Difficulty Level: 9/10
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Venture Escape is located in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. We had tried a few other locations near here as we found that this seems to be the prime location for escape rooms since it captures the market for NY, NJ and PA! As we arrived, we noticed that they are a stand-alone building on the corner of the street. There’s a large parking lot right in the front the facility. The NJ Transit bus stops right in the front. Our first impression for the lobby felt like we have just entered into a movie theater. The décor almost made me want to buy a large bag of popcorn. The lobby was very spacious and as you waited for your escape room game to start, you can browse their merchandise.
Currently, Venture Escape has 3 rooms to choose from and today we are trying their oldest room “Galahad”. This is the only room that was outsourced for the build (by Evilutions). The other 2 rooms: “The Big Score” & “Midnight City” all had a touch of the owner’s creativity and were built in-house. “Galahad” was designed for up to 10 players, but who are we if we didn’t tackle their hardest room with just two people (by the way we failed with two more puzzles remaining)?
Boasted with confidence, we were eager to begin the game. The game master informed us that today we must accompany Galahad and earn a place at the round table among the knights of legend. We must find the source for immortality... the fabled Holy Grail. As we were led to the front of the escape room door (that seemed to have been built in the medieval ages), we immediately knew that this was going to be an immersive experience. Readers, do you feel like it’s important for the room design to start incorporating the story line right from the start (i.e. the door you enter?). We feel that it is quite important as it brings more excitement and curiosity even before you enter. This is one of those rooms that did not disappoint on the first impression. As soon as we entered, we felt transported into a room inside of a castle! A lot of the props that was used felt like movie set quality and we actually had to figure out how to use it. There’s one particular prop/puzzle piece that was very “magical”. Some props even gave us an illusion effect. There’s a lot to do in this room so be aware of your time. It is a very challenging room for two people as some puzzles really needed teamwork or at least it would've made it much easier. We did find the puzzles in the room to be linear and certain puzzles did require another puzzle to be completed in order to move on. Don’t be shy on hints if you need to use one! If you like movies such as the "Gladiator" or "Game of Thrones", we suggest you give this room a try. Whether you get to be crowned a knight or not at the end, the experience will make you feel like you’ve played a part in a movie. We can’t wait to try Venture Escape's other rooms as we would love to see the owner’s own creativity in comparison to this room. But really, as Amy wolf would say: “We could all use a little redemption.”
** 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
(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 Venture Escape for comping our tickets for this game.
Although complimentary admission was generously provided, it does not impact our opinion on the review whatsoever.