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:
“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.”
“Nikola Tesla’s beloved Wardenclyffe laboratory sat abandoned for years following his death. The recent rehabilitation of the site has unearthed inventions never disclosed to the public. You and your team are investigating the lower levels of the facility when you come across a door that looks to have not been opened in nearly one hundred years. Behind that door, one of those previously unknown inventions has been activated and will destroy all electronic devices in the Western Hemisphere. That is, unless you stop it.”
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]
Other Escape Room News
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).
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We’ve updated the list of escape rooms in the Portland, Oregon area. Highlights of the past couple of months include:
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.
Portland area escape room fans have a number of great escape room options available, including rooms in Beaverton and Vancouver, WA. The Oregonian put out an article on “Portland area’s 7 escape room companies.” Unfortunately, they left out one of the originals, and still one of the best. 60 Minutes to Escape is now home to 2 rooms and two more upcoming rooms. (Update: 60 Minutes to Escape is currently closed to booking while they redevelop their space over the summer, looking to reopen later this year).
Presumably, The Oregonian was aware of 60 Minutes to Escape when Jamie Hale wrote an article about Spark of Resistance in 2014.
Also missing, two Vancouver, WA locations (depending on where you are, Vancouver is as “Portland-area” as Beaverton) and Pour Sports’ Speakeasy. For reference, here is the more complete list from earlier this year.
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.
An article from Fangoria.com explores why horror-themed escape rooms work so well. According to the article, “Confined & Afraid: Why Horror Escape Rooms Work,” by Lexi Harrington, “horror themed escape rooms take pride in putting you into nightmares, forcing you to escape unsettling, frightening situations.”
I have never experienced any frightening escape rooms, on any level really. Most of us have experienced some version of a horror escape room. Some that come to mind include Japanese Thriller in San Diego, Saw in Budapest, and Kidnapped! in Portland. However, often these horror-themed escape rooms are rather light on the horror. Some escape rooms even emphasize that their rooms are not frightening, and have “no jump scares!” Perhaps this is an effort to appeal to a wider audience, including families with children. However, I’d like to try a harder horror-themed room. Any recommendations?
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Psychotic Janitor? Yes. Psychotic Janitor. Well, it certainly is a unique theme. The room was okay, but there were way too many people for this room. A few cool puzzles, but I’d recommend checking out some others before you try to escape the psychotic janitor.
“In our first game you are trapped in a mysterious basement were an old psychotic and bitter janitor used to work. Can you escape the room before time is up? Success requires teamwork, creativity and puzzle solving.”
A bunch of locks, multiple rooms, random tools, maps and a ‘love room in a weird have high space’. Still with me? A few cool puzzles but only about 3 out of all of them. 7 of us escaped in 48 minutes with 1 hint. 5 of the people were first-timers. 7 people were too many for this room. I’d recommend 2-4. One of the people in our group said she didn’t do anything the whole time. For first-time escape roomers, standing around doing nothing is not a good introduction to the activity.
Nørre Farimagsgade 7, kld., 1364 København, Denmark
(A short walk from Nørreport Station)
180 DKK (~$27) per person Sunday to Thursday, 250 DKK (~$37) Fridays, and 310 DKK (~$46) per person on Saturdays.
Perhaps now is the time to rant about mediocre escape rooms. Maybe it is because we have had the benefit of doing so many interesting, diverse, and exciting escape rooms that we are becoming jaded with these half-ass rooms.
As escape rooms get better and more high tech, it is nice to see at least a little bit of technology incorporated into the room. Or even if there is no tech, the room should at least be well-designed, or well decorated. Good eye candy can do a lot for a room with an interesting theme. This room could benefit from an overhaul.
across the Øresund strait, does a great job. It is also nice to see that they continue innovating. (It seems that Sherlocked recently bought a house and are going to create a room based on the history of the family that lived there!)
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As I’ve noted before, having an escape room teamed up with a bar makes for a fun, post-escape experience. You and your teammates can gather around, have a drink, and discuss how awesome you all are. There are a number of these escape rooms in Europe, including Exit Point in Budapest, and Wrong Room’s Party at Jamaika in Vilnius. Of the escape room’s in the U.S., the only bar/escape room I’ve tried is Pour Sports’ Escape the Speakeasy in Portland, Oregon.
Now, Minnesota will see a brewery and escape room share the same space at a location in downtown Duluth. According to a news article from WDIO, the old tenant was the head shop, Last Place on Earth. The new tenants will include Blacklist Brewery , with a first-floor taproom, and upstairs will be an escape room operated by SolveEnt.
SolveEnt’s co-owner, Matthew Wagner called it the first of its kind in Duluth. The mayor also appears to be excited by the prospect. “It’s a great pairing,” said Mayor Emily Larson, “not just with Blacklist, but for this district, which is the entertainment district now.”
Not only is an escape room a fun way for people to decompress after their escape, it is also a great way to get a number of people introduced to escape rooms. I hope more escape rooms can team up with other companies, to combine forces and create a more unique escape room experience.
Have you escaped only to end up in a bar? How was it?