New Smyrna Beach Escape Room Review
New Smyrna Beach Escape Room is a locally-owned and located in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. New Smyrna Beach (NSB) Escape Room is operated by the owners of the popular location, No Name Saloon and Grill in Edgewater, Florida. Yes, they love their bar but have a passion for designing Escape Rooms! The owners fell in love with Escape Games, while doing a room in Orlando and they were hooked! NSB Escape Room is home to not two, or even three rooms, they are they proud hosts of seven games. Warden’s Office, Houdini’s Secret, and Twisted are just a few games offered! This location has tried to consider the whole family as they have added a “kids only” room next to their Safe Cracker room. Unfortunately, the Escape Crusaders were a bit too old to attempt this room.
**This location is pretty strict about its clue giving system which at times may lead to frustration but to make up for it they provide 10 “extra” minutes after the 60 minutes to complete the room, if you haven’t made your escape.
Houdini's Secret Escape Room ReviewPrice: $25 per Person
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Houdini’s Secret Escape Room is a game that anyone with a trick up their sleeve or rabbit in your hat can complete. Some of the puzzles allow smaller group to get through the room quickly. This room is good for beginners and introduces players to some nice hands-on experiences. Many of the puzzles are controlled by the Game Master within the room, so the magic feels “real”.
Story: After studying the man behind the magic you and your team break into his home to try to learn more... not realizing that Houdini has booby-trapped his home to protect his secrets leaving you trapped inside!
Immersion: Houdini’s Secret did a nice job with making you feel like you are in a living room of a magician, maybe not Houdini, but clearly someone who enjoys puzzles and magic. The Game Master is in this room, upon a podium which breaks the immersion a bit, but who else is going to make the magic happen?
Game Style: Fantasy
Game Flow: This room is VERY linear. Each puzzle leads directly to the next. The game is smooth as long as you continue to follow the path the puzzles lead you on.
Puzzles: Many of the puzzles are mildly logic based. There are not many original puzzles, and some of the props were difficult to use. The Escape Crusaders had an issue with a couple of puzzles. We knew what the objective was, plain and simple… BUT we had difficulty physically completing it, which lead to frustration and lost time.
Game Master: The Game Master is a big part of this experience. The Game Master was able to read the room really well, and clearly enjoys the reactions from the players when they come across "magical" items!
Group Size Suggestion: 2-6
Final Thought: When working on a couple of the puzzles, don’t overcrowd each other. Take a step back and remember even though you are working as a team, not everyone needs to manipulate puzzles.
The Warden's Office Escape Room ReviewPrice: $25 per Person
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The Warden's Office was the first room created at New Smyrna Beach Escape Rooms. As mentioned in the introduction, the owners were inspired by another Escape Room company, and you can feel familiar progression as you play this game. Although New Smyrna Beach Escape Rooms offers extended time at the end of the game, you need to make sure you are moving lightning fast to find the, what seems like endless puzzle piece components. Some of the props are a bit worn and other puzzles don't belong in the room. This is a room designed to eat time but accommodates large groups well. The room has a very fun and unique puzzles but the Escape Crusaders wish it was in the Murder 101 room instead.
Story: You've already managed to escape your jail cell and you and your cellmates have just 60 minutes before the warden gets back from lunch to escape for good... or it's back to the cell you go... and this time for life!
Immersion: Whenever you can see the lobby from within the room, the immersion is kind of gone. With each of this locations installments, the immersion gets a little better every time, but this is simply a dimly lit office space with odds and ends and a forced story line.
Game Style: Escape
Game Flow: This room is a scavenger hunt. The only reason this room has any flow is that you are in a constant state of motion as you try to find super hidden puzzle piece components.
Puzzles: Standard puzzles. Many worn props. The Escape Crusaders are quite the detectives, but there were many pieces that were hidden so well that we just had to move on or assume what the missing pieces were. Also, you may need to know some history so you can escape, keep that in mind as you search through the room. Keep an eye out for obscure reference tools, though.
Game Master: The Game Masters and NSB Escape Rooms are sticklers for clues but this Game Master was pretty amusing which kept this room from being too frustrating.
Group Size Suggestion: 3-6
Final Thought: Check every crook and cranny in this room. Every. Single. One.
Murder 101 Escape Room ReviewPrice: $25 per Person
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Murder 101 is a traditional murder mystery. You start in the office of the Lead Detective, and once you have collected all of the tools to solve the case, you are taken to the crime scene to collect evidence. The Escape Crusaders could tell that someone really wanted to design this Escape Room! There are so many authentic props and details in this game, unfortunately, you do not get to use them. The game was fun and moved quickly. A word of warning: if you have a problem with realistic gore in pictures, you may not enjoy parts of the room.
Story: An exciting two room game that brings you and your CSI team in to help solve a series of grisly murders! Finding evidence and clues in both the detective’s office and in the crime scene itself will keep you rushing to beat the clock!
Immersion: With having the Detective's Office and the crime scene next to each other, the movement between the rooms takes away from the story and logic, but not away from the individual room immersion. There are a lot of great authentic-feeling details in the detective’s office. The crime scene area is a bit underwhelming.
Game Style: Catch the killer
Game Flow: Once you leave the Detective’s office, you will need to move between rooms occasionally. There is a linear feel with a bit of scavenger hunting. A pretty good mix in the room.
Puzzles: The puzzles are simple and follow the theme of the room. There are some puzzles that need more than one piece so stay organized!
Game Master: The Game Master directs you through the room with a little bit too much enthusiasm at times.
Group Size Suggestion: 3-6
Final Thought: The Escape Crusaders strongly suggest you try playing this game at night, part of the game is more difficult (not impossible) with the bright Florida sunshine. If you do play while it is bright out, get creative with the objects within the room to help you along your way!
New Smyrna Beach Escape Room
116 Canal Street
New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168