Red Door Escape Room – Fort Worth – Fair Game [Review]

The circus is in town!

Location: Fort Worth, TX

Date Played: March 29, 2022

Team Size: 2-6; we recommend 2-4

Duration: 60 minutes

Price: $30.95 – $37.95, depending on the number of players

Ticketing: Private

Emergency Exit Rating: [A+] No Lock

Physical Restraints: [A+] No Physical Restraints

REA Reaction

Fair Game brilliantly captured the essence of circuses with its bright colors, caricatured set pieces, and realistic activities. The room focused on all the right details to bring a circus to life. The set begged us to frolic and play while delivering everything it promised; we got to play with every prop the way we hoped we would. Delight abounded from start to finish.

Porte Rouge carnival ticket booth.

Even though the soul of this room was alive and well, there were a few aspects that felt well-worn from use. Red Door Escape Room had recently freshened some parts of the room; we hope this continues for more set pieces so that they can fully reflect the vivacity of the experience.

The combination of a moderately low difficulty level and a rewardingly interactive environment make this room especially appropriate for anyone visiting Dallas with family or as a mixed-experience group.

Who is this for?

  • Scenery snobs
  • Carnival enthusiasts
  • All ages
  • Any experience level

Why play?

  • For a spot-on circus adventure
  • To entertain a group that has multiple experience levels or a wide range of ages. This room has something for everyone.

Story

Some junior magicians accidentally disappeared the all-important Deck of Cards an hour before show time at the circus. We had to scour the circus grounds to find the cards, hoping to save the show and our jobs.

Closeup of some unusual items, a large blue disk has colored numbers on it and the words, "Hoop there it is!"

Setting

We began our hunt under the Big Top, literally. A combination of drapery and painted walls gave the impression of an iconic circus tent, using vertical space to enlarge the feel of a standard escape room footprint. Brightly colored, cartoonish props decorated the area, and an enticing ticket booth beckoned.

A red and white stripped wall, with a small monkey hanging from it.

Gameplay

Red Door Escape Room’s Fair Game was a standard escape room with a low-to-moderate level of difficulty.

Gameplay focused on realistic interactions with props, observations, and making connections.

Analysis

βž• The set and puzzles had excellent theming throughout. It totally felt like we were at the circus doing circus-y things.

βž– A difficult dexterity puzzle early in the room got the game off to a sluggish start, but the pace picked up quickly afterwards.

❓ Some of the set pieces showed aesthetic wear-and-tear. This was believably realistic…how pristine are actual circus games? However, other parts of the set were so vivid and fresh that the contrast was noticeable at times.

βž• In all stages of this room, the game flow was conducive to parallel puzzling…if you could tolerate missing some of the fun.

βž• If we thought we could play with something, we could.

βž– One puzzle had finicky sensors, adding frustration to something that was otherwise straightforward and fun.

βž• The different areas of the room compelled us forward. With each new space, everything was so enticing that it was hard to choose where to start.

βž• The puzzles were approachable enough for kids and new players, and the set and interactions were joyful enough to delight anyone. Even as experienced players, we still thoroughly enjoyed this room. 

Tips For Visiting

  • There is a parking lot. If spaces are not available directly in front of Red Door, there is plenty of parking throughout the rest of the strip mall that it is located in.
  • If you’re arriving from the east, be warned that there is a train track immediately before the location. Pad your travel time accordingly.
  • There is a variety of restaurants in the same shopping center as this location.

Book your hour with Red Door Escape Room’s Fair Game, and tell them that the Room Escape Artist sent you.

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