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


Size Matters.

Lockbusters’ 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 that comfortably work well with up to ten players.

Lockbusters charges $29 for their 45-minute experience and $35 for their 60-minute experiences.

The Escape Effect charges between $39.95 and $64.95 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.

Better Value.
Tailored To You.

At Lockbusters, 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 ratings similarly, but we also have the ability to raise up and down the difficulty based on your team’s experience.

If you prefer that, please let your host know in advance.  Oh, and if you have kids, let us know that so we can make adjustments for them too!

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

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

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!

Longer Games.
No Minimums Required.

Lockbusters 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 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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