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Timestamp
regionGender
Age (years)
Education: What is your highest degree or level of school completed?
enthusiast
owner
designer
consultant
staffbuilderblogger
enthusiast only
works in industry
How many individual escape rooms have you done?
Are you the organizer of escape room bookings?
Whom do you normally play with?
Number played
Number won
Completion time
People played with
Player skills
How many escape room companies are local to you?
Thinking about your local area in comparison to this time last year are there...
Thinking about your local area in comparison to this time last year are there...
Thinking about your local area in comparison to this time last year are there...
Thinking about your local area in comparison to this time last year are there...
Thinking about your local area in comparison to this time last year are there...
I have many 'good' rooms left to play
I've still got some 'good' rooms in my area to play
I've played all the 'good' rooms in my local area and am now travelling to play rooms
I've played all the 'good' rooms in my local area and am now playing the poorer rooms
I've played all the rooms in my local area and am travelling to play rooms
I've played all the rooms in my local area and am impatiently waiting for more to open
How far have you traveled to play an escape room (in miles)?
Have you done an escape room marathon or tour?
What's the most full length escape rooms you've played in a 24 hour period (30 minutes or greater).
Have you done the same escape room more than once?
If you have done a room more than once, why?
Which of these Escape Room related activities have you played? [escape room board game]
Which of these Escape Room related activities have you played? [subscription based puzzle game]
Which of these Escape Room related activities have you played? [LARP (live action role play)]
Which of these Escape Room related activities have you played? [virtual reality escape room]
Which of these Escape Room related activities have you played? [in person puzzle hunt]
Which of these Escape Room related activities have you played? [online puzzle hunt]
Which of these Escape Room related activities have you played? [immersive theatre combined with escape room]
What is your ideal team size?
What is the largest team you've played with?
What is the smallest team you've played with?
Assuming the room is good, what is your preference when balancing room cost with production value?
Will you pay for an escape room you know is bad?
Going into a room what is your expectation of winning?
Game flow preference
Puzzle aspect preference
Split team preference
Single vs Multiple Rooms
What theme(s) have you seen that you consider inappropriate?
What makes a great escape room experience for you?
What makes a terrible escape room experience for you?
Further comments you'd like to add? Or tell us a funny escape room experience you've had
What question(s) would you like us to add next year?
What motivates you to play escape rooms? [Being immersed - in the set, story and/or role play]
What motivates you to play escape rooms? [Puzzles - the challenge, aha moments, and flow]
What motivates you to play escape rooms? [Discovery - the adrenaline rush and new experiences]
What motivates you to play escape rooms? [Accomplishment - escaping, setting records, feeling smart]
Are you the organizer of escape room bookings?
Age (years)
Thinking about your local area in comparison to this time last year are there...
Have you done an escape room marathon or tour?
Have you done the same escape room more than once?
What length do you prefer for an escape room?
What length would you be willing to do for a high quality escape room, event, or experience
For a good escape room you enjoy that lasts 60 minutes, what price would you expect to pay per person?
Assuming the room is good, what is your preference when balancing room cost with production value?
Will you pay for an escape room you know is bad?
Public ticketing system [Room capacity small (2-6)]
Public ticketing system [Room capacity large (7-12)]
Private ticketing system [Room capacity small (2-6)]
Private ticketing system [Room capacity large (7-12)]
Whole room booked [Room capacity small (2-6 players)]
Whole room booked [Room capacity large (7+ players)]
Internet to find out about new games
Generic business listing to find out about new games
Blogs or directors to find out about new games
Social media to find out about new games
Word of mouth to find out about new games
Direct marketing to ifnd out about new games
Before playing a room, do you consult...tripadvisor
Before playing a room, do you consult...yelp
Before playing a room, do you consult...blogs
Before playing a room, do you consult...google
Before playing a room, do you consult...FBreview
Before playing a room, do you consult...locals
Before playing a room, do you consult...FBgroup
Before playing a room, do you consult...none
How important are the following when booking an escape room? [Website look]
How important are the following when booking an escape room? [Website / Booking ease]
How important are the following when booking an escape room? [Theme]
How important are the following when booking an escape room? [Online Reviews from the Public]
How important are the following when booking an escape room? [Online Reviews from Bloggers]
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2018/06/23 1:01:11 pm GMT+10
7.00231-35622211110.000.001033.0011010210001.0000110020.0No1.0No455242451034No73344
Historic tragedies (I.E. Holocaust)
Great game flow and fun atmosphere
Randomness, puzzles with no story connecting to the theme.
Preference of locks (key, number, directional, word, mixture, manual loc, etc)
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3
2018/06/23 1:11:30 am GMT+10
7.00226-30222222210.000.002036.0000000501002.000100003736.0No2.0No452222441125No82335
Unpredictable surprises. Unreasonably complicated tech.
Alpha personality types.
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2018/06/23 1:11:45 am GMT+10
8.00231-35222222210.000.0015023.00100002510001.000000101000.0Yes10.0Yes
Other group
12412215914No93344None
Good combination of theme, tech and puzzels
Failing tech, unfair puzzels
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5
2018/06/23 1:12:36 pm GMT+10
7.00236-40622222210.000.0017932.00110004510001.000001001600.0Yes5.0Yes
It was free. I would pay to redo Cutthroat Cavern at 13th gate, every day for a year though.
