Updated: Jan 31
Difficulty Level: 8/10
Public/Private: Public/ Private
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Whenever discussing escape rooms in New Jersey with fellow enthusiasts, there's one company that always gets spoken highly of...13th Hour Haunted House and Escape Rooms. The reputation that this company has built for themselves seems to be pretty consistent. Obviously, we wanted to find out for ourselves and draw our own conclusion without any influence from others. We were fortunate enough to meet with the owner/ developer to learn more about the company. 13th Hour Haunted House was created 8 years ago and the Escape Rooms was introduced 4 years ago. What was once a farm house is now a large warehouse facility that houses a two-floor haunted house and 5 escape rooms with a 6th one on the way. In regards to the lobby/ waiting area, there's no seating available. If it isn't that busy, it's not that big of deal since the wait time isn't that long. However, during peak season some seating would be beneficial for customers. We didn't deduct that when rating the lobby decor due to the fact that they have some really amazing set designs. The customer service was phenomenal. The owner/ developer was extremely professional and dedicated to his craft. The staff was also very hospitable. There is a parking lot right out in front with plenty of spaces.
13th Hour has three haunted houses with one of them ran in the pitch dark. For those people who like haunted houses but don't like to be touched by the actors, there's an option to opt out. They will provide glow sticks for the people that don't mind being touched. The haunted houses are not open all the time, so please check their websites for their special events.
Today, we are scheduled to try to (3) rooms and the first one is their newest room - "The Grand Parlor". On the website, "The Grand Parlor" room specifies that there's a minimum requirement of 4 people in order to play. We recommend that as well, since there's a lot of teamwork and communication involved in order to succeed. We managed to escape with only a couple of seconds left and we had 4 people total (2 of us and 2 other people). The puzzle challenges were extremely creative from beginning to end with a fully immersive set design to complement the storyline. We knew what to expect prior to visiting the location which set the bar really high. Fortunately for us, 13th Hour did not disappoint! Next we are experiencing one of their older rooms - "The Great Room".
In addition to this location, the developer also has another escape room around the corner called "The Great Escape NJ" which is located right next to the "Hot Rods BBQ" restaurant. They currently only have one game available there called "The Garage". Make sure to check that out especially if your cravings have not been satisfied.
ETR Overall rating: 10/10
(If you do decide to try this room, please remember to let them know that "ESCAPETHEROOMers" sent you!)
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Disclosure: We thank 13th Hour Haunted House and Escape Rooms for comping our tickets for this game. Although complimentary admission was generously provided, it does not impact our opinion on the review whatsoever.