I have recently teamed up with Lock Paper Scissors to play and review their game, Escape Room Z.
Lock Paper Scissors is an online company that sells everything you need to design and run your very own Escape Room party with friends or colleagues. They make great team building games!
Escape Room Z is a zombie themed game that transforms your home into a nail biting adventure. Suitable for teams of 4-6 players, this game should last for around an hour.
The game is described as having a hard difficulty level, and whilst I do agree with this, it can be solved with minimal help from the online hints and solutions that are available on the Lock Paper Scissors website.
Getting started is pretty simple. You can download a printable kit for $19.99. This includes over 50 printable puzzle cards. It includes everything you need so you can get playing fast! Plus the set-up Zombie Survival Guide that’s also available on their website has easy to follow set-up instructions.
So, what’s Escape Room Z all about?
Well, there’s been a zombie outbreak. They’re everywhere, and they’re hungry … hungry for … PIZZA!
You find yourself trapped in an apartment on the 28th floor. The aim is to rescue the pizza that’s in the oven, get the gun, unlock the door and defeat the zombies.
Whilst everything you need is included in the printable kit, you can add a nerf gun for added fun, as the kit provides you with zombie targets that you can shoot down!
The key to saving the pizza and defeating the zombies can be found in a selection of puzzles. By solving the puzzles, you advance through the game until you win.
At first, I didn’t really know where to start so my wife and I did use the hints on the website to help us with the first puzzle. Once we solved it, this gave us an idea of what was needed for the remainder of the puzzles.
It’s really quite clever! It’s extremely well thought out and the game flows along nicely.
Here’s an example of one of the puzzles. By cutting out a picture of a zombie, and placing it onto a sprite label, the letters that surround the zombie spells out ‘regnuh ruoy yebo’. Of course, that makes no sense at all! However, when you read it backwards it says, ‘Obey Your Hunger’.
This is the code word that you need to enter online. In doing so, the door slides open to a hoard of hungry zombies dying to wrap their chops around your pizza. Defend it with your life! This is when you can set up your zombie targets and shoot them with the nerf gun!
As mentioned above setting up the game was simple.
We had our pizza in the oven, along with the dial printable stuck on the outside of the oven to help unlock it! Of course, if you have a large gathering of friends, you could put a real pizza in the oven! It can be your prize for solving the puzzle and defeating the zombies!
The game then continues in much the same way. By solving the puzzles to advance in the game until you save the pizza and defeat the zombies.
I have to say that having never experience an escape room type game before, my wife and I really enjoyed this game. It was a fun way to spend an evening when the kids were in bed!
Lock Paper Scissors have a few different games available, including a kids party version for 6-8 year olds.
Overall, I think these games are perfect for an adult party or for an office team building game. It’s lots of fun. Although I will say it’s not easy and it definitely can be frustrating, but it really gets your brain working to solve the puzzles, it was very easy to set-up and you can play again and again with new friends whilst you host the game and have a good laugh watching everyone trying to solve it! It’s great value for money and I would highly recommend it.
So why not give it go, I would love to hear how you got on.