It’s 1931. You and several other world-renowned detectives are on a train as it races across Europe in a driving snowstorm, bound for a conference in Budapest. It’s business-as-usual until the grim-faced train manager informs you that your presence is requested in First Class; there has been a murder.
The Budapest Express escape room transports would-be detectives to a luxurious dining car — Photo courtesy of Escapology Orlando
And if you don’t solve the mystery in an hour’s time, the train will slide into its next station stop and the killer will be free to escape! It’s time to narrow down a reasonable list of suspects, gather evidence and avoid being the perp’s next victim as you solve the crime – and escape the room – before time runs out!
Welcome to the premise of Budapest Express, the fifth and newest game at Escapology Orlando – one that takes guests on a Clue-like adventure in a beautiful era-appropriate dining car as they use their logic, wits and attention-to-detail to figure out this brain-bending whodunit.
“Budapest Express is our most challenging game and very unique to our other offerings,” says Escapology’s Marketing and Group Events Director, Kimberly Shepherd. “It’s very intricate and detailed.”
Shepherd, who says the operation plans on introducing new games on a quarterly basis, notes that guest feedback was essential in the development of Budapest Express.
“At the end of each game we offer guests a complimentary drink and ask them to fill out a quick survey detailing their experience and what they’d like to see in our next game... Our creative team is very passionate about creating new concepts from the game themes to their designs.”
Budapest Express welcomes groups of 2-6 players, like its other games, including Antidote wherein a high-level biological weapons specialist turns traitorous and becomes a dire threat to the United States. Or Arizona Shootout, in which a high noon-style gunfight leaves three outlaws dead and two on the run. Can you, Wyatt Earp and the other marshals find the fugitives?
In Cuban Crisis, you’re a CIA operative in Cuba (during the tense posturing between President Kennedy and the Castro-led island regime) charged with infiltrating the leader’s headquarters to discover who shot down the American spy plane before nuclear Armageddon ensues.
Pricing at Escapology runs from $26 - $32 per person, depending on shared or private games and whether you purchase at the door or online. Recommended for ages 7 and up.