Difficulty Level: 8.5/10
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Next stop on our list is Maze Rooms Austin. This is also a franchise with its main location in Los Angeles, California offering 19 different escape rooms. Maze Rooms Austin is one of the first escape room locations in Austin, Texas. There’s plenty of parking in front of this facility. The owners of this location builds everything in-house themselves. Today we’re trying their newest creation, “The Shed”.
This room has a max capacity of 4 people. It’s probably more ideal to play with 4 but we have only two today, so the room had to be adjusted to be played by 2 people. The difficulty level we rated above is also based on 2 people. We successfully got out with a minute left on the clock.
The synopsis of the story was that we were caught by the “Capitol Cannibal” killer and got locked up in his shed. He gives his victims one hour to escape before he comes back and kills them. The intro area already gave us the goosebumps. When we entered the actual room, the game master handcuffs us to the designated areas in the room and exits. We appreciated the comfort level of the handcuffs as it’s made from leather straps and it doesn’t hurt like the real metal ones. You’ll need to stretch out a lot in this room especially for two people, so comfort was important. The room design was amazing and it really felt like you’ve been captured by a maniac and have been confined to his basement and no one knows where you are. The music and sudden “surprises” definitely got us every time. I did have a little difficulty getting some items at times probably because I’m a shorty. This room does have a height requirement of 4-ft/ 5-in. This is the smallest space we’ve ever played in terms of an escape room. It was also the most clever way we've seen such a small space being used. The only thing we would recommend would be to maybe have a better visual on what actually opened when a puzzle has been solved as it’s quite dim in the room and it’s not very noticeable. Other than that, we really enjoyed the game flow and the storyline.
The two other rooms there are “Spy Safe House” and “Pharaoh’s Tomb” which we got a chance to take a sneak peak also and they looked really amazing as well. We’ll need to return one day to try those out for sure. If you’ve been to Maze Rooms Austin, which game was your favorite?
* Check out our YouTube video above for a sneak peek of the location, interview with the owner, the room and more!
ETR Overall rating: 9/10
(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 Maze Rooms Austin for comping our tickets for this game.
Although complimentary admission was generously provided, it does not impact our opinion on the review whatsoever.