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.
The Case of the Missing O.D. is set in an eye doctor’s office where your goal is to locate the missing optometrist. Combo & Key initially started in an actual optical store, but they’ve since moved to a dedicated “escape room” location. We had a good experience with Combo & Key, though there is too much going on for a two-person team. They have recently opened a second room and we look forward to checking it out. See below for the full review.
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Lombino’s Casino is a backroom gambling parlor puzzle room where the goal is to take down the mob. Lombino’s Casino used to be part of the 60 Minutes to Escape family but has since moved to a new location inside the Velo Cult building. Being big fans of Spark of Resistance, we signed up as soon as we heard of Lombino’s and had a great experience. See below for the full review.
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After we had a good experience with Portlandia and Sherlock’s Secret, we returned to try Prison Break. Unfortunately, some technical problems, miscommunication with the employee, and limited reveals compared to previous rooms put Prison Break at the bottom of the list for Escape Games PDX. See below for the full review.
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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.
Resident Evil is a video game. If you knew that, then you knew as much as I did going into this escape game based on the popular zombie franchise. Resident Evil’s escape room was initially put out as an escape room tie-in in Los Angeles. I was alerted to this fact by one of the organizers, but by the time I tried to sign up to help defeat the evil army, it was all booked up. A couple months later, I find that RE is coming to my town, presented by CAPCOM and iam8bit.
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