Occam’s Apartment

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Occam’s Apartment

  • Played October 2016
  • Los Angeles

  • 60 minutes
  • Up to 6 players
  • $32

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Your group is tasked with solving a murder mystery in this intense escape room experience. The name of the escape room company is also your arch-nemesis: Evil Genius. It all starts out with a drive to a sketchy part of Los Angeles. After the usual waivers and intro, you will be led to a murder victim’s apartment to do some detective work. What happened to the victim? Who did it? Why? Numerous other escape room companies tried to do the same thing, integrate a deeper storyline into the escape room experience, but failed miserably. Evil Genius, on the other hand, excelled at interweaving an immersive story with creative puzzle solving.

Occam’s Apartment, Evil Genius’ first room, seemed understated at first. It was just some guy’s apartment…right? As the game went on, the puzzles ramped up in intensity slowly and eventually culminated into a surprising and intense climax. The puzzle quality was high, and the types of puzzles diverse. There was subtle but satisfying use of technology. The production value was reasonable, and the owners paid great attention to even minor details in the room. One of the owners composed music specifically for this game, which was super-awesome. The production, music, and properly themed puzzles all came together to create an intense mood that really made us feel like crime solvers teetering on the edge of solving a murder mystery. Overall, the experience can best be described as immersive and smooth. All the elements of proper escape room gameplay interleaved harmoniously together.

The owners told me that the Occam’s Apartment will be part one of a six chapter series, akin to a crime drama of sorts. I am very excited to see what happens next. This series could be epic.

Final Verdict:

9.1/10

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