• Cici Cao

Escape Room NJ (Hackensack) - "The Otherside (Detective Version)"

Updated: Dec 8, 2020


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The Otherside (Scary Version)


Difficulty Level: 7.5/10

Public/Private: Public/ Private

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There is only street parking available. Make sure you give ample time to find parking. This location also has hatchet throwing, rage room, VR, and other entertainment. Our booking was probably their last shift that night, so we were able to secure the room for just the two of us. It was a very rainy night that day. This location does not have an elevator available. You will have to climb one flight up. Our game master finally came downstairs after waiting for 15 minutes past the start of our game time. We didn't receive any instructions whatsoever. He was in his flip flops and it had nothing to do with being in "character". There are two versions of this game (the "Detective Version" & the "Scary Version"). We decided to try the "Detective Version" this time around. The theme of the room was mediocre, but the rainy weather definitely created a more ominous effect. The part of the game that wasn't "well thought out", was that there are puzzles in the room that definitely required you to have a tall person in the room of at least 5' 8" in height. If not, you wouldn't be able to reach certain puzzle pieces or clues. Also, due to the rainy weather, it made it extremely difficult to solve one of the puzzles as visibility was an issue. We had to have our game master practically reveal to us what that answer was due to the weather conditions. If you run out of clues, there's another way for you to ask for them in the game.


ETR Overall rating: 4/10

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