Escape Room Park City – Travel Room [Review]

Book an affordable trip.

Location: Park City, UT

Date Played: January 8, 2018

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

Duration: 45 minutes

Price: $20 per ticket

REA Reaction

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

Why play?

  • Beginner room with some innovative puzzle design

Story

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.

Escape Room Park City, UT logo, 4 interlocking puzzle pieces with a black lock over one of them.

Setting

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.

Gameplay

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.

Standouts

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.

Shortcomings

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.

Escape Room Park City – Mine Trap [Review]

There’s something precious in this mine.

Location: Park City, UT

Date Played: January 8, 2018

Team size: 2-8; we recommend 3-6

Duration: 60 minutes

Price: $37 per ticket

REA Reaction

Mine Trap started off strongly and escalated to an explosive conclusion. While it dragged in the middle, the beautiful set design kept us engaged.

Who is this for?

  • Puzzle lovers
  • Scenery snobs
  • History buffs
  • Any experience level

Why play?

  • The set
  • The final act

Story

We were on a tour of Park City’s old silver mines when a tunnel collapse sealed us in. Could we find the tools and information necessary to find daylight before running out of air?

Escape Room Park City, UT logo, 4 interlocking puzzle pieces with a black lock over one of them.

Setting

We entered a surprisingly detailed mine shaft filled with wood, stone, and tools. With the notable exception of some carpeting, the set looked phenomenal.

I wish that I could show you a photo or two, but they were forbidden. Don’t let the logo fool you… Escape Park City’s Mine Trap had a set worth seeing.

Gameplay

Mine Trap had three acts to it.

The first act was a basic search-and-puzzle beginner’s on-ramp. It was smooth, well designed, and approachable.

The second act was pure puzzles and combination locks. Escape Room Park City played with interesting concepts, but due to some design decisions, the Mine Trap dragged here.

The final act brought in a little physicality and a ton of innovation. Come for the set, but stay for the third act.

Standouts

Mine Trap opened gently with a puzzle on-ramp. While it was more challenging than Escape Room Park City’s other game, Travel Room, the approachable start opened it to players of all experience levels.

With Mine Trap, Escape Room Park City leveled up their set design. This set would look great in any US escape room market. It’s especially impressive in a city without competition.

We enjoyed the final act. The puzzles were inventive, thematically appropriate, and well clued.

The conclusion blew us away.

I cannot overstate how much I respect Escape Room Park City’s approach to pricing. Mine Trap cost twice as much as their other game, Travel Room. It was worth it. Mine Trap was twice as interesting, twice as complex, twice the size, and more than twice as detailed.

Shortcomings

At any given moment, we confronted a lot of locks, primarily of the same digit structure. While it eventually became apparent why certain codes went to certain locks, for much of Mine Trap we felt like a solution could go anywhere. Dropping 4-digit numbers into half a dozen locks quickly became boring.

We found one common escape room prop far too early. We had to use it senselessly from that point onward. Escape Room Park City’s band-aid for this problem was a rule that they declared before the game, “Don’t turn off the lights, it won’t help you.” We still lost a lot of time and fun on this prop. A better solution for their gameplay problem could be MacGyvered using some of the existing items in the room.

A few of the puzzles involved pixel hunting. We had to find nit-picky details with minimal clueing to derive solutions. While these puzzles were fine, when mixed with the aforementioned digit structure and prop, the game simply dragged when it could have roared.

There was carpeting in the middle of our silver mine, which was confusing.

Tips for Visiting

  • Mine Trap costs almost twice as much as Travel Room, but it offers twice the value.
  • 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.

Book your hour with Escape Room Park City’s Mine Trap, and tell them that the Room Escape Artist sent you.