There’s a new craze out there where for an evening of fun you get locked in a room and attempt to escape. I found a great way to get the experience without leaving your home and it’s a game from Think Fun called Escape the Room Mystery at the Stargazer’s Manor (affiliate).
I’m always looking for a fun activity to do at home with friends or family and when I learned about this game I was so excited. It’s hard for us to plan an evening out sometimes, and by the time you pay for a sitter and the cost of going to an Escape Room it’s become a pricey evening. This game is $22 and available at Target or Amazon so it’s an affordable evening of entertainment.
I knew that we would be going on vacation with our family to the beach and since we all had little kids I was looking for a fun thing to do. This game would be perfect. It’s said to be played with 3-8 adults, but I was told by a friend that it wouldn’t be a challenge with 8 of us. That’s when we got the idea to get 2 games and see who could escape the room first.
We thought about doing boys vs girls, but in the end we decided to draw cards to make up the teams. Once we had our teams we put all phones, except the timer phone, in a basket and picked our rooms. You really do need to be in separate rooms so you can’t hear the other team think.
We started with each game sealed shut and hit go on the time!! That’s when the fun really began.
Inside the box are different challenges that you have to complete in order to escape the room. Since we were against another team we also felt there was an extra challenge of who will finish first.
I don’t want to give away all the fun, but I will say this game put us all to the test. It made us think, and really work together. At first I think we all thought we’re never going to figure this out, but as we started to figure them out we got quicker and were having a lot of fun.
In the end we all escaped the room. One team was done after 85 minutes and the other took a little bit longer. There is a bonus round, and we all did picked the same one, but if you’re playing in 2 teams just know to pick Option B for that before you get started!!
The best part was when we were done and talking about the challenges with each other. Since we had the same games it was interesting to figure out what stopped people up and what was easy.
We all thought that 4-5 people would be the perfect amount of adults to play together. Since this is a one time play game that is a down side, but we all agreed for $45 (cost of 2 games) this is a great evening of fun.
I even had everyone give me a score of what they thought of the game and it was pretty much an 8 out of 10 for everyone.
So while you may be done with the game it can be repackaged and given to someone else to play. Since you end up with pieces all over the place it’s easy to forget what goes where. Think Fun has detailed instructions on how to reassemble, so make sure you don’t lose any pieces.
I’m so happy we decided to get 2 games and play each other as a challenge. It was a great night of fun and now we all can’t wait till the next game, Secret’s of Dr. Gravely’s Retreat, is released!
Disclosure: I was provided with games from Blogger Bash and Think Fun in exchange for a review. All thoughts are my own.