Conundrum Escape Adventures Bedford, TX– Sleepy Hollow (Review)

Editor’s Note: Today we have another informative review from Texas correspondent, Cathy Nanni! We are glad to hear she made it out of Sleepy Hollow without a decapitation incident, and as always, thank her for her review! (We’ve also gotten word that Conundrum Escape Adventures has suddenly closed as of August 25th, but hate to toss content, so we present this to you as a bonus review.)

Location: Bedford, TX

Players:   2 – 8 Public bookings, 4 – 10 Private bookings. (We recommend 2-4)

Price: $33 per person

Time to Escape: 60 minutes

“Better get ahead of the horseman!”

Theme:

Just after the American Revolution the small town of Sleepy Hollow became plagued by the Headless Horseman. Can you and your team stop the horseman before he takes your head?  It is up to you to find out the dark secret behind the Horseman and his nemesis Ichabod Crane and save Sleepy Hollow.

First Impressions:

I was grateful for the level of directions given in my confirmation email from Conundrum. Apparently, Sleepy Hollow is at their newest location and they haven’t been able to add their sign to the main strip mall sign out front. I appreciated them providing landmarks around them to help me locate the room.

The lobby is simple but does its job. There are comfortable seats to wait in and a few puzzles to play with. The owners are enthusiasts and belong to the same local Facebook enthusiast community that myself and my teammates are a part of. This allowed them to skip a lot of the escape room spiels we’ve had to listen to over and over that most of us can recite in our sleep.

There’s a large TV in the waiting room that is used to show the rules video. Since we were the only ones there at the time it wasn’t an issue but I’m curious how they handle it when more people are present to do different rooms. I can see situations arising where people aren’t really paying attention to the video. This obviously isn’t a big deal when you have enthusiasts visiting but first timers might need to know to leave the power outlets alone.

High Points:

I’m a sucker for a good set and Conundrum did a nice job of decorating the room to look like the interior of a house from the 1700s. There were just enough props to make it interesting but not so many that you wasted time trying to find clues in random set pieces.

I was also impressed with the variety of puzzles the room offered. When you’re an enthusiast, you don’t often come across a puzzle you haven’t seen a different variation of somewhere else, so it was a pleasant surprise to find some new puzzle concepts to explore.

Low Points:

The Dallas area is seriously lacking in horror themed rooms, which happen to be my favorite, so I went into Sleepy Hollow with high hopes. It was a theme I had never seen done before and such a spooky legend! Much to my disappointment, the room wasn’t scary at all. The only thing that really linked the room to the Legend of Sleepy Hollow were excerpts from Ichabod’s journal that were found each time a puzzle was solved. If you didn’t take the time to read the journal entries, you would just feel like you were escaping from a colonial house. There’s a pivotal moment in the room where I feel they really could have upped the scare factor and transformed the mood of the room to fit the theme more appropriately. However, they seemed to really rein in any aspects of horror.

The room was also simple to the point we solved two puzzles completely by lucky accident and completed the room in less than 30 minutes. The ending was anticlimactic and left you unsure the room had been completed until the GM walked back in to guide you out. I really want the finale of a room to feel like we’ve accomplished something, and that is noticeably absent from this experience.

Currently, Conundrum Escape Adventures is running a $10 off promo making Sleepy Hollow a more reasonable $23. The experience does not justify their regular $33 price tag, as when I’m paying more for a room, the experience must offer something more than 30 minutes of interesting puzzles.

Verdict:

Sleepy Hollow lived up to the “sleepy” in its name rather than the chilling legend it is based on. If you’re looking for a Colonial America themed room with some interesting puzzles then check it out. However, if you’re hoping to feel the thrill of being chased by the Headless Horseman, you won’t get that in this room. This room is better for non-enthusiasts as the puzzles, while creatively done, provide a much simpler, introductory experience. You can book your time in Sleepy Hollow here. (Though the site is still active, this location has since closed down.)

5/10 (Mediocre)

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