Dr. Brown’s Manor

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Great Scott! Are you ready to outsmart the puzzles hidden within Doc Brown’s room and find the Doc? Always remember to have your thinking caps on when doing this room from EscapeIQ. Located in the Arts District of Los Angeles and within walking distance from Little Tokyo, EscapeIQ can be found by finding the building with the EscapeIQ banner and going up to the 2nd floor. Parking spots can be found in front of the building or anywhere along the street (towards Urth Caffé). Lockers, a clean restroom, water/snacks (for purchase), a small waiting area and a friendly host will greet you upon stepping inside the modest lobby.

Now on to the room… the lack of a soundtrack was a bit disappointing (seeing as how it’s Back to the Future themed and it’s the Doc’s mansion!) A majority of the props were relatively solid but some seemed slightly cheaper than others. We were advised in the beginning that there would be some physicality to this room (for all you strong women and men out there!). Without giving away too much, it took more than a fair amount of muscle for this room but the game master had advised us at the end of the game that they would be looking more into it. Although the technology in this room isn’t breathtaking, we did encounter some unique puzzles (along with some red herrings). We also found that some of the solutions just seemed out of place/didn’t have a logical straightforward explanation which explains the low escape rate as of this review (January 10th 2017 – 1 team out of 37 teams, for all you math and statistics lovers… that’s a 2.7% escape rate). What also added to the frustration and difficulty of the room were some of the puzzles required writing things down (sequence, etc) and without a proper writing utensil we had difficulties processing everything (especially with a time crunch) as a team. As of writing this review the game master did mention that they are still fine tuning the room for a more enjoyable experience for players so be aware of that little fact.

Overall… one of the more challenging rooms I’ve done at EscapeIQ so I highly recommend this room for advanced players, although Back to the Future fans will also enjoy some of the references throughout the room. Our entire group agreed that we needed an additional 15 minutes to escape the room… maybe we can disrupt the space-time continuum somehow?

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