The Fun House
The Fun House
- Played June 2016
- 60 minutes
- 2-8 players
- $32 USD
- What People Say
Cross Roads is hailed as one of the best escape room companies by many SoCal enthusiasts. Their recently opened Fun House caters to a younger crowd looking for a puzzling challenge.
Unlike many escape room companies, Cross Roads is not a tiny hole-in-the-wall tucked away in the corner of a strip mall, but a full-fledged business. The attention they give to detail extends beyond their escape rooms: parking is private and effortless, both (yes, they have TWO) waiting rooms are large and very comfortable, and the restrooms are spotlessly clean and easily accessible (if a little… disconcerting). The owners are professionals fiercely devoted to their escape rooms and their reputation; they can seem a little blunt because of this, but they will do everything they can to make your experience flawless.
One of the owners specializes in set design, and it clearly shows. Even the floor and the ceiling are appropriately decorated in the Fun House, and it genuinely appears like you’ve stepped into a carnival. Even though it seems like some things are precariously placed or constructed, you won’t be breaking anything unless you deliberately go out of your way to wrench something out of place.
The story at the Fun House is somewhat tenuous. You’re given a goal — to become great magicians — but very few parts of the room actually remind you of that fact and the final escape itself doesn’t really highlight that conclusion. That being said, the puzzles and props are so whimsically designed that you almost won’t even care. Even adults will feel like a kid again.
The puzzles here aren’t so much difficult as they are fun, which is what puzzles should be. It’s hard to come across rooms where every single puzzle has something to do with the theme of the room (though it seems that should be the standard), but this is one of them. Unfortunately, our teams did run into a couple of malfunctions; they were minor reset errors, but the fact that it happened not once but twice does hint at the fact that this might be more than just a coincidence.
Perhaps befitting its name, the Fun House does something that every escape room sets out to do but may not actually achieve. There are horror-themed rooms that get the adrenaline pumping, mission-based rooms that force players to buckle down and get serious, and but few actually cause players to smile, to laugh, even to dance and do things that make you look like an utter fool in front of your friends. It’s one of the few rooms that has made me care less about the time used to escape and more about the fact that we were in a room full of friends, trying to make sense of a room with ridiculous and pleasant surprises.
Cross Roads is known for their incredible Hex Rooms, but the Fun House proves that they are so much more than a one-trick pony. They’ve taken the escape room and elevated it to an art form, filled with details that will captivate you as much as the puzzles should.