ESCAPE ROOMS – Escape Room the Movie PopUp – CA

ESCAPE HOTEL

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ESCAPE ROOMS – Escape Hotel The Attic – CA

ESCAPE HOTEL

The Attic at Escape Hotel is a well designed, story-driven, immersive experience. It is a really fun game. I had a blast playing and would recommend it to anyone that enjoys a good scare while solving puzzles.

ESCAPE ROOMS – Escape Hotel: Jack Reacher – California

*YouTube Video

ESCAPE HOTEL: JACK REACHER

I want to start off by letting you know that Escape Hotel offered free tickets to the general public on their website to play the Jack Reacher game for beta testing purposes and I that is how I booked tickets for this experience.

I didn’t know anything about Jack Reacher going into this escape room experience (aside from Tom Cruise being in the movie) and I didn’t learn anything about the story from playing the game either. I would recommend at least watching the movie trailer before playing the Escape Hotel’s Jack Reacher room if you want some idea of what the story is meant to be about. There isn’t really any story given to you for gameplay, however I think it’s assumed that the story is there from players’ prior knowledge of it. My team did mention that they didn’t think the room had anything to do with the movies aside from familiar faces in pictures used in some of the props. There is a video at the beginning of gameplay outside of the rooms we were locked in with the mascot of Escape Hotel talking, but I wasn’t really able to hear it because it wasn’t loud enough. That video might have given some of the information I was looking for, but alas I don’t know. There was an attempt at immersion through the use of blindfolds and environment, but it would have been much stronger if the story was made clear.

The room layout was interesting. We started out blindfolded and were placed in three different cells where we worked to escape our small cells into a larger room to work together to solve the final objective. It was unclear to us that the objective was not to escape the room. Since we entered blindfolded, later in the game I accidentally opened the exit door while exploring because I didn’t realize it was the exit door.

Puzzles. There were a few puzzles in the room. I hate to be too critical of puzzles since this was a beta test situation. I always try to be forgiving of small glitches and tech issues when testing a game prior to ticket sales opening up to the public and in this case we only had one, so I won’t elaborate on that. I will say that the room has some tech and I assume it will work wonderfully once the room is officially open for ticket sales. There weren’t very many puzzles for the length of the game. They all seemed fairly simple aside from one major puzzle that stumped our group until we asked for a hint. Once we were looking in the right place, we easily understood the rest of them. Sometimes I am not sure if it is fair to say that puzzles are easy when I am playing with experienced teammates because we’ve been exposed to so many different puzzles.  However this time, along with my husband and a friend, I had two random teammates that had never played an escape game before and they didn’t have any trouble with the puzzles either. Again I want to stress that since we played during beta testing, it is very possible that the puzzles will change or more puzzles may be added to the game.

The rooms decor was not as elaborate as I expected. One of my favorite things about Escape Hotel is the amazing lobby. Unfortunately the beautifully themed lobby is not a reflection of the decor in the games that I have seen at this location including Jack Reacher. It was rather plain and parts of the set dressing was already falling apart. The props looked a little more like handmade craft projects than professionally designed props. It’s disappointing that the game itself isn’t more elaborately decorated since it seems the purpose is to promote the movie and give customers a “Hollywood” experience.

This game is a ticketed game, meaning you buy a ticket and may be playing with random customers that also bought a ticket. Normally I dislike playing with strangers, but our team ended up being a lot of fun. There were five of us, which was more than enough to play the game. There were times where there wasn’t really enough for all of us to do. I will say we had fun playing the game together though.

We escaped in time and then waited for the game master to come congratulate us. She did not, so after an uncomfortable amount of time we exited the room ourselves and made our way back downstairs to retrieve our phones from the lockers behind the check in desk. The receptionist called the game master on her walkie talkie and she came out and apologized for not coming up to get us and explained that there is a blind spot in the room, so she didn’t know we had escaped.

If you haven’t played an Escape Hotel room before, be prepared to arrive 30 minutes early and fill out a waiver and create your passport. Also leave plenty of time for unexpected traffic and parking. There are paid lots nearby and some street parking. This location is also easily accessible by metro.

I can’t stress enough that this experience was a FREE BETA TEST and may or may not reflect the experiences of those that pay to play the Jack Reacher game once they officially start selling tickets to the public. I am curious to hear from others that play the game in the future to see if it has changed. If you play Escape Hotel’s Jack Reacher please leave a comment here on this blog post or on my YOUTUBE video for it.

