Difficulty Level: 7/10
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On our journey back to New Jersey, we stopped by Think Solve Escape in Turnersville, New Jersey. They have plenty of parking available right in front of the entrance. Their floor plan is quite unique where they have the main floor and it wraps around in a circle. They also have the basement which is a great fit for their “The Cellar” themed escape room. Currently, they also offer three other rooms - "Safe House", "Aunt Sue's Apartment", and "Dr. Chen's Office". If you like to make this into an escape room marathon, we would suggest you doing the rooms in the order of "Safe House", "Aunt Sue's Apartment", "Dr Chen's Office" and the final room should be "The Cellar" as they are developing stories. But if you don’t have the time, it’s completely fine to play them separately as you don't need any prior knowledge to complete an individual room. We only had the time to play one room today, so of course we had to challenge ourselves with their most recent room - “The Cellar”.
As we descended down into the basement escorted by the owner, we felt an instant chill down our spines. The temperature felt colder downstairs which complimented the theme quite well. As we stepped foot inside the room, we knew right away this was the home of a psychotic serial killer. As the story develops, we felt more and more immersed into the darkness of this killer’s secret realm. The props used felt very authentic and all were in line with the story. We had a small glitch on one, but it did not ruin our experiences in the room at all. The puzzle flow was great and started off linear but as we progressed it allowed us to spread out and work on separate challenges. We got stumped once again because we were not able to find something. “Treasure” hunting just doesn’t seem to be our strength. There’s a great balance of traditional locks and tech usage. I really liked the ending. My only suggestion would be to maybe add some sort of sound effect to conclude the game and signify our escape. We managed to escape with just the two of us with time to spare. I would say for enthusiast that two people is enough and for novice, you may want to have a group of four.
Overall, we were very impressed by the room design as it’s all built in-house by the owners. We can’t wait to go back and try their other rooms one day. Believe it or not, they already have a new concept in the works for their 5th room scheduled to be released by the end of 2019!
* 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!)
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Disclosure: We thank Think Solve Escape for media discount tickets for this game.
Although media discount was generously provided, it does not impact our opinion on the review whatsoever.