• Cici Cao

Novel Escape - "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea"

Updated: Nov 11, 2020

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Our final stop in Austin, Texas is a brand-new escape room location called “Novel Escape” that will be opening soon (hopefully by the time we post this review). There’s plenty of parking in front of the facility. Make sure to check out our YouTube video to see what there is to eat around there before you go to the escape room!

This location currently only has one room and we’ll be beta testing it for them today. The room is called “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” and its inspired from the book! Novel Escape will have a very unique theme where each of their rooms will be inspired by a different book. When you enter the lobby, you feel as if you're stepping inside of a library. There’s a lot of books on different shelves. If you're an avid reader, you’ll love hanging out here.

Brandon was getting sweaty as he doesn’t like to read much in an escape room and I usually have to take on that job, but it was close to 11pm when we arrived at this location so I was not sure how I’ll do in this room. But this room was just the opposite. There’s not much reading at all! As the owner/gamemaster got into character and led us to captain Nemo’s submarine, we had to quickly get to work as we only had one hour to find the ancient pirate treasure and return to surface safely. Even though this is not a high-tech room, the owner was able to use minimal set design to still create the feeling of us being on the ship and underwater. We liked his fun puzzles as it was clear and had a great flow with the storyline. We were able to utilize everything in the room for different puzzles and did not encounter any red herrings. We always appreciate that aspect when doing puzzle designs as no one likes to waste time solving misleading puzzles just to realize there’s no relevance at all. We gave a few more ideas on how the room design can feel a bit more immersive but our unanimous feeling on this room was that this is a fun and spacious room for groups of all ages.

We already can’t wait to see what the next chapter of Novel Escape room will be. Perhaps we need to start reading more in preparation for a head start on his next adventure! 

* Check out our YouTube video above for a sneak peek of the location, interview with the owner, the room and more!

** 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.

(If you do decide to try this room, please remember to let them know that "ESCAPETHEROOMers" sent you!)

Disclosure: We thank Novel Escape for inviting us to be their beta testers for the game. Although complimentary admission was generously provided, it does not impact our opinion on the review whatsoever.

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