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Location: Park City, UT
Date Played: January 8, 2018
Team size: 2-6; we recommend 2-4
Duration: 45 minutes
Price: $20 per ticket
Travel Room was a beginner escape room that didn’t feel like most of the others. What it lacked in decor and adventure, it made up in innovative puzzles and fair pricing.
Who is this for?
- Puzzle lovers
- Best for beginners
- Beginner room with some innovative puzzle design
A retiring travel agent turned his office into an escape room as a final promotion for his business. We had 45 minutes to determine where in the world he was. There were no stakes, just puzzles.
We entered a bright, fluorescent-lit travel agent’s office. It had a desk, some chairs, and a collection of travel posters from around the world.
While the room didn’t inspire a sense of adventure, the execution was careful and clean.
Travel Room was all about the puzzles. This was an old-school puzzle-your-way-out-of-the-office-game. Travel Room could have been a point & click Flash escape room.
As with the setting, the puzzles weren’t shocking, but they were smart, cared for, and well executed.
The puzzles flowed well. They were well clued and they worked.
One significant interaction seem strangely random… until we understood its message. It was also well designed to engage the group.
One prop wore a lot of puzzles well. It was entertaining.
I cannot overstate how much I respect Escape Room Park City’s approach to pricing. This room is good. It’s worth playing. It’s also priced fairly. Their premium game, Mine Trap, cost twice the price, but it was twice as interesting, twice as complex, twice the size, and more than twice as detailed.
The set was uninspiring. It was an office.
Escape Room Park City had a lot of rules… and their delivery felt combative. This aggression detracted from an otherwise fun experience. Some of those rules got in the way of simply enjoying the gameplay:
Our gamemaster warned us not to flip over certain items as the contents might break. This whole category of rules could have been avoided with a little bit of foam. Instead we walked around the room nervously hoping that this wouldn’t be the game in which we accidentally broke a thing.
Travel Room clued us to improvise a solution to a puzzle. At the same time, it warned us not to take a specific action, which would have been the obvious solution. This felt uncomfortably restrictive and not all in the spirit of the clue we had received.
Tips for Visiting
- If you’ve never played an escape room before, this is a great on-ramp.
- The building has a parking garage.
- Enter the building through the elevator in the parking garage. (This was confusing.)
- Park City has no shortage of food options.
- Travel Room costs about half as much as Mine Trap, but Mine Trap is twice as interesting.
Book your hour with Escape Room Park City’s Travel Room, and tell them that the Room Escape Artist sent you.