The Lunar Station Escape Room from Maze Rooms

For our final puzzle room we booked the Lunar Station with Maze Rooms. From the description I wasn’t really sure what to expect other than it takes place on the Moon which seemed really cool. We booked kind of early in the afternoon so first we needed to find some grub.

I thought that I had this all perfectly planned out only to realize that Maze Rooms are actually spread out over several locations. The place that I picked for lunch, Belizean Paradise, while it was not as close as I thought was only 15-20 minutes away which worked out okay. The parking lot is really hard to get into if you’re going the wrong direction so if you find yourself in that situation just go around or you will be stuck there forever.

We ordered some Oxtail stew, the chicken plate (a steal at only $5), and some panades with onion chutney. I also requested some of the Marie Sharp Habenero Pepper sauce. Everything was delicious, from the oxtail stew to the chicken and the rice with red beans. The panades, which is sort of like an empanada with tuna fish filling was really good with the onion chutney. Oh and I almost forgot a got a glass of the Sour Sap juice. That I’m not sure that I liked. I kept reminding me of something but I’m not sure what. It was a fun thing to try in any case. I’m definitely glad that we found the place and had the opportunity to eat there!

Now that we had our fuel we were ready to tackle our last escape room of the trip, the Lunar Station.

Going in we were both a little skeptical. We were a little early and just so happened to be the first customers of the day so no one was there when we arrived. I think that we ended up calling to make sure we were in the right location and it turned out the owner was stuck in traffic.

Still, once we were instead we changed into our jumpsuits and got ready for our mission! And I have to say, we were just blown away. The Lunar Station is a completely immersive, second generation puzzle room. We had never heard of the different types of puzzle rooms that were available and it was an awesome experience getting to try it out first hand without any spoilers.

Now the puzzles themselves were pretty easy. They were thematic and lots of fun. We finished with time to spare and you are in for a treat if you manage to escape!

This was really the highlight of our escape room trip and really inspired both of us. It might have been a little crazy to go somewhere purely for escape rooms but we had so much fun, which is the most important thing.

Next I think that I will tackle the end of my Thailand trip. I’ve been putting it off and writing this I realize how much you forget. Who knows, maybe that will open me up to travel to some more new and exciting places!

The Apartment 205 and The Will

The next day we booked not one but two Escape Rooms! Apartment 205 and The Will.

Apartment 205 was an action sort of escape room with your typical senile terrorist that’s left clues all over the place ostentatiously for himself. I was a fun concept but it didn’t appeal to us. Having the actor in the room with us was more obtrusive. Also, one of the first things we did was run down the hall to get to the room, and because there were a bunch of people in the hallway I hit my hand on some guy’s motorcycle helmet. He didn’t drop it so I think it was okay, but I know they’re pretty expensive. I know that it was my choice to run, but if you’re going to spring something like that on someone probably isn’t a good idea to do it in a crowded hallway. Still I think that for some people it will give more guidance and reassurance. It just didn’t work well for us.

At one point my boyfriend knew how to solve a puzzle but because the guy was standing over him awkwardly he felt so weirded out by the situation he didn’t actually do the puzzle. At that point the actor just sort of told him what to do. It would have been more fun and less awkward without that. That was kind of a low point for both of us, but the next room was much more to our taste.

There was a Chipotle across the street from this location so we ended up there for lunch. It was very convenient. There wasn’t really anywhere to hang out around the Escape Room so we just waited in the car after finishing lunch.

The Will is a techy room. Things happen when you solve puzzles, and it really feels really cool. It’s hard to talk about without spoiling things but I enjoyed the room a lot. We finished it easily with two people with plenty of time to spare. I think that we did use one or two hints but they were things that I think we would have gotten eventually. Just stuff we didn’t find or notice. I think that it would be a good one for a new group or a couple.

Okay! That just about finished our trip. Last but not least, we went to the Lunar Lab Escape Room by Maze. I’m planning to talk about that one tomorrow, so stay tuned!

LA Escape Room Trip

My SO and I are back state side, but still traveling! Some day I will have to finish up my posts on my trip to Thailand but until then I thought that I should write a little about our recent trip to Los Angeles. We decided to go to Los Angeles to play Escape the Room games.

Escape the Room games are basically an experience where the participants are locked in a room or series of rooms and need to solve a number of puzzles in order to find the key to unlock the last door. They originally started in Japan and have been in the US since about 2014. We actually did our first Escape Room in Bangkok and have both been in love with them ever since. We’ve even toyed with the idea of starting an Escape Room business ourselves.

Somewhat of an unusual reason to go to LA, but all the same we had a wonderful trip! We wanted our trip to be as stress free as possible so we did some research and booked four Escape Room games in advance. I did most of my research by checking out yelp reviews. The ones that we chose were Escape from the Time Travel Lab from Real Escape Room, Apartment 205 and The Will from Enigma Escape Rooms, and finally Lunar Station from Maze Rooms. I’m going to write about my whole trip, but if you’re just interested in reading my Escape Room Recommendations then you can skip ahead to the sections that are highlighted in this post and any following.

Our first room of the trip was the Escape from the Time Travel Lab and it certainly set the bar high! My SO picked this one and he was the most excited about it. The night before our game Real Escape Room called us to let us know that we would be the only two people playing that night, and since it was a room designed for a larger group it would really be a challenge. They gave us the option to change our booking to another time, but we since it really didn’t work with our schedule we decided to keep our original time. Honestly we were excited that we would be able to personally work on all of the puzzles!

The Escape Room was located in Little Tokyo in a mall. Google directions dump you in an alleyway next to a Starbucks, but by walking down the street you will see the main entrance to the shopping area. Go into the main area, then take the stairs to your left. Escape the Time Travel Lab is near the landing and you will recognize it from the advertisements in the windows.

Since we were a little early we decided to eat at Orochon Ramen. We didn’t do any research before hand, but it looked popular so we decided to give it a try. I highly recommend the Miso broth, and the gyoza were amazing. There was a bit of a wait so make sure to give yourself plenty of time. Admittedly it took us a while to order because we did not realize that you need to press the call button on one of the nifty little boxes that are taped all over the place.

Escape from the Time Travel Lab
I’m not going to write about the content of the room at all, but I am going to mention some of the things about this game in general. My overall review is that it was a great experience, the staff were extremely friendly and helpful, and that we enjoyed ourselves immensely. If you don’t want to spoil anything about this room you should just stop reading now and go book it to see for yourself.

About the room: Because we were only a group of two the staff went out of their way giving us hints to help us experience as much of the game as possible. We don’t like getting too many hints normally but in this situation there was plenty to do and I felt like it enabled us to see most of the game. There are a few actors in the room with you but they are very unobtrusive. There are tons of puzzles to do, some are quick and easy while others take a long time to figure out. However you do not have to solve every single puzzle in order to complete the room. If you complete enough of them you can use guesses to get to the next stage which I thought was pretty cool.

While we did not escape, we did get really close. It was such a cool concept and we both had a lot of fun. I might ask my boyfriend to do a separate post on this one because of how much he enjoyed it.

The next day we actually went to Disneyland California Adventure Park! It was the first time for both of us and I will talk about our impressions of it in my next post.