Portland Escape Room Designer in the Portland Mercury.

Fortunately for those of us living in Portland, Laura E. Hall was one of the first to bring escape rooms to town. The legendary Spark of Resistance at 60 Minutes to Escape remains one of the best escape room experiences on the West Coast. Hall is also behind the pop-up escape room that is currently making its way across the country, Resident Evil Escape Experience.

Hall got a write-up in this week’s Portland Mercury, where she hit on one of the most important aspects of a successful escape room experience. “I want people to feel transported when they’re entering into that space, and I don’t want anything they encounter to ever break that spell,” Hall said.

See the full article here.

 

Resident Evil – Pop Up – Portland

Resident Evil is a video game. If you knew that, then you knew as much as I did going into this escape game based on the popular zombie franchise. Resident Evil’s escape room was initially put out as an escape room tie-in in Los Angeles. I was alerted to this fact by one of the organizers, but by the time I tried to sign up to help defeat the evil army, it was all booked up. A couple months later, I find that RE is coming to my town, presented by CAPCOM and iam8bit.

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A Look Back, A Glance Forward

Room Escape Artist

2016 has been a horrible year for iconic celebrities, but it has been an incredible year for escape room players in the United States.

There are over 1,500 individual companies in the United States; many of them are creating interesting, intense, and innovative experiences for players to enjoy.

Yesterday we honored 13 of those games with our Golden Lock-In Award. That recognition is only a small part of the story.

Painting of a lock. The background is pink, purple, and black. A large old lock holds teh door shut.

Rapid innovation

In our earliest review we made a commitment to ourselves and our then non-existent readership to forgo a “star rating” or scaled system because we knew even back then that the rate of change was going to greatly exceed the lifecycle of an individual escape room.

We had a hunch that anything we rated a 5 out of 5 in 2013 would not be a 5 out of 5 in 2014 and there would be no way for us to…

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3rd Day Escape – San Diego

I purchased a Groupon months before and worried about having to use it up before time expired. So, while we were in San Diego, we booked an open slot and (unfortunately…again!), showed up to find that we were forced into an escape with another couple. (Damn you American booking systems!!!). See below for the full review.

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Escape Games PDX – Portlandia – Portland

Two of us returned to Escape Games PDX for an afternoon escape from Portlandia. I’d enjoyed Sherlock’s Secret and was holding out hope for Portlandia. This was another solid experience and Escape Games PDX is moving up on the list for fun escape rooms in Portland. This company is in the top 3 companies to check out when you visit to escape in the City of Roses. See below for the full review.

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Escape Room The Game – Spin Master – Virus

Part II of Spin Master’s Escape Room the Game: The Virus.

In short, this was better than the prison break but a malfunction with the decoder finally made me give up on Spin Master’s game. I gave up. I gave the box to another person. In short. Save your money. Think Fun’s games are just plain better. See below for a further rant.

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Escape Room The Game – Spin Master – Prison Break

Before you can think outside the box, you have to get a box. In this case, that means buying Spin Master’s Escape Room The Game, which comes in a box. Putting the escape room experience in a box is a challenge. The best escape rooms have thematic decorations, immersive environments, and cool props that you physically manipulate to escape. A number of companies are now trying to package the experience, with varying success. See below for the full review.

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Portland-Area Escape Room List

This is a comprehensive list of all escape rooms in the Portland, Oregon area, including individual rooms, cost, and other information you need to decide which escape room to book when you come to the City of Roses. If you are looking for recommendations check out my individual reviews for Portland’s many escape rooms. See below for a Google Map of the escape rooms listed here. Updated as of 1/1/2017.

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Escapology – Th3 Cod3 – San Diego

This was my 3rd attempt at a solo escape, and I may have taken on more than I could handle. I was able to escape in time, thanks to some well-timed hints, and a flexible clock that may have gone two minutes over. This was a fun room and I was busy running around the entire 60 minutes. However, it really made me appreciate having a second set of hands, eyes, and another brain. See below for the full review.

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Find + Seek – The Majestic Theatre – Vancouver, Canada

Find and Seek was a fun puzzle experience with some great tech and fun props. The room was nicely decorated and well-run with a variety of puzzles. The room is great for people who enjoy a linear experience without a lot of searching, (which we enjoyed). If you’re in Downtown Vancouver and looking for an escape room experience, check it out. See below for the full review.

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