Hour to Midnight in NE Portland has a new room! House of Darkness is the newest room to open from the company that brought us some of our favorites, including Secrets of Nibiru and Assassin’s Deadly Game.
“One day Arthur Holmwood’s wife was exploring the old ruins near their home, she never returned… Arthur searched for her but all he found was a scrap of her dress with some blood on it. He ventured into the ruins but was never seen again…”
Nibiru bested us as it was too much to handle for just two of us, but we really enjoyed the sets, theme, and atmosphere. We also had a lot of fun with the surpises and design of Assassin’s Deadly Game. We can recommend both of the rooms we’ve done at HTM and are looking forward to House of Darkness.
Have you escaped House of Darkness or the other rooms at Hour to Midnight? Comment below.
MindTrix is the newest escape room in the Portland area. They have opened 2 rooms (with another coming soon) inside the Clackamas Town Center Mall. We checked out The Time Machine and Tesla’s Mystery and enjoyed both. Check out MindTrix and let us know what you think in the comments below.
Escape Rooms Inside Shopping Malls
Escape rooms inside shopping malls or shopping centers can be a benefit to enthusiasts. The public booking system that is prevalent in U.S. escape rooms continues to be a thorn in my side. It can lead to bad match-ups (like we experienced in Portland Escape Rooms’ Kidnapped) or overcrowded rooms.
When an escape room is inside a mall or public shopping area, it makes it easier to walk in and inquire about open booking times. Like most European escape rooms, you can walk in and ask about the rooms, which are available, and if there is anyone else pre-booked.
Another pet peeve of mine is popping into an escape room that only does online bookings or does not offer same-day bookings. (Looking at you, again, Portland Escape Rooms). Especially when a location offers more than one room, dynamic booking allows you to do multiple rooms in a row where an online scheduler may prevent it.
Check out or list of escape rooms in and around Portland and let us know which are your favorites.
[Update: Mad Genius now has 3 rooms. The newest room, Battle of the Ancients is fantastic and highly recommended. So now you have 3 recommended rooms in one convenient SE location!]
It seems like forever since a new escape room company opened in Portland. Mad Genius has just arrived with 2 rooms. A welcome addition to the Portland escape room scene, check out their Cat Lady and Siren Song rooms. We’re already looking forward to their next addition. See below for more info.
Continue reading “Mad Genius Comes to SE Portland”
After doing more than 25 escape rooms in San Diego, we’ve compiled some of our favorites into the following top 10 best escape rooms in San Diego County.
- Quicksand Escape (Pacific Beach) Diner
- Boss Play (Oceanside) Wonka
- Quicksand Escape (Pacific Beach) Chinatown
- The Exit Game (Kearny Mesa) The AI
- Boss Play (Oceanside) Prohibition
- The Entrapment (Kearny Mesa) Fogmore Manor
- Locked Adventures (San Marcos) Quest for the Throne
- Lockdown (Hillcrest) Voodoo
- Escape Era (Sorrento Valley) Deja Vu
- Lockdown (Hillcrest) Western
Fine Print: These are some of our favorites but not in any particular order. Most of these rooms were done as a 2-person team. Some rooms, (including Unlockable’s “The Escape”) require more than 2 people, so we haven’t gotten to try them all. There are still a lot of escape rooms in San Diego we haven’t done, and some which are no longer around.
Check out Escape Room Tips‘ 9 Best Escape Rooms in San Diego (2018).
One of our favorite local rooms, Lombino’s Casino, has moved to a new location. In Search Of An Exit Escape Rooms is now located on NE Broadway, just behind the Hollywood Theatre. If you haven’t escaped Lombino’s Casino yet, we suggest you check out their booking for availability.
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).
Continue reading “New Escape Room in Hood River: Escape the Hood”
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.