• Cici Cao

Solve It Sherlock - "Pirates of the Golden Skull"

Updated: Dec 9, 2020

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Difficulty Level: 8/10

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Solve It Sherlock is located in the back of the buildings. There is plenty of parking available at their location. They have a cute little lobby area with plenty of seating and you’re offered a bottle of water and a bracelet for the game that you are playing, so collect them all!

The first game we’re attempting today is their “Pirates of the Golden Skull” room. Like usual, it’s just the two of us (note that our difficulty level rating above is based on 2 people). Our mission was to steal the treasure from the infamous captain David S. Calabaza but unfortunately, we were caught and now we are trying to escape The Plunder (his ship) and take the hidden treasure with us.

Upon entering, we were divided right away. I like these separation chambers as it makes us HAVE to work together to solve the puzzles but it also feels a bit more like we are competing with each other to see who would get out of the room first (c’mon, do you have to ask who won? ). We felt the set design was on point along with the lighting and sound effects and it felt like we were in an actual pirate ship. As usual, we took our time to absorb the room’s design elements and forgot that we were on the clock. We also had a bit of a slow start in the beginning and wasted about 10 minutes in that first room (I guess the coffee hadn't kicked in yet). That was a mistake. Once we realized that there was a lot to do ahead, we had to start to pick up the pace. This game does require some searching as well as problem solving so with just the two of us it was a bit difficult. There were a few pieces that I thought could be a bit challenging with my height (5-feet), but good thing my other half got me covered.  The dim lighting (while great for the ambience) made it quite hard to see. Especially for some of the essential clues that we needed. We appreciated that the design props stuck with the theme of the room and the puzzles were very relatable to the storyline throughout. For this room I would recommend at least three people as having an extra pair of hands for item searching while others try to piece together other puzzles of the room would probably be the best way to tackle this room. Unfortunately, we were a few puzzles away from getting out, but it was still a lot of fun to see the ending explained.   

We did see the disclaimer on their website for enthusiasts that there may be a similar game found at another escape room in NJ. We haven’t encountered this problem yet, but it is something to take note on if you have played many pirate-themed rooms in NJ. You might want to call them just to make sure prior to booking. Now that we’re warmed up, we can’t wait to redeem ourselves in “The Magician’s Secret” room next! 

ETR Overall rating: 9/10

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Disclosure: We thank Solve It Sherlock 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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