Mission Escape - Bank HeistI heard a lot about escape rooms but never participated until recently when I visited the Mission Escape Games location at the Garden Walk, Anaheim.

Did you know? The concept of escape rooms was inspired by "escape-the-room"–style video games. It's a live-action game that brings virtual puzzles to the real world.

I fell in love with the games right away. It is a great way to spend an hour and a half having fun with friends and family and using your brain to solve puzzles.

If you haven’t tried an escape room yet, here is an explanation: It is a game in which a team of players discovers clues, solves puzzles, and accomplishes tasks in one or more rooms to accomplish a specific goal in a limited amount of time.

Tip: Communication is key in escape rooms. Make sure to voice out your thoughts and listen to your teammates to solve puzzles more efficiently.

That was the scientific definition, but basically, you will be running around between two or three rooms, collecting clues, and cooperating (or arguing) with your team to escape the locked rooms.

Mission Escape Games in Anaheim is a perfect place to try the game for the first time.

They always start with detailed instructions and synopses of the story and provide a way to get some clues from the game master in case you get stuck.

Important Note: They ask you to arrive 30 minutes before your scheduled time because you must sign waivers and watch a video and listen to the game synopsis and instructions. 

Mission Escape - End of DaysSo far, we have tried two of their escape rooms, and we plan to return for more.

Interesting Fact: The "Bank Heist" and "End of Days" rooms at Mission Escape Games are known for their immersive storylines and challenging puzzles, making them favorites among enthusiasts.

We started with Bank Heist, where we had to pull the ultimate bank robbery to clear a debt we accumulated with the mob.   

Our second escape was from the End of Days room. We had to put together the final element to save the human race from a failed experiment. Both games were exciting and fun to play.

Please note that  I am not giving away any specifics or pointers about gameplay to avoid spoilers. You must figure it out on your own.

There are a lot of escape room places, so what is so special about this one?

First, I like the convenient location at the Garden Walk, close to Disneyland, with many top-notch restaurants.

Tip: Combine your visit to Mission Escape Games with a trip to Disneyland or Downtown Disney for a full day of adventure and fun. The proximity makes it an ideal pairing.

Second, I like that I can reserve the whole room for my party. You pay around $120 on weekdays or $135 on weekends for a family of four.

And finally, I think the game guides are friendly and funny, making the game more enjoyable.

Fun Fact: The world's largest escape room is located in a castle in Poland, offering an immersive experience that spans over 2,500 square meters.

Escape rooms are not just about solving puzzles; they're about teamwork, communication, and thinking outside the box. Whether you're with friends, family, or coworkers, it's an excellent activity for building relationships and creating memorable experiences.

Tip: If you're new to escape rooms, don't be afraid to ask for hints. Game masters are there to make sure you have a good time, not to watch you struggle indefinitely.

As escape rooms continue to evolve, they incorporate more advanced technology, such as VR and AR, to create even more immersive experiences. This means that even if you've tried escape rooms before, there's always something new to experience.

In conclusion, escape rooms offer a unique blend of entertainment, challenge, and teamwork that you won't find in many other activities. Mission Escape Games in Anaheim is a great starting point for those new to the concept and a worthy challenge for seasoned veterans.

Remember: The goal is to have fun! Whether you escape or not, it's all about the experience and the stories you'll have to share afterwards.

So, why not plan your visit to an escape room today? It's an adventure you won't forget, filled with puzzles to solve, codes to decipher, and secrets to uncover. Who knows? You might just discover a new hobby.