I decided, last minute, to try and book an escape room by myself in San Diego. Instead, I asked my mom if she wanted to go. We attempted The Entrapment, and had a lot of fun. It is clearly designed by experienced puzzlers, and I was happy to have such a linear experience after some other random puzzle rooms. This is a fun experience, with interesting and interactive puzzles. See below for the full review.
Hints Taken: Quite a few. Hints were appropriately helpful without telling us what to do.
“You open your eyes to a dark room. Lightning flashes, illuminating the stained glass windows, and the crackling fire casts dancing shadows over the strange and mysterious artifacts scattered around the manor drawing room. Can you decipher how to use the magical artifacts that have trapped your business partner in another realm, or will the same fate befall you when the clock strikes midnight?”
What’s it like to do an escape room with your mom? Let’s find out! I was hanging out here in my native San Diego for a short family visit. I asked my mom if she wanted to do an escape room, and she said yes! So I went online and booked The Entrapment, one of the few rooms I could book with only a couple of hours notice.
You get an introduction to the story by use of some “found footage” from the antique dealer seeking out some special artifacts. This leads you into Fogmore Manor. It starts out dark, with only some candles and lighting flashes to light the room. Once you get the lights on, it is a little easier to get to work.
The room has a combination of word locks, key locks, and interactive props. Many of the puzzles involved reading the antique dealer’s notebook, which hints at how to use a certain artifact, leading to a riddle that will open the lock. So most locked items included both an interactive puzzle and a riddle. I think this is a good way to get everyone involved in solving the puzzles. Some unique puzzles I hadn’t seen before.
Great set decoration, props fully integrated with the background, and the puzzles are incorporated into the storyline. I really enjoyed this room, and would recommend it to anyone. According to the employee, the owner is working on ideas for the next room, but no immediate plans for when it might come. I’ll definitely come back when they do.
1 Player – $35
2 Players – $32 per player
3 Players – $30 per player
4 or 5 Players – $28 per player
6 Players – $26 per player
Book the slot. May get combined with others.
Open Thursday through Sunday. Check their website for times and dates.
Have you escaped from Fogmore Manor?