Knights of the Round Table

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Knights of the Round Table

  • Played December 2017
  • Los Angeles, CA

  • 60 minutes
  • 2-7
  • $35-45 (depending on number of players)

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Ever wanted to be a knight? Love tales of King Arthur, Merlin, Guinevere, and Lancelot? Then look no further than L.A. Dragon Studios’ “Knights of the Round Table” room. Located in Van Nuys near eclectic shops and eateries, this fresh new company boasts an entire building with ample room upon which to build and expand. They have their own parking lot in back, or, if you park out on the street in front, you will be greeted by a dragon standing atop the building. The amicable and passionate owners here obtained the rights of a favorable room that originated in Israel and brought it here to the states to share with all of us, adults and children alike. Right now, they have just this one room, but they plan on making this an entertainment/escape room refuge, complete with plenty to do for all ages. They dream big, and we have no doubt they will make this dream a reality.

Since they are still starting up, the lobby was considered “still being worked on,” as it is a bit tight. There was a couch and some puzzles to toy around with, and they did offer us amenities like water, coffee, and cookies. They are working on a making a secure area for your belongings, like lockers. To begin, “Merlin” explains the rules to us through a speaker, and explains our quest: we are to retrieve the holy grail before the castle collapses, and if we succeed we become knights of the round table. This is such an inspired tale, which immediately immerses us in the story, as we are all fans of the classic stories. To get nit-picky, one story element that seemed to disappear was the antagonist, who could have played a bigger role in either decoration or in solving a puzzle. The pressure of finding the holy grail could have been amped up. One of the things they let you do here is choose your own soundtrack. We’ve never been given that option before, and we didn’t take them up on it, as their adventurous music choices fit the theme perfectly.

The room itself was beautiful and quality built. They use just the right amount of tech in the room. You can tell there was a professional set designer amongst the team that runs this place. There were a lot of hand-made set pieces, not cheap Ikea furniture. The puzzles were really varied and great to solve with teams. One room, however, fell a little short on having enough for everyone to do, but aside from that, all of the puzzles were interesting and not repetitive. A few more puzzles could be added since the game flow is so linear. But, the experience is suited for kids 8 and up so if you’re an enthusiast, don’t expect it to be too challenging. There is also a “side quest” puzzle you can solve, which opens a box that leads to some “treasure” that you can take home with you. Little attention to details like this helps with the fun factor.

All that being said, this is a fantastic escape room for all ages, and all levels of experience. We’re looking forward to the new rooms they open up, and have no doubt they will be a blast to play!

Final Verdict:

8.4/10

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