 

 

 

ESCAPE ROOM – Escape Hotel: Agent – California

Escape Hotel: Agent

We enter a beautiful hotel lobby reminiscent of the Disney California Adventure’s former Tower of Terror. A strange bellhop greets us in a rather robotic manner. Upon approaching the desk we are warmly greeted and asked for our IDs. Several minutes later we are handed a very professional looking passport. To the right of the desk stands a counter that serves sandwiches, salads and drinks. Many comfortable couches are scattered about the lobby and the second level. The wheelchair specific lift to the second floor next to a backdropped photo op look a bit out of place, but it’s forgivable because their purposes are so clearly important. Postmodern Jukebox rings throughout the building adding to a fun but slightly creepy environment. This lobby sets expectations high even if you haven’t watched the incredible marketing videos before arriving.

Unfortunately the Agent Room isn’t quite as spectacular as the lobby, but it is a lot of fun. The decor is good. I honestly expected a bit more from it based on the amazing lobby. There are zip ties holding a few things together that seem a bit more functional than decorator choices. I’m usually not a fan of war themes, but this one was quite fun. I felt transported to a different time, maybe because I would never expect to find swastikas on anything these days. I couldn’t tell you the story primarily because I couldn’t hear the video that explains it over the loud music meant to set the tone. There is very little tech in the room, but what is there worked properly. It is very much your typical well-done escape room. I liked one of the puzzles near the beginning because it felt very MacGyver and I hadn’t seen it before. The room bottlenecks near the end, but up to that point there seemed to be enough to keep all six of us busy. If you are sensitive to violence or historic war visuals, this may not be the room for you. Also be aware this is right smack in Hollywood, so arrive early to find parking and deal with unexpected traffic.

Overall my husband and I had a really good time. We went opening weekend, so the company is still going through some growing pains of a brand new business. I expect amazing things from them in the near future, but until then The Agent is the room I recommend at Escape Hotel.

CALIFORNIA ESCAPE ROOM LIST

Below is a list of the Escape Rooms I’ve played roughly in order of MY favorite to least favorite. Note: I prefer strong storytelling and immersion, especially in horror, paranormal & magic themed escape rooms, so my preferences may be different than yours. Feel free to write to me Twitter @christinebarger or Instagram @TheHauntGirl  GROUPED BY REGIONS:  LOS ANGELES AREA, “THE VALLEY”, ORANGE COUNTY, INLAND EMPIRE, HIGH DESERT, VENTURA COUNTY, PALM SPRINGS, BIG BEAR, SAN DIEGO, SAN FRANCISCO

LOS ANGELES AREA ESCAPE ROOMS

Maze Rooms: Magic Kingdom

60out Escape Rooms: Outbreak

Quest Room: Bloody Elbow

60out – The Orphanage

Maze Rooms: Sky Odyssey

Quest Room: Red Giant

Maze Rooms – The Abyss

Quest Rooms – Perfumer

60out Escape Rooms: Titanic

Enigma: The Will

60out Escape Rooms: Wizards Workshop

Maze Rooms: One Way Ticket

Maze Rooms: Lunar Station

Enigma: Apartment 205

Escapedom: The Lair

Enigma Escape Rooms: The Seance

Exit Game: The School of Sorcery

Quest Room: Cannibals Den

Quest Room: Da Vinci’s Challenge

Escape Hotel – Attic

60out – Alice in Wonderland

60out: Zen Room

Fox in a Box – Dracula the Final Hour

Get the F Out: The Virus (I played the old Burbank location)

Maze Quests: Queen Anne’s Revenge

Exit Game The Ai

Exit Game The Villains Lair

Hatch Escapes

60out: Jumanji

60out: Grandma’s Masterplan

Two Bit Circus – The Lost City

Maze Rooms: World of Illusions

Roomescape LA The Bank

60out Escape Rooms: Casino

Countdown Live Escape: Krampus (Now 60 Out)

60out Escape Rooms: Doctor Psycho

Evil Genius Escape Rooms

Exit Game An Hour To Kill

Maze Rooms: Secret Mission

The Mummy Escape Game (created by SCRAP)

Escape Hotel: Agent

60out Escape Room: P.U.T.I.N.

