If you’re thinking of visiting an escape room soon, be sure to consider all the options Orlando has to offer. In this article, we’ll discuss the differences between The Escape Effect and Bureau Escape Rooms so that you can make a better-informed decision when reserving your next experience.
Escape rooms can be described as “linear” or “non-linear”. A linear game means that players must solve puzzle A before solving puzzle B. A non-linear game means that puzzles A and B can be solved simultaneously.
As far as we can tell, all of Bureau Escape Rooms’ games are linear. At The Escape Effect, we have a mix and typically recommend non-linear games to larger groups because it means that everyone has something to do at the same time. Both At Odds With The Gods and Fright Before Your Eyes are great examples of non-linear escape rooms.
Bureau Escape Rooms charges between $37.99 and $41.99 for a 60-minute experience based on the game and the day of the week.
The Escape Effect charges between $44.95 and $69.95 based on the day of the week and duration of the experience, which ranges between 75 minutes and 2 hours. If you bring the kids, you’ll enjoy special child rates too.
If you do the math, you’ll understand that you can pay less per hour at The Escape Effect.
At Bureau Escape Rooms, there are no obvious difficulty ratings available.
At The Escape Effect, we do use difficulty ratings and we also have the ability to adjust the game’s challenge level based on your team’s experience. If you prefer that, please let your host know in advance.
Oh, and if you have kids, let your host know that too so we can make the appropriate adjustments! We’ve done things in the past like keeping the door open or turning up the lighting to make whomever requests it more comfortable.
Bureau Escape Rooms has positioned themselves as “Adventure Rooms”. Their website makes it clear that they don’t like locks or keys and they are even against traditional puzzles.
Each of The Escape Effect’s rooms are very different from each other. Some overlap with Bureau Escape Rooms’ offerings and others do just the opposite. If you enjoy traditional puzzles, At Odds With The Gods or Sherlock Studies are great choices. If you like keys and padlocks, A Knight To Escape is fantastic. And if you are a person who appreciates technology that you can hold in your own hands, Fright Before Your Eyes fits the bill.
If you went to a movie and it was over in 60 minutes, would you be satisfied?
Bureau Escape Rooms are always the ubiquitous 60-minute maximum.
The Escape Effect is the first to introduce escape rooms longer than 60 minutes. In fact, A Knight To Escape runs a full two hours – it’s one of only two 2-hour escape rooms in the entire country (the other is in California)! Additionally, our classic At Odds With The Gods and the anything-but-classic Fright Before Your Eyes run 90 minutes each!
On a related note, did you know that all time limits at The Escape Effect are based on significant testing done with focus groups on each and every escape room before being released to the general public?
The regularly accepted minimum for escape rooms is typically advertised as two players.
Bureau Escape Rooms requires that players pay for a minimum of four tickets on Saturdays after 5pm even if less than four players will actually participate. This practice has become commonplace for several escape room venues within Orlando, typically with varying restrictions.
At The Escape Effect, we keep with 2-player minimums, allow single players on occasion, and only require four players for A Knight To Escape because the puzzles physically require it.
Have you been convinced?
Of course, we hope you’ll select The Escape Effect for your next escape room. But even if you choose to play at Bureau Escape Rooms this time, we sincerely hope you enjoy yourselves. Escape rooms can be so much fun and after you’re done playing there, we hope you’ll be curious what’s behind door #2…
Still Not Sure? Here’s The Deal!
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