Location: Orlando, FL
Date played: November 14, 2016
Team size: 2-6; we recommend 2-4
Duration: 60 minutes
Price: $29 per ticket
Story & setting
In the immediate aftermath of a shootout in front of a saloon in 1881, we found that some of the bad guys had been shot, but others were on the run. We needed to figure out which bad folk had gotten away and then escape from the saloon.
Arizona Shootout was sparsely themed as a saloon. The major setpieces all belonged, but they didn’t create an immersive environment. It was a cute set, but it didn’t feel like 1881.
The puzzles weren’t particularly challenging. Arizona Shootout relied on searching, matching, and light indexing. It played out in a standard escape room style.
We loved the family-friendly portrayal of the dead outlaws. The adorable design brought what could have been a less accessible theme to a general audience.
Arizona Shootout flowed smoothly.
The saloon feel was strongest up front. As the game progressed, it felt increasingly like we could be in any building, anywhere, in any time.
One puzzle in particular required heavy searching and anachronistic technology. It didn’t feel like it belonged at all.
The gamemaster sent hints on the screen that displayed the game timer. When a hint appeared on top of the game timer graphic, it was challenging to read.
Should I play Escapology’s Arizona Shootout?
Escapology builds approachable, family-friendly entertainment.
Arizona Shootout would be a good entry point into escape rooms for new players who are unsure about this type of entertainment. The facility was welcoming. The game was solid and accessible.
For experienced players, Arizona Shootout would be an unremarkable game. Neither the setting nor the puzzles delivered excitement, intrigue, or innovation when compared with the broader market
That said, this could be a good choice for an experienced player who wants to solo, speedrun, or bring their multi-generational family and friends. .
Book your hour with Escapology’s Arizona Shootout, and tell them that the Room Escape Artist sent you.
Full disclosure: Escapology provided media discounted tickets for this game.