You arrive at a nondescript black door with a green light…
“Your group has been invited to a seemingly-normal Koreatown apartment owned by a local entrepreneur to discuss a business opportunity.
Shortly after arriving, you discover the apartment belongs to Ray Jones, notorious Los Angeles drug kingpin, and that Ray has a test in store for you: find all the drugs hidden in the space and flush them before the cops arrive or face the consequences.”
We were told that ‘Stash House’ was one of the Rooms we must do while we were in LA and fortunately another escape room enthusiast couple posted on the SoCal enthusiast group saying they needed two more people, of course we had to make it us! This room, like Lab Rat [LINK] was featured in the ‘Top Escape Rooms Project’ for 2018 and came in at number 15 worldwide!
We arrived outside the house a little early and waited for our additional strangers to arrive. Once introductions were out of the way we rang the doorbell and our GM let us in.
There is so much about this place that made it amazing but I don’t want to give away spoilers, but for us, it had everything and more. The story, the decoration, the puzzles, it was so much fun.
Stash house isn’t just a regular escape room, it’s a 90 minute experience that will have you immersed in its shady world for the entire time you’re in it.
You need to find six bags of drugs in house before the cops arrive and flush them down the toilet – no pressure then. *in case you were wondering, the toilet is real but the ‘drugs’ and packets are water soluble.
There were no real ‘wow’ factors, but this place doesn’t need them. Everything just works in the way it is meant to and you find yourself just moving from one puzzle to the next without a care in the world. I say there were no ‘wow’ factors, but the experience itself was the wow factor.
So many puzzles, it seemed like everything was something needing to solved, and everything was different. We saw things we had never seen before and the final puzzle was such a great touch that it just made everything complete.
One puzzle was particularly frustrating but this was passed to Liz who is more skilled in these areas than I, after a couple of minutes she solved it.
It literally felt like we were in someone’s apartment and everything in there felt like it belonged. It may be simple in places but they make it work no questions asked.
Clues and nudges were delivered when needed via an iPhone. GM could see where we were struggling and nudged accordingly, never premature but always perfectly timed.
We did this as a four with two people we met online but we probably could have done it as a two. Would have been a very busy two, but doable. Four did feel like the perfect number though and we were all kept busy for the entire time we were in.
If you’re in LA this place must be on your to-do list. Join the gang!