What is an escape room?
An escape room is a life size puzzle game. A group of people are locked in a room and must follow clues and hints to escape. The earliest ones were opened about ten years ago and they have been exploding in popularity. Motor City Geek was invited to take a behind-the-scenes tour of one of Escape Room-Zone in Farmington Hills.
When we arrived, we were met by the manager, Sean. He was, frankly, an amazing guide. His enthusiasm for the rooms was palpable and made the whole experience incredible.
He started us out in the first room that was built, the Mad Scientist room. Because we want to go back and experience it, we were careful to avoid spoilers. Sean gave us a demonstration of a few of the surprises (including lighting). The best way I can think of to describe these rooms is that it’s almost like an “I SPY” page in real life. I saw a lot of interesting and unexpected items from which you have to chose the important ones, helping you to solve logical, physical, and investigative puzzles.
From there we saw the Haunted Room. This is the recommended “date room” because it’s smaller, darker and more intimate. Once again I can’t give spoilers, but I think there might be a moment or two I’d scream out loud in this room! That might be because I’m a wimp, but I was excited by some of the surprises.
There’s a more kid-friendly puzzle room that you escape by playing your favorite childhood games. But the kid room got a whole lot cooler when Sean showed us the hidden door that led to…
The Bank Heist room! As a former teller at Chase, I’d like to think I’d rock this one, but as a teller, I never had to deal with bombs 😉 And yes, there are bombs.
Probably the coolest room there was the Prison Break room. This was a more complex room and it was complete with an isolation cell, group cell (yes, you ARE shackled to start off with) and another section we couldn’t see for spoiler purposes.
They are apparently building another room, museum themed, that allows up to 30(!) people to experience the escape room craze at once.
Worst part? I’m a scaredy cat. I’d probably scream. Multiple times. Best part? The building is haunted by a ghost named Lisa. Her origins are murky, but she’s been known to move items around while the staff is alone in the building. While Sean told us the story of Lisa a light in the room turned off by itself! He promises he didn’t do it… come investigate for yourself.
Escape Room-Zone is open 7 days a week. Located next to Zap Zone. Click here to book your escape room experience. Use code FB5NOW for $5 off! Locations in Farmington Hills, Canton, and Waterford.
Article by Mallory Crowe – Romance Author
Michigan Science Center After Dark: Vintage Video Games III
Motor City Geek went retro last night. The Michigan Science Center held their third After Dark: Vintage Video Games. Tickets were $15 to get in the door which included one drink ticket and unlimited play time at the 20+ vintage games. The arcade games were provided by Offworld Arcade.
The geeks were out in full force. The same event in July sold out and this one seemed just as popular. Before the doors even opened there was a line outside the MSC. The games were spread out over two levels and each level had a cash bar serving beer and liquor (The drinks were Mario themed. I tried the Princess Peach for… research purposes.)
Even if you weren’t into gaming, there was plenty to keep you entertained. From pixel art perler bead tables so you could bring your favorite characters to life or exploring the awesome Michigan Science Center exhibits with a drink in hand. (And who hasn’t ever wanted to do that?)
Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters Detroit answered the call for fun. They brought with them their own Ectomobile, a collection of console Ghostbusters games and The Real Ghostbusters arcade game! To top it all off they had their own Stay Puft Marshmallow Man and were more than happy to take photos with anyone and everyone!
Motor City Gaming also did a live podcast at the event (including a few giveaways).
Worst part of the night? There were waits to play games. The unfortunate side effect of the event being popular. But with so many options, most people could just hop to another cabinet and enjoy another game while they waited.
Best part of the night? I loved everything Ghostbuster related.
Overall verdict? I didn’t know what to expect when I walked in but was pleasantly surprised by the atmosphere and variety of activities provided. This was an affordable way to spend a really fun Thursday night and learn some science facts along the way!
Event review by Mallory Crowe – Romance Author
List of games provided by Offworld Arcade
Track and Field
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Atari Video Pinball
Super Smash Bros
Atari 2600 Games
The third Vintage Video Games event at the Michigan Science Center was a blast! This was our first time attending and I’m glad we made it out. Offworld Arcade brought in a truckload of arcade games, Detroit Respect were selling some awesome shirts, the guys from Motor City Gaming were broadcasting live, and Ghostbusters Detroit were out in force.
I’ll have an event breakdown up this weekend. Thanks everyone for a great time! Thanks to Mallory Crowe for contributing some of these photos!
After the awesomeness of the Ron Perlman announcement last week (See HERE) , MCCC has released a stream of upcoming media guests. To keep you on the up and up, MotorCityGeek is giving you the rundown and a few (unsolicited) opinions.
Aly Michalka – Aly Michalka got her start on Disney’s Phil of the Future, but most current audiences would recognize her as Peyton from iZombie. She has had major roles in Hellcats and Two and a Half Men and is one half of the hit recording group Aly and Aj. I’ve never heard an Aly and Aj song but now that I know Peyton from iZombie IS Aly, I have the sudden urge to YouTube this…
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Amy Jo Johnson – Amy Jo Johnson is the Pink Power Ranger. Okay, she’s been in all 75 episodes of Flashpoint and had major reoccurring roles on Covert Affairs, Felicity and a plethora of other shows, she will always be the Pink Power Ranger to me. And, as a child of the nineties, I mean that as a sincere compliment.
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Marky Ramone – Like the name suggests, Marky was a drummer for the legendary band, the Ramones. Not familiar with The Ramones? If you don’t get “I Wanna Be Sedated” in your head just by reading this, I demand you go to YouTube immediately.
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Mena Suvari – Mena Suvari will always be the girl in American Beauty wearing nothing but rose petals to me. Why? No idea. I’ve never seen the movie. But I have seen her in American Pie (I &II) Loser, Spun, Rumor Has It and her guest role in American Horror Story’s first season. She’s been in dozens of other roles in TV and Film and has definitely left her mark on the industry. And if you’re wondering why she’s coming to a Comic Con, she has done a lot of voice work, including Aerith Gainsborough in Final Fantasy VII and Kingdom Hearts II.
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Sting – Sting is a retired professional wrestler. His prolific career spans over three decades and he is considered one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time. I know next to nothing about wrestling and even I know who Sting is. Sting has held 25 total championships between the WCW and TNA (that apparently stands for World Championship Wrestling and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, which might be my favorite name for anything ever).
Photo Ops – According to MCCC, he WILL be in face paint for the photos.
Zach McGowan – McGowan is currently a series regular on The 100 and plays Captain Charles Vane on STARZ hot pirate show Black Sails. With 44 different credits to his name on IMDB, this guy has been around. And since the subtitle on his website is “That Guy From That Show”, I like him more already.
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Comic Con update by Mallory Crowe – Romance Author
Motor City Geek at Motor City Comic Con 2016 – facebook.com/motorcitygeek – motorcitygeek.com
Thank you Adam from http://wolverinelakefilms.squarespace.com/ for the amazing footage and editing!
Thank you Podcast Detroit http://www.podcastdetroit.com/ for your continued support!
Thank you Motor City Comic Con for having us back!
And most importantly thank you to all of the cosplayers and geeks in our awesome community!
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