ESCAPE ROOM REVIEW – THE QUICK AND DIRTY
Play if… you love books or movies about computer-based terrorism or hacker attacks.
Avoid if… the thought of hackers gaining control of our nuclear arsenal makes you lose sleep at night.
Room Escape DC
Address: 3949A University Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030 (click address for Google Map)
Contact and Website: 703-865-4178
Room – Save the White House 2:
Description (from the company website): A group of renegade hackers has taken control of the United States nuclear arsenal and have ordered a strike on several major US cities…you’d think it’d be more secure than that, but that’s not the point. As the Secret Service’s ranking agents, it falls upon you to disarm the attack before tragedy strikes.
Use your knowledge and skills to get the job done. The fate of the country depends on you. Good luck, Agents!
Note: If you played Save the White House prior to June 2018, this is a completely different room with new decorations, puzzles and story.
Difficulty (1-10): 2 of 3
Time Limit: 60 minutes
Cost: $27 per person plus tax, but use ERG15 to save 15% on rooms booked for Mondays thru Thursdays
Identifier: R2 (replaced Save the White House)
Party Size: 2-10
Staging Area: Room Escape DC has a lobby with multiple tables, couches/chairs, vending machines, a sign-in station and two restrooms.
Metro Access/Parking: No metro access, so you’ll have to drive or Lyft/Uber. But there’s plenty of parking in adjacent garages.
This is the Facebook Live video before we entered the room:
This is the Facebook Live video just after we completed the room:
Description of the room: You enter an L-shaped room with the front part mimicking the Oval Office. There is a desk, some other furniture, and artwork and photos along the walls.
Understanding of the Mission: Hackers have taken control of the U.S.’ nuclear arsenal and are attempting to deploy missiles. As ranking Secret Service agents, it is up to us to figure out how to stop them.
Did We Escape: Yes and damn proud of it.
Time Remaining: About 18 minutes
Our Suggested Party Size: Having done the first version of this room, we were delighted when they offered us to come in and review the new version. We’d say 4-ish would be fine for this.
Did the room challenge the entire team? As with the original, there was a lot of back and forth with this room. Thankfully, it was a little easier (in that respect) this time. Yes, though.
Members of our team (other than the ERG): Just us
Worth the time and money? Yeah
Where to Eat/Drink Before/After:
- The Wine House – stop in for a glass of wine and dessert.