Mardi Gras Den: The jester is playing tricks on the Krewe's royal court. The parade is ready to roll, but first we had to locate our Krewe's hidden masks.
Voodoo Room: Maria Laveau's secret Love Potion is hidden by magic spells. We had to break the code before we became the victim of the Voodoo curse.
Haunted Swamp Room: The ghost of a Voodoo priestess haunts this swamp. Exorcising her ghost was our team's top priority.
Vampire Hunter Room: Can we kill the Count before he awakes? Our group of vampire hunters were on a quest for blood.
Pros: We loved the rooms at Clue Carre! Each was perfectly fitted to New Orleans history and culture. The storylines, puzzles, and sets were all designed to theme. Although the rooms are small, we found the sets completely immersive. The puzzles were enjoyable and challenging. The game masters were hospitable, helpful and fun to talk with. The hint system was non-intrusive, gently guiding us when necessary. We played each room back-to-back and had an consistently great experience in each game.
Cons: They should build more rooms ASAP! Seriously we loved this place so much, we wanted to stay and play more. Thanks Clue Carre for setting the bar high for escape rooms everywhere! Hope to be back in New Orleans soon to see what they do next!
Mardi Gras Study: A murder in the DeLaporte mansion begs to be solved. We had to join forces with the police to close the case.
Jazz Parlor: A reclusive matriarch has a hidden treasure that our group was tasked to find.
Pros: The sets at Escape My Room are FANTASTIC. We loved the immersive feel and experience created by the set design. Definitely worth a visit just to appreciate the work put into the rooms. The storylines were also enjoyable and elements in the set add to the overarching narrative.
Cons: Our main complaints center around our experience with the game master and puzzle design. Some of the puzzles were overly complicated leading to logical fallacies. Numerous red herrings also burned up large portions of our time. These issues could have easily been remedied with more specific guidance from our game master. However, our moderator did not seem to fully understand the game flow or the puzzle solutions. He struggled to assist us and sometimes delayed our progress. Lock failures added to our frustrations. At one point our game was completely stalled by faulty materials and the game master was unable to deal with the problem. We ultimately left angry and annoyed but the owners responded promptly to our concerns.
Overall we recommend you visit Escape My Room if for no other reason than to appreciate the awesome work they have put into set design. The rooms are too good to be missed. We hope that the issues with locks and the training of game moderators have been remedied by the time you visit. We have no doubt you will enjoy your experience at Escape My Room!
Pros: The game master and owners were friendly, enthusiastic and truly a joy to get to know. We loved their passion for the games and their ability to make us feel welcome. The waiting room was tidy and inviting. The rooms were beautifully designed with lots of attention to detail in the construction of the sets. It is definitely worth visiting Unlock Escape Rooms to see the sets themselves.
Cons: The puzzles in both of the rooms we played had serious logical fallacies. Had this been an issue with one or two puzzles in each room, it would have been easy to overlook. However, since nearly every single puzzle in both rooms was completely lacking in logic and flow, we needed assistance on every single one. But our progress came to a complete standstill approximately 15 minutes into both games as a result of the lack of any kind of hint system. We ended up wasting time for 45 minutes each game until the clock ran out and the game master entered to try to explain the illogical puzzles to us. Even after the post-game walk-through we failed to understand the logic of the puzzles. Many first-time game players and escape room newbies might not understand the inherent problems in the puzzles and conclude, as the game master tried to convince us, that we simply fell short as a result of our own lack of problem-solving skills. Since we are experienced game players with a good success rate, we concluded that our failure in both rooms 15 minutes into the games was a clear sign that the puzzles in these rooms need quite a bit of reworking.
We recommend you visit some of the other great escape room experiences while in the Fresno area until Unlock Escape Rooms acknowledges the issues and works out the logical kinks in their puzzles. We have no doubt that once the puzzles are redesigned, this will be a great place to play!
Pipeworks: The city is losing power. Our team of engineers had to figure out a way to restore power fast.
Pros: We had previously played Crimson Storm at Bakersfield Escape Room and really enjoyed our experience there. We had high expectations for Pipeworks at Fresno Escape Room and we were not disappointed. The lobby of the Clovis room, just like the Bakersfield establishment, was neat, clean and welcoming. Although it seems like this should be a given, not all escape room businesses hold themselves to a high standard of cleanliness. The sets at Fresno Escape Room (and Bakersfield Escape Room) are likewise solidly built and themed to the room's storyline. This allows for a seamless player experience from start to finish. The focus is more on solving puzzles and less on tearing apart a room to find hidden clues. The puzzles themselves were logical and themed to the storyline of the individual game. Game masters provided assistance through monitors in the room.
Cons: We struggled a bit on some of the puzzles in this room, but with the help of the game master eventually successfully restored power to the city.
Fresno Escape Room and affiliated companies such as Bakersfield Escape Room are top-notch, high-quality game experiences. We highly recommend a visit when you are visiting California's Central Valley.
Temple: King Kuhli is hiding his treasure in a secret temple. Our goal was to get in and get out with the treasure before our time was up.
Murder Scene: A serial killer on the loose, and we had to track the murderer down before we became the next victim.
Bunker Room: Terrorists are threatening to launch a nuclear attack against Washington D.C. We had to stop the launch sequence and save the nation.
Pros: All of the rooms at Xcape Room Fresno consisted of a nice balance of searching for clues and puzzle solving. We needed hints at times to solve the puzzles successfully but the clues were mostly logical overall. The game master was helpful and assisted us as necessary. We really enjoyed the immersive set of Temple and definitely recommend it as their best room.
Cons: The puzzles were logical but more like riddles and math problems and less unique. We prefer when puzzles are themed to the individual game and unique to the specific place. Overall we had a great time at Xcape Fresno and definitely recommend playing a game or three with them!
Family Jewels: Our dear old aunt had recently passed away and in the process of searching her apartment we discover the secret to her hidden wealth. But we had to find its location before our cousins beat us to the punch.
Skip Tracer: Our detective friend had mysteriously gone missing and we had to search his office and find him before the police arrested us as suspects in his disappearance.
Escape Your Nightmare: Our neighbor has a dark secret and we were determined to discover what it was. We had to sneak into his house and get out before he returned home from his daily errands.
Pros: Great storylines and fun puzzles. We found ourselves stuck on a few puzzles that could have had a more logical and less convoluted flow. The puzzles were generally enjoyable to solve in all of the rooms. Our favorite room was Escape Your Nightmare. The ambiance of the set and the added elements of fear helped enhance our game play experience. We found ourselves in a panic at the end to find our way out before our creepy neighbor returned home. A great time despite our narrow escape.
Cons: We hit a few snags in Skip Tracer and Family Jewels with some logical conundrums in some of the puzzles. Overall, however, the rooms were fun to play and highly recommended.
When in Clovis, don't miss playing Mind Games!
Cover photo taken at Countdown Live .
We are escape room fanatics who have played over 370 games in the U.S. and Europe. We love the art of escapology and we wanted to share our adventures in playing room escapes with you!
Rooms Played: 370