Are You Not Entertained?
Much like Escape The Colosseum, my relationship with The Great Escape Room (TGER) is full of history. I completed my very first escape room, Sherlock Holmes’ Library, as well as my 4th, Professor Moriarty’s Gameroom, at this very location. Despite being the place where I discovered my love of escape games, my feelings have always been love/hate due to TGER’s game styles. Early TGER rooms were universally panned by escape room enthusiasts for being more scavenger hunt-based than traditional escape games, having low production value, and the immersion-shattering presence of having a game master in the room throughout. With Escape The Colosseum TGER has taken our critiques to heart with a new game that feels completely different than anything the company has done in the past.
In my last TGER review, I mentioned that The President’s Bunker was “a step in the right direction” for the company. It still had a large scavenger hunting element like their 1st generation rooms, but it also has a more fleshed out story and some cool tech puzzles. Escape The Colosseum completely does away with the search for puzzle pieces and replaces it with the type of puzzles you’d expect in a modern escape room. What we get instead is a 100-minute, 4 room experience with an interesting twist. Each room has a 25-minute time limit that adds a needed bit of tension to the extra long game.
TGER also stepped up the overall production value of rooms by a wide margin. Past games at this location felt bare-bones in terms of decor but each space in Escape The Colosseum feels complete. This is made more impressive by the fact that each room feels distinct while all staying within the theme of ancient Rome. There were some cool props and set pieces that were fun to interact with, and that were integrated well with the period in which the story takes place.
Not So Good
If you are planning to play Escape the Colosseum with a group of 6 or more (up to 8 with a private game) there are some sections later in the game that may leave some players without a lot to do. This is common of many escape rooms played with experienced players but I felt it was worth noting. Escape The Colosseum is a good escape room with some challenging puzzles, some of which will be difficult to solve without timed audio prompts built into the game. Escape room enthusiasts might find it frustrating that they are not able to figure out certain challenges simply by using their wits. The good news is that TGER has been very receptive to feedback for Escape The Colosseum and is actively looking to tweak aspects of the game to improve the experience for all.
After placing Escape The Colosseum through its paces, I left with a feeling of excitement for TGER and the escape room industry as a whole. When an industry leader the size of The Great Escape Room is open to feedback and shows a willingness to step their game up, we all win. I once wrote about what I thought needed to happen for the escape room industry to survive going forward. Stronger competition between companies and the elevation of the product are vital for continued growth. TGER has made a complete 180 from their earlier offerings and is showing a willingness to listen to their customers. If you were already a fan of TGER, then you shouldn’t hesitate to book Escape The Colosseum. If you had written the company off because of your past experiences I would highly recommend you give them a 2nd look. 5/5
- Location: The Great Escape Room
- Time Limit: 100 Minutes
- Number of Players: Up to 6
- Recommended skill level: Intermediate
We would like to thank The Great Escape Tampa for inviting the Escape Junkies to experience Escape The Colosseum free of charge. We pride ourselves on providing honest feedback to the community, and while we appreciate their generosity, all thoughts and opinions (both positive and negative) are ours and ours alone.