Aztec

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The premise of the escape room is you are all archaeologists that fall through the ground at an archaeological site and find yourself in this room with multiple chambers with 60 minutes to avoid being sacrificed in an unfinished Aztec sacrificial ritual. As the website says, your group will be split into two different rooms right from the get-go. Although the rooms were nicely decorated and the lighting definitely fit the theme of the room (dark pyramid), we did notice a lot of the props were flimsy (made of styrofoam) and/or needed more maintenance. The props that were not flimsy were actually tripping hazards due to the confined spaces our team was in, a couple of our members actually tripped over them more than a couple of times. There were quite a few chips in the walls and puzzles and the room definitely could use some TLC (tender loving care). The severity of the sub-par condition of the room and props lead to some confusion within our team when solving various puzzles which was quite frustrating for everyone. The room that you start in definitely lacked some of the immersion aspect, the story goes that you “fell through a hidden trap” but when we were dropped off in the first room, there was no indication that we had “fallen through a hole”. It would’ve been nice to see a painted “hole” in the ceiling or some painted “rubble” on the ground but we unfortunately didn’t see that.

Throughout the room, there was no indication (visual or audio) that a door was opened/unlocked which wasted a bit of our time since we had thought that we had the wrong solution when in fact we had already opened the door. There were a decent number of various types of puzzles, but the company could’ve utilized the space more efficiently by having more props/puzzles to do. The tech used was nice and refreshing and the props definitely matched the theme of the room.

The location of this room is a bit harder to find since it’s underneath a freeway overpass, but it’s located near downtown LA and about a 10-minute drive from some restaurants and the Art District. Additionally, they have their own parking lot which is convenient for bigger groups. The escape room is in a giant warehouse so it can get a little chilly (bring a sweater if you get cold easily), the waiting area in the warehouse also had a couple of benches for players to hang out and wait for their game to start after signing the waivers. The game hosts were friendly and accommodating (yet were a bit lacking in their enthusiasm, which brought the mood down a bit), offering us free water and free use of their lockers. We also got our picture taken in an area with a green screen which was pretty cool and don’t worry the pictures are posted on their FB page so you can grab them later.

Final Verdict:

5/10

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