Interested in exploring a hidden gem in Los Angeles? Do you enjoy solving complicated puzzles and deciphering riddles? Or are you a senior looking for a fun day out without the fear of being targeted for Water Assassins, a senior game in which teams track down their targets and “assassinate” them with water?
Located in Downtown Los Angeles is Escape Room LA, a real-life escape room venue. There are currently four operating escape rooms: The Alchemist, The Theater, The Detective, and The Cavern. You have 50-60 minutes to escape a room by solving a series of puzzles, finding secret objects, uncoding riddles, and unlocking the exit door.
Last weekend I ventured into The Cavern with a group of nine people. As a senior participating in Water Assassins, I was wary of leaving my house to make the journey to LA for the escape room. But the chances of someone following me all the way to Downtown LA for the sake of squirting me with a plastic water gun were fairly minimal. Besides, I was locked inside a room for fifty minutes. Fifty blissful minutes of not having to look over my shoulder.
What’s a better way of staying safe during Water Assassins than getting locked inside a room for 50 minutes?
After being briefed on the rules and safety regulations of the game, our team “traveled” down into an underground cavern where we found the remains of an ancient civilization. The only problem was that our air supply would run out in fifty minutes.
A few explorers who had been there before us left behind clues on how to escape the cavern. Our job was to decipher these clues and find our way out before we ran out of air.
Despite the difficulty of the game, no prior knowledge was required. The information we needed to escape was located within the room itself. All we needed was quick problem-solving skills and a diverse team.
Word of advice: communication with your team is key. I was fortunate enough to be on a team where everyone shouted out new discoveries, such as a hidden key or an old book inscribed with a riddle. We were all involved in one form or another, sharing information and advice with each other.
The final five minutes of our escape were a nail biter. The seconds were ticking away and we couldn’t decipher one of our codes. A few of us were ready to throw in the towel, the rest were running around the room looking for answers, motivated by grim determination.
And then it happened.
We unlocked our final puzzle, revealing a secret door that led to our escape. Once we emerged from the dark cave, our team celebrated with hugs and shouts of triumph.
Escape Room LA operates every day of the week, with prices at $32 per person from Monday to Friday, and $37 on weekends. Click HERE to learn more or buy your tickets.