Las Vegas Escape Rooms: Rush to Escape
Karla and I always enjoy a good challenge. So ever since I did my first escape room experience with Lost Philippines, I have totally been hooked! Wait, correction, I have been obsessed with escape rooms the whole year round! So much, that as soon as I arrived in Vegas, I knew I had to pass on the fun to my brother and friends. And since it’s everyone else’s first time, I had to look for Las Vegas Escape Rooms that had rooms for beginners. Luckily Rush to Escape was nearby which was perfect since we had dinner reservations after. So did we break out from Prison or not? Well, read on to find out!
About the Prison Room (Rush to Escape Las Vegas)
In the past, we’ve done escape rooms with varying difficulties and time limits (45-60-75 minutes). As for this Las Vegas Escape Room, the Prison Break by Rush to Escape lasts for 60 minutes. We were a group of five, which was ideal since the rooms requires 2-8 players. Basically, the gist is that after a successful Heist, you are all prisoners in gen-pop at Rickers Island – one of the most notorious prisons in the United States. After spending months looking for any way out, you get a coded message from a certain N. Sypher saying he can buy you out in an hour. But that’s it.
Pre-Game in Rush to Escape
Our game was scheduled at 7:30 PM so we had to be at Rush to Escape by 7:15 PM for some pre-game briefing and reminders. As per policy, each participant is required to sign a waiver form pre-game. We were then warmly welcomed by our game master Moses and were given some pointers on how to play in their rooms in general.
Looking around, I couldn’t help but notice that they had popcorn and an espresso machine for guests. Which I found really thoughtful, perhaps to help overcome game jitters or wake up sleepy heads. I didn’t have any but my brother and John did. Did it help, thought? We’ll find out! Haha
They also have a ‘photobooth’ corner for guests to take their own souvenir group shots. No wonder Rush to Escape is the highest reviewed Las Vegas Escape Rooms company.
Escape Room Tip 1: Rush to Escape follows the 2-finger rule. If an object can’t be moved by 2 fingers, then they’re probably not mean to be moved. They’re fixed so don’t force it.
Prison Break Room: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly
Having done multiple escape rooms in the Philippines and around the US, I now evaluate individual escape rooms based on three things: the story (plot appeal), the puzzles (ease and logic), and the game master (friendliness and attentiveness). In total, the Prison Break room managed to tick off 3 out of 3 of those criteria. Here’s why (subtle spoiler alert!)
At the onset, each group will be separated into 2 teams, locked up in 2 separate cells. In the first room, found myself working on things with my brother and my sister-in-law. While our two friends were in the other (couple). Once we bust out from our individual cells, then we solve a series of puzzles before busting out to the next part. The whole thought of busting out of actual prison cells was all too exhilarating for everyone. Thus ticking off criterion number 1 (story plot!)
There are basically three things that I loved most about Rush to Escape’s Prison Break Room. First, unlike most of my escape rooms I’ve done in the past, this one had bright lights on. Which was a big advantage since I am practically half-wit when it’s dark. So having ample brightness, really allowed everyone to work quickly and without distractions. Second, I loved the simplicity and logic of (most) the puzzles. They were easy to understand, follow, and piece together. Third and most importantly, the presence of a game master. I appreciate the fact that Moses supervised the game from a CCTV. And offered three friendly hints that boosted us when we got stuck.
Escape Room Tip 2: Search every escape room thoroughly. But keep things organized. Search for clues everywhere but make sure you know where they came from.
The Bad (mild spoiler!)
I have never seen or heard of Tangram puzzles in the past. My brother has, but sadly isn’t much of a fan either. So it was clearly bad news when we found out there were three tangram puzzles in the Prison Break Room. Which obviously got us stuck for quite some time led to mild frustration.
Escape Room Tip 3: The key is to work together. Yell out what you find, ask help others if needed. Remember, not everyone thinks the same way all the time. So what may seem illogical to you for one puzzle, might be a breeze for another (and vice-versa)!
The Ugly (tiny spoiler!)
At one point of the game, we had to search for something important in some gross and generally hands-off spot. And since no one else wanted to, I had to do it myself. Eeep!
All in all, I would totally recommend doing some Las Vegas escape rooms at Rush to Escape. Well-thought-of plot stories, puzzles, and great game masters. Definitely must go back for Heist and Sherlock!
How to Book Rush to Escape
Ready to book some thought-provoking Las Vegas escape rooms at Rush to Escape? Choose from The Heist, Prison Break, and Smite Sherlock.
Visit the Rush to Escape website to book your slot now! Each game costs USD 35.00 per person, minimum of 2 persons per game. Rush to Escape Las Vegas is located at 2185 E Windmill Ln #300, Las Vegas, NV 89123, USA.
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