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Location: San Antonio, Texas
Date Played: February 3, 2019
Team size: up to 10; we recommend 2-5
Duration: 60 minutes
Price: $30.99 per player
Emergency Exit Rating: [A+] No Lock
Physical Restraints: [A+] No Physical Restraints
Master of Illusions was a beautiful escape room. It combined ambiance with puzzling. It all came together like magic.
Master of Illusions played well, but it didn’t rock the boat.
If you’re looking for a straightforward, puzzle-focused escape room with thematic decor and a few little tricks up its sleeve, this would be a great choice. Extreme Escape’s newer and more epic games were at their other location; The Cursed was a must-play.
We recommend Master of Illusions for anyone visiting San Antonio, regardless of experience level.
Who is this for?
- Puzzle lovers
- Scenery snobs
- Any experience level
- Elegant environment
- Fun puzzles
- Opening and closing moments
It was 1929 and the greatest illusionist since Houdini was suspected of sabotaging and murdering one of his rivals. We had to investigate the magician and learn the truth.
Wide open with selective spotlighting and lightning effects, Extreme Escape’s Master of Illusions embodied the golden age of magic.
The set was detailed without being extravagant or massive. Simply put: it felt right and got the job done.
Extreme Escape’s Master of Illusions was a standard escape room with a moderate level of difficulty.
Core gameplay revolved around searching, puzzling, observing, and making connections.
➕ Master of Illusions began and concluded with a clever and elegant trick. It was a nice touch and set the tone for the game.
➕ The gamespace felt comfortable and believable. It was beautiful and thematic. The lighting and music added ambiance. It was a fun space in which to solve puzzles.
➖ Extreme Escape presented us with a discard box, specifically for used puzzle elements. Then they reused a key component. Clue reuse is fine, as are discard boxes… but they don’t mix well. This felt needlessly deceptive.
➕ The puzzles were on-theme and solved cleanly.
➖ Many of the props were secured with multiple locks. This meant that opens would frequently yield nothing new. It was frustrating to repeatedly reap no reward from a solve.
➕Extreme Escape encouraged us to Instagram our experience! Master of Illusions was a beautiful room and highly Instagrammable. It’s smart marketing! We didn’t actually Instagram during gameplay – we were too focused on playing – but we did shoot a little video for our Patreon supporters from the room at the end of the game.
Tips For Visiting
- There are plenty of food options in Extreme Escape’s plaza.
- There is a parking lot.
Book your hour with Extreme Escape’s Master of Illusions, and tell them that the Room Escape Artist sent you.
Disclosure: Extreme Escape comped our tickets for this game.