Cable Car Escape in the Alps

Many people who have taken a ride on a chair lift or cable car fear a breakdown that could leave them trapped, suspended over the mountainside. Well, a ski resort in the French Alps has turned this fear into an escape room.

According to an article from Travel + Leisure, the Val Thorens resort cable car takes a group up the Cime Caron cable car, stopping along the way, leaving passengers hanging out at about 9,000 feet. The passengers then have an hour to solve the puzzles and find a way back down.

The best part is, it’s free! The worst part is, it’s over. The attraction ran until May 8th when the resort closed for the winter. Check it out if it comes back next year.

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New Portland Escape Rooms for Fall 2018

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.

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Escape Rooms in Portland, Oregon: July 2018 News and Updates

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:

New Companies

  • 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]

New Rooms

Other Escape Room News

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

Updated: Here is the current and most up to date list: https://escaperoomer.wordpress.com/escape-rooms-in-portland/

 

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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