With the COVID-19 pandemic, escape rooms went on the back burner for in-person escapes. As things begin to re-open around Portland and Vancouver, WA, some escape rooms are coming back. Here is some information about the escape rooms (as far as I know) that have re-opened or announced they are opening soon. If you are comfortable with the safety precautions, please visit your local escape rooms.
ParadigmQ is open in Vancouver. We actually got to do Sasquatch on Site last week! It was a lot of fun and recommended. (If you like the rooms at Escape Games PDX, you’ll like the rooms here). Amnesia is also currently available for booking, (according to the employee I talked to, even if you played Amnesia at Escape Games PDX, this is all new puzzles, so we are looking forward to trying this one). My understanding is that Out of the Past and Into the Future will be available for booking soon, so stay tuned.
Northwest Escape Experience is now open. As of about June 5th, they were available for booking their 3 rooms:
- The Kill Room
- Operation: DB Cooper
- CSI: North Pole
- Jurassic Tours (does not appear to be available for booking yet)
Stumptown Escape (Planning July 2nd, subject to Governor’s approval)
Stumptown sent out an email announcing they planned to reopen July 2nd, “barring any other unforeseen events (Alien first contact, Volcanos, Chupacabras, etc).” However, as of June 12, their facebook page stated: “The governor has put a seven day pause into effect. Stayed tuned to this page for how this may impact our re-opening plans.” Stay tuned.
When Are the Other Escape Rooms Opening?
TBD. I would expect rooms in Tigard, Lake Oswego, Beaverton, Happy Valley, and Tualatin to be the next to open, as they are in Washington County and Clackamas County, in Phase 1 awaiting Phase 2 reopening. Escape rooms in Portland-proper (and Gresham) will likely be later as Multnomah County is yet to enter Phase 1.
Washington County Escape Rooms:
Clackamas County Escape Rooms:
Remote Avatar Escape Rooms in Portland:
Remote escape rooms with an in-person camera view are available in Portland. It is not the same as the in-room experience but it can really scratch the itch. I’ve done a dozen or so remote/avatar rooms all over the world over the past couple months. Some of them are a lot of fun. A good listing is found at Escape the Review.
As you can see from the reviews, Mad Genius Escape Rooms has one of the top rated remote play games with The Truth About Edith. This is an “hour-long timed adventure sprinkled with interactive theater and a good dose of humor.” If you like the Mad Genius rooms as much as I do, you’ll have fun with this one.
(Note: I may be missing some but hey, I’m just one person. Please contact me if I missed anything or have some incorrect information here. Thanks.)