Ringmaster’s Quarters

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Horror Escapes LA has a new location in North Hollywood that features a whole new series of scares! This time it’s a circus-themed Ringmaster who has sinister plans to lure in select ticket holders like yourself to become one of his next sideshow “performers.”

As we walk into the lobby, we are greeted by friendly and generous owners. White boxes with comic books for $1 line the white walls. It would have been nice to see more sideshow decorations to set the scene from the very beginning, and a place for guests to sit and warm up with table puzzles would be a bit more comfortable. Water is also available to purchase. Because this is a “horror” themed room we all use the restroom, which is noteworthy enough to mention as the floors are lined with copper pennies, an inspiring sight to see. In the briefing room we hang our personal belongings on coat hangers, and we watch a brief video basically explaining the normal rules of the game.

The “Ringmaster’s Quarters” is the more challenging of the two rooms currently open. You have 50 minutes to escape before the Ringmaster returns. Creepy music drifted in the background, which suited the mood and theme, as it is very dark, albeit a bit too dark to see certain puzzles. They do throw in a flashlight to help us see, but even with that little light we are “in the dark” about a few puzzles. The puzzles themselves are pretty straight-forward, typical of puzzles you’d see in other rooms, but they all fit the story nicely which helped it feel much more smooth and immersive. They allow up to 3 hints, but if you get really stuck you can ask for more. The in-game actor adds enough of a creep factor, though it would be nice if it were seasoned to taste. Full disclosure: this is not a haunted house, and the actor will not touch you.

Apart from the game, there is plenty of street parking, or you can park in their parking lot. The location is in a shady warehouse district, so there’s not much else to do that’s walkable around there, but that just helps further establish the mood of the rooms. At the end of the game you can dress up in costumes and wield props from the room and take a picture in front of their logo. All in all, it’s a solid escape room, one in which veterans and newbies alike will enjoy. And if your significant other is afraid it might be too scary, don’t worry…they should be able to handle the creep factor here. Their final chapter at this location should be open in the next month.

We love that Horror Escapes LA has expanded to different locations with different themes at each location, and we are excited to see what they come up with next!

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