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July 27, 2021

Best Los Angeles Escape Rooms

LA Escape Rooms
LA is full of amazing games!

Los Angeles is known for having some of the best escape rooms in the United States in terms of quality and quantity. I've had the opportunity to play about 100 games in the LA area, including nearby Orange County (OC) and have compiled this guide to help you choose which escape rooms best suit your needs. Note that LA is huge and getting from one room to another can take well over an hour so you should plan accordingly. 

Note that I've tried my best to list what I believe to be the best rooms as of July 2021. This means that rooms I played a few years ago might no longer be a top room when compared to newer rooms but I did not retroactively change the ratings in my official ratings list. Also, I prefer rooms that focus on adventure and I typically give bonus points for anything comedic. 

Los Angeles Escape Room Standouts


Hatch Escapes: Lab Rat (Los Angeles)
Lab Rat
If you are a fan of escape rooms, you have likely heard of Lab Rat. This whimsical game was extremely creative: you are the "rat" and the rats are conducting experiments on you! The immersion was great and we laughed a lot throughout the experience. The puzzles were on the difficult side so don't expect a walk in the park. I would say that 95% of enthusiasts highly recommend this game for all types of players. See our in-depth review here.  
  • Set Design: Excellent
  • Difficulty: Difficult
  • Price: $40/person 
  • Number of players: 2-8, private (we recommend 4)
  • Duration: 60 minutes
  • Played in 2018
  • Overall Rating: ★★★★★

Quest Tavern: The Last Supper (Pomona)
The Last Supper
LA games often have actors and I was fortunate enough to have one of the best actors I've ever seen in an escape room in "The Last Supper". He was witty, played off our interactions perfectly, and was the indisputable star of the experience! There were some genuine adrenaline rushing moments with some fine puzzles that made for a fantastic game. I tend to love rooms with actors and always give bonus points if they make me laugh. I would recommend playing this game with a lively group!
  • Set Design: Good 
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Price: $38/person 
  • # of Players: 3-8 (we recommend 3-4)
  • Duration: 60 minutes
  • Played in 2021
  • Overall Rating: ★★★

Not Another Escape Room: Time Machine (Brea)


Not another time machine room...or was it? Time Machine was what a proper time traveling game should be and the game mechanics were amazing! It takes a lot to wow a seasoned group of players (the team played between 200-800 rooms each) and this game was a joy to experience. We couldn't stop talking about this game even after we left because it was so clever and unique. 
  • Set Design: Good
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Price: $40/person
  • Number of players: 2-8 (we recommend 2-4)
  • Duration: 75 minutes
  • Played in 2021
  • Overall Rating: ★★★★

Maze Rooms: Magic Kingdom (Los Angeles)
I played this a while back but it still stands in my memories as a beautiful and magical fairy tale experience. There were a lot of memorable moments that awed us and hopefully the experience remains the same some four years later. . The set was great, that physical element was really cool and the use of tech in that building...you'll have to play it to see what I mean. See our full review here
  • Set Design: Great
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Price: $33-49/person
  • Number of players: Up to 6 (we recommend 2-4)
  • Duration: 60 minutes
  • Played in 2017
  • Overall Rating: ★★★★

Quest Room: Amnesia (Redondo Beach)
Amnesia
This was an experience driven room that focused on storytelling and tasks with some light puzzling. What I appreciated about this game were the elements of surprise and of course the comedic twist. There aren't many puzzles so going into the game knowing this should help you decide whether this style suits your preferences. Also, it would be more fun with four or more people, which typically isn't the case with normal escape rooms.
  • Set Design: Great
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Price: $37-$60/person
  • Number of players: Up to 6 (we recommend 4)
  • Duration: 60 minutes
  • Played in 2021
  • Overall Rating: ★★★★

Stash House: A Los Angeles Crime Story (Los Angeles)
Stash House
This game was pretty different from a storytelling perspective and if you are ok with some of the adult themes you should probably play this game. The set takes place in a relatively large space and the concept of the game was that you are proving your worthiness to some criminal entrepreneurs.  Overall, this game set itself apart with its unique theme and funny ending.
  • Set Design: Great
  • Difficulty: Difficult
  • Price: $30-40/person
  • Number of players: 4-11 (we recommend 5-6)
  • Duration: 90 minutes
  • Played in 2018
  • Overall Rating: ★★★★

Breaking Point: Headcase (Rancho Cucamonga )
Headcase
Breaking Point had two great rooms with "Headcase" and "The Whitmore Estate". Their Headcase room was a revamped version of their old Patient 17 room and I think if you never played Patient 17, Headcase would be even more fun due to experiencing the physical space for the first time. You should play both of their games if in the area!  
  • Set Design: Great
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Price: $35/person
  • Number of players: 2-10 (we recommend 2-4)
  • Duration: 60 minutes
  • Played in 2017
  • Overall Rating: ★★★★½

Escapade: Zoe (Fullerton)

While I am not the biggest fan of anything horror, I must give props to Zoe for making a memorable experience. The actor interaction was pretty horrifying so if you are into this type of experience, then it's a must play. See our full review here.
  • Set Design: Great
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Price: $33-49/person
  • Number of players: Up to 6 (we recommend 2-4)
  • Duration: 60 minutes
  • Played in 2017
  • Overall Rating: ★★★★½

60out: Houdini (Los Angeles)

There are a million Houdini games out there but there was one moment that made this game really stand out for me. I didn't see it coming and it perfectly fit the magic theme. This game is on the easier side and if you like magical moments, you will enjoy this game.
  • Set Design: Great
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Price: $38-40/person
  • Number of players: 2-5 (we recommend 2-4)
  • Duration: 60 minutes
  • Played in 2017
  • Overall Rating: ★★★★½

The Basement: The Study (Los Angeles)
The Study
For the longest time, The Study was my favorite room of all time. I played the version of the game in Las Vegas but I was told the LA game was pretty much the same. This game has actors and overall does an amazing job with immersion. There are some electrifying moments that you will likely never experience in any other rooms. While at "The Basement", you should also hit up "The Courtyard" and "The Elevator Shaft" which are also solid. See the full review here.
  • Set Design: Great
  • Difficulty: Medium-Difficult
  • Price: $30-50/person
  • Number of players: Max 10 (we recommend 4-6)
  • Duration: 45 minutes
  • Played in 2017
  • Overall Rating: ★★★★


Other Escape Rooms In The Area

There are so many other noteworthy games to play in LA and you can see my entire list of LA escape rooms played here. Honestly, you could play +30 games and have a great time in every single one of them. Nonetheless, here are some other honorable mentions:
  • Scenario Escape: Mad Rapper (Brea): The creator of this game is an actual rapper so the theme and the custom soundtrack for this game make it very different compared to everything else out there. 
  • Black Market Escape: Murder Co. (Los Angeles): I played a version of this game in 2019, and it seems that it might be different now but if you are able to stomach this intense, gory game, then it'll be quite the gruesome experience. 
  • Escape Revolution: Escobar (Los Angeles): This game made us do things we would never ever do an an escape room and if you are willing to cough up the steep entry price of $90/person to play and want to see something new, try out "Escobar".
We hope this post helps out anyone who is hoping to venture off to Los Angeles to play escape rooms!

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