Local Tucson escape room business Ace of Escape announces the grand opening of its second location at historic 236 S. Scott Avenue in the heart of downtown. Ace of Escape co-owners Kathy Gehlert and Allison Vivas will present two new escape rooms in November 2016 and a third room January of 2017.
“We want to give our customers more options and utilize the existing character and history in our rooms,” says Gehlert. “We get a large number of corporate team building events and birthday parties, so the new location is perfect to accommodate bigger groups as well as groups looking to enjoy other offerings in the downtown area.”
The rooms available at Ace of Escape’s new downtown location include:
A holiday themed room, “Who Stole Christmas” will open November 1. Solve the mystery of who in your family ruined Christmas and try to get it back. Perfect for families, holiday parties, or just some spirited fun. For groups 3 to 10 people.
“The Illusionist” room will transfer to the Scott Avenue location by November 1 and will be altered into their largest available room, able to hold up to 14 people.
“Anatomy 101” will open November 15. Discover why you’re trapped in a strange medical office, and escape before your captors return! For groups up to 10 people.
Finally, “Le Bistro,” a duos only room, will open January 1, 2017. For those wanting a smaller, more private experience, where you’ll try to unravel foul play and a possible food poisoning cover up at a fine dining locale.
Ace of Escape is joining other local businesses in transforming former Bring Funeral Home, including cocktail bar Owls Club, arts collaborative Creative Tribe Workshop, and Exo Roast Co. First opened in 1928 as Brings Funeral home, it’s a short distance from restaurants, theatres, nightlife, as well as the Temple of Music and Art, the Children’s Museum, and the Tucson Convention Center.
Vivas comments, “We love the transformation of the downtown Tucson area and are happy to be part of the many great options for people seeking fun activities in Tucson. Both locations house fun and challenging escape rooms and our new downtown location adds some additional intrigue and night life for our customers.”
Ace of Escape’s first location at 48 N Tucson Blvd. will remain open and continue to house the “Beat the Clock” and “International Thief” rooms. It will also introduce a potential new room sometime in early spring of 2017.
Keep checking www.aceofescape.com for details on upcoming rooms and booking information, or call 520-222-7395. Use promo code $5OFF to get $5 off per person in your group through December 1st, 2016.
Our BACK2SCHOOL promo is coming to an end, but there’s still opportunities to save through December 1st 2016! Starting in October, bookings on Sundays through Thursdays will be automatically reduced in price and all bookings can save $5 with promo code 5OFF.
This fall is the perfect time to get back in or try something new and exciting at Ace of Escape. With the extra weekday savings, it is an even better opportunity for corporate team building events or just a great way to get together with friends while the kids are in school or to get away from the stress of the week and challenge your brain with fun puzzles!
Take a break from the back to school stress and have some fun with 25% off at Ace of Escape! We are located at 48 N. Tucson Blvd. Conveniently located near the University of Arizona and downtown Tucson. Promo valid for bookings through September 30th, 2016.
As a game master monitoring teams during their escape experience, it’s often anguishing watching teams get closer or further away from completing a puzzle. The desire to just blurt out hints is always there as an attempt to be helpful because we love seeing groups complete rooms. However, we also know that every group is different and there is team satisfaction in figuring out puzzles 100% on their own, but there also could be team frustration developing when members feel stuck. Yet many times, teams that didn’t take hints and maybe didn’t complete the escape room are just as excited as those who did take hints and completed the room.
At Ace of Escape, we do our best to take leads from the teams themselves. So teams that are looking more for successful completions are, at times, provided queues for hints to keep the teams on track. While teams looking to test the deepest and most abstract levels of their brains may not be given those same queues. Our focus is to just make sure the groups that are coming in are having fun in our rooms.
Our custom experience makes it easier for groups coming in for team-building or families with various ages looking to do something all together. So if there’s been a fear of not escaping or a fear of potential frustration preventing you or a friend from trying an escape room, we highly recommend you give one of our rooms at Ace of Escape a chance! You’ll leave focused on the fun you had and totally forget any fears in a few minutes!
