• Cici Cao

The Great Escape Room Challenge - "The Unknown"

Updated: Dec 9, 2020

Photo + Video credit: The Great Escape Room Challenge

Difficulty Level: 8/10

Public/Private: Public/ Private

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The Great Escape Room Challenge (now known as "Mad Escape") is located in a complex but a bit hard to find pending on which location you are coming from. You may have to go around one more time if you missed the entrance. They do have a huge sign on top of the building once you find it and plenty of parking space. We arrived on a Saturday and the lobby was packed. We were greeted right away by a man with a huge smile that's working diligently at the door which turned out to be the owner. We love the lobby decor as it felt like a theme park. They have huge 3D cutout posters for your victory poses at the end for each room. They will also be adding in mini games that you can play while waiting. You can tell they want the customers to have a beginning to end immersive experience as each room has an "entrance" made to go with the theme.

There are four rooms running currently. We saw all of them and you can have a quick peek at it in our youtube video. The "slime factory" is a great idea for a kids party since after you make the slim you get to solve puzzles in an escape room. Who doesn't want to make slime? The manager at the location however recommended that we do the "Unknown" room and I (Cici, of course) being a scaredy cat ask if there's live actors in the room. I do have to say I was sort of "tricked" as I anticipated just a small scare at the end but lets just say I felt like I was in the Saw movie (I sincerely apologize to the game master that to bear my high pitched scream throughout the game. I would've much rather make slime). We were joined by one newbie to escape rooms but she was a lot braver than I was so I was glad that there was another set of eyes to check for the creepy darkness that pretty much surrounded us at all times. This room was a bit peculiar in the setting of an escape room. It felt more like an immersed movie and you were part of it like a victim just waiting for what will happen next. There's no "hint" or "clue" that will be given. What you need will be given to you based on how much further you are into the game and the whole goal of the game is that you'll be able to escape so even till the end we don't even know how much time we had left but we lived! I was so happy to see the light at the end of the tunnel and that big smile on the owner's face as he greeted us at the door. This room can be converted to different kinds of horror during different holidays according to the owner which is pretty cool.

We were also privileged to see what the two other new room will look like ( "Runaway Train" & "Mission to Mars" ). The owner has future goals of expanding his brand into a franchise and we know he'll be very successful at it given the quality of his rooms and his passion for the industry. This is a must try if you are ever in the area and if not, make the trip and venture into the "Unknown".

ETR Overall rating: 10/10

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*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 The Great Escape Room Challenge 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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“ESCAPETHEROOMers” was created in late 2018 by Cici Cao & Brandon Chow.  They are a couple who loves to travel around the world to find new adventures!  Since their first escape room in 2018, the addiction never stopped. “ESCAPETHEROOMers” was born with the idea of providing reviews for escape room enthusiasts but also as a portal for game creators to have an outlet to showcase their talents and products. They are currently the ONLY review
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