Bloody Elbow

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Bloody Elbow

  • Played July 2017
  • Los Angeles, CA

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

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QuestRoom is located in Korea Town, in a building with colorfully painted murals of their 3 rooms inside – “Bloody Elbow,” “Da Vinci’s Challenge,” and their upcoming room, “The Future.” They have a small shared parking lot, or you can park in one hour metered parking on the street (if you think you can escape in less than an hour.) And just a quick tip: “Bloody Elbow” is the easier of the two rooms.

As we enter the beautiful glass doors, we are immediately impressed by their lobby. They have two sets of soft-seated benches with small brain teasers to whet the appetite for puzzle solving. They offer not only water but also hot coffee, and their lockers are themed to the room you’re playing, complete with phone chargers inside (who does that? It’s genius!). They also have a big screen with the top ten records and photos of groups who have played. Before we begin, we don a prison vest to help set the mood for our room: We have been transported back to the 14th century Holy Inquisition where we are accused of and incarcerated for witchcraft. Our executioner has been given the nickname “Bloody Elbow” because he is notorious for instituting slow and agonizing torture to his victims. We have one hour to flee our execution.

From the get-go, we are led, one by one, into the room. This part alone has the hair on our necks standing on end, and we try to think happy thoughts as we could see nothing, only hear sounds of the dungeon, water dripping, chains moving, and other prisoners wailing or laughing maniacally. Aside from the chilling creep factor, we have to think about puzzles in more unusual ways, which is one reason we’re huge fans of this room! They do a wonderful job incorporating unique and never-before-seen puzzles, very atypical to puzzle books or figuring out combination locks. Besides the variety of puzzles, this room is remarkable in terms of production value. It has a top quality set and props; nothing breaks or seems like it doesn’t belong. Each item in the room is thoughtfully placed. There is also a screen that helps set the scene and the mood of the room. Everything inside is fully immersive and captivates us from beginning to end.

The hosts are generous, gregarious, and they really know their stuff when it comes to escape rooms. They allow an unlimited number of hints which are pre-recorded as the character who’s helping us (or the game master.) At the end of the game we take a picture in the room, and they immediately send it to the email and phone number with which we signed up.

Having only been open for 3 weeks, we are completely blown away by the level of expertise and eye for details. As stated above, everything is meticulously planned out and it shows. QuestRoom is up there as one of my favorite escape room businesses. They are among the top leaders in the industry. We can’t wait for their new rooms to open, and with 5 more scheduled to open this year, we know they’ll continue to impress not only veteran players, but they will make addicts of newbies as well.

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