Have you heard about the 'Escape' events or rooms that have become popular? Our area has a number of them and our kids have visited many, along with some of their good friends. Usually, these involve some sort of theme and then clues to unlock the room and 'Escape'. Recently, they decided to turn their whole house into a series of 'Escape' rooms and throw a Mystery Party for their friends to try it out. My husband and I got a preview, along with our son-in-law's mother. We decided that it was quite ingenious in many areas and we would have struggled for a long time to figure most parts out.
There was a theme and a video setting the stage - a murder had occurred. Ten friends were invited and were emailed their 'character' details. There were 6 suspects and 4 detectives. The goal was to discover the Murderer and arrest that person. Like a life-sized Clue Game, only with ciphers and locks and secrets. See what you think:
Everyone is locked in!
After watching the video and setting the stage, clues will be found in the jigsaw puzzle. Or maybe not!
Some hints were on the back of the wall decorations.
A map of select locations in Austin - pictures corresponding on the walls - make sure to follow in the right order...
The 'master' map showing all the rooms and the clues and locks. Complicated, right?
The Library - clues maybe hanging from the ceiling or in the bookshelves - wait, some were on the dolls' feet!
Another view of the Library - a desk calendar was not to be overlooked...
A maze with a magnet and a key - my husband had no trouble deciphering how to retrieve the key.
The Theater had the maze, a recording to listen to for hints, and the chain on the floor. That chain had to go out the window, drop down below to another window, and then the back door could be unlocked.
The Poker Room - all 4 walls were a 'word search' puzzle, plus the number of poker chips and the playing cards were also clues.
A rope puzzle box - I would never have untangled it. Our son-in-law built all the wooden puzzles and mazes.
Giant decoder ring - can you figure out the cipher?
Solution was in this trunk - so, who was the murderer? Only the detectives know!
The party went very well, I'm told. Everyone had a great time! It took about 4-1/2 hours and the participants arrested the wrong person - Ha! - however, gift cards were handed out as prizes. Pictures were taken of each person in 'character' and the group is off to find their next 'Escape' adventure.