Update 11/22/22: If you enjoy Gold Rush, we hope you’ll check out our interview with The Escape Game CEO and Co-Founder Mark Flint on The Reality Escape Pod.
Gold Rush is one of our favorite recommendations for a great escape room in several cities, including Las Vegas, Philadelphia and Nashville. Here are our recommendation guides for other great escape rooms in Las Vegas, Philadelphia and Nashville.
There’s gold in dem der hills.
Location: Orlando, FL
Date played: November 11, 2016
Team size: 2-7; we recommend 3-5
Duration: 60 minutes
Price: $32 per ticket
Story & setting
In this modern story of the California Gold Rush, a successful gold prospector has gone missing and we wanted to uncover his stashed gold before anyone else did. The backstory felt unnecessary, but it was charming. In short, this room escape was a mission to find gold.
Gold Rush started in the cheesiest presentation of northern California woods, but it became rapidly more compelling as the scenery changed.
As Gold Rush progressed, so did the puzzles. They started off easy and relatively uninteresting, but by the final section of the game, we were puzzling against a challenging and interesting opponent.
Throughout the game, the puzzles rewarded the observant player.
The best of the interactions defied our expectations.
One exhilarating segment of Gold Rush would never fly in NYC. It was thrilling to watch David crush this; I would have struggled enormously.
The Escape Game Orlando beautifully crafted the gamespace to allow for the fun and surprising moments. It was a thoughtful, perceptive design. Parts of this set were magnificent.
At its best, Gold Rush executed simple things brilliantly.
Early on the set was pretty silly.
Not only were the early puzzles easy, some of them were simply annoying.
We experienced a technical failure on a crucial puzzle that really diminished our experience. Our gamemaster was quick to respond, but this failure deflated what otherwise would likely have been Gold Rush’s finest moment.
Should I play The Escape Game Orlando’s Gold Rush?
The Escape Game Orlando minds the details. While at times the set was cheesy, it was also deliberately designed and crafted for the experience the company intended. The rough edges were purposeful; the rest was polished.
The game flow of Gold Rush would be an excellent on-ramp for new players. It led us from easy to hard. Both the scenery and puzzling escalated as the game progressed. While we would have loved to see a stronger start, more often than not, escape rooms fizzle as they progress. We’d rather start low and build up than the reverse.
Gold Rush is great family-friendly fun. While it does require a fair bit of mobility and the handling of a heavier object, most of the game offers a less intense path for those who need it.
For escape room veterans, by mid-game, there will be delightful surprises that continue on until you find the gold. And if you’re not from a more left-leaning region, well, you’re in for a treat.
Book your hour with The Escape Game Orlando’s Gold Rush, and tell them that the Room Escape Artist sent you.
Full disclosure: The Escape Game Orlando comped our tickets for this game.