I finally got around to visiting Escape Games PDX, and I’m glad I did. We got out of this room without a second to spare. Literally. We opened the door and the clock chimed 60 minutes. The room was pretty nicely decorated and fitting with the Sherlock theme, there were some fun puzzles we hadn’t seen before, and I look forward to trying their other rooms. See below for the full review.
“You’ve been called in to help an infamous but now kidnapped detective and his assistant, a Mr. Watson, has asked for your assistance in recovering a missing artifact and using it to barter a deal to release the hostage. It might feel elementary but you will only have 60 minutes to discover all the hidden clues in Mr. Holmes’ library and help him escape, for if you fail, you will both be trapped forever!“
This room was a mix of puzzles and searching. And our lack of searching ended up hurting us in the end. We ended up needing a couple of hints. One hint for not searching quite hard enough. The other hint was related to a puzzle we had a little trouble with. The employee was friendly and helpful. The hints put us on the right track without telling us too much. It was one of those puzzles where you know what to do, but the exact way to approach it could have been done a few different ways. I think this puzzle should be reworked because I think the premise was good.
One complaint I had was with the directional lock puzzle. It was one of those puzzles where you know what to do, but the exact way to approach it could have been done a few different ways. We tried it a few ways before we finally asked for a hint. I think this puzzle should be reworked because I think the premise was good. It also looked like others had problems with this puzzle because they tried to add some clarification, which only confused us.
The final puzzle was something I’d seen before in a room in Budapest. I knew what to do, but as time was ticking down, we were starting to feel the pressure. It is a physical puzzle and the first time we tried, we didn’t quite get it right and had to start over. With less than 10 seconds to go, we got the key out and ran to the door unlocking it just as time ran out. We made it without a second to spare.
Their website claims a 31% success rate for Sherlock’s Secret, which seems about right. For enthusiasts, you should be able to complete the room with a group of two, but for beginners or anyone who wants to break their records, I’d recommend a team of 6 to 8. Escape Games PDX has 2 other rooms and will be opening a new one soon. Check Groupon for discounted passes.
2636 NW 26th Ave. Suite 2
Portland OR, 97210
Have you escaped Sherlock’s Secret?