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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The Oregonian Article on Portland Escape Rooms

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.

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 Room The Game – Spin Master – Virus

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.

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Escape Room The Game – Spin Master – Prison Break

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.

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Portland Oregon Escape Room List

This is a comprehensive 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 information you need to decide which escape room to book when you come to the City of Roses. If you are looking for recommendations check out my individual reviews for Portland’s many escape rooms. See below for a Google Map of the escape rooms listed here. Updated as of 7/6/2017.

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Great Escape Room – The Auld Shebeen – Galway, Ireland

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.

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Ford Escape NYC [Review]

Great to read a review of this experience. The real question is, is your next car going to be the Ford Escape?

Room Escape Artist

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.

A giant Ford Escape billboard welcoming new players.

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.

Puzzles

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?

“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.

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Somebody’s Watching Me

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.

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