Mind Bender Escape Rooms Jacksonville Beach, FL
Mind Bender Escape Rooms in Jacksonville Beach, Florida is one of the locally based escape room companies. The owners were inspired to open their company after a visit to one of many escape rooms in Orlando.
Mind Bender Escape Rooms has a heavy focus on immersion and full game experience. The puzzles in their rooms go beyond scavenger hunts and fancy bells and whistles. If you enjoy physical puzzles, you will find many of Mind Bender Escape Rooms right up your alley. All of the escape rooms they provide are capable of fitting up to 10 people but can easily be handled by a group of 4. They even have a record wall on their website that fosters a fun sense of competition! If you look closely, you can even find some of the members from Escape Crusaders appearing on the wall.
Mind Bender has one of the best rooms in Jacksonville and one of the more difficult rooms in Jacksonville. They are currently the only escape room company located in the Jacksonville Beach area. They provide top notch customer service and for the most part, the Game Masters are very good. If you have any questions about our reviews read our Escape Game Review Section for some insight.
Captain Mayhem's Revenge Escape Room ReviewPrice: $30 per Person
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Mind Bender's Captain Mayhem's Escape Room is one of the easier rooms in Jacksonville, Florida. It has fun theme with a Goonies feel. This is the best room in Jacksonville for new players. It is also conveniently located near engine 13. From the beginning you are challenged by Captain Mayham to try to turn on the lights. It is a very popular room to the point they have a hard time keeping the room properly ventilated.
Story: Captain Mayhem is one of the most notorious and feared pirates in history. In 1636, leading a band of scoundrels, he set sail on The Revenge. Destined for the settlements in the New World, he vowed to conquer and destroy anyone in his way. After raiding and scuttling several Spanish galleons’ laded with Mayan treasure, Captain Mayhem’s luck soured and his fate was sealed. A violent storm proved fatal. The Captain and crew were lost.
Over the centuries, explorers have searched for The Revenge and its long lost treasure. Recently, an unidentified 17th century ship was discovered by amateur explorers. Their wild tale of an encounter with a blood-thirsty pirate captain was quickly dismissed.
While vacationing on a private island in the Caribbean, you and your group stumble upon the rotting remains of what could very likely be the infamous vessel. Upon examining the wreckage,you realize something’s not right. Suddenly, you’re trapped! It’s the ghost of Captain Mayhem. The only way to stay alive is to locate the treasure and escape from the hold.
Immersion: The walls feel like wooden ship planks, the props are mostly skulls and guns and the puzzles all work in a pirate ship theme.
Game Style: Adventure/Find An Item
Game Flow: A great game flow with one puzzle that may make you stick. Use your clues wisely and you will navigate this room will flow with ease.
Puzzles: All of the puzzles make sense and will keep you on the quest to find Captain Mayhem's treasure.
Game Master: The Game Master performed well, though this room progresses so well you may not need any assistance.
Group Size Suggestion: 2-7
The Jewel Heist Escape Room ReviewPrice: $30 per Person
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Mindbender's Jewel Heist escape game is one of the top 3 in Jacksonville. It's recommend that you have some type of experience to enter this room, though a beginner can defiantly make it through. This escape game has some of the best puzzles available today and it always feels like you are on the road to finding the jewel.
Story: For years, everyone has searched for the famous Templar Ruby. Said to be the most precious and perfect stone in the world. Its origins trace back to the Knights Templar and legend has it that it is has been hidden away in Ashton Manor for over 100 years now. Many have tried to break in and find the ruby. Many have come back empty handed, many were arrested, and some have never returned, including famed criminal mastermind Barnaby Caper. Is the Manor booby trapped? Is the ruby really there? Barnaby believed he had figured out the Manor’s secret, but he has never returned. Can you break into the Manor, find and steal the Templar Ruby, and make it out alive before the cops come to arrest you? You must work quickly and quietly to find the clues and solve the puzzles to find the ruby’s location
Immersion: As you step into the dark room you don't know what to expect but once you figure out the first puzzle you get the feeling that you are in a mansion on a mad quest. This room has a feel that many others don't enjoy the Jewel hunt in this mansion escape room.
Game Style: Theft/Find An Item
Game Flow: Getting the lights out is a bit tedious and one or two puzzles are not exactly apparent but the room continues nicely as you move through puzzles.
Puzzles: Mind Bender found away to present unique puzzles in a traditional theme. All of the puzzles are very good, continuously escalating even leading to the final puzzle. Word to the wise, know your locks before attempting this room.
Game Master: The Game Master was fantastic keeping us on pace. As a game master he was able to hide any game flow problems.
