Escape rooms are something that have become pretty big in the past years and I think should be experienced at least once. I was really excited to be invited by PanIQ Room Chicago this past weekend since escape rooms are something that I've been wanting to try out!
There were three themes that I was able to choose from, which were Infection, The Mob, and The Prison. The first two were considered "family friendly" while the last theme was not. I wanted the most intense experience, so of course I chose The Prison! PanIQ Room lets you have up to 7 people in each escape room; I obviously had 3 other friends with me for this one. Although escape rooms are a group activity and can be booked for team building, this specific theme makes you split your group into two different cells. The two groups still interact with each other and have clues that are for each other, but I was hoping to fully experience the escape room in one single room.
All of the escape rooms at this PanIQ Room give you an hour to try and "escape". There's a big timer on the wall that counts down your time so you're aware of how much you have left to solve all the riddles and get out. Another thing that comes with doing the escape room is a walkie talkie where you can ask for unlimited clues. My friends and I didn't rely on this too much until towards the end. When it came to about 10 minutes left of the escape room I just wanted to be closer to getting out. A lot of the riddles seemed almost impossible to figure out and the 1 hour goes by really fast.
You can probably see from the picture that we did NOT escape from the prison cells. We were told that we did make it to about 80% of the escape room, which did make us feel better! I would definitely do this again, but probably choose a theme that's less difficult.
You can book an escape room with friends or family on the PanIQ Room Chicago website. If you're not located in Chicago PanIQ Escape Room has other locations as well! Comment below how your escape room experience was! I wanna hear all about it!