Here are some great tips for a successful escape room experiences compiled by Ace of Escape:
1) Don’t travel as a pack too much. It helps to break up into pairs and have different people working different parts of the room or different puzzles. It also helps to switch it up a bit and let other teammates work on puzzles you’re not getting. But when groups stay together as a large pack for much of the game, they often find themselves running out of time, or have several members of their group just standing around observing. (UltimateLockDown.com)
2) COMMUNICATE. COMMUNICATE A LOT. AND THEN COMMUNICATE MORE. You show me a group that doesn’t come close to escaping the room, and I’ll show you a group that had a hard time sharing with each other.
All the (real) clues are connected in some way. There are 10 of you, and all of you are (hopefully) finding different clues. If you don’t talk to each other, or share what you’ve found, or put them together, your quest will be hopeless. Talk and show, and let others talk to and show you. Talk out the problem, together. Tell them what you think, and listen to what they think. Ten heads ARE better than one. (PGAVdestinations.com)
3) Mood matters
Know what correlates with success in an escape room? Your attitude. Right now you’re thinking “Surely you mean intelligence”, or “This is some feel-good, fun-is-what-matters point.” No, and no.
I see intelligent teams come through all the time, and there’s no correlation with success. Most games are built without necessary prior knowledge, so your degree in cryptography or your Grand Master Chess skills are actually putting you in danger of overthinking the puzzles.
What absolutely does correlate positively is a fun, enthusiastic attitude. Teams that get excited, into the game, always finish faster (and have more fun). They feel a rush every time a mini puzzle is solved, and run to the next one.
The only thing that correlates more negatively than apathy is alcohol — and even that is moreso due to the sobering up effect that happens about 30-40 minutes in, resulting in even worse apathy. (Lifehacker.com/au)
4) Work Fast (and Ask for Clues) at the Beginning
An hour in an escape room seems like plenty of time, and that false sense of security encourages people to dawdle early on. Bryce says that’s probably the biggest threat to the team. By the time people realize what kind of trouble they’re in, it’s usually way too late and the unsolved clues have piled up. Bryce has seen enough teams to know that “it’s easy to work fast when you have five minutes left.” That’s why he suggests starting out with a real sense of urgency.
The same thing applies to hints. Often, people will refuse to ask for their hint because they think it feels like cheating. Asking for a hint with five minutes left is like asking for a raise while you’re getting fired: it’s not going to do you any good and you’re probably going to feel a little silly. Don’t let pride get the best of you. It’s natural to want to solve the room like a true Sherlock, but teams that win act more like Columbo: they ask questions. (Groupon.com)
5) Search carefully!
Some items are carefully hidden. Look under and around for hidden objects or information. (PortlandEscapeRooms)
Looking for something new, different and exciting for your child or teenager’s birthday or sports team celebration? Try Ace of Escape’s escape rooms. Ace of Escape offers various options for kid’s birthdays. We have two different escape room options that can accommodate between 8 to 12 kids or teenagers. The rooms are modified slightly so kids enjoy the sleuthing experience as well as the thrill of victory. For kids ages 10 and under, a staff member joins the kids to help keep kids on track, but still allowing them the joy of finding and figuring things out on their own! For larger teams, the option to have competing rooms can serve up to 20 teens or kids.
We allow for extra time and provide photos. There are many local options to continue the celebration before and after nearby! Discounts for group bookings are available.
Contact us for more details or to coordinate!
Check out some reviews from our Kids and Teen Events:
“Flawless Student Ministries and The Rock Church had a great time! First class experience and great service all around! Our students are begging to do it again soon and we will!”
“Our son and his 3 friends had a great time doing the international thief room. They made it kid-appropriate and gave them kid-friendly clues to help them complete the challenges without getting too frustrated or giving up. The clues were very creative and clever, the staff super friendly and helpful and the kids had a great time!”
“Thank you so much for the great experience we had at Ace of Escapes. The teens I brought had a great experience! You guys are awesome!!”
Want to win a free escape room experience for yourself and friends? Book an escape room with us in June! When we post your team photo on FaceBook, share with your friends, tag yourself and encourage others to “Like” your photo! The June team with the most FaceBook likes by July 4th, 2016 at 4PM PST will be announced that they win another escape room experience with us for up to 10 people!
June is a great month to book! Teams can also benefit from using our summer discount code: TUCSONSUMMER to get 30% off all bookings through July 31st. Ace of Escape is a great way to stay cool and have fun with friends, family and co-workers! Come enjoy a night out in our great Tucson Escape Rooms!