ESCAPE ROOM REVIEW – THE QUICK AND DIRTY
Play if… you wish you were a gun-slinging, train-robbing, son of a gun.
Avoid if… you get motion sickness (from the trains, of course) or you’re a goody two-shoes.
Amazing Escape Room (Freehold):
Address: 2 Monmouth Avenue, Freehold NJ 07728 (click address for Google Map)
Contact and Website: 732-333-0448
The Room: The Great Train Heist:
Description (from the company website): The year is 1865 and you’re in the height of the Railroad Boom. The big tycoon and well known snake oil salesman, Thomas “Doc” Durant, has just come through your small town promising everyone vast riches and the cure to all their woes.
Doc is a real swindler and has secretly robbed the town’s bank, leaving everyone penniless. Tonight, he plans to sneak out of town on his personal train right after the big poker game at the Phoenix Saloon. You have 60 minutes to break into Durant’s train and save the town by taking back the cash.
Difficulty (1-10): N/A but we were told it was their hardest one
Time Limit: 60 minutes
Party Size: up to 10
Staging Area: Lobby is mostly standing room but plenty of space. There is a mini-game on one of the walls that will essentially teach you how to use most of the locks you may encounter.
Metro Access/Parking: There is a parking lot for the facility (and the other stores there). We suggest driving or Uber/Lyft.
This is the video we took before we entered the room:
This is the video we took just after we completed the room:
Note: The ERG were given the opportunity to try out this room for free, with the understanding that we would continue to provide an honest review and follow the same process we’ve used on all of our other ratings.
Description of the room: You start off in the car of a train fully equipped with a bar, some seating and tables, and paraphernalia you would expect in an old west saloon.
Understanding of the Mission: Solve all the puzzles left behind to determine the whereabouts of the money stolen so it can be returned to its rightful owners.
Did We Escape: NO, and we’re still pretty pissed about it.
Time Remaining: 🙁
Our Suggested Party Size: There’s definitely enough room for 10 but we suggest you limit your group to 6-8.
Did the room challenge the entire team? For the most part
Members of our team (other than the ERG): Val, Steph, and 4 strangers
Worth the time and money? If they clean up the inconsistencies and tighten the clues, then yes.
Where to Eat/Drink Before/After:
- Chili’s – we went there for a quick bite and some drinks after; it’s 5 minutes away