The Mummy

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The Mummy

  • July 2017
  • Hollywood, CA

  • 60 minutes
  • Up to 10 players
  • Regular: $40 per person, $360 private game (up to 10 players)

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Scrap Entertainment hits another home run in this movie franchise escape room based on the new movie, “The Mummy”, from Universal Studios. According to their website: “You and your teammates are hired as Security Guards for Prodigium. This prestigious underground organization studies occult matters, supernatural happenings and uncanny creatures. Earlier in the week, a new arrival entered the lab – Ahmanet, former princess of Egypt, turned prisoner as The Mummy. Suddenly, while receiving an orientation about the facility, the alarm rings! Now Ahmanet calls upon her ancient powers to break away from her confinement as she sets off the sensors and attempts to break the seal that keeps her from wreaking havoc.” Your goal is to solve the puzzles and prevent the Mummy from escaping!

Located in the Hollywood and Highland shopping center, you are greeted by friendly staff members and an extra special treat in the waiting area. If you arrive early, are fearless, and add $10, you can attempt the VR experience, which is reminiscent of a first person shooter. You start by sitting down on a bench as the team puts a headset on and hands you a machine gun controller. You are transported to an already in flight helicopter ride at night overlooking a street zigzagging through nature. The immersion is pretty amazing as the seat rumbles in tune with the helicopter engine. Your goal is to protect an ambulance while shooting the roaming possessed mummies below. At one point you land and actually stand from your seat to protect the vehicle. If successful in protecting your teammates, everyone manages to take down Ahmanet. While not related to puzzles or room escapes in general, this was a very fun addition that hammers in the idea that teamwork is how to solve most problems. However it must be noted that in the waiting room there are no seats, amenities, or lockers to store items at the facility, which is a surprising disappointment.

To start our “job” as Security guards for Prodigium we followed our lab technician for orientation. Our actor provided some background information before playing an instructional video from the person in charge. Once the video finished the lights begin to falter and wails can be heard. We are informed that the specimen is trying to break out and must be manually sedated with mercury. Unfortunately the facility has lost a lot of power and the doors appear to be locked. Working through the different rooms makes one thing apparent with their partnership with Universal, the props and setting are quite amazing. Everything is high quality and they maximized the space to create an immersive environment. Each room was unique and interesting. They ranged from a study room to a museum like setting with artifacts. The one detraction sadly was our actor and guide who did not have the necessary enthusiasm to heighten the tension or reward our actions.

The puzzles relied heavily on puzzle book logic, which was a little frustrating given the great immersion. The “solve small riddles to find the larger solution” is a staple of Scrap games, but two of the rooms in the event used this strategy. The other puzzles were fairly tricky and fun with a few physical solutions thrown in. Aside from the lack of variety, the puzzles were nicely thought out if not a little short. Scrap lists the occupancy of players to be up to 10, however we would disagree with this statement as the room rewards an experienced group of 6. Our group contained 8 members and the small tables as well as the scarce number of puzzles prevented myself and a few other people from contributing to the game. The rooms were physically too small and the puzzles were too few for the max capacity of people recommended. Although we have some complaints, the puzzles were nicely themed and still provided an enjoyable experience.

Once we were able to sedate the Mummy, our Lab Technician talked us through the journey we just experienced. We were then able to take a few pictures in the amazingly thematic room we solved and return our badge (I assume we quit after this stressful job?). Our group has not seen “The Mummy” movie, but everything seems to be pretty authentic and in-line with the lore of their franchise. It was also not necessary at all to see the movie to enjoy the plot and setting of this escape room.

Scrap Entertainment has gained a powerful partner in “Universal” to create escape rooms that are movie quality and have well written back-stories. The fun experience of this themed room alone negates the lack of amenities and unvaried puzzles. The full room is only available Friday-Sunday but it is definitely worth the exclusivity. We are very excited to see what other properties Scrap will obtain in the future. Whatever they may be, the future is looking bright.

Final Verdict:

8.5/10

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