60 minutes to escape: Reviews of room escapes and The Basement LA – a live escape room

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I’m always on the look out for new room escapes that are opening when I found The Basement LA. It looks to be a horror inspired room escape experience soon to be opened in Los Angeles, California, USA this October. Not much information can be found about the business, there is only a email subscription box and a Facebook like button but that appears not to be working right now. In fact, I can’t find their Facebook page yet either but it just adds to the mystery. According to the website OrangeCounty, The Basement LA will be located at 12909 Foothill Blvd. Sylmar, California (unconfirmed source).

The reason I’m writing about it this week is due to their interesting website. Before I started this blog, I already had an interest in alternate reality games (ARGs), where websites hide secrets and puzzles need to be solved in order to progress the game along. Some terminology from ARGs do cross over into use for room escapes too, such as puppetmaster and rabbithole (plus even the terms, puzzle trail, the curtain and red herring are relevant too). It’s a story for another time but if interested in learning more, check out the Unfiction forums.

All I will say is that the website contains an interesting puzzle (and eventually leads to a discount), for those who are curious enough to find and solve it. All the clues are on the home page and right in front of your eyes, you just need to connect the puzzle pieces together.

The Basement LA websitehttp://thebasementla.com/

Leave me a comment with your thoughts about The Basement LA or any comments are welcomed! 🙂

P.S. Trapped – Volume 3 in St. Louis, USA is taking place right now from September 20th to 31st. Best of luck with the new room escape! http://www.stlroomescape.com/

– Essa

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Room Escape Reviews
This week’s reviews of room escape outlets from around the world.

Toronto, Canada: Mentions of Real Escape Game Canada and Mystery Room Canada –
http://metronews.ca/news/toronto/1109279/spend-your-night-out-getting-locked-in-at-torontos-new-escape-rooms/

Oklahoma, OH, USA: Escape OKC (Oklahoma) gets a review –
http://newsok.com/60-minutes-to-escape-escape-okc-is-live-action-escape-challenge/article/5080381

Toronto, Canada: A review of room escape places in Toronto, Canada – includes Real Escape Game T.O., Escape Games CA, De Code Adventures, Locked-In CA, Mystery Room, AT Escape, Great Escape and Freeing Station Canada.
http://www.blogto.com/sports_play/2014/08/the_top_7_room_escape_games_in_toronto/

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