[At the time of this review, It’s a Doggy Dog World was operated by Escapades LA.]
Who’s a good room? Who’s a good room?
Location: North Hollywood, CA
Date Played: August 22, 2018
Team size: up to 8; we recommend 4-6
Duration: 60 minutes
Price: $35 per ticket
It’s a Doggy Dog World was a playful, whimsical, entertaining escape room that didn’t take itself too seriously. At its best, the set design zeroed in on a dog’s perspective and the puzzles asked us to think like dogs. While the build quality varied and sometimes lacked polish, Escapades LA created an adorably entertaining world that was a joy to dig around in.
If you’re in Los Angeles and looking for a game to play with your family… or you still have an inner child, consider this a strong recommendation for It’s a Doggy Dog World.
Who is this for?
- All ages
- Dogs at heart
- Active adventurers
- Playful puzzlers
- Scenery sniffers
- Any experience level
- Players who don’t take themselves too seriously
- The amazing playful concept
- Wonderful dog-inspired moments
- A brilliant ending
The mailman, our arch nemesis, had stolen our favorite ball. With our humans away, nothing could stop us from retrieving it.
We were dogs escaping our home and yard. Everything was staged from a dog’s perspective, putting emphasis on the kinds of things a dog would fixate on.
The set itself had a homemade feel. Some parts looked unfinished; others looked dead-on.
Escapades LA’s It’s a Doggy Dog World was a standard escape room with an playful premise and a moderate level of difficulty.
Core gameplay revolved around searching and puzzling.
+ Escapades LA nailed whimsey in It’s a Doggy Dog World. The game was welcoming and playful. It was easy to get in character and know our role in the world.
+ It’s a Doggy Dog World was at its best when we were taking dog-like actions for dog reasons.
+ The scale and perspective of the set was smart.
– Some of the game shifted focus away from pure dog play. These moments were fine, but didn’t feel as inspired as when It’s a Doggy Dog World was laser-focused on what it was and who we were in the game.
+/- The set was uneven. Parts of it looked great. Parts looked unfinished. If felt like there were opportunities that weren’t fully realized.
– Some of Escapades LA’s tech was exposed and needed housing.
+ The ending was brilliant.
Tips for Visiting
- Escapades LA has no relation to Escapade Games in Anaheim (the makers of the horror game, Zoe). These companies really couldn’t be more different if they tried.
- There is street parking.
- For food we recommend Republic of Pie.
Book your hour with Escapades LA’s It’s a Doggy Dog World, and tell them that the Room Escape Artist sent you.
Disclosure: Escapades LA comped our tickets for this game.