Difficulty Level: 8/10
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Our third stop in Hawaii is on the beautiful island of Kauai. "Kauai Escape" is once again the only escape game on the whole island. When you get to the front of the store, do not park in the front. They have a large parking lot in the back of their building. The lobby is a small waiting area but very cozy and colorful. We felt a sense of an "island welcome" right away. While waiting, there are plenty of merchandize for you to select from. The Tiki chocolate bars are a must try! Once all settled, we were bought into an archaeological site for debriefing. Right away we felt as if we became explorers in an Indiana Jones movie. Putting our exploration thinking caps on, we began to search and discover around the dig site. There were a lot of surprising elements throughout the game which we will not spoil here but definitely encountered a few puzzles we've never seen before and "tools" we had to use that was very surprising to us as well. As we "dug deeper" into the game, there were many other surprises that were revealed to us, especially from a set design aspect. The storyline was designed well with the ultimate goal and they sticked with their theme till the end. This room was quite challenging for two people as there are a lot of puzzles to tackle and we were puzzled by one of the clues given by the game master and that wasted a good amount of time so unfortunately we were very close to the finish line but didn't escape in time. We would say a group of 4 would be perfect for this game. The owners are a lovely couple who build these games in house. One is the brains for all the puzzle designs and the other a software engineer in charge of making the dream come true. We left with a big smile and a full stomach as we've visited their suggestions to the freshest Ahi Tuna Poke on the island ("Koloa Fish Market"), most flavorful coffee spot with 20+ free coffee samples to try ("Kauai Coffee Company") and last but not least the best shaved ice on the island ("The Fresh Shave")! We will definitely be back to try their other rooms and what more this island has to offer! Check out our YouTube video above for a sneak peek of the location, interview with the owner, and the room below!
ETR Overall rating: 9.5/10
(If you do decide to try this room, please remember to let them know that "ESCAPETHEROOMers" sent you!)
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