Egress - "Dream within a Dream"

Updated: Jun 11

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Difficulty Level: 7/10

Public/Private: Public

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Read our review of “Escape the Count's Castle" at Egress for more information about this escape location. We were eager to play “Dream Within a Dream" as the room is inspired by the great writer and poet Edgar Allan Poe. You can also find the Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum in Baltimore, MD. We love to play an escape room that’s build on its local history as that’s a great original idea.

As we enter Poe’s home, we felt immersed by his life stories. The “clues” were left as diaries and the design and props used were very much in line with the early 1900's. There was one prop in particular that young people these days are probably lost on how to operate it. Since I had Agent #1 with me, it wasn’t hard to figure that one out (JK, he’s not that old). This room definitely had more tech use than the previous room, but it didn't stray too far from the storyline. We really enjoyed the puzzles as well since we got to learn a good amount of history about Poe through them. Did you know Poe had many women in his life? I guess you had to be a romantic in order to write all those great poems. Some minor suggestions we would give is probably a bit more puzzles with level of difficulty if you want the play time in the room to be closer to that “few seconds left” excitement. We escaped with two people with a good amount of time left on the clock. If they can alter the difficulty of the room to make it easier for novices or more challenging for enthusiasts that would be pretty awesome.

If you enjoy some learning while solving a mystery, you’ve found the right room. This type of creativity and originality is something we push in escape room designs all the time. As great as a pirate-themed room could be, how different can you make yours from another similar themed room? What kind of original themed rooms have you done before that you can recommend? What about what original theme room would you like to see escape room owners create in the future? We would love to hear your thoughts and comments below!

* 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 Egress for comping our tickets for this game. Although complimentary admission was generously provided, it does not impact our opinion on the review whatsoever.

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