Black Market Escape Rooms - MurderCO - Review
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Date Played: November, 2018
Team Size: 2 – 8 players
Duration: 60 minutes
Price: $35 per ticket
The story behind Murder Co is that they operate as a secret organization for those wealthy enough to enjoy the most expensive art forms. This underground society allows paying customers to experience a live murder.
The first decision our group needed to make was what “artist” we wanted to see. The options ranged from a deranged clown to a mad scientist to a serial killer dressed in drag. As our experience watching this gruesome display began, the realization as to where they would obtain their next victims became increasingly clear…
In the scope of this room, the puzzles played a secondary role to the live actors and tension-filled moments we sat waiting for the next scare. Murder Co took the concept of an escape room and added an extreme level of immersive narrative to it as we were thrown directly into the action unfolding around us. To be part of an experience with so much adrenaline pumping, puzzles had to be a bit more straightforward. Everything was clued well and nothing was overly difficult, but that certainly didn’t take away from the fact that they felt like they were straight out of a seedy underground murder chamber.
Black Market Escape Rooms set a gothic tone from the moment that we entered the building. The lobby’s aesthetic seemed as though we had just stepped foot into a posh hunting lodge for some twisted millionaire. That was nothing compared to what we were to experience next. After choosing our artist, we were lead to watch the live murder show. With clever use of sound and special effects, the unnerving display we witnessed behind a glass window conveyed the gruesome message to all in attendance.
Moments later, we were thrown into the action, set to fend for ourselves as we faced the challenge of escaping or falling fate as the next victims. Murder Co presented a Hollywood-level of detail to its set design. Each twist and turn was made even more nerve-wracking by the sights and sounds of this labyrinth. If it hasn’t been made clear already, this experience is not for the shy or faint of heart. The experience had us in on the action and working hands-on to make it through.
Live actors can be very hit or miss in escape room experiences. We tend to really enjoy the added element. Murder Co provides the best actor interactions we’ve experienced to-date. Beyond the murder artist, teams will meet several NPC-type actors that further the narrative and give struggling teams a nudge in the right direction.
For everything that this experience did right, there were a few aspects that left us wanting more. The sixty-minute experience was broken into a fifteen minute murder show and left the remaining time for the escape. Groups who won’t huddle in a corner when the murderer appears will most likely finish this room pretty quickly.
This Room is a Good Match for
Murder Co appeals to those not afraid of adult themes and looking for a truly immersive experience. While lacking in depth in terms of puzzles, our experience was a sixty-minute rollercoaster of fear and adrenaline. For fans of haunted houses looking for something more interactive, Murder Co is the perfect thrill ride.