Escape Room Herndon – Maritime Mutiny [Review]

Maritime Mutiny is one of the best games in the Metro DC area. Here are our other recommendations for great escape rooms around Washington DC.

A bounty

Location:  Herndon, VA

Date Played: October 2, 2021

Team size: 2-10; we recommend 4-6

Duration: 60 minutes

Price: scaled pricing from $39 per player for teams of 2 to $28 per player for teams of 5+

Ticketing: Private

Emergency Exit Rating: [A+] No Lock

Physical Restraints: [A+] No Physical Restraints

REA Reaction

No matter how many times it happens, I am still surprised when I walk into an escape room in a strip mall, enter a game, and find myself in another world. Walking through the doors of Maritime Mutiny took us onto a pirate ship. A picture is worth a thousand words:

View of a brig and a cannon on a wooden pirate ship.
Image via Escape Room Herndon

In Maritime Mutiny, Escape Room Herndon nailed the classic thematic escape room style. The story was present, but this game was all about solving puzzles in a compelling environment. It was a ton of fun. This game is a regional standout, and if you’re nearby, absolutely go play it.

My word of caution is to consider whether you want to tackle the bonus puzzles. They were a serious leap in difficulty and brought a change in tone that, for us, didn’t do the game any favors. They were certainly solvable, but we would have been happier walking out of the game with the vibe of the base game’s conclusion instead of the studious tone of the bonus puzzles.

Who is this for?

  • Adventure seekers
  • Story seekers
  • Puzzle lovers
  • Scenery snobs
  • Any experience level (newbies will want a larger team)
  • Players who don’t need to be a part of every puzzle

Why play?

  • Fantastic puzzles
  • Compelling ship set
  • For a serious challenge, the bonus puzzles pack difficulty

Story

Our crew had realized that Captain Ravensbeard had been cheating us out of our fair share of the plunder. He’d barricaded himself in his quarters, but we were committed to finding our way in and enforcing a change of management.

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Escape Room Herndon – 8-Bit Escape [Review]

8-Bit Escape is one of the best games in the Metro DC area. Here are our other recommendations for great escape rooms around Washington DC.

❤️❤️❤️

Location:  Herndon, VA

Date Played: October 2, 2021

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

Duration: 60 minutes

Price: scaled pricing from $39 per player for teams of 2 to $28 per player for teams of 5+

Ticketing: Private

Emergency Exit Rating: [A+] No Lock

Physical Restraints: [A+] No Physical Restraints

REA Reaction

I’m about to gush… a lot. The creators of 8-Bit Escape who watched me play know that I’m about to gush… a lot. They saw me play their game, and they witnessed me transform into a giddy child for the duration of my stay in their experience.

In a very personal way, 8-Bit Escape was one of my favorite escape room experiences ever. That doesn’t mean that this game was fancy or mind-blowing… it wasn’t. It was a fairly traditional escape room, executed well – and – the execution of the 80s gamer theme was so dead-on that I nearly ODed on nostalgia.

Typically 80s escape rooms feel like a pastiche of the 80s; 8-Bit Escape felt more like a time machine to a very particular late 80s experience that closely mimicked my own. The toys, music, video games, magazines… everything in this space felt like something that I owned (or more likely, played with at my friend Danny’s house. His parents bought him everything).

An old CRT television in a room with wood panel walls and shag carpet.
Image via Escape Room Herndon

There was a moment in 8-Bit Escape where I picked up an old copy of Nintendo Power Magazine, flipped to a random page, and found a map/ walkthrough of the infamously difficult dam level in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and I just sat on the floor between the couch and television looking it over. I legitimately felt like I was 4 again. I found dozens of other items throughout this space that resonated with me in the same way. Furthermore, there was an authentic way that these moments all came together into a cohesive experience.

Whether you’re playing 8-Bit Escape to remember, or to get a glimpse into a world that wasn’t yours, the love and care that went into this experience is something to behold. It’s not the greatest escape room in the world, but it’s a really good one… and for me, it’s a special one.

Who is this for?

  • 80s kids
  • Retro video game fans
  • David Spira
  • Scenery snobs
  • Any experience level

Why play?

  • Nostalgia… to relive your youth (or someone else’s)
  • The loving representation of a video game nerd’s life in the late 80s
  • Authentic props and music

Story

It was the late 80s and our friends had all come over to play a new video game… but our mom had locked our games up until we’d finished our stupid homework.

We had about an hour to get our hands on the game before everyone got bored and went to Wade’s house to play. We couldn’t have that. Wade sucks.

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