Difficulty Level: 7.5/10
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Escape Artist DC is located in a residential area. The location felt like someone’s home. It would be quite difficult to find parking there, so we recommend taking a taxi or public transportation if you were to visit.
As we stepped inside the lobby or living room area, we were surprised to see the beautiful art displays on the wall. The owner is also an artist, so it was quite amazing to see him utilizing his talent to decorate the lobby space and this seemed quite fitting since we are playing the "The Night at the Museum" themed room. We waited a bit in a small waiting area until the owner came in to greet us. There was a small glitch during the video intro, but it was quickly resolved.
The storyline is that we are museum employees and we decided to be bad and throw a party when our boss is away. During the craze, a painting was destroyed and our mission is to repair the painting and get the key to our freedom from the boss’s office before he returns. As we entered the room, it felt like there was a lot to do. The room puzzles were quite linear. This was the first time we played in a room where some hints were already displayed on the wall to assist us with the puzzles. This actually made it more confusing for us unfortunately as we kept forgetting that those are just clues and not the actual puzzle. Also, some of the clues felt like they were a puzzle on its own. We are not sure if these are needed as we rather just ask for hints when we need them. The hint system was given through an iPad on the wall. There were times when we asked for them and it look a long time to get a response. We are not sure if it’s the receptors issue or not, but this did waste some of our time on the clock. As the room is built in-house by the owner, we felt that the production isn’t as immersive as some of the locations we’ve seen. The room definitely needed some updating as some puzzle pieces felt really worn out. There are some puzzles and props that also didn’t make sense to us in terms of why it would be in a museum but there are a few clever ones we did enjoy. As we did not have enough time to complete the full hour due to our schedule for the next escape room location, we had to cut the game short and have the owner run through the puzzles for us. It was great to be able to see the ending as it did make sense to the storyline. There was a lot to do, so it would be great to have at least 4 people for this room.
There are two other rooms at this location called “House of Pawns” and “Gallery Heist”. Being in DC, having a political-themed room seems to fit well and knowing that the owner is an artist, he seems to be very big at creating rooms relating to art and museums. If you are an enthusiasts of these themes, these rooms might just be your cup of tea!
* Check out our YouTube video above for a sneak peek of the location, interview with the owner, the room and more!
ETR Overall rating: 7/10
(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 Escape Artist DC for comping our tickets for this game. Although complimentary admission was generously provided, it does not impact our opinion on the review whatsoever.