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. (Also including Hood River, Eugene, and Salem.) See below for a Google Map of the escape rooms listed here. Updated as of 2/5/2017.

In Search of an Exit
Lombino’s Casino
$30 pp. Public booking. Thursday-Sunday
1969 NE 42nd Ave, Portland, OR 97213 (Inside Velo Cult)
(503) 862-3253
info@insearchofanexit.com

Hour to Midnight
Secrets of Nibiru; Assassin’s Deadly Game
$30 pp. Public booking. Tuesday-Sunday
11525 NE Halsey St, Portland, Oregon 97220

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
(971) 242-8810

Escape Games PDX
4 rooms. Sherlock’s Secret; Portlandia; Prison Break; Amnesia
$30 pp. Public booking. Open 7 days.
2636 NW 26th Ave, Suite 2, Portland OR, 97210

Portland Escape Rooms (Beaverton, OR)
6 rooms.
$30 pp. Public booking. Wednesday-Sunday. Groupon available.
American RevolutionKidnapped
Escapism
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

The Speakeasy
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
poursportspdx@yahoo.com

Labyrinth
3 rooms. Blitzkrieg; Conspiracy; Hyde; (Retired: Inheritance)
$36 pp. Public booking. Tuesday-Sunday. Groupon available.
816 NW Hoyt St, Portland, Oregon 97209

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
(503) 616-9596

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. Seasonal: Blood Forest and Dead End Alley.
$30 pp, with a minimum of 4. PRIVATE booking. Open 7 days.
3855 SW Murray Blvd, Beaverton, Oregon
booking@mentaltrap.com
503-520-1586

Combo & Key (Tigard, OR)
2 rooms.
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
comboandkey@gmail.com
(971) 217-7090

Escape Space Tualatin (Tualatin, OR)
Cell Block; The Play House; and Tualatin Valley Room
$24 pp. Open Thursday-Sunday. Groupon available.
19314 SW Mohave Ct., Tualatin, OR 97062
503-610-2394

Northwest Escape Experience (Vancouver, WA)
The Kill Room; Operation: DB Cooper; and Hangover Hotel
$29 pp. Public booking. Open Friday-Sunday. Groupon available.
1503 NE 78th St, Suite 7, Vancouver, WA, 98665
(360) 949-7921

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.
info@mythicescapes.com
(360) 891-4413

(Under Construction)
60 Minutes to Escape
Spark of Resistance
$30 pp. Public booking. Thursday-Sunday
134 SE Taylor St, Portland, OR 97214


Hood River, Oregon

Escape the Hood
The Warehouse
$30 pp. Public Booking (up to 8 people). Open 7 days.
1406 12th St. #101, Hood River, OR
info@escapethehood.net
(541) 436-3500


Salem, 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
info@escapetheroomoregon.com
541-726-3836

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
info@portalescaperooms.net
541-780-6180


 
 


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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