38 Jackson St Philadelphia, PA 19148 ()
I've been hearing all about "Escape the Room" and after finding a deal on Groupon we decided to book a date and drove out to South Philly to Trapped PHL. The location has free street parking, but there should be much more signage for customers because its inside a large warehouse that also holds Fright Factory and Adventure Mini Golf... the signs outside the building don't even mentioned TrappedPHL. Our group arrived early (their website suggests being 30 minutes early which is excessive) and still had to wait a bit after our time slot. We checked in on Facebook to receive a free clue. They have a limited amount of snacks and drinks available for purchase.Lea T.
Our group of 10 was taken back to one of the rooms and led blindfolded one-by-one into the room and chained to a different spot. One of the clues gave us the combination to unchain ourselves, other clues led to unlocking drawers, locker, cabinets, etc. There is a locked box hanging from the ceiling suspended by 3 cables that are locked as well. Clues are hidden all around the room and a supervisor has a computer screen to communicate with you, but you can only ask 3 questions and 60 minutes to escape the room. We went around Halloween, but this is not a scary activity its more like a thriller and they do play music that sounds like a track from a horror movie. My only complaint was that some of our props were broken and it made it impossible to solve a few clues. Luckily we guessed and got lucky with some combinations and set a record for escaping the room in 34 minutes! It was a fun time, but it is an ideal activity to do with friends instead of strangers and the clues are more challenging so I can see how many people don't solve it (which at times can be frustrating). They let you take your own picture at the end (phew I hate paying for souvenir photos). For $18/person (with Groupon) I thought it was a fun time but full price at $35-40/person seems pricey.
In 1952 a massive fire broke out at the Puritan Stationery Company factory in Philadelphia. There were no casualties, but the building was severely damaged and the company had to close. The main suspect, Eli Crane, was an antisocial weirdo who spent hours making strange devices from the factory's waste. He disappeared on the night of the accident.
You've snuck in the infamous factory, but Eli has set a trap for you! You have 60 minutes to find a way out of here before the building is demolished.