June 20, 2017

The Basement: Boiler Room (Los Angeles, CA)


The Basement's "Boiler Room" was a 35 minute escape room and the last of the three scenarios we played at this highly talked about location. "The Study", which is their latest room, is currently one of our all-time favorite escape rooms and since the Las Vegas location didn't have the Boiler room, we ventured off to play it at the Sylmar location near Los Angeles.

The Boiler Room was physically confined. The max of four players would make it really uncomfortable and claustrophobic for a lot of people. Playing in such close quarters with strangers would also be equally awkward but we were lucky enough to only be a party of two.

We heard rumors that two of the coolest elements were removed from the game in order to cut costs. We won't spoil what they were (feel free to reach out if you want to know) but from what we can tell the immersion would be up to par with their other rooms had they kept those elements. There was one memorable and unique puzzle that was truly fun and different but there was not quite enough to do in this room. "The Study" was a "must do" room, "The Basement" was a greatly immersive room with weak puzzles and the "Boiler Room" was unique but not enough to warrant a trip on it's own but fine as an add-on to any of the other mentioned rooms.

Pros: Good production level, one really cool unique puzzle
Cons: 35 minutes is short, experienced teams will get out in even less time. Not enough to do
  • Set/room design: Good
  • Technology/automation: Gen-1.5 room
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Price: $28/person,  depending on if it's LA or Las Vegas, open to public
  • Number of players: 4 max, open to the public (we recommend 2)
  • Duration: 35 minutes
  • Overall Rating: ★★★ 
See their website here: https://thebasementla.com

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