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.
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.
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.
Part II of Spin Master’s Escape Room the Game: The Virus.
In short, this was better than the prison break but a malfunction with the decoder finally made me give up on Spin Master’s game. I gave up. I gave the box to another person. In short. Save your money. Think Fun’s games are just plain better. See below for a further rant.
Before you can think outside the box, you have to get a box. In this case, that means buying Spin Master’s Escape Room The Game, which comes in a box. Putting the escape room experience in a box is a challenge. The best escape rooms have thematic decorations, immersive environments, and cool props that you physically manipulate to escape. A number of companies are now trying to package the experience, with varying success. See below for the full review.
This is a comprehensive list of all the escape rooms in the Portland, Oregon area, including neighboring Beaverton, Tigard, and Vancouver, WA. (Also including Hood River, Eugene, and Salem.) See below for a Google Map of the escape rooms listed here. Updated as of 12/21/2017.
Mad Genius Escape Rooms
2 rooms. Cat Lady; Siren Song
$30 pp. Public and private booking. Wednesday-Monday.
1444 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland OR, 97214
Portland Escape Rooms
6 rooms in two locations (Portland and Beaverton)
$30 pp. Public booking. Wednesday-Sunday. Groupon available.
American Revolution and Kidnapped at:
1513 SW Marlow Ave, Portland, OR 97229
Arcade; Trapped in a Room With a Zombie; Steampunk Airship; and Madame Neptune’s Voodoo Curse at:
10700 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy Suite 118 Beaverton, OR 97005
6 rooms in 5 locations.
Price based on room and number of players. From $60-$90 for 2-5 people, $120-140 for 6-8, and $200 for 9-12.
PRIVATE booking. Tuesday-Sunday
Magician’s Menagerie and Wizard’s Lair at: 910 NW Joy Ave, Portland, OR 97229
Dr. Zylchov’s Laboratory at: 7110 NE Glisan, Portland OR 97213
Jungle Ransom at: 4711 SW Huber #5, Portland OR 97239
The Ritual Room at: 10505 SW Barbur Blvd #302a, Portland, OR 97219
Alien Zoo at: 10340 NE Weidler, Portland OR 97220
1 room inside Pour Sports bar and grill.
1920’s Speakeasy Escape
$25 pp. PRIVATE booking. Open 7 days. Groupon available.
Call, text, or email to book.
Phone: 971-254-9602 and Text: 360-931-5138
832 SE Grand Ave, Portland, OR 97214
Stumptown Escape Games (Tigard, OR)
2 rooms. Starcrash and The Oregon Files
$34 pp. Public booking. Thursday-Monday. Groupon available.
12550 SW Main Street, Suite 120, Portland, Oregon 97223
Mental Trap (Beaverton, OR)
2-5 rooms (depending on the season) inside Glowing Greens Blacklight Miniature Golf.
The House and The Experiment are year-round.
$25 pp, with a minimum of 4. PRIVATE booking. Open 7 days.
(Mental Trap also has rotating games available. See their website for current options.)
3855 SW Murray Blvd, Beaverton, Oregon
Combo & Key (Tigard, OR)
Welcome to Psycho Pschool and The Case of the Missing O.D.
$25 pp. Public booking. Wednesday-Sunday. Groupon available.
10160 SW Nimbus Ave, Suite F-2, Tigard, OR 97223
Northwest Escape Experience (Vancouver, WA)
The Kill Room and Operation: DB Cooper
$29 pp. Public booking. Open Friday-Sunday. Groupon available.
1503 NE 78th St, Suite 7, Vancouver, WA, 98665
Mythic Escapes (Vancouver, WA)
3 rooms inside Mythic Realm Games in the Vancouver Mall.
Blackbeard’s Brig; Escape from Wonderland; and Mission: ESCAPE! (20-minute game)
$25 to $30 pp. Public booking. Open 7 days. Groupon available.
8700 NE Vancouver Mall Dr, Vancouver, WA.
Hood River, Oregon
Eugene and Springfield, Oregon
Escape the Room Oregon
Spy vs Spy; The Study; Bio Lab (Co-op and Head-to-Head); and The Nutcracker (Seasonal)
$25 pp for public booking. $100 plus $15 pp for private booking. Open Wednesday to Sunday.
303 S. 5th St. Suite 230, Springfield, OR 97477
Portal Escape Rooms
The Outlaw of El Paso; Tokyo Heist; and Tomb of the Gods
$30 pp ($20 for 12 and under); Private booking $200. Public Booking (up to 8 people). Open 7 days.
2237 Main St #2, Springfield, OR 97477
The Auld Shebeen, a “traditional Irish pub,” was our second escape room with Great Escape Rooms in Galway, after Prison Break. This room is very heavy on searching and light on puzzles. The decorations and set were pretty cool. It felt like you were in a pub after hours. Unfortunately, there was no booze around. If you like scavenger rooms, you’ll probably like this one. See below for the full review.
Great to read a review of this experience. The real question is, is your next car going to be the Ford Escape?
It was a giant advertisement, but it was a fun, well-executed giant advertisement.
Location: New York City, New York
Date played: June 26, 2016
Team size: 2-5; we recommend 3-4
Price: Free – Limited Run Promotion
Story & setting
We were broke New York millennials doing broke New York millennial stuff in a simulation of the New York City boroughs in a Ford Escape SUV.
The game was set in a massive indoor space one avenue west of Penn Station. We worked our way through a number of different sets, including an apartment, office, coffee shop, and Bushwick art show, among other locations. We traveled between these locations by driving a 2017 Ford Escape.
At each set, actors facilitated the experience, and led us through the story of our day with the vehicle.
At each point of the game, we interacted with a feature of the car in order…
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“What’s in a name? That which we call an escape room by any other name would probably still be an escape room, but it might be harder to search for online.”
We call them escape rooms. Most of them anyways. However, as the number of escape rooms has exploded, it can be difficult for new companies to come up with a name for their escape room business. The name has to evoke an escape room. However, it cannot be too similar to other rooms as to cause confusion. There are only so many ways to say ‘escape’ and ‘room’ together.
Room Escape [City Name], Escape Room [City Name], Exit Room [City Name], Exit Break [City Name] Room Escape Live Game Trap Puzzle.
It might be an American thing, but have you visited an escape room where the employee sits in the room with you the whole time? Like Rockwell’s “Somebody’s Watching Me“; Clay Akin’s “Invisible“; or The Police’s “Every Breath You Take“, I get creeped out when somebody is watching me. I’ve experienced it with two Portland, Oregon escape rooms, Labyrinth and Portland Escape Rooms. Other escape rooms usually utilize a video monitor system to watch over the players, which I greatly prefer.