Forest Park, US

by Gureviewer: rachelklepadlo


Game Played On: Saturday, 29th September 2018

Recommended Team Size: 3-5 Players

Kid Friendly: Yes

Game Duration: 60 Min.

Booking Method: Online

Start Time: On Time

Who is this for: Families , Enthusiasts , Beginners , First date

Live Actor: Yes

Public Transportation: N/A

Parking: Street parking – some , Paid parking, next to the venue

We parked a block away from the venue for free.

Overview Notes:

The live actor in the room keeps the game light-hearted and family friendly, providing an instant source of assistance when needed. Linear in nature, I would not recommend groups larger than 4-5 players.

The Venue   

Venue / Lobby Info:

With a ground level entrance, it was easy to spot from the street! There's some room to wait for teammates without feeling super crowded. With a mini puzzle in the lobby, early team members will have something to do.

Public Restrooms: Yes

Refreshments: No

Notes for People with Disabilities:

Call prior to booking.

The Game   

Game Introduction: Without giving too much away... We're on the set of a TV show and have an hour to win!

Operator Intro: Exciting - takes you into the story

Theme: Abstract / No Theme

Narrative: Defuse the explosive device

Main room first glance: Wow!

In my 350ish rooms of experience, I have never been in an Escape Room that was so colorful, bright, and welcoming. The immersive level was amazing, and no other game we played in Chicago had this same energy.

Flow: Very Good and coherent flow

Escape Factor delivers one of the best single room experiences I have ever been witness to. The game makes sense, with each puzzle flowing into the next. It was beautifully orchestrated, showing a designer with true imagination.

Puzzles: Well thought of. Intriguing

Puzzle difficulty ranged from easy to moderate to physical, leaving enough for kids to do or experienced enthusiasts. There's a mix of high and low tech that was well appreciated.

Game Strengths:

Beautiful set design - welcoming game theme - family friendly - unique elements

Game Weaknesses:

I wish the in-room GM had a bigger role within the hour of game time. This was a missed opportunity for additional interaction with players.

Hints & Clues, Debrief   

Method: In-Person

Quality: Excellent (They have advanced the game, built-in escalation, no answer-disclosing)

Closure & Debrief: Excellent (Catharsis)

Final Thoughts:

If you only have time for one company when visiting Chicago, add Escape Factor to the top of your list. We had a great time at their three rooms, with Bonus Fun Time Game Show Challenge being the most unique experience of the weekend.

Did You Escape: Yes


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