International Room Escape AZ – Amazon Rainforest [Review]

Cool, but bumpy.

Location:  Gilbert, AZ

Date Played: March 12, 2022

Team size: 4-8; we recommend 3-4

Duration: 60 minutes

Price: $32.99 per player

Ticketing: Private

Accessibility Consideration: Strong motion alert – please let your gamemaster know before your game begins if you do not tolerate sudden movement.

Emergency Exit Rating: [A+] No Lock

Physical Restraints: [A+] No Physical Restraints

REA Reaction

A strong representation of Ecuadorian culture and story is woven throughout this rainforest exploration adventure. The scenery, especially the first phase of the experience, is genuinely realistic and draws the player into the space. That strong narrative is really emphasized towards the end, and is paired with a broader sense of authenticity that underlines where the narrative is driving your team of researchers.

Deployed oxygen masks in the wreckage of an airplane.

That being said, the absolute core of this escape room is searching, sometimes for items, and sometimes for UV clues in a broad area. Accordingly, the energy level often varied wildly (and unfortunately dipped towards the conclusion instead of ramping up). On a related note, it sometimes felt as though there was not enough gameplay to go around, favoring the involvement of only one or two players at a time with limited provided tools.

In summary, you’ll most enjoy this escape room if you don’t need to be a part of every puzzle and instead can stand back and appreciate the commitment to the underlying story.

Who is this for?

  • Adventure seekers
  • Individuals who enjoy searching
  • Any experience level

Why play?

  • Mixture of scenery
  • Dynamic start (note: motion-sensitive individuals should alert their gamemaster to opt out of this introduction)

Story

An abrupt plane crash forces your adventuring party of researchers to take an unscheduled layover. While tracking down the rescue rendezvous location, you further explore the Ecuadorian rainforest to reveal its secrets.

Wreckage of an airplane in the Amazon. A parrot sits on some of the debris. Above you can see drop ceiling tiles.
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International Room Escape AZ – Gravitational Effect [Review]

Beam it up blacklight

Location:  Gilbert, AZ

Date Played: March 12, 2022

Team size: 4-8; we recommend 3-4

Duration: 60 minutes

Price: $32.99 per player

Ticketing: Private

Accessibility Consideration: at least 3 players need to have moderate agility

Emergency Exit Rating: [A+] No Lock

Physical Restraints: [A+] No Physical Restraints

REA Reaction

Gravitational Effect was a straightforward, beginner-friendly escape room (one of the few that we found in the challenging Phoenix escape room scene).

With a janky blacklight aesthetic that was supposed to feel alien, but felt far too handmade to feel otherworldly… it wasn’t the most impressive looking game, but it was playful and fun.

Blacklight illuminated wall with hand painted UV paint, and an assortment of boxes. They come together in a pattern that looks like circuitry.

Additionally, there was a reasonably challenging laser maze, demanding the kind of agility challenge that you either love or hate. Enough of our team enjoyed it to make it work. I’d also caution everyone to be a bit careful with the laser maze, as the green lasers seem a bit too powerful. Please do not look into the emitters.

This was the kind of classic escape room design that I still get a kick out of. Not everyone on my team felt the same way, or understood why. If you’re new to escape rooms and agile enough to move through a laser maze, or looking for a quick, classic-style escape game, check out Gravitational Effect.

Who is this for?

  • Puzzle lovers
  • Sci-fi fans
  • Newbies

Why play?

  • Blacklight lighting is fun
  • You like a good laser maze

Story

While out stargazing, we found ourselves bathed in a blinding white light. When our awareness returned, we found ourselves in an otherworldly room.

A green laser maze in the darkness.
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