Pick of the Week – January 26- February 1, 2015

Following up on yesterday's post, this week’s pick is a puzzle/trap room.  For those of you who might have missed what I posted yesterday and don’t feel like going back and reading it, a puzzle or trap room puts players into a room where they must gather clues and solve puzzles in order to escape or resolve the situation.  These aren’t jigsaw puzzles, my friends.  Perhaps you will need to figure out a code that gives you a clue as to where to find a key.  Or maybe objects scattered around will lead you to numbers that in turn open a combination lock.

These puzzle/trap rooms have started sprouting up in many major cities.  But this week’s pick is for a specific one.  If you are ever in Orlando, Florida (And it is one of the top tourist destinations on the planet, so the odds aren’t terrible that you could find yourself there some day.), go check out It’s A Trap!

Located in what appears to be an average strip mall, It’s A Trap has two very elaborately-themed rooms, one is a fantasy setting and the other is a laboratory.  The owners have done a fantastic job outfitting the rooms and making the settings immersive, and the actors who help set the scenes and guide you along are top-notch.

My group did the “Imprisoned Creatures” puzzle in the fantasy room, which is described as follows: You are simple farmers from a small village experiencing a terrible plague, and as a last resort you begrudgingly go to ask the nearby evil Shadowcaster for help.  Upon entering his cottage, you instead find a caged creature. It pipes up and says that the evil Shadowcaster has trapped it, and that it will help you cure your plague, but you must first free it.  Can you open its cage before the Shadowcaster returns?

Without spoiling anything, I will say that the next hour was a fun and frantic effort to follow the clues to release our new friend.  We were ultimately successful…with only seconds to spare.  Next time I am in Orlando, I hope to go back and try one of the other puzzles.  I’d also like to have words with that little bugger we freed.  Can you believe he called me “Sir Bossy?”  The nerve!

- Alan Decker

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