Difficulty Level: 6.5/10
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Hilo, Hawaii is our first stop on our Hawaii island cruise tour and "Escape Hilo" is the only escape room available on the island of Hilo. Hilo rains a lot and we experienced that first hand when we got off the cruise ship. This island makes a great escape room location for an indoor activity. Escape Hilo is located on the second floor of a building complex built in 1912. Inside the complex, there are quite a few selection of stores and restaurants providing plenty to do. The complex also has plenty of parking. It may be hard to find "Escape Hilo”, but follow the sign and keep walking left all the way down until the end of the building (you will have to go down half a flight of stairs in the middle section). It'll be the last door to your right at the end of the hallway. We were grateful to have met the developer and owner of the location and at age 23, he's probably the youngest owner we have out of all the escape room locations yet to date. The lobby was very cozy and serves complimentary local drinks to the players. We can tell that he has a great passion for the island and escape rooms and how it was all incorporated in this first room.
The room that we are attempting to escape today is called "Plantation Escape". Right from the start, we felt transported to a Japanese immigrant's home. There were many plantations then on the island and this one so happens to be built over an ancient Hawaiian “menehune" wall. We won't divulge into any of the surprises that we've seen as the story developed, but we were pleasantly surprised at the turnover of events. He cleverly used many island-inspired puzzles in his escape room theme. The puzzles weren’t all linear, so you can get a group in there and divide and conquer in different areas although we suggest probably 4 people would be a perfect size. There's a puzzle in there that you could get stuck on if you don’t have prior knowledge of a certain skill, but the game master will definitely help out if you have any issues with that one. Overall, we really enjoyed the game as the puzzle flow went well with the storyline until the end.
We hope that if you are ever in Hilo, definitely give them a try and we also hope to return to try out his new rooms in the future! Check out our YouTube video above for a sneak peek of the location, interview with the owner, the room, and more!
ETR Overall rating: 8/10
(If you do decide to try this room, please remember to let them know that "ESCAPETHEROOMers" sent you!)
* We don't want to go into detail and ruin any surprises for you, but you want more info like if the room is a multi-room or what other additional tips we can provide to you, feel free to email us.
Disclosure: We thank Escape Hilo for comping our tickets for this game. Although complimentary admission was generously provided, it does not impact our opinion on the review whatsoever.