Location: Raleigh, NC
Players: 3-8 (We recommend 4-6)
Price: $30 per person
Time to Escape: 60 minutes
Score a Touchground in the Big Zone!
You are an elite team of athletes preparing to participate in the biggest game of your lives, but the opposing team has decided to play a prank on you, locking you in your locker room 60 minutes before you are due out on the field! They’ve given you a sporting chance, however, and set up a series of puzzles you’ll have to decode and unlock in order to get to the big game on time!
I really liked how the locker room opened, as we began our experience in the lobby, where we started the game in a highly appropriate fashion with a coin toss, the outcome deciding whether we got to start the game with a certain (non-essential, but helpful), item. Once that had been decided, we made our way into the locker room and began the game.
Tic Toc continues to build big, colorful rooms filled with tactile and enjoyable props and puzzles. As usual, the connections in the room between puzzle solutions and inputs are clear, but done in such as way as to be small puzzles themselves. Several surprises popped up throughout the room, adding an element of suspense and excitement. One puzzle involved a comedic moment as we interacted with a “gross” prop that we really enjoyed. Upbeat and energizing sports music played in the background, which was well incorporated, and the sports theme itself was great, even if you aren’t a huge sports fan. The room incorporated all of its parts into the puzzling, and everything felt like well integrated into the game throughout. Well hidden tech is used sparingly, but to great effect. The non-linear and varied puzzle threads keeps even larger teams occupied throughout.
One small physical puzzle required teamwork to solve, but it felt more of a system of trial and error, causing more frustration in obtaining the item. One item was hidden in a weird way that we were unsure about.
Tic Toc again delivers a great, light-hearted theme along with engaging puzzles to create a fun escape experience for beginners and veterans alike. The Locker Room is another fantastic example of Tic Toc’s unique brand of upbeat and imaginative escape rooms, and I cannot wait to try out more! Book your time here, sports fans!