Room Name: Trapped Below
Business: Extreme Escape – Colonnade
Location: 9995 I-10, San Antonio, TX 78230
Date of Visit: May 19, 2019
Number of Players: 1-8
Our Group Size: 4, we recommend no more than 4 or 5
San Antonio’s newest and most interactive Escape Room is here! Trapped Below will push all boundaries as you venture deep below the Earth’s surface in a dilapidated elevator lift where teamwork and use of your senses is needed to try and capture a legendary treasure and escape!
Trapped Below Escape Game can accommodate up to 8 challengers at once. Each team will be given 1 hour to unfold the story and escape in time!
Difficulty (official): Extreme Escape uses several scales to give an official difficulty, including puzzle savvy and intellect. This rated on the medium-high side.
Difficulty (experience): Easy
Time to Escape: 33:02
Review: While we weren’t terribly impressed with our journey to The Other Side, we decided to give Extreme Escape another chance at their second location in San Antonio and see what would happen while we were Trapped Below. We had seen this room advertised before, and the teaser video made it look intriguing. Our group of four put on our miner’s hats (not really) and began the descent to our newest adventure.
The room begins in the mine elevator for a brief amount of puzzling before moving onto the mine shaft. This time we were more impressed with Extreme Escape’s decorating skills. The dim lighting was immersive and the mine appeared worn and distressed. To aid in our escape, our party received mechanically powered flashlights. Considering the lack of light in the entire room, however, this wasn’t a great choice. I spent more time powering up my flashlight than I did really exploring and solving puzzles. A lantern or at least one battery-powered flashlight would have been much more useful.
While the room isn’t devoid of combination and traditional keylocks, there were a few interesting mechs in the room that were welcome. Nothing stood out as out of place or without reason in the room and we appreciated the variety of tasks to accomplish during the escape. Like The Other Side the gameplay is very linear, but we had a few mid-game points where our group worked on separate parts of the room simultaneously. The puzzles incorporated into the room fit the theme extremely well, but we found they didn’t pose much of a challenge to our group of mostly veterans.
There were a couple of creative clue deliveries, and the beginning of the endgame excited us all. But when we finished the game, there was a ‘that’s it?’ feeling. We escaped the mine and ended up back in the room’s waiting area. Nothing really indicated that we won until we opened the door to the lobby and asked. The members of our group felt disappointed at how anticlimactic the room ended, however, we recommend this one over The Other Side due to the slightly branching gameplay.
Hints Used: None
Clue Quality : The clues in the room were a lot more like what we have come to expect from the Escape Rooms we’ve completed (including one very clever delivery method). Extreme Escape managed to refrain from using vague clues but also avoided overly specific suggestions. This required our group to expend some effort of creative thought into our escape which we appreciated.
Puzzle Creativity: We don’t really remember any major standout puzzles here (although we did notice a couple of reused elements from our Other Side jaunt). Some puzzles are fun, but they still felt very standard. This room again feels tailored toward beginners or younger players.
Rating: 3 / 5.
Fear Factor: The opening act of this puzzle is in a slightly enclosed area with some surprising physical action, but nothing openly designed to be frightening.
Things to note: Extreme Escape has multiple methods to obtain discounted games including Groupon. Extreme Escape also offers free tickets to first responders and military personnel along with discounted tickets to their family members. Extreme Escape Colonnade is on the second floor of a strip shopping center with elevator access.