Location: Los Angeles, CA
Date Played: November, 2018
Team Size: 4 – 11 players
Duration: 90 minutes
Price: $40 per ticket
After attempting to meet Ray Jones, we were challenged to complete a series of tasks in order to prove ourselves worthy of joining his organization. If we were to run out of time, the police were to arrive to arrest us.
Stash House takes the concept of a standard escape room and bleed the game’s narrative far beyond simply working through puzzles. As soon as players arrive, they walk straight into Ray’s world by entering his apartment rather than a traditional waiting room area. This immersion carries through to the end as puzzles throughout remain thematic.
Ranging from combination locks to sound puzzles, all are creative ways to interact with his belongings and furniture. Stash House incorporates several real life devices – such as cell phones and CD players – into its gameplay which makes for one of the most humorous games we’ve encountered.
Stash House feels like a real life trap house. This apartment holds an enormous amount of secrets with twists and reveals all the way up until the end. The end game task requires players to rid themselves of evidence is an unbelievably interesting and dramatic way. We loved it.
Between the interesting narrative, thematic puzzles, and dramatic conclusion, Stash House is simply one of our favorite escape rooms to date. There is never a dull moment or wait time to work on a puzzle.
It’s hard to criticize Stash House. As a group of four, we split into pairs to tackle this escape room. For the the initial portion of game play, half of us worked through a puzzle that lead us through a confined space. With the puzzle designed to have several areas to go through, we unfortunately missed out on the parts that the rest of the team had worked through.
Stash House is a must-play escape room for the Los Angeles area. From the story to the gameplay, this is an experience unlike any other that we’ve played. Stash House involves adult themes, so leave the children at home.
Disclosure: Stash House comped our tickets to this game
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