Da Vinci’s Challenge

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Da Vinci's Challenge

  • Played July 2017
  • Los Angeles, CA

  • 60 minutes
  • 2-6
  • 2/ $99, 3/$129, 4/$159, 5/$179, 6/$199

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We found Quest Room in Korea Town, outfitted with stunning murals depicting each of their rooms. Inside, we found one of the best waiting rooms we’ve ever seen for an escape room. This space included themed closets for each game, including chargers for your phone and magnetic watch locks. There was ample seating on comfy couch and table spaces, a small free concession offering tea, coffee and water, small puzzles to warm you up, and a screen displaying the top 10 teams for each room.

Our objective was this: We all want to be apprentices to Master Leonardo Da Vinci himself, but he must weed out the elite. To see if we are worthy, we must pass his challenge! So first things first, we put on cloaks appropriate to the time period. We were led into the space, and were delighted to find stunningly high level production value for an Escape room. Da Vinci himself would have been proud! He could be seen all over this room, with gorgeous details and fun light and sensory surprises. The puzzles did a fantastic job of fitting right into the theme, keeping an air of mysterious magic without seeming out of place.

While the puzzles were stunning, it was occasionally hard to understand the linearity between each one. You are given unlimited hints, but because your group may be split into two teams for a portion of the game, this might mean one half of your group will have to wait for the other half to finish their puzzles. There were a few technical goofs that we are certain will be ironed out in the coming weeks. If you are shorter than 5’3,” we would advise playing with a few taller members. There is one puzzle that may be hard to reach for smaller players, and this may be a game-breaker for some. We would also advise players with trouble seeing in darkness to mention such to their game master.

In the end, we passed Da Vinci’s test with minutes to spare. The ending fanfare was unfortunately understated, but it did not at all dampen our satisfaction at succeeding the room. And once we escaped, we took a photo in the room, which was immediately sent via email or text. If you’re looking for a true test, this game has some of the hardest puzzles we have played! A great challenge for intermediate players and veterans.

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