Christmas Escapes

There are a few holiday-themed escape rooms available for escapers in the Portland area.

At Paradigm Q in Vancouver, The Hour Before Christmas will allow you to help save Christmas! For 2-8 players, $32 per person.

“Santa has been checking his list and he realizes right before he supposed to leave for his big night that he has forgotten the code to unlock all of  Christmas Cheer! Can you help Santa save Christmas in time?”

At Northwest Escape Experience, CSI: North Pole will give you another opportunity to save Christmas! For up to 8 players, $30 per person.

“Ho, Ho, No!!! It’s a Christmas emergency! An elf has gone rogue and stolen Santa’s Naughty and Nice List! Without it, Santa can’t deliver presents to all the good boys and girls in the world! Do you and your team of crime scene investigators have what it takes to solve this holiday caper in time to save Christmas?”

(I guess the only options for saving Christmas are in Vancouver, Washington.) So get out there and save the holidays!

Cine Escapes in Gresham is Now Open

Another new escape room company? Yes! A regular Google Maps search yielded this new company out in Gresham. Cine Escapes has opened with 3 currently bookable rooms and another listed on their website that shows as available as of about October 2nd, as follows:

  • Dead Endz (up to 8)
  • The Mob’s Speakeasy (up to 10)
  • Central Intelligence (up to 8)
  • 60 Fathoms Below (up to 10)

Cine Escapes is on a public booking system, priced at $30 per person. Open Wednesday through Sunday, Cine Escapes is located at 204 NE 2nd Street in Gresham. We look forward to checking it out.

New Escape Room Company in Vancouver

While navigating the Escape Games PDX website, there was an announcement for: New Location! New Games! New Puzzles! A click leads to paradigmq.com, a new escape room in Vancouver, WA. ParadigmQ states it is “Vancouver’s Largest Escape Game Company.”

There are currently 4 rooms listed under their Games tab but only one appears to be bookable at this time.  “Out of the Past” is $32/per person, with a 2-person minimum, and is available based on public booking 6 days a week (sorry Wednesday).

“How you made into the old west and smack dab in the center of an old gambling hall, you just aren’t sure.  What you do know is, you’d dearly like to get back to your present.  There is one way to make it happen, but it will take all your skills and the exact right timing or you might be stuck on the prairie forever!”

Other rooms listed on their website are:

  • Into the Future
  • Sasquatch On Site
  • Sherlock Sequel

ParadigmQ is a sister to Escape Games PDX. We recommend Escape Games PDX and are looking forward to trying the new rooms at this new company just across the Columbia River. What are your thoughts on ParadigmQ?

Stumptown Speakeasy Now Available at Stumptown Escape Games

Stumptown Escape Games‘ new speakeasy room is now bookable.

“You have discovered that the mobster that runs the speakeasy you recently started working for is much more brutal than you originally thought. Even though he makes the best beer in town, you can’t in good conscience let him continue to torture your coworkers. 
 
So, you have tipped off the cops and they will be there in just one hour to raid the joint. Not wanting to deny the world his tasty concoction, you have to find the jealously guarded secret recipe and leave the city so that you can open a kinder, gentler speakeasy in another town.”
Like the other games at Stumptown, they are public booking unless you book out the whole room. Stumptown Speakeasy is $30 per person for up to 8 people.

Mental Trap Has Reopened in Downtown Portland

After a long hiatus, Mental Trap is back! Mental Trap moved from their Beaverton location last year and has re-opened in downtown Portland. Inside Glowing Greens blacklight miniature golf (as before), the first room to open is:

Hotel: No Vacancy

“Welcome to Hotel No Vacancy, while you and your friends were out on the town you decide to explore this establishment and the door behind you locks closed.  Soon you will discover this is more than just an old hotel building with a rift in time. Traveling from room to room, and floor to floor each space holds a new layer of mystery and now you just wish to find your way back out before you get trapped in time. Now we ask you to lend us your hand in stopping this warp in space, you have just one hour to travel in time and it begins now. Eventually, one clue will lead you to Escape… but Not so fast, Mental Trap offers a series of rooms within each game. You’ve only escaped room number one. There are still more rooms to escape… Can you get out fast enough?”

According to their FAQ, the room is bookable for 4-6 people (doable with 3 but the minimum booking is priced at $120 for up to 4). The good news is that the rooms will be private with not strangers interfering with your enjoyment.

School of Magic Now Open at Mindtrix

The School of Magic is available for booking at Mindtrix. According to their website:

“You are on a much-needed vacation after your second year studying magic. Suddenly your break is cut short by a desperate plea for help by the school’s headmaster. Will your novice skills be enough to save the day?”

The newest escape room in the Clackamas Town Center has some of the best availability in the area, generally available for booking 7 days a week when the mall is open, 10am to 9pm (11am ot 7pm Sunday). When parking at the mall, keep to the west side, not far from Nordstrom’s mall entrance.

What did you think of the School of Magic? Comment below.

The Beanstalk is Open at Escape Space Games in Tualatin

New room available at Escape Space Games in Tualatin. The Beanstalk is bookable and recommended for 4 to 8 participants /$25 per person, $20 for kids/ public booking. According to their website:

“You may recall the “Beanstalk Incident” that was news for a brief time, but after Jack chopped it down that seemed like the end of the story. Since then, the garden has been quietly maintained by the family through all these generations and a small bit of magic has been preserved. Now the current caretaker is getting restless and is looking for a worthy successor. Do you have what it takes to discover the secrets of the garden?”

Check it out and comment below what you thought about The Beanstalk?

Jurassic Tours: Back to the Past at NW Escape Experience

We previously reported on a new time-travel-themed room opening at NW Escape Experience in Vancouver, Washington. Based on the previous image, we expected an homage to Back to the Future but now looks like we’ll be traveling much further back in time. NW Escape Experience is offering a limited number of pre-sale packages, which include:

  • Experience for 2, 4, or 6 players ($64/$128/$192);
  • A Jurassic Tours: Back To The Past t-shirt for each player; and
  • Early booking access.

Stumptown Speakeasy Escape Coming Soon

Stumptown Escape Games is retiring Seance and will be opening up Stumptown Speakeasy. The last day of Seance will be June 30th. The speakeasy themed room is scheduled to open July 26th. According to the email notice about the new room:

“You have discovered that the mobster that runs the speakeasy you recently started working for is much more brutal than you originally thought. Even though he makes the best beer in town, you can’t in good conscience let him continue to torture your coworkers. 

So, you have tipped off the cops and they will be there in just one hour to raid the joint. Not wanting to deny the world his tasty concoction, you have to find the jealously guarded secret recipe and leave the city so that you can open a kinder, gentler speakeasy in another town.”

Sundown Saloon at Portland Escape Rooms

The zombies have left the building. In their place, the Sundown Saloon has opened at Portland Escape Rooms in Beaverton.

“A quiet night turns dire when the Blue Bandit and his gang of outlaws hold up the Sundown Saloon!  In this Wild West adventure, you and your fellow cowpokes have to get word to the Sheriff… before the Sundown Saloon burns to the ground!”