A few weeks ago, I had the chance to check out one of the newest escape rooms in town, Escapade Games, located in Fullerton, CA, for their new horror themed room, ZOE. When my group and I arrived, we were led to a nondescript storefront with black out windows that gave zero indications for what we were about to experience. We were told to close our eyes as we were led into a room with instructions not to open them until we were given the go-ahead. Not knowing what would be waiting for me, I shut my eyes tight and in nervous anticipation I waited for whatever lurked in the shadows of the ZOE room...
It's rare for me to be surprised anymore. When you go to as many events, haunts, escape room as I do, you see the same familiar pattern over and over again. When I had the chance to visit the relatively new escape room, THE CROMWELL ESTATE's "THE DEN", I went in excited but I figured it would follow along the same tropes as other "horror" escape rooms. When I arrived at my designated time, I took a look around the sparsely decorated waiting room and hoped that the lack of creativity didn't progress into the experience awaiting me.
A few weeks ago, on a very, very rainy California afternoon, I had the chance to check out "The Basement: A Live Escape Room Experience" in Sylmar, California. I had heard from many people that this was one of the best escape rooms to go through so my excitement level and expectations were fairly high. I'm beyond thrilled to report that the experience lived up to the hype! "The Basement"'s story centers around an individual named Edward Tandy who just so happens to be a cannibalistic serial killer. Because of this, he's created a twisted game for his victims inside the basement of his deceased mother's home. Though his goal is to feast on the flesh of all that are there, those who are able to escape his clutches and solve his terrifying game, will be able to leave, unscathed. Those who don't... well, I think you can figure out what happens to those poor folks...
As the popularity of Escape Rooms grow, guests are looking towards new ways of experiencing the thrills that these rooms have to offer. For some, we aren’t content with the brain teasers that many of these games have, especially those of us who have a love for haunted attractions and the horror genre. If you are looking for an escape room that offers a bit more than your average run-of-the-mill game, then look no further, because Escape Hotel has one of the most unique escape rooms that we’ve ever tried.
A few weeks ago, my good friend Jeff Heimbuch (writer for HorrorBuzz.com) informed me that it was imperative that I check out a new escape room called “The Bunker Experience” located in Pasadena, CA. Trusting most things that Jeff tells me, I rounded up a bunch of my friends and got into escape room mentality. Not knowing what to expect, we were excited to see what this new escape room had to offer and right off the bat they did not disappoint. What sets “The Bunker Experience” apart from most other escape rooms is that it starts the minute you get there and their storyline is unlike anything else I’ve experienced.
A few months ago, I had the chance to check out an escape room in Palm Springs as well as spend some time in a city that seemed to have been torn from the pages of your favorite mid-century modern magazine. Nestled in the heart of Palm Springs is a new escape room, appropriately called Escape Room Palm Springs, that offers an array of escape rooms to choose from. At the time we went, we were able to choose between either a room based off the SAW franchise or one based off the television show “Dark Shadows”; since then they have added two other rooms, The Titanic and a Mystery Room. Deciding to go for something different, we decided to check out the “Dark Shadows” room, and boy were we in for a real treat.
The last few years have shown a rise in escape rooms and since moving to California last year I've had the pleasure of attending some of the best that the West Coast has to offer. A few months back I had heard of a new escape room opening that was fashioned after a hotel and immediately my interest perked up. ESCAPE HOTEL, as it's aptly called, is located in the heart of Los Angeles on Hollywood Blvd. My first thoughts were that this was going to be a tourist trap but ESCAPE HOTEL is anything but that. When my group and I arrived at our designated time of 7pm we were ushered into the lobby by a ghostly man and told to help ourselves to refreshments. As he wandered off, we were informed that our escape would begin now, within the lobby. From that point forward I knew I was going to be hooked.
When watching horror movies, do you find yourself shouting at the screen about how dumb that person is for going upstairs instead of out the front door when the killer is in hot pursuit? Do you often imagine how you would react in these terrifying scenarios and what plan of action you would take that would ensure your survival against monsters and madmen? But isn't it all too easy to cast judgments while safely snuggled in the arms of your loved one in the theater or in the comfort and safety of your home? Well, no longer must you rely on your imagination to wonder how you might act when facing impending doom, you can actually see for yourself first hand if you've got what it takes to put yourself to the test and escape death or if you too shall fall victim like those on screen characters you previously underestimated in your overly confident mockery.
In the last few years, Escape Games have become the “it” thing to do. As their popularity has grown, more and more unique Escape Games have begun to pop up. For me, I wasn’t entirely interested in them. I had pretty much stuck to my haunted attractions and the idea of being locked in a room for an hour while trying to solve a puzzle never interested me. That is, until I met Madison Rhoades and she told me about her creation, Cross Roads Escape Game.