With "ATLANTIS", Matt the "ESCAPE MATTSTER" now has an official room count of: 88!Matthew C.
- 10-SECOND QUICKIE VERSION -
Your eccentric history professor won't do it, but you will! Explore through the ancient ruins of Atlantis, and to find Poseidon's trident's whereabouts, all before time runs out! It's an immersive ancient underwater adventure backed by a beautiful set, high tech gen 2 automation, and challenging puzzles that require effective teamwork.
- NOW... SIGNATURE DETAILED VERSION -
Escape Room LA has been on my escape gaming radar for a while, though a trip to this well known venue hasn't been realized until recently. With 5 options on the menu currently, I was treated to a visit in the fable lost city of "Atlantis" by an eccentric professor. Before we knew it, the portal was open, and I had only so much time until my magical air supply runs out underwater. So, go, just keep swimming!
Having read through my previous paragraph, you pretty much blew through the entire narrative for Atlantis. Your objective, to collect shattered pieces of King Poseidon's trident, then you know, something gleaming follows, game ends. There isn't much to the plot, and there doesn't need to be. Atlantis falls under the category of fantasy scavenging game, garnering key items by overcoming obstacles, and emerging victorious in this live-action video game level, so to speak. Your enjoyment derives from exploration & immersion, and an arguably weak backstory won't detract you from the fun, really.
Besides, as far as visual/audio go, you're treated to the premium standard LA is known for. Atlantis looked wonderful from beginning to end. From the seemingly "boring" explorer's study, to the drenched-in-turquoise-color city of Atlantis, I can tell the owner hired the right people for the job. And although majority of the game took place underwater, I did not necessarily feel that vibe. That is not to say, there's no immersion--just not at the correct sea level. Perhaps more constantly moving, wave like projections would help make the deep ocean come alive. I myself instead perceived this as an adventure in an ancient ruin, and it worked just fine.
For puzzles aspect, from my conversation with the owner, all challenges are conceived by him, who is an escape game lover and expert himself. Therefore, most fortunately, not one single puzzle that suffer from any leap in logic, everything made good sense, and I feel very comfortable recommending Atlantis for its quality puzzle elements. With that said, there is a level of sophistication & difficulty associated with a handful of challenges, and stumped even the best of us--and our team as a whole conquered a LOT of games prior. Spread out, communicate loud and clear, and don't be afraid to ask for clues when necessary.
Technology was well employed, whether it be to produce special effects, or to support the behind-the-scene wiring of automated puzzles. Only a couple of locks appeared; most actions and reveals were congruent with the ancient city setting. Expect to play around with a lot of prop and set pieces! Classic escape room ideas form the backbone, but the latest high tech construction illustrates the final product. It's a harmonious marriage of the two, and I believe that was Atlantis's biggest strength.
Merging all elements mentioned, it's a recipe for a respectable entertainment option. So dive in.
...Since this is my first time reviewing an Escape Room LA room ever, there're several aspects I'd like to discuss:
While I experienced Atlantis as a private room, most bookings are public by default. I am not here to advocate either side, but objectively, to block out strangers, you must either purchase all tickets, or book it as a private event for an up-charge. Utilize coupons, book strategically, and head in with your best attitude (and luck).
Yes, the game master (gm) does accompany you inside the room, and while mine was given a role to play, he was really only there for guidance, and mostly responded when spoken to. I did not mind his presence, and enjoyed his confirmation on whether my imminent action would potentially damage any prop--I play extra nice and extra safe!
The escape room business itself is beautifully modeled, though physically located in an iffier part of downtown. I would solemnly recommend everyone to plan ahead; parking could prove painstakingly hard to find. Skid row is a few blocks away, so travel safe.
All in all, Escape Room LA offers some pretty decent games, and with a bit of scheduling and budgeting effort, you'll enjoy a full hour of solid puzzle solving fun for a reasonable price. To the very least, I'm grateful, for this company's collaboration with Conan O'Brien help put "escape room" into the mainstream public's peripheral and vernacular. That's always beneficial for this industry! ;)
We went to Escape Room LA in Nov 2019 and played their new room "Atlantis:Cici
We received a special invitation from our professor to explore the lost city of Atlantis. We needed to find the missing pieces of Poseidon’s fabled trident before our air supply runs out!
HIT THE BULLSEYE
-We’ve played a few underwater adventure rooms before but this room’s set design actually made us feel like we were at the bottom of the ocean.
-The background sound system was joyful to hear in the room. It made solving the puzzles less stressful.
-Props were all relevant to the story line and made with quality.
-The non-linear aspect of the room made us all spread out and we each had to solve different puzzles at the same time. This is great for large groups. Eventually we came together for the ending parts.
-Except for taste, we felt that this room utilized all of our other senses.
MISSED THE MARK
-Adding some projector images of fish or other ocean organisms could bring more immersion to the room.
-We did encounter a particular type of puzzle a few times. It would be great to see more variations of puzzle designs.
-One puzzle at the beginning felt like a giveaway and was very different from the concept of all other puzzles.
TAKE A SHOT?
Ever want to see the bottom of the ocean without having to dive down with heavy scuba equipment? Well this is your chance to feel like little mermaid! Visit this beautifully designed "Atlantis" room and bring some teammates to solve the puzzles while you just enjoy the views. Since the room is quite spacious, our suggested player group size would be 4-6ppl.
I went back to Escape Room LA and played their newest room -- The Atlantis. Like all of their rooms, it's beautiful. It features a variety of different types and levels of puzzles. It's the perfect room for experienced enthusiasts as well as newcomers because there is a lot to do in this room. It's absolutely beautiful!Myung Jin K.
I really like their rooms and for someone who tends to not like public bookings, this company's public booking policy doesn't bother me. For this room, I usually end up playing with a lot of newcomers and they tend to be quite easy going and terrific at working together. It's fun meeting new people and seeing what they come up with and finding solutions together. Because I've played their rooms before, it's easy to navigate and know when the in room game master is providing subtle hints, which are very useful. Watch your in room game master. If she/he is looking at something, it's probably best if a couple of people in your group see what they are looking at because there is an order to solving the puzzles in the different rooms.
In terms of parking, I've usually found metered parking or I've walked to the venue or even have taken the subway and walked a little bit. The area is not fancy, but what area is in downtown Los Angeles.
I like Escape Room LA's rooms a lot. I think their set designs are phenomenal and a bar above what many others are doing.
I had so much fun my first escape room and I can't wait to go again! I tried the pyramid room and our group made it out with about a few minutes to spare it was a great experience!i loved being put in the room with people we didn't know and working together as a teams!Lisa
My group of 8 loved, loved, loved The Pyramid (which is Mayan, not Egyptian). My first Escape Room and we made it out. Super colorful and multi-sensorial. Staff Guide Theresa was all that to assist if needed. It was so much more stimulating and challenging than I thought it would be. Cool to see friend's skills come out. Can't wait for the next one!Chris
Just did the newest one of the four choices, The Pyramid, and it's really good. Pretty difficult and we didn't quite finish in time to escape, but it's so well planned and interesting that no one really minded. The design is great and even better than the other rooms - just sorry that we were rushing to finish the clues and I didn't get adequate time to admire the workmanship. Highly recommended! (And if you haven't done one of these before, teamwork is a must - sharing things you've figured out with the others in the group. Don't worry, you'll all quickly become friends if you don't have a full group of your own.Culturemaven50