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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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.

Portland Escape Room Designer in the Portland Mercury.

Fortunately for those of us living in Portland, Laura E. Hall was one of the first to bring escape rooms to town. The legendary Spark of Resistance at 60 Minutes to Escape remains one of the best escape room experiences on the West Coast. Hall is also behind the pop-up escape room that is currently making its way across the country, Resident Evil Escape Experience.

Hall got a write-up in this week’s Portland Mercury, where she hit on one of the most important aspects of a successful escape room experience. “I want people to feel transported when they’re entering into that space, and I don’t want anything they encounter to ever break that spell,” Hall said.

See the full article here.

 

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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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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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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Escape Games PDX – Sherlock’s Secret – Portland

I finally got around to visiting Escape Games PDX, and I’m glad I did. We got out of this room without a second to spare. Literally. We opened the door and the clock chimed 60 minutes. The room was pretty nicely decorated and fitting with the Sherlock theme, there were some fun puzzles we hadn’t seen before, and I look forward to trying their other rooms. See below for the full review.

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Escapism – Magician’s Menagerie – Portland

UPDATED. After The Wizard’s Lair, we were hoping The Magician’s Menagerie would be less buggy. The three of us returned (after Ritual Room and Wizard’s Lair), hoping this room would be more Ritual Room and less Wizard’s Lair. Unfortunately, it was plagued by technical problems which really made the experience rather frustrating. A few interesting and new puzzles, but Escapism should really do more beta testing before opening a room. A few simple changes would make the room much more enjoyable. See below for the full review.

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Escapism – The Wizard’s Lair – Portland

UPDATE. It had been months since we’d completed all of Escapism’s prior three rooms, The Ritual Room, Jungle Ransom, and Dr. Zylchov’s Laboratory. Ritual Room was really a lot of fun, and the first escape room for one of our kin. Once I’d learned that Escapism was opening two more rooms, I was looking forward to trying them. The Wizard’s Lair had a few design issues that made for a less-than-ideal experience. See below for the full review.

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Portland Escape Rooms – American Revolution – Portland

We did this room a couple of hours after Kidnapped! at the same location. This room was better, but still ranks lower on my list of Portland favorites. The room was well-lit, in comparison to so many dark rooms where you can’t see anything. The puzzles didn’t really fit the room, and were pretty random. The people we got paired up with were pretty good, and we got out in what I thought was a pretty fast time. Overall, it was still pretty fun. I suggest waiting for a Groupon deal before booking this room. See below for the full review.

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