222524441213Yes95433
One about aborition, including dead baby in room.
One with good puzzles, pertains to theme, and in general is well paced and designed for the amount of people it says. I should not be able to beat a room with two people in less than 40min if it is a 12 person room.
linear games, unless its like a 5 or less person room. Owners that have played 0-2 games before opening their cash grab.
Once, in a cockroach filled room, we got a clue to go out the emergency door. The emergency door that led to the outside, because the room used to be a store room at a thrift shop. We called on the walkie and asked, is this right, they said we could go o
Most broken locks you have seen in the room, longest hiccuping streak in a room, something about altered reality.
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2018/06/23 1:14:54 am GMT+10
7.00226-30211111120.001.005032.0011000610001.0001000050.0Yes4.0No244444141045
How will I know if I Don't like it, without trying it
#NULL!4235
None so far
Immersion & narrative driven experiences.
Disjointed puzzles for the sake of doing puzzles
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7
2018/06/23 1:15:31 am GMT+10
7.00126-30621111120.000.0035036.001101020001002.00001010300.0Yes8.0Yes
Beta tested and then replayed 2 years later
133323241114Yes84444nazi34523312236348751533311221111212221.0033125
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2018/06/23 1:16:15 am GMT+10
1.00226-30522212110.000.005131.0011100210001.000000101000.0Yes12.0No12444442525No94345no one
Great puzzles, great sets, cool puzzles I haven't seen before
Small space, dark, illogical puzzles, boring
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2018/06/23 1:17:42 am GMT+10
7.00241-45421111111.000.007021.0011000410001.00010000100.0Yes5.0No22534441925
Depends on if I had other choices in the city
92334
Appropriate hints, great scenery/immersion/theme, appropriate use of tech, good game master
Leaps of logic, cheap set design, bad game master
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2018/06/23 1:17:52 am GMT+10
7.00221-25621111111.000.007933.00110101010001.00000011215.0Yes6.0No111211241215Yes9352444543242136258722554421222211211211.0023312
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2018/06/23 1:20:11 am GMT+10
7.00236-40222112110.000.001533.0011010201002.0000100080.0No2.0No245442461234No84434
Good team working well together
Poorly designed puzzles
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2018/06/23 1:23:37 am GMT+10
3.00226-30321111111.000.007032.00111111601002.000001003000.0Yes10.0No24442244825Yes85433
A room that is fun to play and rewarding to solve puzzles
Broken tech broken puzzles. Puzzles requiring logic leaps
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2018/06/23 1:24:43 am GMT+10
7.00246-50721111111.000.00822.00110001010001.0001000070.0No1.0No28444446664
I really depends on how the bad is described. If it's so bad that you have to see it, yes. If it's so bad because it was designed by an idiot who thinks you can read their mind, probably not.
54335n/a
I like the immersive environment. When there's no theme tie in, it's a puzzle hunt. If I wanted a puzzle hunt, I wouldn't go to an escape room.
Bad design and cheap feeling experience.
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2018/06/23 1:28:42 am GMT+10
7.00131-35621111111.000.002531.0011111510001.00001000200.0Yes5.0No13444352824No73435N/A
Good “aha” moments, limited red herrings.
Force feeding hints, poor puzzles.
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2018/06/23 1:29:39 am GMT+10
7.00156-60221111111.000.009031.0011010501002.00001000600.0Yes7.0Yes
To finish it
38108811951224No54425
Working puzzles/tech, good scenes and flow, not standing around, everyone in room has something to do most of the time
When most puzzles only need one or two people to complete and it is linear
Example of one best ER you have been to that is over the top, and why
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2018/06/23 1:31:08 am GMT+10
3.00136-40221211110.000.007032.00100001001002.00001000100.0Yes7.0No243424441225Yes93455
Holocost
Immersion and no tech failures.
Tech failures.
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2018/06/23 1:31:26 am GMT+10
3.00231-35221111111.000.002832.0011010201002.00000010100.0No4.0No455442441023
I will if there's no good room around
84424
none so far
Great A-Ha moments. Good GM. Fair puzzles. Not too much searching
Bad GM. Really bad room decorations. Unfair puzzle.
We need more price reductions when booking multiple rooms in the same day!
Would owner be interested in a referral program where you could get a free room when sending friends to play their games?
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2018/06/23 1:33:42 am GMT+10
7.00121-25221111111.000.001533.0011010300014.0001000010.0No1.0No24444496834No84354
Great set design, good ahhas, immersion
Dim lighting, hard to hear sound clues
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2018/06/23 1:34:15 am GMT+10
1.00226-30621111120.000.0033422.00100002010001.00001000400.0Yes9.0Yes
Second time actor was involved
25433344815Yes94125
Fun (seriously it's the most exact answer possible. You never know what can be fun until you see it)
No fun44412342247158711525211211111111112.0011552
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2018/06/23 1:34:21 am GMT+10
7.00231-35621111120.000.002533.00100108010001.00100000500.0No2.0No445445441235No75435
Not the theme per se, but I played a bunker themed game which had pictures of prisoner torture themes such as Abu Ghraib and I thought that crossed the line.
