One of our favorite local rooms, Lombino’s Casino, has moved to a new location. In Search Of An Exit Escape Rooms is now located on NE Broadway, just behind the Hollywood Theatre. If you haven’t escaped Lombino’s Casino yet, we suggest you check out their booking for availability.
Many people who have taken a ride on a chair lift or cable car fear a breakdown that could leave them trapped, suspended over the mountainside. Well, a ski resort in the French Alps has turned this fear into an escape room.
According to an article from Travel + Leisure, the Val Thorens resort cable car takes a group up the Cime Caron cable car, stopping along the way, leaving passengers hanging out at about 9,000 feet. The passengers then have an hour to solve the puzzles and find a way back down.
The best part is, it’s free! The worst part is, it’s over. The attraction ran until May 8th when the resort closed for the winter. Check it out if it comes back next year.
The rains have started. Summer is coming to a close. That’s ok! We have escape rooms! Some new rooms have just opened up and a couple others should be right around the corner. Check out our latest updates for September 2018:
New Escape Rooms in Portland/Tigard:
- Mad Genius Escape Rooms – Battle of the Ancients. (1444 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Portland, OR 97214)
“There have long been rumors and murmurs of a fierce rivalry between the witch and the warlock of the enchanted Hawthorne Forest. Locals advise never to step foot in the haunted woods, but you don’t believe in the paranormal…”
- Escapism – Malice Manor. (Same NE Portland location as Alien Zoo)
“Secrets can be hidden, but never destroyed. This was the harsh lesson learned by the members of the Randle family, whose cursed bloodline came to a tragic and mysterious end nearly a hundred years ago. Since then, tales of ghostly voices, doors that open themselves, and visions of a little girl have haunted the home. The locals call it Malice Manor and avoid it at all costs, though certain brave souls have ventured inside and lived to regret it. Now it’s up to you to unravel the mysteries of the Randle family, and of the child whose soul remains trapped there.”
- Stumptown Escape Games – Wardenclyffe starts September 24th but you can pre-book your games now.
New Rooms Coming Soon
- Northwest Escape Experience – No timeline on this one, just an email with the following image. Flaming tire tracks? One guess would be something along the lines of a time-traveling DeLorean? We’ll keep you posted.
We’ve updated the list and map of escape rooms in Portland. There have been a few new companies that have opened in the past few months and some new rooms. Some of the updates include:
- Mad Genius Escape Rooms (2 rooms. Cat Lady and Siren Song). [Recommend both]
- Xtreme Xscape (2 rooms. Zombie Znacks and Alien Abduction). [Have not tried yet]
- Stumptown Escape Games (3 rooms. Starcrash; The Oregon Files; and Seance). [Update: Recommend all 3! New room should be coming around August. They’ve also come up with a promotion stamp card. Do all 4 rooms and get a T-shirt! 3/4ths of the way there!]
- Escape Space Tualatin (4 rooms. Cell Block; Two to Tango; The Play House; and Tualatin Valley Room). [Have not tried yet]
- Combo and Key has opened a new room (The Occultist’s Baby) and retired The Case of the Missing O.D.)
- Northwest Escape Experience has opened their 3rd room (The Hangover Hotel).
- Escape the Hood in Hood River has opened their 2nd room (World Traveler).
- Escape Games PDX has opened their 5th room (Film Noir).
- Labyrinth has opened their 3rd room (Hyde).
Other Escape Room News
- We got a chance to do 2 rooms with the Escape Room Tips team and had a lot of fun. See their 10 Best Escape Rooms in Portland (2018).
- Portland Escape Rooms is hosting a “Mega Game.” July 7th and 8th, 2018 at Pioneer Courthouse Square. Outdoor puzzle event.
- Escape Games PDX has changed Amnesia to have a team head-to-head option.
- Portland Escape Rooms now have all their rooms in one location (near Uwajimaya in Beaverton). They have also changed/updated Kidnapped and American Revolution.
The latest escape room to open in Oregon is not in Portland–it’s in Hood River. Hood River is better known for outdoor activities and excellent breweries. It’s exciting to see that there is now there is a new activity for people to try after a day of kitesurfing (and before getting a drink at pFriem, Full Sail, or Double Mountain).
We’ve updated the list of escape rooms in the Portland, Oregon area. Highlights of the past couple of months include:
- Hour to Midnight has opened their second room (Assassin’s Deadly Game).
- Combo and Key has opened their second room (Welcome to Psycho Pschool) and moved to a new location in Tigard.
- Escapism has opened their 6th room (The Alien Zoo) in NE Portland.
- Lombino’s Casino is re-opened under In Search of an Exit in NE Portland.
- Mythic Escapes has opened Escape from Wonderland in Vancouver.
- Northwest Escape Experience has opened their second room (Operation Norjak: The Hunt for D.B. Cooper).
- Escape the Hood has opened in Hood River with their first room: The Warehouse.
See the complete and updated list of all the escape rooms in the Portland, Oregon area, including neighboring Beaverton, Tigard, and Vancouver, WA. This includes individual rooms, cost, and other contact information. If you are looking for recommendations check out my individual reviews for Portland’s many escape rooms. See the Google Map of the escape rooms listed here. Please let me know about any updates or new rooms in the Portland area.
The Case of the Missing O.D. is set in an eye doctor’s office where your goal is to locate the missing optometrist. Combo & Key initially started in an actual optical store, but they’ve since moved to a dedicated “escape room” location. We had a good experience with Combo & Key, though there is too much going on for a two-person team. They have recently opened a second room and we look forward to checking it out. See below for the full review.
The Diner was recommended to us by other enthusiasts, so on our recent trip to San Diego, we finally got to check it out. The Diner had a fun theme, great decorations, and an unexpected twist that made for a very enjoyable escape room experience. Highly recommended. See below for the full review.
Lombino’s Casino is a backroom gambling parlor puzzle room where the goal is to take down the mob. Lombino’s Casino used to be part of the 60 Minutes to Escape family but has since moved to a new location inside the Velo Cult building. Being big fans of Spark of Resistance, we signed up as soon as we heard of Lombino’s and had a great experience. See below for the full review.
After we had a good experience with Portlandia and Sherlock’s Secret, we returned to try Prison Break. Unfortunately, some technical problems, miscommunication with the employee, and limited reveals compared to previous rooms put Prison Break at the bottom of the list for Escape Games PDX. See below for the full review.