You’re in a 1940s detective’s office, there’s a problem, and it goes like this: a pretty girl, a jewel theft ring, and a detective who promises that he’ll keep the girl’s jewels safe. And of course, there is also a thieving gangster. And then there’s you. Why is this pretty girl/jewel theft ring/helpful detective situation your problem? Welcome to Escape Room L.A..
You, your friends, and a half-dozen or so strangers are locked in a room full of sturdy wood furniture, an ancient telephone, a dusty globe, and an Oriental rug. You notice a lot of little details, and that’s a good thing, because you have some work to do: Find the jewels, hide them, deduce who the thief is, and get out of the room before he shows up. You have an hour, and it’s you against the clock. Escape Room L.A. is not for the faint of heart.
The Escape Room is not a real-life horror movie, but more like a life-sized brain teaser. You and your teammates need to work together to decode hints and solve puzzles. The tips come in all forms, though most come from the detective working with you… who actually isn’t there. Half of you work on interpreting the letters the detective left for you, while the other half work on code-breaking. Hopefully you’ve brought your crossword-freak friend and your math-nerd friend. Diversity of skills in your group is the key to success here.
Spoiler alert: You will get out. If you start getting anxious, pay attention to the detective’s charming secretary, and she just might give you a clue. Plus, these experiences are one hour long, after which the door will be opened and, if you haven’t figured it out on your own, you’ll get a lesson on the tricks in the room. But you don’t want to be that group.
The clock is ticking.