Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Terminator 2 Escape with Escape Westgate!
Have you ever wondered about what would happen in the case of an emergency situation such as the end of the world or a zombie apocalypse? Out of your friends and family, who do you think would be the best to have with in your survival group for the best chance of survival? We may never find out the answer for the two scenarios mentioned above, But you are able to find out who is the best at solving puzzles to help you escape being locked in a room together. Every year Escape rooms are becoming more popular and for good reason, not only are they exciting,but they are a great team building exercise and you can push yourself to your limits as well. If you aren't familiar with what an escape room is, it is a immersive clue finding game where you and a team of your choice are locked inside of a room for one hour. In order to escape and beat the room you have to search for clues, figure out puzzles and complete missions to get out. If you don't complete it within the hour time frame, you lose!
Earlier this week my husband, four of our friends and myself were able to check out Escape Westgate, which is located at 6751 N Sunset Blvd Suite E-108, Glendale, AZ 85305. They offer three themed rooms: The Hidden Tomb, Bill & Ted's Excellent Escape room and Terminator 2 Escape. Their website allows you to book the room ahead of time or you can walk in and see what the wait time is for one of the rooms. Each room allows up to ten people, you can all go as a group or you are able to join other small groups. Although they allow ten people in a room, we thought a group of six was the best size otherwise it may have been slightly cramped inside of the room. Tickets are $30.99 per person for the one hour game room. Don't completely rely on google maps to get you to their location, it will give you a general area but it doesn't lead you right to it. You will need to park and walk into the shopping center, Escape Westgate is located next to the Yard House. We all decided to go with the Terminator 2 room. The room really made us feel as though we had stepped into the Terminator movies with how they decorated the room and how they placed clues for getting out.
Before heading into the room you get to meet your game master who is watching you on camera for the hour you are in the room, our game master was named Jacob. Jacob did a wonderful job explaining the rules, letting us know a bit of what to expect and let us know if we needed help he could give us a clue on the screen in the room. Once inside we set to work figuring out the clues of how to beat the room before the hours is complete. You would think an hour is plenty of time to find clues and figure everything out, however you'd be surprised at how intricate everything actually is. Some escape rooms have it set up to where you have to work on one clue at a time in order to compete the room but then what is the rest of the group doing? This room allowed all of us to be working on various puzzles both together and separate to try to figure everything out, so it really was a team effort. Get stuck and need a hint? You do not get points or time removed if you ask for a hint from the game master, and the hint/clues don't give anything away they just point you to the general direction of where you need to go. We thought everything was extremely well done with how they provided clues/hints.
I can't give away any of the puzzles that were in the room, however I can let you know that they did a wonderful job setting up the room with ample amounts of details both in how they hid clues, set out puzzles and included references from the movie into the room. I was amazed at a few of the things that seemed to be right in front of our faces yet we didn't realize it right away. Each of us contributed towards the room as a whole and none of us felt is if the others weren't doing anything to help out. We had a lot of fun doing the room and the hour went by extremely quick! The hour was up before we knew it. I do not think that a solo player would be able to complete the room as at least one puzzle needed two people, so you would need at least two people to complete the room. So how did we do?
We completed the room with milliseconds left! Our game master told us it was one of the closest games he had seen. The entire car ride back we all were talking about the various details in the room and how impressed we were with the room as whole. All of the staff members we interacted with were friendly, happy and quite helpful with any questions we had about the facility. After our room was completed Jacob came back in and let us ask some questions about the rooms, and puzzles. We learned that two of the puzzles we managed to complete without even needing any clues! Prior to leaving we were able to pick out some signs to take a photo with including a sign to show off our game time. Do I suggest checking out Escape Westgate? Yes, I think you'd have a lot of fun whether you lose or not. Do you need to know about/be a fan of the Terminator movies to do this room? No, you don't.
Disclaimer- The products mentioned above were provided by Escape Westgate for the review free of charge no other compensation was provided. However, no product compensation will influence the outcome of any review. My honest opinions are used in all reviews, they are solely my own & they may vary from others.My reviews are posted for readers in order to provide an informed decision before purchase.