At NM Escape Room, we have been fortunate to create a myriad of styles and themes for our escape rooms. Some have withstood the test of time and trials of thousands in their pursuit to escape within the hour. Others have given us a good run with ample teaching, growth opportunities for improving our design and creation game for future rooms. We do not retire rooms lightly as we do put a lot of work, time, and effort into designing and building each of our scenarios. As this past month was our 6 year anniversary, we’d like to take a look back on the three escape room scenarios that we have retired in our existence.
There’s a lot to take into consideration when it comes to retiring an existing escape game that many don’t even realize are factors:
At the end of the day, we want to make sure that the rooms we offer are enticing, exciting, and effective for the purposes they serve. As for future rooms in store, we’re still working on our game plan as we finally are getting back up on our feet after the Pandemic, thanks to your continued support.
A colleague of yours is on the run from the Feds. He wrote an article connecting the JFK assassination to the Watergate Scandal, which he left behind in his home study. It’s up to you to find the unpublished article and get it to your publishers before the authorities arrive.
The trickiest but also the most fun aspect of this game was that your group was split into two rooms at the start separated by a conjoining locked door. You had to work together to figure out not only what but how to communicate to the other half of our group as some locks and clues in one space would work in another. Eventually your groups would open the locked door and you could then go back and forth to complete your game. You physically had to have that middle door open to escape the room, bringing an object from one room into the other to place on a scale to open the door to get out.
Bob Ford, the man charged with the murder of Jesse James, has found Jesse James' map to some hidden treasure. Before Ford could find the treasure, he was murdered and the map was never seen again. Rumor has it that the map is hidden somewhere inside Ford's Victorian styled home office; however, the building is set to be demolished in 1 hour. You must find the treasure map before the building is destroyed. Unfortunately, you don’t know the whole plan, but luckily there were clues left for you to find that you will just have to figure it out. Do you have what it takes to find the map before time runs out?
This game presented a lot of nonlinear puzzles. There was a door with 8 locks on it (keys, words, codes) with each lock its own series of tasks and puzzles to complete. In the room, it seemed quite plain with not a lot to work with at the start but after completion looked like a tornado had gone through; there were just so many hidden compartments and little pieces for parsing through puzzles.
You’ve been informed by the legal representative that your late grandmother has left an item to you in her will listed as “The Family Jewel.” What’s odd is that one has ever heard of it, much less been able to find it. Unfortunately the final sale of her estate will take place in 1 hour. You must make one last attempt at finding this mysterious jewel before it’s lost forever. However, something seems very curious about this person from the attorney’s office…Things are not what they seem!
While inside an unassuming Grandma’s house you discover some clues left behind by the dearly departed that lead you to a secret bunker where you discover Grandma’s secret; she was a spy for the British SIS, and she has tasked you with protecting the secret locations of all of the agents in her care. You must not give the secret documents to the dodgy estate Attorney.
This past year and some change has put a huge pause on our goals and plans for creating future escape games. As a small business, we are doing our best to get back up and running, thanks to incredible support and patronage from you! Escape games take a lot of time, resources, and personnel to create; we’re slowly but steadily working on our future ideas. We appreciate your patience and for standing by us. Keep an eye out for updates on revamping current rooms and creating future rooms. Be sure to follow us on our social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram, as well as signing up for our monthly newsletter.