There’s something eerily satisfying about ransacking a room for clues, solving puzzles, deciphering keys, and working as a team to achieve an ultimate goal. To provide groups of beginners and sleuths alike hours of entertainment, escape room destinations have become more creative, tech-forward and sophisticated than ever.
We’ve put together a list of some of the best escape rooms available in Los Angeles. The themes run the gamut - from horror to mystery, bank heists to virtual reality. No matter what the theme, you’ll need to bring your best teamwork sleuthing skills to get you and your group out of the room!
60OUT Escape Rooms
Formerly called Escape Key, the rooms at 60OUT Escape Rooms in West LA (other locations in Koreatown, Silver Lake, Hollywood, Melrose Avenue, and Marina del Rey) feature a game master/magician that stays in play throughout your hour to keep you clued in and entertained. As such, the idea is to have as much fun as possible during your visit - there's even a half-hour of magic preceding your hour of escaping. The sets are fun and creative with unusual moving parts and not your usual lock-combo decoding tasks.
Enigma Escape Rooms
Enigma Escape Rooms does a great job incorporating technology as well as integrating a variety of storylines into their elaborate sets. There are a total of five rooms, with a variety of gadgetry, technology and, sometimes, an actor. The puzzles are known to be somewhat challenging, but overall the aim is to provide their guests with a load of fun with attention paid towards creative production.
Escape Hotel Hollywood
The lobby of Escape Hotel Hollywood on Hollywood Boulevard definitely gives off that haunted hotel vibe, and the employees fit right in with their makeup and attire. The escape rooms themselves set up the appropriate mood for your adventure thanks to their high production value. If you’re going for the horror factor, check into Zombie (Room 1986). Other rooms include Espionage, a straightforward prison break; and Cursed Crypt (Room 2016 1/2) - the hotel's largest and most adventurous game is strictly for those seeking a maximum challenge.
Fox in a Box
There’s nothing like trying to bust into a bank or out of a prison, or perhaps saving the world from nuclear war or zombies like at Fox in a Box. It’s an action-packed destination located on Sunset Boulevard. The room and game design are both well done - the Cold War Bunker is especially conducive to large groups. (There's even a Head-to-Head option for up to 12 people.) These rooms aren’t meant to scare, just challenge - and should your group get out, we can call it “mission accomplished.”
The multi-location Maze Rooms has something - and all challenge levels - for everyone, including a Virtual Reality option that's set in the cosmos. Escape room veterans can go for the “impossible” level rooms (with success rates of 11%) if they dare. Maze Rooms seems geared for return visitors and escape fanatics, as they have a dozen different rooms and a handful more “coming soon.”