For my daughter’s birthday I wanted to plan something different and unique. I really wanted it to express her personality and interest. We both wanted it to be a little on the small side with just her closest friends but less of a “kid” party and more of a teen party. I made a list of options and the very first one she saw and was excited about was an escape room party. We are fortunate that there are a few places close by and even more fortunate that one of them had an escape room which was a little bit like Mr. Lemoncello’s Library. That did it for her! It was a story that she enjoyed reading as well as we both enjoyed watching the television show together. That decided it, we made our reservations for the Alternate Reality Escape Room and our birthday party planning was complete.
The Alternate Reality Escape Room offers three different escape room experiences, Bunker 57, Piece Meal and Steampunk. Steampunk was her room of choice where Professor Hetzel, a brilliant inventor once lived. Rumor has it that the house contained brilliant inventions which have yet to be discovered or enjoyed outside of the home. Being of inquiring minds you and your friends decide to sneak into his house only to find that you can’t get out unless you can solve the riddles and open the door. You have 60 minutes and time begins NOW.
The Steampunk room holds up to 8 players, but I would actually stop at 6. There is quite a bit of moving around as you race against time. But the most challenging aspect of all is solving the riddles with the clues provided. Get stuck? That’s okay you can ask for a clue and get a little help along the way. No you can’t ask Siri or Google – actually no phones are allowed in the rooms! Can you believe it – a whole hour of play with friends and family without our cell phones with us!
Instead of “googling” our answers there are three clues available to you and your party so use them wisely! Our Steampunk adventure was a whole lot of fun. We loved the old fashioned look of the room and the props. Prof. Hetzel definitely had a varied and interesting life and he has lots of things to prove it. Most importantly he wrote it all down and if you can decipher his clues you can find your way out of the house and on your way knowing some of the secrets he had hidden away.
An attention to details is needed to solve this puzzle and escape the room as well as good balance. The girls had such a good time in there, but it did get challenging! I think the best part of the Steampunk room was the attention to detail which Alternate Reality Escape Room brings to the game. Each clue so neatly ties into the next and the historic nature of the room as well as the fact that it is well lit helps!
What’s a mom to say when four girls beg you, “Mom can we please?!!” after all it is her birthday. I had my doubts at first but they were quickly laid to rest after talking to the staff at Alternate Reality Escape Room. We hadn’t planned on doing two rooms, but we did eat pizza and cake at home, and we have the time so I guess sure why not? Our group is off to the secret government bunker so we can locate the antivirus to save us all from “mutants” we have our chance to escape in 60 minutes and save all of mankind.
Surprisingly this room was our favorite! I was worried that it was a little too graphic, thinking Zombies or such, but it was actually incredibly fun and challenging and our guests really did work together as a team. It was riddle and problem solving with imagination and creativity at it’s finest. Better than a board game and so much more entertainment than boring old video games. I found out by talking to the team at Alternate Reality Escape Rooms that they bring in expert set decorators from Hollywood to create the most realistic, yet entertaining room experiences they can. That was so impressive!
I don’t know from personal experience how the Piece Meal room is. It is a Texas chainsaw type theme I think and I did hear the 6 teen boys in there screaming in terror – then laughing and joking. They left about the same time as us and were talking about how “cool” that was and how they can’t wait to do it again.
I agree, I look forward to our next time there. But I think I’ll skip the graphic room of Piece Meal.
A few things to help you make the most of your experience at Alternate Reality Escape Room:
- You will receive an email message confirming the date and time of your reservation.
- Children must be ages 12+ to participate in the escape room experience.
- If participants are ages 12-15 they must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
- Arrive 20 minutes before your escape room experience to finalize details.
- There are lockers available for your valuables.
- No cell phones are permitted in the escape rooms.
- Children will need to have a permission form. This is easily done with an online form which then sends you a confirmation email or you may complete it and sign it at the location. We did ours online making check in a breeze.
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