Locks and Puzzles - Western Bank Heist - Review

Location: Lakewood, NJ
Date Played: July, 2018
Team Size: 1 – 6 players
Duration: 60 minutes
Price: $22 per ticket

As outlaws wandering the desert for basic supplies, we stumbled upon a small town. Our mission was to attempt to rob the locals – western style – and make a swift getaway.


Locks and Puzzles provided an escape room with approachable and collaborative puzzles that covered a wide range in style. Most felt on-theme with the rest of the room’s decor and tied together the storyline.

Production Value/Immersion:

This heist had a quaint, toy box feel to it. None of the set pieces felt over the top, nor totally immersed players. The western theme was approached in an intentionally abstract fashion, taking a simplistic road rather than overly complicating anything.


The real value in this escape room comes from its charm & accessibility. The room seemed logical and organized. Western Heist nailed the minimalist approach that, if done incorrectly, sometimes leaves players feeling underwhelmed.


While most of the room felt grounded to the theme, there was one late game puzzle that felt thematically out of place.

This Room is a Good Match for

Western Bank Heist is a perfect jumping off point for anyone looking to try out an escape room for the first time. This room is a perfect date idea but also a room that the whole family can contribute in.

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