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 The Great Escape Room so that you can make a better-informed decision when reserving your next experience.
In years past, many escape rooms employed a video game-inspired “3 hints and done” rule. The Great Escape Room was one of these venues that counted hints. Nowadays, we think if you ask your gamemaster for unlimited help, they’ll oblige.
When The Escape Effect opened in 2017, we changed up the hint system in a way that offered teams either unlimited or timed hints and no penalties. We were among the first to recognize that guests play escape rooms for different reasons.
At The Great Escape Room, they break down the skills needed for their games into “scavenger level” and “puzzle level”. So, if you are a first-timer, you can choose a room that suits your skills.
At The Escape Effect, we do use difficulty ratings and tags, but 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.
If you went to a movie and it was over in 60 minutes, would you be satisfied?
The Great Escape Room three rooms at the ubiquitous 60-minute time frame.
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!
As you play more and more escape rooms, you’re bound to see themes repeat themselves – “aliens”, “mad scientists”, “pirates”, and more.
If you’re looking for a fresh theme at The Great Escape Room, your best bet is probably Mountain Top Murders. There aren’t many whodunnit escape rooms in Orlando and this new one from TGER sounds like it might be just that.
At The Escape Effect, you’ll be able to choose from four awesome themes, including a Greek temple or a 1920s Theatre.
The regularly accepted minimum for escape rooms is typically advertised as two players.
The Great Escape Room requires that players pay for a minimum of four tickets even if less than four players will actually participate. As far as we can tell, all of their rooms can physically be played with less than four players.
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.
The Great Escape Room advertises the option between public and private games.
Most every other venue, including The Escape Effect, has gone completely private as one of several measures to promote a safer environment.
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 The Great Escape Room 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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