We returned for science.
Location: Austin, Texas
Date Played: August 9, 2019
Team size: 8-18; we recommend 9
Duration: 60 minutes
Price: $33 per player
Emergency Exit Rating: [A] Push To Exit
Physical Restraints: [A+] No Physical Restraints
Back in January 2017 we played, reviewed, and loved 15 Locks’ Lab Rats.
We were enamored with the Lab Rats’ unusual structure, floor-plan, and technology because it was one of the only games that we had encountered up to that point that could truly handle a team of 10 engaged players. We also hypothesized that it could be replayed by disciplined players.
At the end of 2017 we were eager to bestow a Golden Lock-In Award on Lab Rats.
Two and a half years later we returned to Lab Rats. This time it was under new management, having been acquired by Escape Hour Austin.
I’m happy to report the following:
- Lab Rats held up. It was in great shape and it felt like the game that we remembered and loved.
- Our review held up. I’m not going to retread over all of that. I will add that the technology for room transitions seemed simplified and that smoothed over a few of the shortcomings that we had reported.
- Yes, Lab Rats was indeed replayable… and still a whole lot of fun the second round. Lisa and I stuck to rooms that we hadn’t played before and it worked well.
Lab Rats remains a strong recommendation from us… but only if you can assemble a team of at least 7 communicative players.
Tips For Visiting
- There is a parking lot.
Book your hour with Escape Hour Austin’s Lab Rats, and tell them that the Room Escape Artist sent you.
Disclosure: Escape Hour Austin provided media discounted tickets for this game.