Group Size Suggestion: 4-8
Jack The Ripper Escape Room ReviewPrice: $30 per Person
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Jack The Ripper Escape Room had a great concept that didn't live up to the potential. This room has a couple of puzzles that are not hard to figure out but very hard to complete. You will have hearing issues as a puzzle attempts to maintain the period but leads to confusion in completion of the puzzle. The other major issue is a puzzle that requires a certain level of hand dexterity that not many have.
Story: On November 9, 1888, Mary Jane Kelly’s lifeless body was found on the east end of London. It’s widely believed that she was the last victim of the notorious murderer, Jack the Ripper, who terrorized the streets of Whitechapel. Detectives worked tirelessly to solve the mystery and arrest the killer, but to no avail. The man responsible for these atrocious crimes was never brought to justice.
No one ever thought he would ever resurface…until today! Over 30 years after the slayings another vicious murder has rocked the streets of London. The remains of a woman were discovered last night in a back alley.
Eerily similar to the previous crimes, an anonymous letter reached Scotland Yard this morning. The letter announces the return of Jack the Ripper, whereby he promises to embark on another series of heinous murders. But, there is one piece of information in the letter the police haven’t released to the public. Familiar with your past involvement in these investigations, Jack specifically threatens to come after YOU!
Being an authority on these infamous crimes and your past work as a detective, Scotland Yard calls reopens the case and calls upon you. Armed with the letter and old evidence that was gathered from 1888, you need to work quickly to finally solve the clues and puzzles and uncover the true identity of the ripper within the hour before he kills again and makes you his next victim?
Immersion: This is an outlier for Mind Bender Escape Games. The puzzles they used for an 1800s room included a brand new bike and electronic coffee maker. The walls are plain and very underwhelming.
Game Style: Detective
Game Flow: The game flow is not the best. As you go through the room you will run into some major choke points. One choke point is so obstructive that it will literally have everyone standing around one person trying to complete a physical challenge.
Puzzles: The puzzles were okay. Unfortunately, that's all the praise I can offer. No puzzle was fantastic or made this room particularly memorable.
Game Master: Of the two game masters the first was unable to stay in character for the full duration of the room, breaking the established feeling of immersion. The game masters call the participants via phone to provide information. This mechanism, while unique, actually obstructs communication as only one person can use the phone at a time. This being the case, different members of a team may hear a clue differently when given by the game master. Also the decision to come into the room in an effort to fix an effort to fix an error with a puzzle without stopping the time hurt the competitive nature of the room.
The 2nd game master was much better but provided too much information and a few clues not requested.
Group Size Suggestion: 4-8
The Woodshed Escape Room ReviewPrice: $30 per Person
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The Woodshed escape game is easily one of the best if not the best escape room in Jacksonville, Florida. The room starts with an eerie feeling as you stand in the woods outside of a terrifying cabin. The entire room is a truly fantastic experience not for those who scare easily. The room has a mystique that is creepy with a few great jump scares. If you have the chance take advantage and book this room! You can tell the rooms designer really went all out.
Story: In a small town in North Carolina, there are some woods known as the Devil’s Tramping Ground. They say that dogs won’t go near the site and nothing grows in this area. Up for an exhilarating adventure you and your group head into the infamous woods for a short hike. Several hours into your adventure, you and your fellow hikers have gotten lost. With nightfall coming soon, there isn’t much time before your situation becomes dire.
Frantically searching for help, food and shelter, you come upon an ominous looking wood shed. Following the clues left behind by a previous group, you break into the shed and hole up for the night. Once inside, however, you discover that you are in the home of the notorious serial killer Zachary Klein! A legend in these parts, he is a well-known psychopath that has a very unhealthy obsession with eyes and death.
This is the worst possible place you could have stumbled upon! But, now you are trapped and he could return at any moment. Will you be able to find your way out in time – or will you become Zachary’s next victims?! You must work quickly and quietly to get out before he returns. Your life depends on it! Good luck!
Immersion: This room sets a standard for immersion. We felt like we were waiting in desolate woods in front of a dilapidated cabin. All the props kept a consistent flow immersion feeling the entire time.
Game Style: Escape/Serial Killer
Game Flow: The game flow is intense as you are thinking about the next step or scare the entire time.
Puzzles: The rooms puzzles are very good and rather simple. If the room had one thing against it the puzzles are not super unique but great nonetheless.
Game Master: The Game Master is very involved in this game the entire time. They must stay on it as they have a role in the room. You will see the role immediately when you start the room and throughout the rest of the room.
Group Size Suggestion: 4-10
Mind Bender Escape Rooms
1500 Beach Blvd #212
Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250