Escape Room LA: The Theatre

Enigma: Crime Scene

60out – Nautilus

60out: Amityville

Enigma: Secret Temple

60out Escape Rooms: Ghost Ship

Two Bit Circus – Space Squad in Space (played twice)

60out Escape Rooms: The Mystery of Senator Payne

Roomescape LA: Prison

Countdown Live: Tiki Palace

Trapped in a Room with a Zombie & Still Hungry

Maze Rooms: Castle

Escape Room LA: The Detective

Mobile Escape Room LA: MacGuffins Cocktail Room

Maze Quests: Clinic

60out: Da Vinci’s Secret

Countdown Live: Pandorus (Now owned by 60out)

Roomescape LA: Bunker

Exit Game: The Lab

Escapedom: Den of the Occult

The Laboratory Escape Room

60out Escape Rooms: Quest in a Box

60out – Cartel DEA Undercover

Escape Room Long Beach: Bad Blood

60out – Houdini

Horror Escapes L.A. Captive Chamber

Escape Hotel: Day Care

Maze Rooms: Motel

Mobile Escape Room LA: Sleep Study

Roomescape LA: Zombie

MagIQ Room: Secrets of Wizardry

Escape Room LA: The Alchemist

Maze Rooms: FBI

Captured LA: The Starlet Killer

Logiquit Secret Agent Room

MagIQ Room: Pirate’s Den

60Out Escape Rooms: Hangover Game

Fox In The Box – Tesla

Escape Hotel: Witchcraft

Logiquit: Warehouse of Jack Travis

Logiquit The Laboratory of Dr. Lev Pasted

Escape Room LA: The Cavern

Escape Hotel: Jack Reacher

Escape Haus LA: Masquerade Ball Room

Logiquit: CSI Room

Escape Room Treasure Hunt: The Alchemist’s Lab

EscapeIQ: Alcatraz

*Maze Rooms: Cosmos Game

*Virtual Room LA

*Two Bit Circus – The Raft

* These are VR Games with escape room elements

“THE VALLEY” LOS ANGELES ESCAPE ROOMS:

The Basement (Basement, Boiler Room & Study)

The Courtyard at The Basement

The Elevator Shaft at The Basement

Maze Rooms Pirate Bay

Cypher

It’s a Doggy Dog World

Haunted Recording Studio

Escape Chronicles – Testing Facility

Nodus 805 Escape Room

Chronicles – Smugglers Tunnels

Paniq Room: Bunker

Amazing Escape Room: Mystery of the Red Dragon

Arcane Escape Rooms: The Hideout

Horror Escapes – Trapped

Horror Escapes – Ringmasters Quarters

Amazing Escape Room: The Starlight Lounge

Amazing Escape Room: Escape the X Corporation

Unlocked Escape Room: The Professor’s Basement

Amazing Escape Room: Operation Desert Storm

Great Redemption

The Bunker Experience

Arcane Escape Rooms: The Agency

The Room Live Escape Room

Maze Rooms: Demon Hunter 

Paniq Room Insane Asylum

ESCRooms

Hollywood Escape House: The Royal Indian Dungeon

S.H.A.D.I.E. Grove Escape Room

Enchanted Escape Room

ORANGE COUNTY ESCAPE ROOMS:

CrossRoads Escape Game: Hex

Mission Escape Games

Unlocked Escape Room

Puzzle Workshop: CSI Hollywood

Puzzle Workshop: Secrets of the Illuminati

Crossroads Escape Game: Funhouse

Eskape Rooms: Operation Dream State

Escapade Games – The Last Experiment

Escapade Games: Zoe

The Escape Bus

Dead Ringers (by The Escape Bus) This is a 2 person game, where the partners compete against each other.

TrapZone Escape Rooms

Detectives Society Escape Rooms: Da Vinci’s Lost Workshop

EscapeX Rooms: Casino

PuzzleMazement Escape Room: Professor S!

PuzzleMazement Escape Room: Paranormal

Kaein LLC: The Alien

Puzzlemazement: The Dollhouse

Red Lantern

The Cromwell Estate

Square Room: Harry Potter

Kaien: Time Machine

Escape the Place: The Chamber

PuzzleMazement Escape Room: Saving Christmas!