Above all, if I had fun in the room or not.
Bad customer service is the worst.
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2018/06/23 1:34:33 am GMT+10
7.00236-40822222210.000.0010021.0011100601002.000000111908.0Yes8.0Non/a225522121224No93333
I believe all themes have a place if executed properly
Well crafted, good puzzle flow, good story, immersive, customer service
Impossible rooms - poor customer service. I play in a small group - we lost and the gm told us afterwards that groups of 12 average 17 clues.....or gm's that know your enthusiasts/owners and want you to fail - we have had experiences where they at 30 min
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2018/06/23 1:34:42 am GMT+10
3.00241-45312212210.001.002323.0000010301002.0000100050.0No3.0No254244441024No63323None
Unique theme, immersive, custom props and cool owner/GM's
Cheap builds, run of the mill themes and poor customer service
Do you leave reviews for a good or bad experience?
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2018/06/23 1:34:48 am GMT+10
1.00131-35421211120.000.004531.00111105010001.000100005.0No3.0Yes
They changed a few things and I was curious
45442342513
Yes if offered free game
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2018/06/23 1:36:26 am GMT+10
6.00131-35722212120.000.0025231.0011110710001.00000001300.0Yes6.0Yes
Changes to room, room closing, favourite room
24424442623Yes83544None.
Great Puzzles, Great Theme, Great Story and a good host
Bad hosting, illogical/stupid puzzles.
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2018/06/23 1:40:40 am GMT+10
7.00246-50222222210.000.002031.0000000310001.0000000040.0No2.0No22554252823No83353
The whole package... from the initial booking through leaving the location.
Too many people in the room, poorly designed puzzles/puzzle flow, in-room actor, poor customer service.
Thanks for doing this... it was my intent a while back to have a yearly survey to gather enough data to see some trends over the years. At this point, there are still a lot of "escape game" newbies out there but there are also a number of people who have
Cover other types of escape games (outdoor, popup, 30-minute games in a local restaurant on Monday nights, one's like ClueKeeper, large group games/team building). Plus other stuff. Let's talk more about it next year! ;-) As Simple Minds sing, "Don't
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2018/06/23 1:45:14 am GMT+10
7.00241-45221211110.000.003012.00000001410001.00001000300.0Yes12.0No24242244835
Maybe, I am part of a small group looking to start our own Escape Business, so for the purpose of research I probably would.
105455
Well designed set, interesting story, good puzzle design and flow, along with an open path that allows for multiple people working on separate things at the same time. Wow and aha moments! Secret locations/rooms/openings.
Poor quality set design/props/puzzles/story/etc. Linear puzzle design where every room the entire team is trying to work that same puzzle. Room tech that breaks or prevents room from being completed. Failed reset, puzzles left solved from previous group.
A good friend of mine came to town and is a puzzle hunt/escape room enthusiast. We got together with some other friends to do a couple of local rooms. This friend is a tall guy (6'8) and has "bad knees/back". Our first room is a prison break room that at
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2018/06/23 1:46:11 am GMT+10
7.00241-45122211220.000.004224.00111001610001.00010000962.0Yes7.0NoN/A282823241025No75444
Haven't seen any yet, but ones involving Nazi's or torture, not a fan
Highly immersive, highly detailed, with good puzzles, and a few aha moments or extra rooms
Low quality sets or office spaces with wallpaper to represent textured surfaces. Cheap store bought props, bad puzzles, and broken puzzles.
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2018/06/23 1:46:36 am GMT+10
3.00246-50522212110.000.007523.0000000501002.00000010100.0Yes5.0Yes
we bought the company and i wantd to fix the games
142544241024No83433
Good friends and fair puzzles.
Red herrings. guessing.
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2018/06/23 1:49:01 am GMT+10
1.00231-35522212110.000.003523.00100001510001.00001000300.0No2.0No44442243524No81534
Puzzles are logical and follow the theme
Locks locks locks. And puzzles that are from a different movie, not this one
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2018/06/23 1:52:20 am GMT+10
1.00126-30621111111.000.0010032.0000011310001.000011001500.0Yes3.0No42524443725No84544Magic
Suspense!!
Non-logic
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2018/06/23 1:54:58 am GMT+10
6.00146-50221121120.000.0023733.00100002010001.00000011400.0Yes7.0Yes
tested room, then played later when it was finalised.
24541243814
will wait for discount deal or groupon
84434
using recent serial killers name/theme
great flow, attentive hosts and fair puzzles with a decent story
GMs not caring/monitoring, unfair puzzles, dirty room and plot holes
more on hosts/ pre- post- briefing etc.
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2018/06/23 1:55:52 am GMT+10
7.00226-30222211210.000.0027531.00111001510001.000000101872.0Yes11.0Yes
To show a group of friends.
21544552815Yes93434
Cancer related
Fun.
