Queen Anne’s Revenge

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The Quest Factory is located in a nondescript area of Downtown LA, and although I admit to getting lost looking for it, they do have their own free parking lot. At the expense of their isolation, they do boast a whopping 10,000 square feet of space. Ample room to expand and create even more rooms, which is their plan, and I’m all onboard!

Living up to their name, they send you on a “quest” in each of their high-concept rooms. In “Queen Anne’s Revenge” you drank a little too much rum and have been taken captive on Blackbeard’s pirate ship. You have 60 minutes to flee to freedom or else you’ll be sold into slavery!

If you are a fan of pirates and crave swashbuckling adventures, this room will satiate that desire! This may not be the most high tech room out there but it is one of the most high quality rooms I’ve seen. They even do well incorporating computer graphics where appropriate. The mechanics of the room were oftentimes tricky though executed flawlessly. Some puzzles were reminiscent of puzzles seen in other rooms, but they were varied and mainly tactile (which I’m such a sucker for!) There were a couple that made you wait which could feel like a grind when you know the clock is ticking. However, the room was the most theatrical I have seen on various levels, from the stunning setting (scenery, props, and soundtrack) to the “role playing” elements. Each of my senses were engaged, I was fully immersed in this new world, and all in all it made for quite an unforgettable experience.

The hosts are friendly, knowledgeable, and set the backstory nicely. They allow up to three hints, but if you get really stuck you can ask for more. At the end of the game, whether you win or lose, you can take a picture in front of a green screen and select the room from which you escaped as the backdrop.

The Quest Factory has quickly become one of my overall favorite escape room businesses. I can’t wait for their new rooms to open. They have set the bar high with this room, so I am expecting to be blown away like I was with Queen Anne’s Revenge.

Final Verdict:

8.2/10

1 response

  1. Alex Brandeau says:

    My wife and I just did Queen Anne’s Revenge last night based off of this review, and I really enjoyed it, but had a couple of issues.
    Unfortunately the room had at least two glitches while we were there, where something didn’t work as expected. This made the puzzles difficult to solve and we wound up needing more hints then we would’ve liked (oh, they allow unlimited hints now, according to the girls last night).
    Otherwise, the theming of the room was amazing, and it’s probably the most immersive room we’ve done so far. That said, there were some ‘behind the scenes’ items that were visible that I think could’ve been hidden very easily. These were things like out of place wires and lights that didn’t fit the theme, and took us out of the experience a bit.
    We both really enjoyed the room, but there were a few missteps in one large puzzle (even without the glitches) that marred an otherwise exceptional room to me. If/when we’re back in the area, we’d love to head back and check out another of the rooms.

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