Zombies are everywhere!
And they're hungry …
hungry for …
Trapped in an apartment on the 28th floor, can you rescue the pizza, get the gun, unlock the door, and defeat the zombies?
What will such a feat of bravery and heroism take? Solving lots and lots of interesting, fun puzzles, of course!
Welcome to Escape Room Z, an hour-long puzzling adventure for you and your crew.
As the host of this event, you will prepare everything so that your crew is ready to defeat the zombies and win the day. Keep scrolling down this page for all the setup instructions. Once the game is ready, join your friends and play!
Note: If you won't be playing the game yourself, follow the same setup instructions but also use the bonus process map (contains spoilers!).
Download and unzip the game zip file. Inside you'll find the game itself, along with editable posters, invites, and designers kit for customizing.
From here it's super simple to get the game ready to play:
If you plan to play the base game without customization, continue to Print the DIY Escape Kit.
However, if you enjoy creating custom puzzles, you can easily edit the game using the Builder's Kit included in the download. It contains the editable PowerPoint file and all creative assets:
In the game download, choose your print option:
Print the photos at any office store or online via (Amazon Photo Print). To keep the gritty look and feel, choose matte/satin rather than gloss.
Open the PDF file Print at Home Version.pdf and print the escape kit on standard A4 paper.
Escape Room Z also includes optional props to make the experience even more immersive. Print any props you'd like from the Props folder. None of these are required to play the game, but if you want to go the extra mile, it's totally worth it!
Although you can play Escape Room Z on a table, like a board game, it's much more fun to hide the puzzles around the room like a real escape game. For a truly immersive experience set it up in an apartment building living room, since this is where the storyline happens.
Feel free to be creative and customize to suit your needs - there's no wrong way to do this!
Just follow the steps below to set up the experience.
Place these 5 clue cards anywhere in the room. They're great for hiding if that's something your group enjoys.
Substitute: The colored QR code takes players to a website where they'll enter a passcode. If you'd prefer to replace this with a combination lock or a real safe, click to expand the spoiler below.
Stick these 4 cards to the walls around your escape room.
Note: The props folder contains some bonus posters. If you print the zombie poster, ensure you include the zombie photo card as well since it's required for a puzzle.
These 3 cards form a triptych when placed side by side. They simulate a hoard of zombies waiting for players on the balcony. Stick them to the glass on an external door.
Bonus: The props folder has a larger version of the message that you can cut out and place for extra style points.
Obviously, any child safety lock your oven has isn't an escape room puzzle. So instead, we're going to rely on suspension of disbelief and attach a sign saying 'It's locked.'
Cut out the 2 hook signs and hang them on the oven door. Stick the child lock dials next to them. Make sure there are scissors nearby for players to cut out the dials. The oven is now locked and can't be opened until players solve the puzzle!
Place the pizza card inside the oven.
Substitute: A real pizza in the oven or some of these pizza keyrings so everyone goes home with a souvenir.
If you don't have an oven, use:
The oven label can also double as a prop when playing as a tabletop game.
Tape this card to a NERF gun or one of the options below, then place it somewhere visible. Players will be informed when they have earned access to the gun. (Check the spoilers at the bottom if you'd like to know how, but you can trust me).
Prepare a zombie shooting mini game! This final challenge occurs after players have rescued the pizza, retrieved the gun, and unlocked the door.
Build all the zombie targets and line them up outside like a firing range. You can place them anywhere you like. (We did ours indoors because it was too windy that day).
Corde Lane, an escape room fanatic, designed an awesome shooting game "Last Stand". Here's how it works:
Gather your friends and let's get this party started!
When you're ready to begin, give everyone a quick rundown on how escape rooms work since some people will have never played one before.
Open the Survival Guide on your phone at lockpaperscissors.co/z and watch the intro video together.
The Survival Guide also contains plenty of hints for solving each puzzle. Agree on how you will use the hints as a group before the game begins. As a rule of thumb, it's time for a hint if players are stuck on a single puzzle for more than 5 minutes.
Now it's time to start the game!
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