Legend X Iteration

Brainy Actz

INLAND EMPIRE ESCAPE ROOMS:

MurderCo

Mind Trap Escape Room: Gold Rush

Wizards & Wires: The Curiosity Shop

13th Room – Chapter 2

Mind Trap Escape Room: Conspiracy

Trapped! Escape Room: Sector 13

Mind Trap – Excalibur

Mind Trap – Operation Longbow

Trapped! Escape Room: Puzzlemaster

Get a Clue Room Escape: Uncle Thaddius’ Attic

The 13th Room

Open Door Escape Games: The Study

The 13th Room: Alchemy & Wizardry

Back Alley Escape – HUT51 STE

The 13th Room: Jack the Ripper

The Game Maker Escape Room (temporary room at Coffin Creek)

Get a Clue Room Escape: The Toy Shop

Broken Chains Escape Games: Caught In A Rumple

One Way Out: Bank Heist (now Exodus)

Unity Escape Rooms: The Cabin

Unity Escape Rooms: The Temple

Real Escape Room: Bomb

One Way Out: Apocalypse (now Exodus)

Real Escape Room: Crazy Secret Laboratory

 

HIGH DESERT ESCAPE ROOMS:

Escape the AsylumEscape This! Mosi’s Curse

CENTRAL VALLEY ESCAPE ROOMS:

Xcape Room Fresno: Murder Scene

Rooms of No Return: The Classroom

Breakout Fresno: Sabotage – Code Red

The Great Escape: Mafia Bomb Squad

Bakersfield Escape Room: RESCUE

Bakersfield Escape Room: Winter Fall

Rooms of No Return: Dead Silence

Real Escape: Bootlegger Warehouse

Real Escape: Wizards Lair

VENTURA COUNTY ESCAPE ROOMS:

Excido: StudioExcido: Casino

House of Clues: Pirate Ghost Ship

The Ultimate Escape Rooms: We Are All Mad Here

PALM SPRINGS ESCAPE ROOMS:

Escape Room Palm Springs: Dark Shadows Room

Escape Room Palm Springs: Saw Room

Escape Room Palm Springs: Titanic

Escape Room Palm Springs: Mystery Room

Escape Games at the River: Baker Street Mystery

BIG BEAR ESCAPE ROOMS:

Mountain Room Escapes Big Bear

SAN DIEGO ESCAPE ROOMS:

Great Room Escape San Diego: Houdini’s Hidden Workshop

Quicksand Escape Games: China Town

Steal and Escape

Quicksand Escape Games: The Diner

The Unlockables

Divergent Realities The Informant

Escape Game SD: Japanese Thriller Room

Quicksand Escape Games: The Speakeasy

The Entrapment3rd Day Escape: Harvest Motel

Escapology San Diego: TH3 C0D3

Enigma HQ

Clue Avenue: Villain’s Lair

Mighty Awesome

Great Room Escape San Diego: The Lab

Nightwalker Caverns Escape Room

Escapism: Art Gallery

3rd Day Escape: Hourglass

Escape Room Police

School of Hard Locks: Art Class

SAN FRANCISCO AREA ESCAPE ROOMS:

Omescape: Forgotten Treasure

Palace Games: Houdini

Omescape: Kingdom of Cats

Escape SF: Escape from Antique Room

Omescape: Omega

MODESTO ESCAPE ROOMS:

Spookador

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These are rooms that I have played in California but are not currently available:

The Purge Truck

Countdown Live: Psycho

Countdown Live: Spaceship

Countdown: Mrs. Jezebel’s Tea Party

School of Hard Locks: Halloween Room

CatCon Animal Planet Escape Box

Exodus: Quake Escape

Exit Game: The Chamber

Captured LA (old location)

Paniq Room: Creepy Cemetery

X Room Victorian Mansion

X Room Court in Session

X Room Escape the Wonderland

X Room Curse of the Mummy

Trapped! The Chamber

Trap House (Think Tank)

Square Room: Mario Brothers

Real Escape Room: Treasure Island

Countdown: Special Event Beta Test

Kaien (the game we beta tested, but isn’t open yet)

School of Hard Locks: Principal’s Office

SCRAP Real Escape Game Escape from the Cursed Forest Event

SCRAP Real Escape Game Escape the Magic Show

Salvation Room: The Inferno

Amazing Escape Room: Black & White

Ace Escape Game The Pharaoh’s Treasure

SCRAP Real Escape Game: Escape from the Time Travel Lab

The 13th Room (ScareLA mini-game)

Trapped! Escape Room: Jailbreak 

Room of no return: Jail

Mysterium Escape Room

Escape the Night (VidCon)

The Cromwell Estate (Midsummer Scream mini-game)

Crossroads: The Asylum (ScareLA mini-game) *This game will be available in Oct 2017 at Crossroads

Escape Room the Movie pop-up at Escape Hotel

Escape From Godot

Funhouse Escape 60 Minutes to Curtain & Another 60 Minutes to Curtain