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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 Lockbusters Escape Game so that you can make a better-informed decision when reserving your next experience.

What makes Escape Effect different from Lockbusters Escape Game?  Size Matters.

Lockbusters Escape Game’s overall games are an impressive size in overall stature.  They typically fill their rooms with large props and break up their games into notably smaller subrooms.  As such, their games can feel most comfortable with no more than five players.

The Escape Effect offers escape rooms of all different sizes.  In contrast, the first subroom in all of our games is larger with respect to the maximum number of players recommended.  As such, we can cater excellently with games like At Odds With The Gods that comfortably work well with up to ten players.

Nobody Sits On The Sidelines.

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, most of Lockbusters’ 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.

What makes Escape Effect different from Lockbusters Escape Game?  Better Value.

Lockbusters Escape Game charges $32 for their 45-minute experience and $38 for their 60-minute experiences.

The Escape Effect charges between $46.95 and $69.95 for experiences ranging between 75 minutes and 2 hours based on the day of the week and the game in question.

If you do the math, you’ll understand that you actually pay less per minute at The Escape Effect.

What makes Escape Effect different from Lockbusters Escape Game?  Tailored To You.

At Lockbusters Escape Game, they offer difficulty ratings for each of their games.  So, if you are a first-timer, you might choose to play the lower-rated Pirate Adventure (6) instead of the higher-rated Bank Heist (9) escape room.

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.

What makes Escape Effect different from Lockbusters Escape Game?  Longer Games.

If you went to a movie and it was over in 60 minutes, would you be satisfied?

Lockbusters Escape Game offers one 45-minute escape room and four of the ubiquitous 60-minute versions.

The Escape Effect offers games all that are long than 60 minutes and are 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!

What makes Escape Effect different from Lockbusters Escape Game?  Minimums Required.

Lockbusters Escape Game requires that players pay for a minimum of 3 tickets (4 for Bank Heist) even if less than that number will actually participate.  All of their rooms can physically be played with a single person, except for Bank Heist which includes a puzzle that requires two 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.

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 Lockbusters Escape Game 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!

We aren’t sure how else to convince you that The Escape Effect is the place to be, so here’s a secret!  Use code LBVIP at checkout to save 20% on any of our escape rooms.  No other discounts apply.


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