Customer service - lack of puzzles
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2018/06/23 1:56:59 am GMT+10
2.00236-40421111111.000.006022.00111001010001.00010000100.0Yes3.0No255444461044No84334
Immersion and game flow
Bad puzzle design
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2018/06/23 1:57:18 am GMT+10
7.00251-55422212110.000.002032.00100001010001.0001000050.0No3.0No454425461045No84454
Unique puzzles, effort at creating immersion, attentive and friendly staff
Poor set design/immersion, games that involve finding something hidden (unless we know that we're supposed to be looking for it), inattentive game master, pre-programmed hints
Game master can make all the difference. Played one game where we had 18 minutes left and were about to start the final puzzle, and game master interrupted to give an unrequested hint, which solved the final puzzle for us. On the other hand, just played a
Does one poor room dissuade you from trying another room by the same company or franchise?
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2018/06/23 1:59:08 am GMT+10
3.00231-35821111111.000.001232.0010011810001.0001000020.0No1.0No55552544734No85214
Good tech, parallel puzzles where people solve pieces of a greater puzzle, innovation.
Linear, progress bound progression where everyone is working on one puzzle at a time. Low effort in puzzles. Too many red herrings in a room.
Not so much funny as, the first one I ever did gave me nightmares and I discovered a fear I never knew I had. So I score horror lowly now, whereas if I hadn't started doing them, I probably would have been fine.
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2018/06/23 10:17:53 pm GMT+10
3.00121-25212211110.001.004533.0011000510001.00010000100.0Yes3.0No442424451124
If friends are going and I am asked to join
82445
Anne frank, Titanic
Great immersion, puzzles integrated with the story, game masters that are invested in seeing teams have fun, unique games and puzzles I haven’t seen before
Tropes with puzzles I’ve seen in many rooms, being mixed with players or varying skill level
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2018/06/23 10:32:00 am GMT+10
7.00226-30221111111.000.001233.00110111501002.0001000015.0No1.0No54224445924No94345
Good puzzle flow. Challenging. Consistent theme of puzzles.
Poor hints. Puzzles that are too complicated to work or may malfunction. Outside references that do not tie into the theme.
Would you consider opening your own escape room?
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2018/06/23 10:37:14 am GMT+10
1.00131-35612212110.001.001033.00000001010001.00010000#NULL!Yes#NULL!No78258524723No74#NULL!#NULL!454523442132336222327711122121112111.0053554
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2018/06/23 10:38:11 am GMT+10
4.00126-30521111111.000.001022.0011100201002.0000000015.0No2.0No55545543323No104455None.
Designed around a theme, using puzzles relating to theme.
Poor GM performace, poor room set-up, tech failures
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2018/06/23 10:47:35 pm GMT+10
6.00121-25221112220.000.005033.00111104010001.000100001079.0Yes7.0No55452514624
I will pay for an escape room if I want to experience it, even if it has some/many bad reviews
84545none
that I had fun. ER's are not a perfected art at the moment and there are a lot of failings to a lot of them but if I come out with a smile on my face then that's my favourite bit of it
unfairness in one way or another. Feeling like I had a sub-par experience and the customer service wasn't good enough. Puzzles that are maths heavy and any classic ER tropes.
What are your top 3 favourite rooms?
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2018/06/23 10:56:09 am GMT+10
7.00121-25121111111.000.00636.0010010401002.0010000012.0No1.0No14454444623No72335
None that I have seen outside of blog posts ,etc
Planning a wide variety of puzzles to increase the chance that each member of a group will get a moment to shine
Puzzles like flashing light (Morse code), or high Dexterity, or agility puzzles. Especially if the description of the room doesn't clearly mention this will be in the room.
My sister and I played by ourselves in a spy themed room which used a fairly cool biometric themed unlocking mechanism for the final door to escape the room. We activated the mechanism before time ran out. But because of the time delay in the actual openi
Not sure about exact phrasing. But creating local groups and meets for people in the same area to play rooms together (like how many people are part of such a group, or how many companies create meetups for people without friends to play with)
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2018/06/23 11:48:17 am GMT+10
7.00221-25222222210.000.0035022.00100011001002.00000010600.0Yes12.0Yes
Brought new people or wanted to re-evaluate thoughts on game
455224451014Yes95335
Who knows
Good puzzles and creativity
Bad players. Bad tech. Bad customer service or opening for cheap and charging like everyone else
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43
2018/06/23 11:50:12 am GMT+10
7.00116-20722212210.000.004532.0010000510001.00000010100.0Yes7.0NoNo22544314825No10#NULL!#NULL!#NULL!#NULL!54443142136456252777721122111121111.0077777
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2018/06/23 11:50:16 am GMT+10
7.00156-60222212110.000.002032.0011000301002.00001000120.0No2.0No245544461244No8443344333911132346232553322221122222121.0044444
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2018/06/23 11:57:05 am GMT+10
5.00216-20321111120.000.002333.0011000710001.00100000#NULL!No2.0Yes
First attempt was unsolved.
44555545724No73235
Great customer service, Great set-design, logical puzzles.
Bad customer service/uninterested GM. Illogical puzzles/ game impossible to finish within given time period.
