Trapped In Time
Trapped In Time
- Played September 2017
- Irvine, CA
- 60 minutes
- 3-7 players
- Ages 8 and up
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What a Blast from the past! Some of us were older dudes who actually remember the 80s, and this Puzzle Workshop escape room experience really brought smiles to our faces. In this adventure, you are tasked with rescuing your friend who unwittingly traveled back in time and caused a time paradox. The game starts with an intro video of him telling you the background story. Although it was a fun, snappy video, we had a hard time believing that the middle-aged person speaking was a college student. The story progressed to “time travel” to another space, but the execution could have been a little smoother, which they are working out since this is their newest room. Some of our players did not realize that a time travel event occurred, nor did we really know exactly where we were – was it a random guy’s college room in the ‘80s, or was it his room when he was a child? Some answers revealed themselves through the puzzles. The 1980’s decor could use more investment, and I think even small touches could vastly improve the immersion factor like adding some little details to make it a college room – books, dirty clothes, trash bin with iconic 80s candy or snack wrappers, etc. While it was nice to quickly know what is or isn’t relevant to solve the puzzles, a few more red herrings would be welcome, but this is Puzzle Workshop’s easiest rooms so it’s perfect for beginners.
Having experienced Puzzle Workshop’s other two rooms, we can see the company’s strength continues to be their creative puzzles, which are tip top. Even after playing 80+ escape rooms combined, we still found some puzzles to be unique and original, though most were still lock and combo based. A few nostalgic puzzles added humor into the mix and made some of us laugh out loud. Puzzle Workshop seamlessly incorporates the time travel theme into the puzzles and made the experience memorable.
There was plenty of parking around the area and a few other puzzle companies within a short distance. The waiting room is a bit sparse but has some seats and a very nice restroom. They offer some water while you wait and there is a basket in each room to place your belongings. We also took a photo at the end of our escape, and chatted with the staff who are very knowledgeable, friendly, and generous. We would recommend checking out Puzzle Workshop’s Trapped in Time escape room, especially if you are a big fan of the ‘80s.