MindTrix Comes to Clackamas Town Center

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.

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Mad Genius Comes to SE Portland

[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.

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Best Escape Rooms in San Diego

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.

  1. Quicksand Escape (Pacific Beach) Diner
  2. Boss Play (Oceanside) Wonka
  3. Quicksand Escape (Pacific Beach) Chinatown
  4. The Exit Game (Kearny Mesa) The AI
  5. Boss Play (Oceanside) Prohibition
  6. The Entrapment (Kearny Mesa) Fogmore Manor
  7. Locked Adventures (San Marcos) Quest for the Throne
  8. Lockdown (Hillcrest) Voodoo
  9. Escape Era (Sorrento Valley) Deja Vu
  10. 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 Tips9 Best Escape Rooms in San Diego (2018).

Combo & Key – The Case of the Missing O.D. – Tigard

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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The Diner – Quicksand Escape Games – San Diego

The Diner was recommended to us by other enthusiasts, so on our recent trip to San Diego, we finally got to check it out. The Diner had a fun theme, great decorations, and an unexpected twist that made for a very enjoyable escape room experience. Highly recommended. See below for the full review.

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In Search of an Exit – Lombino’s Casino – Portland

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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Escape Games PDX – Prison Break – Portland

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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Resident Evil – Pop Up – Portland

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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3rd Day Escape – San Diego

I purchased a Groupon months before and worried about having to use it up before time expired. So, while we were in San Diego, we booked an open slot and (unfortunately…again!), showed up to find that we were forced into an escape with another couple. (Damn you American booking systems!!!). See below for the full review.

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Escape Games PDX – Portlandia – Portland

Two of us returned to Escape Games PDX for an afternoon escape from Portlandia. I’d enjoyed Sherlock’s Secret and was holding out hope for Portlandia. This was another solid experience and Escape Games PDX is moving up on the list for fun escape rooms in Portland. This company is in the top 3 companies to check out when you visit to escape in the City of Roses. See below for the full review.

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