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  • Played February 2020
  • Leawood, KS

  • 60 minutes
  • 2-8 players
  • $30 per person
  • Good for families

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Located in the Park Place section of Leawood (just south of Kansas City), Breakout KC has been offering consistently entertaining escape room experiences for the past several years. Visitors to the area can park in nearby garages with a short walk to the location. Be advised that Park Place is a popular dining and entertainment district, so allow time to find parking before your visit.

Once inside, you’ll found a clean, bright lobby with local flair alongside drinks and shirts for sale as well as some seating. There are no games or activities while you wait, which may discourage some from arriving early. That said, Breakout KC has some of the most enthusiastic and well-trained staff in the business. Your host will clearly explain the standard rules and clue system, which grants three total clues to be delivered by the host via a monitor in the room. A locally-produced video then sets the stage for your game.

90’s kids will have a special sense of immersion upon entering Y2K, as there are many authentic props from the era for you to enjoy and puzzle over. The room truly captures the feel of New Year’s Eve at the precipice of 2000, with a party theme that carries through the props, posters, music, and other media in the room. Our group, which is entirely comprised of 90’s kids, found ourselves immediately drawn to our favorite nostalgic items as we began the game. The fantastic attention to detail and the good working order of all locks and items made us all happy from the outset.

The puzzles of Y2K mostly support the theme, although there are a couple of anachronistic challenges that could take a player out of the experience. While Y2K’s progressive structure smartly ramps up the complexity and variety as you move through the room and includes some unique puzzle pieces, we would have liked to see fewer code locks overall to keep with the narrative of the room and provide greater opportunity for surprise at different answer possibilities. Overall, the puzzle design made it easy for multiple people to work on different items simultaneously, although there were times when space felt limited for our team of six as we progressed through the game.

Overall, we found that Y2K is a great addition from one of the finest escape room companies in the area. Breakout KC clearly loves the craft of building escape rooms. Groups that appreciate the 1990s, or even just attention to detail, are certain to enjoy this experience. We think Y2K will pleasantly challenge beginners while still offering stimulating elements for experienced escapers. Although groups ranging from 2-8 players can try this room, we would recommend this room as ideal for groups of 4-6 people due to room size and volume of puzzles. Best of luck to anyone looking to break out of Y2K!

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