Cross Roads Escape Games – The Fun House [Review]

Step on up! Come one! Come all! Test your mind against The Fun House!

Location: Anaheim, CA

Date played: October 14, 2016

Team size: 2-8; we recommend 4

Duration: 60 minutes

Price: $32 per ticket

Story & setting

Cross Roads’ The Fun House had our team on an unusual puzzle-based job interview. If we succeeded, we would earn our place as apprentices to the magician. Should we lose, we would forever be clueless clowns.

Cross Roads’ website nails their own description of The Fun House as, “… like being in a fun house from Alice in Wonderland.”

The story was light and barely present. The set was The Fun House’s primary focus and it was grand. The beautiful set cleverly messed with proportions. Every inch of the space was a custom creation.

For the coulrophobic: while we entered the game through a large clown’s mouth, the game itself was certified clown-free.

The Fun House Entrance, through the gigantic painted mouth of of clown.
Image via Cross Roads Escape Games

Puzzles

The puzzles were plentiful and varied. Early on, there were so many accessible to us. Our team of aggressive puzzlers moved like a tornado of puzzling. It became a challenge to keep track of what was going on.

The mid and late game puzzles were less numerous and required more teamwork.

Standouts

The set was magnificently constructed.

Cross Roads delivered many memorable moments through the The Fun House’s set and puzzles.

In-game, a colorful room with large and small doors, images all over the wall,s and a spiral pattern on the floor.
Image via Cross Roads Escape Games

Hints were delivered via an in-game character who was playful and humorous. The fourth wall breaking character toyed with us and made jokes about bad escape room design.

Shortcomings

While there were plenty of puzzles and plenty of space, this was a small team game. Each member of our team of six felt like they had missed out on things happening.

The ending was a tad anticlimactic, especially in contrast with the The Fun House’s many memorable moments.

Should I play Cross Roads Escape Games’ The Fun House?

The Fun House played like a near-perfect execution of early style escape rooms. Cross Roads replaced the standard office-like environment with a wacky carnival tent, piled on tons of well-themed puzzles, and mixed in unique and memorable moments. It was a pleasure to play.

If you’re near Anaheim, Cross Roads is a must-visit location.

The Hex Room feels more like an adventure.

The Fun House is more of a puzzlers game.

My advice: don’t choose between them. Play both.

Book your hour with Cross Roads Escape Games’ The Fun House, and tell them that the Room Escape Artist sent you.

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