Yes, it’s true. I admit it.
Until recently…I was…an escape room virgin.
It wasn’t like I was saving myself on purpose. It just never happened for me. Blame it on busy schedules, not lack of interest. Most of my friends had tons of experience. Always regaling me with tales of their latest conquests.
I never said I did it. Never said I hadn’t done it. I just never said anything at all.
One Sunday afternoon at Evil Genius Escape Rooms was about to change everything. Evil Genius is an immersive and episodic adventure. Me and five of my friends took on the challenge of finding out if our buddy Bill Occam’s death, was a suicide or something more sinister. We needed to explore his apartment and look for clues before the police showed up in exactly one hour.
BILL OCCAM WAS DEAD. THEY SAID IT WAS OPEN-SHUT: TEXTBOOK SUICIDE. WHILE YOU DIDN’T AGREE, YOU JUST WANTED TO PUT THIS NASTY CHAPTER BEHIND YOU. JUST CLEAN OUT HIS APARTMENT AND MOVE ON WITH YOUR LIFE.
CHAPTER ONE: OCCAM’S APARTMENT
I was nervous at the beginning. Anxious I wouldn’t be any good. Luckily, I was playing with some highly skilled puzzle-masters who knew their way around. The puzzles were intuitive and helped move the plot along.
All my years of playing action-adventure video games were definitely working to my advantage.
While all new experiences offer challenges, (especially when you’re not really sure what you’re doing.) I didn’t spend too much time fumbling around in the dark. We worked well together as a team. Each of us bringing something to the puzzle that showed off our specific talents. Some actions required dexterity of hands, while others needed a more intellectual approach.
I was beginning to see what all the fuss was about.
When we came close to finishing I felt my heart racing with anticipation. I’m very competitive and I love to win. But it was more than that. I was really enjoying myself and part of me didn’t want it to end. We were so close!
But, then, I felt a rush of apprehension.
What happens if we fail? No. Can’t think like that. I waited this long, I wasn’t about to waste this opportunity.
YES! We did it!
With time to spare! One of the few times, finishing early is a good thing.
I felt elated. Thoroughly satisfied and ready to do it all over again.
I admit, I had a really good group and it was a well thought out room. Others have told me that in the plethora of escape rooms spread out across Los Angeles, you are bound to run into some boring ones. Or rooms with clues that don’t make sense. It also matters whom you do it with. A bad partner, can really sour the experience.
I want some more!
Now that I’ve popped my puzzle chamber cherry, I’m ready to take on the next challenge. I can easily see this being my newest addiction. It’s so fun and legitimately satisfying when you solve the mystery. Evil Genius’s chapter two picks up right where you left off. And chapter three takes place in a morgue. BRING IT! I’m ready.
“Long is the way and hard, that out of Hell leads up to light.”John Milton, Paradise Lost.
Have you done an escape room before? I can’t be the only virgin right?
Any favorite rooms I should check out? Let me know in the comments below.
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