Escape the Illuminati in this new SoCal Escape Room made by Blizzard designers

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Over the past few years or so, we here at Nerd Reactor have become very fond of escape rooms. We’ve collectively done over 10 in the So Cal area alone. As the medium grows bigger and more popular, there seems to always be more interesting ideas to help broaden the genre. Enter Puzzle Workshop, a group founded by designers from Blizzard Entertainment. Given the pedigree, I was curious what the game devs could think up. It’s one thing to create a game in a virtual space, it’s another to lock a group of people in a room with difficult yet simple enough puzzle while making it a fun experience.

Having been to more than a few puzzle room games myself, I was somewhat skeptical once I was informed that it was not horror themed. Not that I have anything against escape rooms that don’t have a horror element to them, I just have yet to play one that I thought was interesting enough. The theme for Puzzle Workshop’s room was The Illuminati, which I thought was a very interesting premise. You’d be happy to know that you don’t need to have an advanced knowledge on The Bohemian Grove or The Free Mason to help you escape out of the room.Your objective is to recover a lost artifact that International treasure seeker Jack Maverick has led you to. Inside the home of a wealthy aristocratic with ties to the Illuminati, you must find the Statue of Sekhmet and escape before The Illuminati finds you. You have sixty minutes to escape the room and can only be played with four to six people. Inside the room, there are puzzles that will help you find items which will aid you in your escape.  Hopefully, through teamwork and hard work, you and your friends will escape.

Your objective is to recover a lost artifact that international treasure seeker Jack Maverick has led you to. Inside the home of a wealthy aristocratic with ties to the Illuminati, you must find the Statue of Sekhmet and escape before The Illuminati finds you. You have sixty minutes to escape the room, a room that can only be played with four to six people. Inside the room, there are puzzles that will help you find items which will aid you in your escape. Hopefully, through teamwork and hard work, you and your friends will flee with the artifact.

The Illuminati Escape Room was challenging but at the same time was not that convoluted where we would get the puzzles mixed up. I don’t know why, but sometimes escape rooms tend to be filled with a bunch of useless items that don’t pertain to any of the objectives. I know that it’s supposed to help with the immersion, but I can’t tell you how many times that I’ve rummage through countless files and books that had nothing to do with any of the puzzles. We didn’t have that problem with The Illuminati Escape Room. The puzzles were difficult and different enough that it kept the six of us preoccupied. At about the half-way point, we were feeling pretty good about ourselves. It seemed like one after another, we were knocking down any objective that was put before us, then we hit the wall.

At this point, the puzzles became harder and more elaborate. Some were so elaborate that we were pretty amazed by the special effects, but just like I said before, the puzzles weren’t overly convoluted. We just needed to think harder and come at it a different way. The last 3 minutes was probably one of the most intense heart-pounding experiences I’ve ever had in an escape room. With literally seconds left, we opened the door and escaped to freedom. I really enjoyed this game, and we all collectively left with a rush when we fled from the room and high-fived each other.

The Secrets of The Illuminati Escape Room by Puzzle Workshop is a challenging game that will test your wits and your teamwork skills. I found it very fun and so far it is the best non-horror-based escape room that I’ve done. If you live in the Los Angeles/Orange County area, I’d strongly recommend it. I can’t wait to see what the next room they’ll come up with.

For more information on Puzzle Workshop and the Secrets of the Illuminati Escape Room; visit PuzzleWorkshop.com.

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