A few months ago my office set all of the employees out to one of those escape room centers for team-building days. No lie, that place was SO. MUCH. FUN! My team escaped within the allotted hour and we all went to lunch to celebrate. It was a good time. I’ve raved about it to my husband almost non-stop since that day and we keep saying that we need to plan a date night to the center with friends and see if we can escape again.
It’s turned in to one of those things we talk about constantly but never actually do so last month when I was given the opportunity to try out Escape Room: The Game at home I jumped at the chance. Finally…we were able to have our Escape Room date night (and we didn’t even have to leave the house to do it).
The game requires a minimum of 3 players (16+) so we invited a few friends over and planned a game night date night. We had originally thought about heading downtown for a holiday celebration but it ended up being so cold that an at-home Escape Room date night sounded like a far better idea.
I baked a couple dozen cookies and put on a crockpot of white chocolate hot cocoa (which I’ll share with you all later) for the sweet treat friends and I put out black bean tortilla chips, salsa, and red wine for the savory treat friends. Then I finished decorating my Christmas tree (because I needed the place to look festive for company) which I’m sure you’ve seen if you follow me on Instagram.
The game includes four themes: Prison Break, Nuclear Countdown, Virus, and Temple of the Aztec. We opted to play the Virus game (since we are fans of the Zombie genre and it put us in that same frame of mind) and y’all, it was tough!
I have no shame in admitting that we thought we would breeze through it in the allotted 60 minutes. I mean, we’re smart people so how hard could it be? I was confident especially considering I’d escaped the challenge I was sent to for work. I kept telling my husband, “No worries! We’ve got this!” but it was tougher than we expected. It was definitely a challenge to find the hidden clues, solve all of the puzzles, and enter the correct four key combination into the Chrono Decoder in time. It came down to the final minutes for us.
Here are a few helpful tips we learned while playing:
- Take notes. Write them down while playing because it’ll help you connect the dots as the game progresses.
- Use helpful devices on your phone (the flashlight, the calculator, etc).
- Download the free Escape Room app for thematic background music. You can also share a photo of your team once you escape and celebrate your victory!
We ended up enjoying the game so much that we played a second round with the Aztec theme.
If you’re looking for a great game night idea for you to share with your family or friends, this is it!
What I especially loved about it is that you work together to escape. It’s not person vs person or team vs team, it’s a true collective game. Either you all win or you all lose. It helps prevent people from being too braggy when they win and it keeps sore losers from being pouty and ruining game night. It’s a true collective spirit game.
Can you work together? Can you solve the puzzles in 60 minutes? Can you ESCAPE?
(And as a bonus…here’s my favorite coffee recipe because everyone knows that a good adult date night includes a good coffee afterwards)
1 cup of almonds, blanched
1/2 cup macadamia nuts
1 liter of water
2 shots of hot espresso
1. In a large bowl combine almonds and macadamia nuts. Add water to cover and cover the top of the bowl. Let soak overnight, at room temperature, for at least 12 hours.
2. Process nut mixture in a blender until finely pureed (usually 4 – 5 minutes)
3. Strain the mixture through a fine mesh sieve over a bowl, then strain. The resulting milk should be silky and creamy.
4. Combine 8 oz of chilled nut milk, a double shot of espresso, and ice in a glass. Stir for approximately 30 seconds.
*Recipe adapted from Some Kitchen Stories
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