The Escape Game (Austin) - "Gold Rush"
Updated: Jan 19
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Difficulty Level: 7.5/10
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We are very excited for our first Austin, Texas escape room and have been dying to go to one of “The Escape Game” locations. This one is right in the center of Austin’s downtown and it’s surrounded by restaurants and hotels. It would be difficult to find parking on the streets, but they do have a parking lot right above their location (Austin Convention Center parking garage). The lobby is spacious and can easily accommodate a large group. Currently, they have 5 games at the location: “Gold Rush”, “Prison Break”, “The Heist”, “Playground” and “Classified”. We had the opportunity to peek into all of their rooms (sneak preview on our YouTube video) and chose to do the “Gold Rush” today.
Our storyline begins at Clyde Hamilton’s cabin in the woods. He’s a greedy gold prospector who loved to gamble and now he’s lost a lot of money and is in trouble with the mob. He stashed his gold in this cabin and we needed to find the gold before the mob does! The set design was amazing in this room! From the lighting to sound, we felt immersed right away. The cabin's design and props used were very authentic. We love the multi-level feel of climbing up to the cabin and entering into the home. There was one puzzle we were not great at and the game master actually had to come in to assist. If there was a way where that could be avoided and the hint system was enough to bypass it, that would have better the experience. Also, we noticed one object was quite high for my height so it would be good to have a tall person in your team as I would have had difficulty reaching it without stepping on something. There were a lot of “wow” moments in the room that we can’t express without spoilers, so you’ll have to go and experience it yourself. The room design was also really cleverly engineered as it made me feel very “déjà vu” when we returned to where we started. The production quality felt “amusement park like” and we didn’t want it to end!
This room could be enjoyed for all ages, but you’ll come out feeling like a child again. It was refreshing to see new ideas and props being utilized in an escape room. We can’t wait for the NYC location to open and try one of their games there!
* Check out our YouTube video above for a sneak peek of the location, interview with the owner, the room and more!
ETR Overall rating: 9.5/10
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Disclosure: We thank The Escape Game for comping our tickets for this game.
Although complimentary admission was generously provided, it does not impact our opinion on the review whatsoever.