can be completed simultaneously, and we did not necessarily feel overwhelmed when playing, however, we think it’s a good idea to go with more than just a couple people. With that being said, many puzzles also required team work, which is great for communication skills, team building, and something we love to see in escape rooms. Puzzles ranged from simple to multi-step and complex, physical to numerical to word-based, but all were logical and flowed well throughout the room. Everyone felt like they were part of solving the puzzles, and we each had a hand in helping to free the Timekeeper.
Was freeing the Timekeeper fun? It really was! We loved the uniqueness of the puzzles, the variety of what we could work on, and enjoyed working both independently and as a team. This room allowed everyone to showcase their strengths and have a part in completing the objective. We would recommend this room for bigger groups or groups who have played several rooms. With that being said, the owners said they have helped to tailor this room for children’s birthday parties or younger groups. Overall, this was a very enjoyable room. If you’re in the area, we would recommend checking out Escape Factor!