ESCAPE ROOMS – The Elevator Shaft at The Basement – California

THE ELEVATOR SHAFT 


The Basement has always been ahead of the competition when it comes to immersion and storytelling in their incredibly fun horror escape games, but they’ve really outdone themselves with their latest game: The Elevator Shaft.


The Elevator Shaft is the new Chapter 2 in the 3 part story of The Basement escape games. It is in the space that the Boiler Room once occupied, but don’t be fooled by that because even though it replaced Boiler Room it is a completely different game. The technology is new and advanced compared to anything I have yet to see in an escape room. It features a hydraulic descending elevator hanging overhead, exciting audio effects, fog, water, and lighting effects. The set design is gorgeous, like something out of a movie. The tension that is created in the room is incredible. I’m fascinated by how the room breathes life into the story without using live actors inside the room.

Up to 6 guests are trapped inside this elevator shaft with only 45 minutes to escape. I personally think 3 players is the perfect number for this game, but everyone knows I always prefer to play alone or with only my hubby since we don’t have an established team with which we regularly play. However, I believe you need at least two people to complete the game due to certain puzzles. In my opinion, communication is much more essential in this particular game than the typical escape room. This is the perfect game for a group of friends, especially if they love the horror genre. I imagine it could be a nightmare for someone that is claustrophobic, though. Afterall it’s a fairly small space since it is the size of an elevator shaft with an elevator falling on you.


Here is the story of The Elevator Shaft taken directly from the press release:

About 3 months ago, cannibalistic serial killer, Edward Tandy hired an engineer named John to help him make some “engineering” changes to an antique service elevator on his property. After working on the elevator shaft for a day or two, it became clear to John that Edward’s use for this machine seemed sinister in nature. He confronted Edward and refused to help any longer. Edward told him that not only would he continue to work on the project, but that he would not be allowed to leave the compound until the project was complete, and if he did so, John’s wife and daughter would be killed. Now the project is done and John is long dead, his life taken inside the death trap he helped to build. You wake up and find yourself in the bottom of the shaft, with a video recorded by John himself. Unbeknownst to Edward, the engineer has hidden a series of steps within the inner workings of the elevator, that if you’re able to figure out, you can blow open the emergency access to the shaft and make a run for it. Can you decipher John’s notes, and find the secret sequence of steps in order to escape? Or will you be crushed by the 10-ton antique steel monster that hangs above?


The Elevator Shaft is one of the most immersive and unique escape rooms I’ve played and I highly recommend it.


 

ESCAPE ROOMS  – The Basement – California 

THE BASEMENT

This is the best horror themed Escape Game in the Los Angeles area.

Totally AWESOME!!!! We didn’t make it out of the Basement, but it was super fun and really frustrating at times…exactly like an escape experience should be.  The staff is super cool too.  We loved it!!!

So my husband and I escaped the BOILER ROOM with 2 friends.  We are all escape room junkies.
The boiler room tells the story incredibly well…that’s the thing this company does better than most other escape game companies.
It’s a beautifully decorated/themed room.  It’s linear so the whole team works on one thing at a time.  If you are severely claustrophobic this may not be fun for you. It really didn’t have enough puzzles and wasn’t particularly challenging as far as actually figuring out the answers…some were simple to figure out but still challenging to complete. However, we’ve done a lot of escape rooms. This would be much more difficult if we had not done so many games and seen how some of the puzzles work before.
We escaped the BOILER ROOM in less than 20 minutes.

My husband and I played the new Study game that recently opened at this location. It’s the third game in the story. We enjoyed it. We got out just in the knick of time. I felt it was quite different than the other two games in the way you must think to solve the puzzles. I enjoyed the actor/character in this game even more than the others. I really enjoyed the physicality and creativity of the puzzles. However my husband had an even better experience than I did because of the choices we made in who did what. I recommend starting at the beginning with the Basement game and going in order to the Boiler Room then Study.