Chocolate Factory – Boss-Play Escape – Oceanside, CA
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“If you are NOT having fun, you’re doing it WRONG.”
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***Experience Level – A common misconception of the Success Rate of an escape room is: “Intelligence over Experience.” This is only partially true. Intelligence does NOT matter in an escape room, some of the older escape games had basic problem solving puzzles (ie Math, sudoku and crosswords). But as the industry matured alot of rooms started moving away from old fashion paper puzzles to a more interactive style of play. There is still a large lateral and creative thinking mindset involved, but the basic problem solving puzzles are now physical and interactive. The better designers find creative ways to challenge their players. Which is why we base our “experience” level not by how intelligent you are, but by how many escape rooms you’ve played. Just like any hobby, those who spend more time invested in the hobby are more exposed to different varieties of puzzles. Making it easier to accomplish tasks because of “experience”.
VENUE: Boss-Play Escape
ADDRESS: 2216 El Camino Real #206, Oceanside, CA 92054
PHONE: (760) 385-3971
OVERVIEW: It is EXACTLY what you think it is. The Chocolate factory is one of those games that combine great immersion, puzzle design and a very very good adaptation to the classic Gene Wilder film. (notice we said Gene Wilder NOT Johnny Depp LOL). There is so much immersive goodness in this game that it really feels like you are stepping into the factory and fulfilling your childhood dreams of playing in a candy haven. There is a very high amount of tech that is seamlessly integrated into the game, it is… pure imagination.
GAME INFORMATION / STORY:
You have found one of the Golden Tickets and the day has come to take The Chocolate Factory Tour. Will you resist the temptation to steal the top secret recipes? Come find out.
TIPS AND OTHER INFORMATION:
In the room there is a small transition between areas, it may be a bit difficult for those with mobility issues. Also those planning on playing with 2 Players there is a section where you might need an extra hand during a physical puzzle, but if you get creative, you can figure it out.
There are a bunch of food/drink spots nearby and even a mall (The Shoppes at Carlsbad) down the road. But here is a few spots at the plaza where the venue is:
- Teri Cafe
- Rookies Sports Bar
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- SPOILER TIPDon’t think too much in the beginning. Remember to try the obvious first, then get creative.