- Played September 2016
- Los Angeles
- 60 minutes
- 2-6 players
- $24-$32 Weekdays, $28-$36 Weekends
- What People Say
We found ourselves trapped inside a dim and rather ominous room. In an insane asylum, it’s hard not to feel a little uneasy. The wear and tear of the room communicated the history of this building, and knowing what kind of patients had lived their lives here, we were anxious to find our way out. As we expected, this would not be a simple task.
After playing the adventurous family games at MagIQ, PanIQ’s sister company, I was looking forward to seeing what they could bring to the table for a more mature crowd. The location was a bit challenging to find at night, but once there, we were greeted by the friendly staff! With plenty of seating and some water for us to refresh ourselves, we were ready to begin our game.
The Insane Asylum offers players challenging (but not too challenging) puzzles that are well disguised within the scene. Don’t go in expecting any high-tech features, as this game sticks to more mechanical puzzles. The wear and tear, while lending itself to the theme, made it slightly difficult to read some potentially necessary elements, but in the end, we still escaped!
The layout of the Insane Asylum lends itself to the immersion aspect of the game and is one of my favorite parts about this company (it is unfortunate that I’m not going to tell you why or how- I suppose this means you will need to find out for yourself.) What I do think might need some further clarification is the story. While it’s clear that we are in an abandoned insane asylum, we are not certain why or what happened there. If you know anything about me, I’m a huge fan of having a cohesive story to help me get lost in the game. However, I recognize that this is not always an important aspect to players.
Overall, we had a lot of a fun playing the Insane Asylum at PanIQ. I would recommend this room to adults who have an appreciation for the spooky things in life. For those who don’t typically lean towards a horror themed experience, please don’t fret. Nothing will crawl out, jump out, scream, or truly frighten you. If you are that scared, maybe you should stick to their friendly adult room, The Bunker.