Months ago a few friends and I tried Escape IQ’s “Alcatraz” escape room, and we were NOT successful. The experience was fun, but so frustrating. Our failure has weighed heavily on us for months. Let’s be honest… we are poor losers! Well, last night we got the opportunity to try to redeem ourselves in Escape IQ’s other room called “The Vault.” If you have never been in an escape room, it’s a group activity where you have to work together to find clues and solve puzzles to “escape” within a certain time limit. It’s not easy!
There were eight people in our group, and we were determined to escape “The Vault.” We were focused. There was one mission: get out within the hour. With that, the eight of us headed into the “vault.” The clock was set for one hour. The door closed and we were locked in. Let the games begin! Okay, I will not reveal any spoilers! This room is very different from “Alcatraz.” There are three doors in the room; the one we came in through, and two others. Of course, they are all locked and we need to figure out how to get them open. There are several locked boxes in the room along with cryptic clues on the walls. We split up and quickly open two of the boxes, but then we slow down. Before we started, the organizer told us that we can call for a clue, but it will cost us 5 minutes. There is no way we are taking a 5 minute penalty, so we keep trying. Eventually we make progress, but not before my husband and I went at each other for a quick minute. I blame the pressure. Okay, nothing to see here. I tell our 6 friends to get back to work. Again, I don’t want to spoil your experience so I won’t tell you too much, but eventually we get into a room that is a scene straight out of the movie Entrapment starring Catherine Zeta Jones. You know the scene I’m talking about, where she is slithering between laser beams. Catherine was much more graceful navigating the laser beams than anyone in our group, but eventually we figure a way past the lasers.
Okay, that clock is ticking and we are down to 9 minutes. There is one final puzzle that we just can’t figure out, so we call for the clue. As soon as the organizer starts giving us the hint we figure it out. We are then out of “The Vault” within seconds, with 4 minutes to spare. Success! There have been 126 teams that have entered “The Vault” and only 40 that have escaped. We did it!
Think you have what it takes to escape “The Vault?” Round up some friends and give it a try. Let me know how you did in the comments section below or on the DTLAexplorer social media pages: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Good Luck!
Escape IQ 1135 E. 5th St. (between Seaton & Colyton Streets) 213.221.7749 escapeiq.com