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Luke

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Did both rooms today. The Case of Mr. Karver was my favorite. I don't want to go into any of the details because I don't want to ruin it. However, I would defiantly recommend it. Case of Jack the Ripper was cool too. But the Case of Mr. Karver of defiantly more betters.

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Nicole

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We just did this escape room. It was broken. They made no effort to fix the problem.

The set broke and gave us the 4th clue towards the beginning. The amazing actor tried to mitigate the problem, but ultimately that meant we never had access to that clue. Then they pulled us out 5 minutes early.

They should have stopped everything when the set broke, instead of leaving the actor solve the problem.

When we tried to point out that the timer in the room said we still had 5 minutes, they tried to claim that it was a prop. When we called them out on that BS, they told us that it wasn't synched with the control room. But we checked it when we entered, so either they lied or it loses 10 minutes per hour.

I'm not sure if this is a experience anyone else has had, but given that they didn't try to fix the problem and cut our time short, I'd hesitate before paying for this experience.

That said, Mr Karver is amazing and the puzzle was really cool. I think this is the more advanced of the two rooms, and it is a shame that is is so badly run.
 
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To be honest, I had fun in The Case of Mr. Karver, but I think Nicole already highlighted enough reasons to not pay the price to do one of these experiences. Escape rooms, by their very nature, were created to provide a a mini haunt experience on a shoestring budget. Think of it like mini-golf.

So essentially the park built something that many people could afford to build at their own homes. That already makes it appear cheap, and might be somewhat forgivable if they were able to maintain the rooms. Unfortunately, they don't.

The actor can only do but so much to keep up with what is usually reserved as tech work. I feel really bad for the actors, and believe that Busch Gardens has sunken to a new low with these escape rooms. Leave that to small businesses with no money.
 
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CastleOSullivan said:
To be honest, I had fun in The Case of Mr. Karver, but I think Nicole already highlighted enough reasons to not pay the price to do one of these experiences. Escape rooms, by their very nature, were created to provide a a mini haunt experience on a shoestring budget. Think of it like mini-golf.

So essentially the park built something that many people could afford to build at their own homes. That already makes it appear cheap, and might be somewhat forgivable if they were able to maintain the rooms. Unfortunately, they don't.

The actor can only do but so much to keep up with what is usually reserved as tech work. I feel really bad for the actors, and believe that Busch Gardens has sunken to a new low with these escape rooms. Leave that to small businesses with no money.

Wow. They're really that bad?
 
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To answer your question, Jornor; I actually enjoyed the experience while it lasted. I don't even feel like I was really "cheated" all that badly. It's the ethical principle of the entire operation that I disagree with.

I expect more from Busch Gardens, and I can't help but feel they took the cheapest/laziest way out. That, and they don't bother to fix what they do have. Who knows though, this weekend might be totally different.
 
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I did this last night. I had fun, but the fourth clue should have been engineered better. We figured out the central item of the clue, but the way that it was locked and the clue text kept throwing us off and the actor more or less had to show us how to solve that clue.

The actor himself was nice and creepy and steered us in the right direction. Though part of me can't help but think that maybe he helped us a tad too much. When we got out, they were not prepared for us for the picture and the attendant told us we still had 23 minutes left.

Either way, I really enjoyed it and I hope I have a chance to do the second room.
 
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CastleOSullivan said:
To be honest, I had fun in The Case of Mr. Karver, but I think Nicole already highlighted enough reasons to not pay the price to do one of these experiences. Escape rooms, by their very nature, were created to provide a a mini haunt experience on a shoestring budget. Think of it like mini-golf.

So essentially the park built something that many people could afford to build at their own homes. That already makes it appear cheap, and might be somewhat forgivable if they were able to maintain the rooms. Unfortunately, they don't.

The actor can only do but so much to keep up with what is usually reserved as tech work. I feel really bad for the actors, and believe that Busch Gardens has sunken to a new low with these escape rooms. Leave that to small businesses with no money.

You know castle you hit the nail on the head so many of these rooms are thrown together so fast. That in the melee quality is lost. Ive done them locally and more often than not the rooms would be better if they upkept the rooms more. Was this something that was also offered 2018?
 
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