We had the opportunity to do a trial run of Surveillance: Division 5 (a.k.a., Escape the van) today, and it was a mindblowing experience!!
We've done all the other escape rooms ERM has (Mine Escape, Burlesque, etc.), and we loved those (even 25+ escape rooms later!), so even though this was a trial run, we came with high expectations.
We obviously won't spoil the surprises (of which there were many), but suffice to say that it was probably one of the most innovative experiences we could have imagined. It's not exactly fair to call it an "escape room", as it covers a lot more ground than just a room (or a van, in this case). You can practically feel the love, care, and thought that go into every step of the adventure. Do be prepared, though - there is a fair bit of outdoor exploration, so wear comfy clothes and shoes.
Owen was the most thoughtful host every single step of the way. Even though it was just a trial run, he took steps to ensure we still had a great experience and flow, for example by letting us go ahead and try the puzzles - and interjecting at the right times.
He also explained what would happen once the experience was fully ready. We can definitely see this being an incredible experience -
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