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2018/06/23 11:57:18 pm GMT+10
7.00121-25721112110.000.00933.00110001510001.0000110040.0No1.0No24522245734No73244
Fun staff, good theme, puzzles that make sense without clues, working rooms
Unhappy staff, many broken props, puzzles malfunctioning
Ask more about experiences with staff & in rooms where there is a Master present vs. not in the room
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2018/06/23 12:10:19 pm GMT+10
7.00251-55722212110.000.002024.0001000301002.0000000136.0No3.0No333222461243No73433
Great puzzles, with good flow, emmersive
Bad puzzles, props not working, thrown together, not real theme
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2018/06/23 12:11:28 pm GMT+10
7.00226-30221111120.000.001131.0011101410001.00000011179.0No1.0No44544442624No94445None
Immersion. By far. Making it doable and catering to couples.
Bad puzzles or unsolvable puzzles based off room failures.
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2018/06/23 12:18:40 pm GMT+10
7.00126-30221111111.000.002333.00110001500014.0000000010.0No2.0Yes
free the second time, so did with group of friends who hadn't done it
45545544725No93335
good tech, immersion and scenery, and good puzzles!
bad puzzles, lots of finding, rubber props
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2018/06/23 12:38:22 pm GMT+10
7.00126-30621112110.000.001623.0011000200103.00000011100.0Yes3.0No44534155835No91135
Fun game master, quality customer service, hearing what we did well at the end or a funny moment that the GM saw.
Bad reset that cannot be rectified
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2018/06/23 12:53:26 pm GMT+10
7.00226-30721221210.000.005723.00110015610001.00010000200.0No3.0No243341141025No73435
Delivering a story through the environment that feels like we are part of.
Puzzles that don't make sense or are lazy, poor set design, games that feel like they are there to waste your time.
I am still hopping to find the game that does what I envision is possible with escape rooms, but it's not happened quite yet.
Do you leave reviews for escape rooms you like or dislike?
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52
2018/06/23 2:02:13 am GMT+10
7.00246-50621111111.000.0032731.00110001610001.00001000120.0Yes8.0Yes
Invited back by owner to see changes they made based on feedback
115552421024No83343
Good puzzles, fun stories, feeling like being welcomed
Bad GM/service, bad puzzles, broken props, bad location or parking options.
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53
2018/06/23 2:02:55 am GMT+10
5.00126-30621111111.000.0017132.0011110800103.00000010220.0Yes7.0No45522124915No82535
Interesting puzzles; immersive setting and narrative; a team that works well together; novel and exciting room aspects
Unfair puzzles; gamemasters giving unsolicited hints
Not so much a question as an option: If LARPs are considered a close-to-escape-rooms genre, why not roleplaying murder mystery games? (Which are technically LARPs in some sense, but still distinct enough in objectives and overall gameplay to deserve diffe
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54
2018/06/23 2:03:47 am GMT+10
6.00231-35721111120.000.007522.00111111501002.000001005000.0Yes6.0Yes
Different team members, redesign of room
445441153525Yes104345
None, and yes, I've done the infamous Nazi room in Warsaw...
Rather than put everything down, I'll just name the perfect room: The 13th Element at Escape Quest, Macclesfield, UK.
Rubbish puzzles, poor setup, poor storyline, gamesmaster entering room
None.
Youve covered most tbh! So I dont really have any more...
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55
2018/06/23 2:04:05 am GMT+10
4.00236-40221111111.000.003513.00111001610001.0001000010.0Yes3.0No24322423823No94534
Game Flow
Broken design, GMs not paying attention
What rare/unique design elements should become more common in future escape rooms.
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2018/06/23 2:05:29 pm GMT+10
7.00246-50721212210.000.001523.0000000510001.0001000010.0No4.0No455545251214No84324Acting
bad puzzles
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57
2018/06/23 2:06:04 am GMT+10
7.00241-45622212110.000.004532.00000001501002.00001000150.0Yes7.0No435412461025No84535
Combination of puzzles, immersion and story
Unfair puzzles, obvious lack of care by designers/owners
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58
2018/06/23 2:09:12 am GMT+10
7.00226-30721121110.000.004021.0011100210001.0000100090.0Yes8.0No243245441024No92425None
Originality and immersion. Lab Rat at Hatch Escape, Occam's Apartment at Evil Genius (I literally felt like i was in film noir), and Stash House are all examples of originally themed rooms that really draw you in. Even better when you leave rooms like tho
Issues in the room that get blamed on the customer, incomplete resets, little effort put in to theme the room, logic/puzzles that don't make sense or flow, GMs who clearly wish they were any where else in the world and paying customers are clearly just a
I once put the locker key in my pocket and then in room got it mixed up with a key for a padlock... and then when I tried to open the padlock with my locker key eventually had to call a GM into the room who was just as stumped as we were until I reach int
This is a self serving question, but I'd be interested in hearing peoples take on authority review sites and the inherent bias they present. Almost all of them review the rooms they get a free play at. In my opinion it's impossible to remain impartial if
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59
2018/06/23 2:10:01 am GMT+10
7.00126-30222211210.000.0020231.001110010010001.00000100100.0Yes5.0Yes
Wanted other people to experience it or it was designed to be replayable
332334261214
Yes but only for research. It’s good to learn from others mistakes
85533Non
One that causes me to build a better relegation shop with the people I am with and is FUN
When it is not fun. Like when there are logic leaps, too much reading, too many people and not enough to do, or math.
