A Return To Camelot
Hear ye! Hear ye! And harken to my tale of honor, bravery, chivalry, courage, and teamwork. Attend to me, my faithful knights of the round table, as we band together to find the mighty Excalibur, crown a king, and defeat the evil enchantress Morgana before she can cast Camelot out of existence!
As an avid Escape Junkie with many rooms under my belt, Excalibur was the first, which probably made me feel like an active participant in the story and not just a gamer in the room. This was a full immersive experience for our group from Off the Couch Games. My fellow junkies and I were not only integrated into the story of the room, but we were written into the story as if there were a mysterious scribe writing about our adventures. My imagination was nothing compared to the experience we would have, and I have the most vivid memories of this room. Our goal was to find and remove Excalibur from its famed stone and defeat Morgana, who was a vicious threat to our existence.
In most escape rooms, you find props along the way to aid you in your successful completion of the room. At Off the Couch, we were even given props to get us into character before entering the room itself. We each donned long and draping capes (watching Escape Junkie Adam try to put his cape on was worth the price of admission alone). Escape Junkie Kyle was handed a staff reminiscent of the one Sir Ian McKellen sported in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and it was explained to us that there was a class system in the room: mages, warriors, a scribe, and later a king. Escape Junkie Katie volunteered to be the scribe and our gamemaster provided her an immaculate book and pen which she used to mark down information which aided us in our quest. Katie and Escape Junkie Diana were pivotal in figuring out the magic spell puzzles we encountered.
We began our quest for the legendary sword in a courtyard with giant fountains, elaborate sculptures, and a pillar with cryptic runes. The courtyard was additionally adorned with removable shields on the walls and sculptures of two dragons. The courtyard led into more rooms, each more elaborate than the last. Inside one room, we were greeted by some of the most confounding puzzles I have ever encountered, one of which needed to be reset by our gamemaster due to a glitch. A word about Off the Couch Games…when they were made aware of the puzzle not working, they immediately stopped our time so they could reset it and then we could begin again.
Finding Excalibur was an amazing experience to behold. I confess I did try to remove the sword from the stone, but it was locked in place. There was a unique puzzle we were missing, but thanks to Escape Junkie Diana we figured it out. As I stated earlier about full immersion; well, at this point, the experience became ultimately surreal. I had the privilege of being crowned king by my fellow escape junkies and had the honor of pulling Excalibur from the stone, and boy was it heavy. Off the Couch Games provided a real sword with a sharp blade, and it gleamed beautifully in the lights illuminated throughout the room.
Not So Good
I really cannot think of any negatives in Excalibur. It was thoroughly entertaining, imaginative, and clever in its thoughtful design of every element and puzzle. While had an issue with a puzzle that cost us some time, the actions taken by our gamemaster made it a non-issue for us.
If you’ve read this far, then it should be no surprise that Excalibur gets 5 locks. Off The Couch Games is a quality outfit that all escape room enthusiasts should get to know. Excalibur is a highly polished escape room with truly satisfying details sprinkled throughout the experience. We can’t wait to return to California when their next batch of rooms open. 5/5
- Location: Off The Couch Games
- Time Limit: 120 Minutes
- Number of Players: 2-8
- Recommended Skill Level: Advanced