Headlock Escape Rooms: The Keeper & the Fungus Among Us

By | August 1, 2021

by Headlock Escape Rooms (website)

Up to 6 players


Languages: EN

๐Ÿ“นremote avatar
Winner of a 2021 TERPECA award90 mins
The Keeper has awakened.  This only happens every 1,000 years when the evil Paxillus is released from his mushroom prison.  Your team, The Guardians, must help our hero defeat this dreaded Mushroom King and save the people of this land.
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Rated between 4.5 and 5 out of 5

based on ratings from 44 users
combined with 3 pro reviews

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Emma N experienced rated this:Rated between 50 and 50 out of 5
Played: 11 Apr 2024 Team size: 6 Outcome: Successful escape!
originalfunnygreat hosting
I get the hype now. First online escape room with a games master for a couple of years and what a fab one to return to. Played with four adults and 2 kids (9 & 11) in two locations. Loved the music, the visuals and fab hosting and chat after. Will be back to play the next game!
Anonymous rated this:Rated between 50 and 50 out of 5
Played: 6 Oct 2021
Sabrina (The Overthinkers) expert rated this:Rated between 50 and 50 out of 5
Played: 1 Jan 2022 Team size: 2 Time taken: 67 Outcome: Successful escape!
originalfunnyfamily friendly

This is not your ordinary escape room, it's a mixture between escape room and immersive theatre that's designed to be played remotely. Using a clever mix of video scenes and acting, it's an experience that is unique and only possible in this format. Definitely worth playing, very funny!

FreshBresh rated this:Rated between 50 and 50 out of 5
Played: 29 Dec 2021 Team size: 3 Time taken: 60 min Outcome: Successful escape!
originalclevergreat hosting

An absolute delight! The ideas are very original and the whole set-up is fantastic. Entertaining for both the game interactions and the soundtrack. This is a game for both first-timers and enthusiasts. Highly recommend this game!

Myles Nye rated this:Rated between 50 and 50 out of 5
Played: 12/5/2021 Team size: 3 Time taken: 90 Outcome: Successful escape!

This is an un-missable Zoom experience. I highly recommend to solvers of any level. If you think you've seen everything an escape game on Zoom can be, think again. Trust me on this one. Bring the kiddos. Original, delightful, outstanding. Can't wait to share this and recommend with my friends and family. Bravo Headlock!

Anna Baillie experienced rated this:Rated between 50 and 50 out of 5
Played: 7 Dec 2021 Team size: 6 Time taken: 75 mins Outcome: Successful escape!

This game is so clever, beautifully made, and exceeded my expectations in every way. I was laughing and smiling the whole way through. Best to go in without spoilers but everyone should give this game a try. The hosting was superb and the whole experience was incredibly fun. Imaginative, creative, and an absolute must play.

Jan Chong rated this:Rated between 50 and 50 out of 5
Played: 21 Nov 2021 Team size: 4 Time taken: 60 Outcome: Successful escape!
originalfunnyfamily friendly

This experience is joyously silly.  The whole thing plays more like a video game than an escape room, but it is all good fun.  As the other reviews say, best to enter unspoiled. 

Nick Gibson rated this:Rated between 50 and 50 out of 5
Played: 16 Oct 2021 Team size: 4 Time taken: 85mins Outcome: Successful escape!

Brilliantly original take on the Zoom-based escape room format. Don't Google it in advance, just go in with a smile on your face and expect to have that smile for the entire time :>

ESparrow rated this:Rated between 50 and 50 out of 5
Played: 8 Oct 2021 Team size: 4 Time taken: 90 mins Outcome: Successful escape!
beautifuloriginalfunnyquite difficult

This is one of my favourite games I've played. The sets are beautiful and made with love. The story is charming and funny. The puzzles are well designed and interesting. There are musical numbers. Point and click feel with the charm of gorgeous puppets and fun puzzles! ๐Ÿ™‚

Big_Chris rated this:Rated between 50 and 50 out of 5
Played: 7 Oct 2021 Team size: 4 Time taken: 75 mins Outcome: Successful escape!

  • Lovingly created set and story
  • Great use of the online medium to deliver something original
  • Fun and satisfying puzzles

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I'd like to say there are no words to describe this game, but, firstly, that would rule out writing a review of it, and secondly, it's not true. There are plenty of words, they're just not ones I ever expected to use of an online escape game, particularly in combination: starting with 'puppets', 'mushrooms' and 'musical'. 'Wacky brilliance' ought to be in there somewhere too.

In concrete terms, this is a remote avatar game, but instead of guiding a human host around a room, you're guiding a han...

This game is a true delight! With original music and songs, beautiful set design, great puzzles and a wonderful host โ€“ this will likely be unlike anything else you have ever played. We donโ€™t do awards, but if we did, this would be a winner!

What makes this virtual escape room stand out for me is the uniquely designed

dioramas on which your journey takes place. They are colorful, vibrant, and the

aesthetic takes on a funky whimsical theme that is consistently seen and felt throughout

the whole experience. Every new scene we entered I had to take the moment to just

look around and admire the set design down to the little figurines that turned out to be

characters you would engage with in adorable text conversations.

Another facet that endeared me was the use of musical numbers that livened the

experience during transition times. The songs are catchy, hilarious, and filled with puns

that adults and children alike would enjoy. We encouraged the creator to share the

sound score with players afterwards and they are considering it!

"The Keeper & the Fungus Among Us" is a funky magical journey in a fantastical world

with a nostalgic video game vibe any person could enjoy. The creative sets engage

players and the clever use of music gives players the feeling that they were in more

than just an escape room. You became a Guardian, a hero in the making, out to stop

the evil infesting the land. Your tasks challenge your mind to not only think outside the

box but also decide what kind of hero you truly want to be. Are you up for it?

This is what good puzzle games are. Theyโ€™re created by folks who love the escape room industry and put their absolute everything into making fun content for the rest of us to enjoy. Joel has nailed it, and The Keeper & The Fungus Among Us will go down in cult escape room history for may years to come.


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