Difficulty Level: 8.5/10
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On our way from San Antonio to Austin, Texas, we discovered a little gem along the route in New Braunfels and had to make a stop at 7:30am in the morning at Escape Haus. We are very grateful for the owner to open up for us outside of normal hours so that we can tour his amazing location. Escape Haus is located in a shopping complex with plenty of parking outside. The lobby area is huge and there’s a comfortable waiting area and another space designated for victory photos with a lot of fun props. Currently, there are 5 rooms at the location: “The Spy Room”, “Backstage at the Magic Show”, “Forensics Classroom”, “Egyptian Mysteries” and “Game Suite”.
As we chugged our morning coffee, we are now ready to attempt the “Forensics Classroom” which is meant for a minimum of 6 players to a max of 12 players and it was just the two of us. The storyline is that we have to complete Miss Enigma’s Forensics course, and this is the final group project before the finish line! We need to challenge ourselves with numerous tests and problem-solving skills in order to pass her exam. The classroom setting really reminded me of when I was in elementary school. The desks and props used were very authentic. If you love the sensation of opening locks, you are at the right place! You really don’t have time to waste in here... there’s a LOT of puzzles. We found that the challenging thing about this room is to determine where the starting point is. Of course, there are items you have to search for and eventually put to use but because the room is this large and everything looked useful, you don’t really know which lock is your initial focus. The game master is actually in the room with you at this location. Normally, we would think that’s not really fun and can take away the experience but, in this case we really needed his directions. We had the owner as our game master that day and since we don’t know if other game masters are in character or not. One suggestion we would give would be maybe have them actually play a character in the room they are in and not really give obvious clues but maybe work it into their character somehow. This would make the room more immersive. Each puzzle was carefully designed to corollate to forensic work. Once you find the starting point, the game flow was much clearer and easy to follow. You can actually start at three different points and those three separate starting points had linear puzzles that followed it. These puzzles eventually came together for a final puzzle. We can imagine the complexity of resetting this room. We did manage to escape the room with a few minutes left on the clock. This room left us really wired for the rest of the day.
As we peeked into his other rooms (our YouTube video will have sneak peeks of all of them), one of them especially caught our eye for the set design – “Egyptian Mysteries”. The Sphinx statue looked amazing and we can’t wait to discover what that room has to offer on our next trip!
* Check out our YouTube video above for a sneak peek of the location, interview with the owner, the room and more!
ETR Overall rating: 8.5/10
(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 Haus for comping our tickets for this game.
Although complimentary admission was generously provided, it does not impact our opinion on the review whatsoever.