“There is no number on Richard the 3rd!”
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60
2018/06/23 2:13:06 am GMT+10
1.00241-45622211210.000.007033.00100002010001.00010000100.0Yes6.0No24424543625No9433555423642156356211554422222121211111.0033222
61
2018/06/23 2:13:26 am GMT+10
1.00126-30621111111.000.004531.00111001010001.00010000500.0Yes5.0No11424442625No93435
Atmosphere, immersion, unusual theme, many rooms
One or two rooms, physical puzzles, bad gm
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62
2018/06/23 2:13:36 am GMT+10
1.00151-55622222220.000.003031.0010000110001.000010002860.0Yes6.0No14544452324No92345
Immersion in the theme and well designed puzzles. Well trained gamemaster.
Poor gamemaster. Broken tech, badly designed puzzles
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63
2018/06/23 2:17:16 am GMT+10
6.00126-30722111110.000.002924.0010000210001.000011002443.0Yes3.0Yes
Because they tweak their rooms and it was more of an experience thing
554441144623No72335
Anything involving mental health
I think the hosting is the most important thing. They're your first contact, they're meant to be as attentive as you need, and they're there to celebrate your successes and make you feel ok about your loses. A slightly less good room can feel great if the
Missets are part and parcel so I wouldn't say that was the worst thing, because if you've got a spot on host who can catch it quickly then it's talk-roundable. I think if the owners aren't positively responsive to criticisms, ideas and feedback to pull th
That's too much of a wide question for me right now!
Just on whether you bring up your concerns with the company or if you feel forced to leave a bad review, something like that.
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64
2018/06/23 2:17:22 am GMT+10
6.00236-40621121120.000.0062734.00110105010001.000010001000.0Yes12.0Yes
To share with family who haven't played x 6. Once for TV. Once to give feedback on some changes.
24522213824No94435
None that I've *played*
Good theme, story, discovery and puzzles that all mesh together
Poor GMing, illogical puzzles, poor construction.
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65
2018/06/23 2:21:36 am GMT+10
1.00226-30121112110.000.00723.0000000610001.000100002.0No1.0No25442345844No44333
Every theme can be appropriate, IMO.
Good moments, discoveries, feeling valuable
Technical problems
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66
2018/06/23 2:24:27 am GMT+10
5.00126-30621111111.000.0015032.0000001800103.0000100010.0Yes4.0Yes
I didn’t have to pay for the subsequent round
444221241024No93333
Novel, logical and thematic puzzles, great story flow
Unnecessarily tedious and time consuming puzzles, searching, unresponsive game master
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67
2018/06/23 2:26:58 am GMT+10
7.00231-35121111111.000.002033.00110111210001.0010000070.0No3.0No15525545815No95535
I've come across no inappropriate themes. I would consider nudity and cursing inappropriate.
Immersion, creative and well designed puzzles, unexpected experiences, completion of the room (even if it means hints or going over time.)
Poorly designed puzzles/clues, generic puzzles, lots of combo locks, commonly used puzzles. Not finishing the room (I rather finish the room with hints and see all the puzzles.)
The best hint giving experience was at Enchambered Sacramento in the Skull Witch room. They had a "book" bolted to a table. When you opened the book there was a tablet inside. They would constantly change what was on the tablet to be a helpful hint depe
Let us select multiple answers for more of the questions, or do a rating system. For example the questions regarding how you play. i have a 50/50 split with playing with my friends/team local and playing by myself with strangers when I travel. I don't
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2018/06/23 2:27:25 am GMT+10
7.00221-25221111111.000.003512.00110001001002.00001000231.0Yes2.0No144442241224
With a groupon?
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69
2018/06/23 2:32:23 am GMT+10
5.00221-25721111120.000.008023.0010010700103.0000001040.0Yes4.0No24422244625No73435Nil
Good puzzles and setting
Failing tech and poor room resets
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70
2018/06/23 2:37:07 am GMT+10
6.00241-45221111120.000.0041333.00100004010001.000000101500.0Yes8.0Yes125242231225Yes93434
Interesting, well-designed puzzles; great theming and decor; unusual dedication to immersion and theme accuracy. Anything that breaks the mould or which includes elements which are novel or done with stand-out quality.
Bad gamemastering. Puzzles which are illogical or arbitrary. Anything which is seriously uncomfortable (such as badly applied handcuffs) or genuinely dangerous.
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71
2018/06/23 2:37:56 am GMT+10
7.00141-45221111111.000.001223.0010010301002.0000100060.0No1.0No244422451233No83243
Theme and puzzles well integrated, the people in with
Leap of faith, specific knowledge required ie. not available in the experience
Do you choose team mates based on knowledge, many areas of expertise.
Is there usually one person who solves most of the puzzles.
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72
2018/06/23 2:41:04 am GMT+10
7.00221-25521112210.000.004514.00100003010001.0001000050.0No2.0Yes
Lab Rat. It's just that amazing
24234424825No83324NA
A good storyline and puzzles that make sense
Bad puzzle design
Y'all just need to come to LA soon. There's so many new amazing games that have opened up.
