ESCAPE ROOMS – The Courtyard at The Basement – Ca


ESCAPE ROOMS – The Elevator Shaft at The Basement – California


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.



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


Maze Rooms: Magical Kingdom

60out Escape Rooms: Outbreak

Quest Room: Bloody Elbow

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: Da Vinci’s Challenge

60out: Zen Room

Maze Quests: Queen Anne’s Revenge

Exit Game The Ai

Exit Game The Villains Lair

60out: Grandma’s Masterplan

Roomescape LA The Bank

60out Escape Rooms: Casino

Countdown Live Escape: Krampus

60out Escape Rooms: Doctor Psycho

Evil Genius Escape Rooms

Exit Game An Hour To Kill

The Mummy Escape Game (created by SCRAP)

Escape Hotel: Agent

Trapped in a Room with a Zombie & Still Hungry

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

Escape Room LA: The Theatre

Enigma: Crime Scene

Enigma: Secret Temple

60out Escape Rooms: Ghost Ship

60out Escape Rooms: The Mystery of Senator Payne

Roomescape LA: Prison

Countdown Live: Tiki Palace

Maze Rooms: Castle

Escape Room LA: The Detective

Mobile Escape Room LA: MacGuffins Cocktail Room

Maze Quests: Clinic

Countdown Live: Pandorus

Maze Rooms: Secret Mission

Roomescape LA: Bunker

Exit Game: The Lab

Escapedom: Den of the Occult

The Laboratory Escape Room

60out Escape Rooms: Quest in a Box

Escape Room Long Beach: Bad Blood

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

Escape Hotel: Witchcraft

Hatch Escapes

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: VR Cosmos Game*Is not last on the list, it is just so unique I don’t know how to compare it to a standard escape room. 


The Basement (Basement, Boiler Room & Study) *NEW GAME* The Elevator ShaftMaze Rooms Pirate BayGet the F Out: The VirusHaunted Recording StudioEscape ChroniclesNodus 805 Escape RoomPaniq Room: BunkerAmazing Escape Room: Mystery of the Red DragonArcane Escape Rooms: The HideoutAmazing Escape Room: The Starlight LoungeAmazing Escape Room: Escape the X CorporationUnlocked Escape Room: The Professor’s BasementAmazing Escape Room: Operation Desert StormGreat RedemptionThe Bunker ExperienceArcane Escape Rooms: The AgencyThe Room Live Escape RoomMaze Rooms: Demon HunterPaniq Room Insane AsylumHollywood Escape House: The Royal Indian DungeonS.H.A.D.I.E. Grove Escape RoomEnchanted Escape Room


CrossRoads Escape Game: HexMission Escape GamesUnlocked Escape RoomPuzzle Workshop: CSI HollywoodPuzzle Workshop: Secrets of the IlluminatiCrossroads Escape Game: FunhouseEskape Rooms: Operation Dream StateEscapade Games: ZoeThe Escape BusDead Ringers (by The Escape Bus) *This is a 2 person game, where the partners compete against each other.TrapZone Escape RoomsDetectives Society Escape Rooms: Da Vinci’s Lost WorkshopEscapeX Rooms: CasinoPuzzleMazement Escape Room: Professor S!PuzzleMazement Escape Room: ParanormalKaein LLC: The AlienPuzzlemazement: The DollhouseSquare Room: Harry PotterKaien: Time MachineEscape the Place: The ChamberPuzzleMazement Escape Room: Saving Christmas!Legend X IterationThe Cromwell EstateBrainy ActzDeadRingers by Escape Bus (seasonal 15 minute Escape game)


Mind Trap Escape Room: Gold RushWizards & Wires: The Curiosity ShopMind Trap Escape Room: ConspiracyTrapped! Escape Room: Sector 13Trapped! Escape Room: PuzzlemasterThe 13th RoomOpen Door Escape Games: The StudyThe 13th Room: Alchemy & WizardryThe 13th Room: Jack the RipperThe Game Maker Escape Room (temporary room at Coffin Creek)Funhouse Escape 60 Minutes to Curtain & Another 60 Minutes to CurtainGet a Clue Room Escape: The Toy ShopBroken Chains Escape Games: Caught In A RumpleOne Way Out: Bank Heist (now Exodus)Unity Escape Rooms: The CabinUnity Escape Rooms: The TempleReal Escape Room: BombOne Way Out: Apocalypse (now Exodus)Real Escape Room: Crazy Secret Laboratory


Escape the AsylumEscape This! Mosi’s Curse


Xcape Room Fresno: Murder SceneRooms of No Return: The ClassroomBreakout Fresno: Sabotage – Code RedThe Great Escape: Mafia Bomb SquadBakersfield Escape Room: RESCUEBakersfield Escape Room: Winter FallRooms of No Return: Dead SilenceReal Escape: Bootlegger WarehouseReal Escape: Wizards Lair


Excido: StudioExcido: CasinoHouse of Clues: Pirate Ghost ShipThe Ultimate Escape Rooms: We Are All Mad Here


Escape Room Palm Springs: Dark Shadows RoomEscape Room Palm Springs: Saw RoomEscape Room Palm Springs: TitanicEscape Room Palm Springs: Mystery RoomEscape Games at the River: Baker Street Mystery


Mountain Room Escapes Big Bear


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

Boss Play – Chocolate Factory

The Entrapment3rd Day Escape: Harvest Motel

Escapology San Diego: TH3 C0D3

Tier – Atlantis Dive to the Forgotten City

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


Omescape: Forgotten TreasurePalace Games: HoudiniOmescape: Kingdom of CatsEscape SF: Escape from Antique RoomOmescape: Omega




These are rooms that I have played in California but are not currently available:The Purge TruckCountdown Live: PsychoCountdown Live: SpaceshipCountdown: Mrs. Jezebel’s Tea PartySchool of Hard Locks: Halloween RoomCatCon Animal Planet Escape BoxExodus: Quake EscapeExit Game: The ChamberCaptured LA (old location)Paniq Room: Creepy CemeteryX Room Victorian MansionX Room Court in SessionX Room Escape the WonderlandX Room Curse of the MummyTrapped! The ChamberTrap House (Think Tank)Square Room: Mario BrothersReal Escape Room: Treasure IslandCountdown: Special Event Beta TestKaien (the game we beta tested, but isn’t open yet)School of Hard Locks: Principal’s OfficeSCRAP Real Escape Game Escape from the Cursed Forest EventSCRAP Real Escape Game Escape the Magic ShowSalvation Room: The InfernoAmazing Escape Room: Black & WhiteAce Escape Game The Pharaoh’s TreasureSCRAP Real Escape Game: Escape from the Time Travel LabThe 13th Room (ScareLA mini-game)Trapped! Escape Room: Jailbreak Room of no return: JailMysterium Escape RoomEscape 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