Review: The Curiosity Shop Escape Room by Wizards and Wires

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Nerd Reactor was invited to experience The Curiosity Shop this past weekend, a new escape room from Wizards and Wires in Riverside, CA. This was by far my FAVORITE escape room yet! The room is set in a haunted curiosities shop (think antiques, artifacts, skulls, and creepy dolls). Due to recent paranormal activity, those investigating along with the owner of the shop have gone missing. It’s up to you and your team to get to the bottom of the haunting.

You begin by entering a pitch black room and a video starts to explain why you are there and possibly, what you are getting yourselves into. Your team is armed with a flashlight (yes it is dark and the lights will go out without notice), a PKE Meter for detecting objects with “activity”, and a radio for picking up EVPs (electronic voice phenomena). These items should be closely guarded as to not miss any clues.

We began exploring like any other escape room. This place was creepy! The group (whose members I will not name to spare the embarrassment) wouldn’t even dare to venture into the other dark side of the room until we could exhaust all clues in the front part of the room that was more familiar. Without giving any spoilers, let’s just say that the room responds back to you as you make your progress through the puzzles. This is all thanks to the expertise in prop making, animatronics, and monster sculpting by the creators.

This was definitely the scariest room escape I have experienced, but I would still recommend it for anyone. As long as you have a couple of brave friends you can hide behind, it’s not so bad. It’s not like a haunted house where something will intentionally jump out to scare you. A lot of the fear comes from your imagination thanks to the realism in the props and antiquities.

Check out their website below for reservations:

http://wizardsandwires.com/

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