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73
2018/06/23 2:44:44 am GMT+10
7.00136-40421111111.000.001531.0000000510001.0000100015.0No2.0No245442421025No94435
Variety of puzzles, technology, immersion
Multiple locks, puzzles that only allow single person to work on them
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74
2018/06/23 2:45:45 pm GMT+10
#NULL!131-35711211110.001.0015021.0010010201002.0000001050.0Yes7.0No244221221025
only if there are no alternatives available
83425
missing child (based on a recent case)
well designed puzzles, set, and flow.
irrational/lazy puzzle design, and any reset/hint delivery/tech issues
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75
2018/06/23 2:46:37 pm GMT+10
5.00221-25521111111.000.005011.00111111501002.0000110050.0No3.0Yes
The room was so good that I brought a new group of people in.
12412243625
Sometimes
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76
2018/06/23 2:51:19 am GMT+10
7.00231-35421211110.000.001823.00100002010001.0001000025.0No1.0No555544561034No74455
North Korea Bomb Threat
Interesting, engaging puzzles that are integrated into the experience - it doesn't need to be 'immersive', but I enjoy puzzles that move from one stage to the next in some kind of clear progression, even if it isn't a story line. Excellent customer servi
Long, boring, dorky-ass stories that some former D&D game master came up with, lots of reading, puns, shitty locations, boring lounges, bad game hosts that are snarky.
We went from a bright room in a NYC escape room into a very dark one that had lots of doorknobs all over the walls, so everyone was a little discombobulated and grabbing and turning them left and right. The group was mixed i.e. strangers, quite large, an
None, this goddam thing was long enough as is.
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77
2018/06/23 2:52:58 am GMT+10
7.00226-30621211110.000.007011.0010000201002.0000100090.0Yes5.0Yes
To show it off to friends and see what I missed the first time
11555532825Yes51535
Aha moments and theme
Rooms that force you to have 4 or more players
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78
2018/06/23 2:54:09 am GMT+10
7.00146-50621111111.000.007036.00100005010001.000000101500.0No3.0No434444441225No63435
Unexpected surprises and great theme/ decor
Random illlgical puzzles
I wish blogs and review sites would all get together and create a single database of reviews or create something more easily searchable (and brief) like yelp. And stop getting pissed when people ask for recs on the enthusiast FB page because no one wants
More about sharing all enthusiasts impartial ratings of rooms.
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79
2018/06/23 2:54:51 am GMT+10
3.00136-40221111120.000.0010022.00100014000014.0000100165.0Yes6.0No155242241423No93435
Themeless room
Great and respectful team members, good customer service, good and fair puzzles
Bad illogical puzzles, terrible service, tech / reset issues
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80
2018/06/23 2:54:55 am GMT+10
7.00131-35722222210.000.0017016.00100003010001.00000010600.0Yes8.0Yes
It had been awhile and it was free for one game. A chain opened a new location and we wanted to see the difference for another.,
44522444823No93323
Good puzzles decent theme
Bad puzzles,broken, bad gamemaster
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81
2018/06/23 2:55:26 am GMT+10
7.00231-35222211210.000.0011526.00100001010001.000100006845.0Yes8.0No2242242510#NULL!5No83335
details, and thinking about the whole experience -- immersive
no theme or weak theme, bad customer service, no puzzles/weak puzzles or a combination of all three
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82
2018/06/23 2:56:57 am GMT+10
3.00241-45221111120.000.007236.00111001701002.00010000130.0No3.0No142422451523Yes84344
A truely original theme (doesn't need to take itself seriously)
Broken components and/or electronics with no proper resolution
On a hunch, I filled the 2016 just yesterday. I wonder if my answers are different. ;-)
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83
2018/06/23 2:58:41 am GMT+10
3.00221-25722212210.000.001232.0011000310001.0000100044.0No#NULL!No44544456743No75325
A good room followed by talking to good owners/staff
Poor customer service
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84
2018/06/23 2:58:43 am GMT+10
7.00231-35621111111.000.002023.00100001210001.00010000270.0Yes12.0No25524244725No83334
None yet
Immersion, everything makes sense
Poor design and bad puzzles
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85
2018/06/23 3:04:19 am GMT+10
6.00246-50721111111.000.001632.00111012010001.0001000030.0No1.0No44244244634No84445
Attentive GMs and enthusiastic staff; interesting and clever puzzles.
Illogical puzzles; worn out / broken props; red herrings; difficulty by darkness.
As above: opinion on red herrings; opinion on excessive "mood lighting."
