Escape Room LA: The Detective – A real-life escape room review

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Escape rooms are popular among those looking for a real-life puzzle-solving game. I have been to plenty of these escape room games. Some of them are great, and some of them are very mediocre.

My two favorites that I have tried so far are The Purge: Breakout and The Basement LA. These two were both creepy and had interesting puzzles. The production values were also topnotch, since the actors and setting were very immersive. The scare factor is enhanced, since they only allow a very small group per session. My least favorite escape game is anything done by the SCRAP production company. They allow a big group per session (imagine hundreds, like for the upcoming Attack on Titan escape game), and this absolutely kills the immersion. Another problem is that it’s not thematic, since most of the time you feel like you’re at a BINGO banquet with a lot of tables.

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While most of these are scary in nature, there are other escape games with different themes. That brings us to Escape Room LA: The Detective. You’re stuck in a room and have an hour to get out. You must figure out clues in order to open the final door. It’s set during the past, so you’ll feel like Sherlock Holmes.

The setting is a 1940s private detective’s office. The case involves a gang of robbers, and it’s up to you to stop them before their next heist. There are clues everywhere, so you have to be thorough. The host, who happens to be a 1940s receptionist in the room, will give you hints on items that aren’t necessary for the investigation, so listen to them. We had 12 people in our group, so it’s a scramble to solve puzzles while also communicating with each other. There are times when one person would already solve a puzzle, with the other person not knowing.

In the end, we had minutes left to solve the last clue. We needed numbers for a lock, but the timer ran out, and the robbers got away. Even though we didn’t win, it was still very fun. How does it rank with the other escape rooms? It’s definitely recommended since it’s got a different theme. The puzzles are pretty tough, so if you like a brain teaser, then this is it. As for the production value…it could be better.  The room isn’t as big as the other Escape Room events I’ve done, and you can’t really do much with a detective’s room set in the 1940s.

Rating: 4/5 Atoms

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