Escape Room RVA – Unicorns v. Vampires: Unicorn Room (Review)

Location: Richmond, VA

Price: $25 per person

Players: 2-7 (We Recommend 3-5)

Time to Escape: 60 Minutes

The Great War is OVAH!

Theme:

An ancient feud between two factions of mythical creatures has begun to erupt into all out war! The dark vampires and shining unicorns have clashed for centuries, but now, the fight for the light has come to a head! As a group of Unicorn champions, you have been called upon to defeat the Vampire menace using your magic, fighting spirit, and puzzle solving ability! Help grow the light, and break through the Vampire’s stronghold to destroy their dark power once and for all!

First Impressions:

Having completed the Vampire room just beforehand, we had gotten a small taste of what the Unicorn room might be like from the attacks the Unicorns had hidden within the Vampire’s lair. This, and the hugely original Unicorn theme intrigued us greatly. Stepping into the stables and beginning our time as unicorn warriors, I had a good feeling about this room from the start!

High Points:

The Vampire room was a lot of fun, but Unicorns took the experience a step beyond! While Vampires are a fairly standard theme for escape rooms, I’d never seen anything like the Unicorns room. Bright, colorful set design, including a disco ball and an amazing soundtrack, helped bring the fantasy world of the unicorns to life in a way that blew away our expectations! We were able to compete with another team during this run, and we could see their progress via a wall of lighted skulls that would darken as they made progress. Puzzles here were perfect for the theme, and opened up small fairy doors that led us towards further parts of the room. There was a great mix of physical and perception based interactions, ciphers, and classic puzzling to be had, and the non-linear nature of the room kept us engaged throughout.

Low Points:

There was one point at which we had done everything we needed to do to trigger the final puzzle, but unfortunately, the interaction did not activate as it should have. However, our excellent game master Alex noticed immediately and made sure we were able to fix the problem asap. Also, as in the Vampires room, the doors opened fairly silently, so sometimes we were unaware that a puzzle had been completed, but this was mitigated slightly by the fairy lights and our expectations coming from that previous room. However, it would still be nice to have an audio cue that ensures players know when they have been successful.

Verdict:

During our 8 room tour of Richmond, the Unicorns room was by far our favorite, combining an amazing atmosphere and engaging puzzles to create a unique experience we’ll remember for a long time! I highly recommend booking this room and taking the fight to the Vampires yourself! Use your Unicorn magic to protect the light here!

9/10 (Excellent)

Full Disclosure: Escape Room RVA provided discounted tickets for our group.

Escape Room RVA – Unicorns v. Vampires: Vampire Room (Review)

Location: Richmond, VA

Price: $25 per person

Players: 2-7 (We Recommend 3-5)

Time to Escape: 60 Minutes

The Great War Begins!

Theme:

An ancient feud between two factions of mythical creatures has begun to erupt into all out war! The dark vampires and shining unicorns have clashed for centuries, but now, the fight for the light has come to a head! As a group of vampires, you must defend your stronghold from the Unicorn menace and extinguish the light before the power of sparkles and rainbows overwhelm your forces and leave you as piles of ash!

First Impressions:

We were excited to begin our first Richmond tour, and unfortunately, two of our teammates were unable to join us. We jokingly remarked that knowing their luck, this would be one of the best trips ever, and that when we arrived, the game-masters would probably give us ice cream. Imagine our surprise when we arrived at Escape Room RVA and the game-masters offered us ice cream! It was an excellent touch that had nothing to do with the rooms, but was appreciated all the same.

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So many ice cream sandwiches!

High Points:

As appropriate for a vampire themed room, our adventure began in the pitch dark, with a lone candle to see by while our mission briefing was delivered to us via an audio clip. Once we figured out how to enter the room proper, we made our way past the rainbow crack in the wall caused by those dastardly unicorns, and began the work to patch up the damage! The set here was fantastic, and highly appropriate to the theme, including gothic imagery and design sensibilities as well as a macabre scattering of bones. Though there were several points we were stumped, puzzles made sense within the confines of the room, and there were several exciting interactions that were brand new to us. The inclusion of a few story related crossovers with the Unicorns were a great touch and lent a bit of humor to the shadowy and vampiric atmosphere.

Low Points:

The competitive aspect of this room was interesting, though we didn’t get to compete against another team on this run. However, it felt as if our team was on defense against the unicorns throughout the entire story, as there wasn’t a point at which we got to strike back. Although holding the unicorns off seemed to be the overall goal, doing so was fairly anticlimactic, especially since we didn’t get to return fire at all. There were a couple puzzles in which we felt there could be more direction, as one involved a little guess and check, (but ultimately made sense through the positioning of the code,) and one had a bit of gray area to muddle though, though our game master was very helpful with our questions about the mechanics of this particular interaction. There was also the issue of not knowing if a puzzle was solved, as doors triggered silently, and not always near the puzzle itself, leading us to sometimes wonder if what we’d done was correct.

Verdict:

An asymmetric competition room is definitely an interesting idea, and Vampires is an entertaining first half of the Unicorns v. Vampires matchup. If you’re into the more macabre side of mythology and don’t have a fear of the dark itself, I highly recommend becoming vampires for an hour and fending off the light! You can book your time as bloodsuckers here!

Also, check out our review for the Unicorns room!

8/10 (Great)

Full Disclosure: Escape Room RVA provided discounted tickets for our group.