Updated: Feb 18
Difficulty Level: 8/10
Public/Private: Public/ Private
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This is our second escape room location ever played in Virginia and we’ve heard great things from other companies referring us to play this room - "8-Bit Escape". Escape Herndon has a few sister companies that all fall under the umbrella corporation of Ravenchase Adventures, but all of them operate separately. They sometimes interchange rooms with each other but most of the time it gets revamped a little. Just make sure to call if you feel that the room is similar to what you have played at another location.
There’s plenty of parking outside this location. The lobby area is quite spacious with plenty of seating in the waiting area. Today the two of us are attempting their most challenging room “8-Bit Escape” which usually require a 4 people minimum booking. We were debriefed of our mission by the game master and the storyline was that we had friends coming over to our basement to play the newest video game, but our mom locked it up and won’t give it to us until we finish our homework. We have 60 minutes to find the gaming gears and put it back together before our mom kicks our friends out and then they will have to go to Wade’s house.
As we enter the room, we felt as if we were young kids again in the basement of our house being surrounded by different types of games and decors that reminded of us of the 80's. It was great to be brought back memories on how to operate some of the old tech and games as most of the 90's generation probably won’t even know what they are. Brandon recognized a lot more brands and games than me since he was born in the 70's, so it helped a bit more in certain puzzles. But no prior knowledge is required to solve the puzzles even if you have not seen these gadgets before. We’ve never played in a room where you can just enjoy some aspects of the room just for pure fun and not have to stress on solving puzzles. This would be a great room for you to bring a group of mix players in and for the players who are not into puzzles as much to have other things to do. There was quite a lot to do in this room. It would be great if you had at least 4 people. At the end, there was an aspect of the puzzle where I think luck was a bit involved and good thing I had it that day because we escaped with mere seconds left on the clock. We really enjoyed how they were able to incorporate the games into puzzles and everything in the room made sense to its theme.
At this location, there are two other games “Maritime Mutiny” (for bigger groups as it is their largest room in terms of space right now) and “The Mystery of Room 213). They have a new room in the works which is called “Magician's Workshop” that will be ready later this year. We had the privilege of taking a peak and they all looked amazing. We have to go back to try them if we’re ever in Virginia and you should too!
P.S. The Vietnamese restaurant next door is really delicious.
* 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 Escape Room Herndon for comping our tickets for this game. Although complimentary admission was generously provided, it does not impact our opinion on the review whatsoever.