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2018/06/23 3:20:16 am GMT+10
7.00231-35221111120.000.005531.00110105010001.0010000030.0No4.0No22524234924Yes93355
Red herrings
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87
2018/06/23 3:29:59 am GMT+10
1.00131-35622212210.000.0012531.0011010710001.000010006500.0Yes6.0No245454425#NULL!4No75345
Nice puzzles, where you have to think, logic, nice design, suprises like hidden room that you dont expect and good gm
Gm that doesnt know whats going on in the room and broken puzzles
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88
2018/06/23 3:34:59 am GMT+10
6.00221-25221111111.000.001223.00000009000014.0010000019.0No1.0No24544444735No92434
Cleaver and innovative puzzles, immersive theme
Poor theming, worn out props, too easy
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89
2018/06/23 3:40:20 am GMT+10
6.00236-40221221210.000.001523.0010000310001.0000010020.0No1.0No11252224624No83344
Modern-day wartime - e.g. N.Korea
Novelty, hand-crafted and unique not shop-bought. Obvious love from designers and owners
Bland, can't be bothered, money-grabbing tie-ins
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90
2018/06/23 3:40:42 am GMT+10
2.00241-45221111111.000.00332.0011000201002.0001000040.0No1.0No22454545443No72435
Satanic themes
The ability it has to immerse you into the story.
Too many puzzles with hints that don't make sense. Bad service.
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91
2018/06/23 3:42:47 am GMT+10
7.00236-40221211110.000.006512.00111002510001.0001000038.0No3.0Yes
Different group of people, room was broken down into separate rooms, so I was able to get a different experience the second time.
354553241224No95425
North Korean jail
An interesting theme that's executed well and in a fun way. It's challenging with some a-ha moments, a chance for everyone to participate, and there isn't a strong bottleneck. Also the tech should work flawlessly.
No theme, or a bad theme poorly executed. I don't like linear rooms. Playing with strangers. Playing in too big a group. Broken puzzles / misplaced items. Inattentive Game Master.
I recently did an immersive theatre escape room and found an unused Maxi Pad in the space, and I thought it was part of the game. So I carried it around for a long time until i realized it definitely wasn't part of the game.

Also, I played a Minion in a
If people are thinking of making an escape room, or if they want to. I like being able to expand on what we like, but that will involve a lot more reading on your part.
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92
2018/06/23 3:43:59 am GMT+10
7.00236-40722212210.000.007534.0010000501002.00000010100.0Yes5.0Yes
Played with different people, only room available at that time
445444481043Yes104234None
People I’m with. Set design
Leaps of logic, outside knowledge
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93
2018/06/23 3:45:00 am GMT+10
7.00221-25721111111.000.00833.0011010310001.0011000024.0No2.0No454122451044Maybe93445
It not being lame. Puzzles are a challenge. Winning helps. Having a decent theme and being somewhat immersive.
It being lame. Puzzles are too hard where things are a stretch to figure out. Lame hint system. Penalties for being late to appointed time LOL
What would you like us to ask you to ask us next year?
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2018/06/23 3:46:59 am GMT+10
7.00231-35221111111.000.003213.00111003010001.0001000060.0No3.0No14544144825No103435None
Being able to turn off real life, and escape into an alternate reality for an hour. Passion by the owners and a real "attempt" at creating something interesting and worth my money and time.
Obvious cash grab, or rooms that are just in it for the money. 4 walls and locks
Length of time completed vs alotted time , do you like to get out quick, close to time etc.
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95
2018/06/23 3:52:22 pm GMT+10
3.00121-25221112110.000.001331.0010000501002.00011000182.0No1.0No15444244423No72435
Effort, in all aspects. Customer service, decor, puzzles. Even if a game looks or plays mediocre, if you can tell genuine love and effort was put into it, it can still be a lot of fun.
Terrible customer service. Missing calls for hints, not being polite, poor explanation of puzzles after the fact.
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96
2018/06/23 3:54:02 am GMT+10
1.00126-30222212210.000.003536.0011100210001.000000102860.0Yes5.0NoNo25444242323No42334
Immersive themeing
Poor decor, poor puzzle theming, puzzles that are poorly thought out/don’t make sense, lazy game masters who don’t pay attention during your game
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97
2018/06/23 3:58:47 am GMT+10
7.00116-20121112110.000.00733.00110011010001.0010000050.0No2.0No44544246854No63445
I don't believe I've ever seen an inappropriate theme
A good gamemaster, well-thought out puzzles and set design, and a great group of friends to play the game with
Bad set design, tons of padlocks, only one room within the room, bad GMs/customer service, horror themes/jump scares that are not disclosed
Suggestions to improve GM experience? - like what makes a good/bad GM
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98
2018/06/23 3:58:53 pm GMT+10
7.00226-30622211210.000.006533.0000000210001.0000001030.0No#NULL!No442224441212No73425
Feeling challenged, engaged throughout, and pushed to be creative. Hands-on puzzles and communication.
Poorly designed puzzles, broken tech, teammates who are bad or grabby or businesslike, lack of content or challenge, game operator who gives unsolicited hints.
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99
2018/06/23 4:00:43 am GMT+10
7.00446-50722211110.000.004232.0010000#NULL!10001.0000000180.0No3.0No13251215925No95343
Drug dealing
Solid game flow, great story and immersion.
Bad GM. Broken puzzles, being paired with strangers.
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100
2018/06/23 4:01:58 am GMT+10
7.00146-50212111110.001.001021.0010000201002.0000100030.0No4.0No455545541223
I have because it was our competition. Needed to check them out.
54443
Amazing puzzles that make sense.
Broken props, dirty rooms, poor customer service.
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