The Pharaoh’s Curse

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The Pharaoh's Curse

  • Played May 2018
  • North Hollywood, CA

  • 60 minutes
  • 2-8 players, may be placed with another group
  • $39.99-49.99/person (depending on how many people book)
  • Ages 15+

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The Hidden Passage makes its debut with “The Pharaoh’s Curse”, and it’s not to go unnoticed, as many may feel when they navigate there. Situated in North Hollywood on Coldwater Canyon, it may be easy to miss, but if you see a small parking lot in front of the Historical Gypsum, you’re in the right place. As we enter the unassuming double doors, we see a large waiting area where we sign their waivers and use their clean restroom. The hosts are friendly and attentive, and aside from ample seating, they have the best selection of snacks that we’ve seen. It’s like a little mini-mart in there, but everything is free of charge. Before we enter the tomb (which is a beautiful stone display built in large by their father who owns the shop next door) the host sets up the back story of the room: We are in the Valley of the Kings, in front of King Tut’s Tomb. Some tomb robbers tried to steal all of his valuables, including treasures of the five gods, and in so doing awakened his spirit which causes unrest in Egypt. It’s up to you to return the treasures to their rightful place and put the Pharaoh’s spirit to rest.

Before we enter, one archaeologist from your group has “fallen through a trap above”, and hence, will be in a separate area. This requires quite a bit of communication to problem-solve in order to reunite and venture further into the tomb. We enjoyed that some of the puzzles aren’t entirely linear, and one group could solve one set of puzzles while another focused on a different set. Although varied and fitting the theme of the room, some of the puzzles don’t lend themselves to the story or feeling of immersion. While this is a great room for beginners and families, enthusiasts may yearn for more. If you do indeed need help, you will get up to three hints. The room itself is full of Egyptian eye candy, some parts more authentic than others, but on the whole impressive aside from a couple of props and set pieces that needed some repair.

Once we successfully escaped the room, we were able to take photos in front of the tomb entrance with not just signs of victory, but with themed costume pieces like masks and hats. Overall, this is an impressive first attempt from a young family-run company, and we are excited to hear they will continue to build more rooms. Next on their list is an Atlantis-themed room, which is sure to enchant both beginners and enthusiasts alike. If you’re in the area, it’s worth a shot to check this place out. It’s certainly much closer than a trip to Egypt.

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