Breakout Games in Orange Beach
The scene began when the door closed.
I was blindfolded, handcuffed, and uncertain – it must be Monday. Starling television static engulfed the room, prompting me to pull off my blindfold. When I got a handle on where I was supposed to look, I laughed at the ghoulish images flickering across the screen (wait, what did it say?). Apparently, we only had an hour to escape. The room was dark, illuminated by a Pixar-style lamp. My companions were wearing their feelings on their faces, ranging from terrified to excited.
It was time to play.
If you are unfamiliar with escape rooms, they are a scenario driven, physical adventure game. The objective is to use your wits to solve puzzles, discover clues, and ultimately escape. Rooms range from one large single playing area to a series of smaller compartments as the story progresses. Experience popular scenarios like prison breaks, espionage, fantasy (yes wizards and such), and sci-fi.
We chose the “kidnapped” scenario. I’m keeping this review spoiler-free so you can enjoy the same game as we did. The room was exactly what I was hoping for: no objectives spoon fed to you, no wrong answers.
I played the role of Nosey Nellie, “whatcha got there? What are you thinking about?” For Escape Rooms, communication is as essential as your critical thinking. There were multiple times where a set of new eyes hitting a problem was the exact thing we needed to proceed.
The aesthetics matched the scenario without feeling unsanitary (thank goodness) which made solving puzzles and finding clues a dire situation. Our motley crew of five gave a valiant effort, tripping right at the finish line. Time ran out with only three clues left to decipher.
The Kidnapped scenario has a 30% success rate, we had three first time escape room players, but I am proud of how close we got. It was an absolute blast, and as terribly as I want to dive into the details of this room, it would only ruin the fun of doing it yourself! Which you absolutely should. However, I will spare you from accidentally playing on hard mode like we did. If you are in a dark room, look for the light switch. During your next beach getaway with Caribe Resort do yourself a favor, take a short trip down to the Wharf and see if you have what it takes to escape!