This game has re-opened under new ownership. We hear that the new version is substantially different from the version we reviewed below.
Escape the shag carpet.
Location: North Hollywood, CA
Date Played: August 22, 2018
Team size: up to 6; we recommend 2-4
Duration: 60 minutes
Price: $35 per ticket
Disrupted Decades was a nostalgic journey through the 1970s, ’80s, and ’90s with a heavy emphasis on pop culture. It put an unusual twist on the flow of an escape room by having each room represent a decade and build to a meta puzzle.
We wanted to love this escape room as much as It’s A Doggy Dog World, but Disrupted Decades felt unfinished in comparison to Escapades LA’s other game. The story felt underdeveloped and the set was underwhelming. While we truly enjoyed the puzzles, it felt light on content.
This could and should be a fantastic game. Escapades LA has a solid foundation to build on. In its current form, however, we only recommend this to puzzle lovers who want to see a new take on escape room structure and players who want a taste of nostalgia.
Who is this for?
- Puzzle lovers
- Nostalgic nerds
- Any experience level
- Nostalgic props
- An interesting approach to escape game design
- Some clever and unique puzzles
Someone screwed with the space-time continuum and we had to traverse the 1970s, ’80s, and ’90s hunting down anachronisms and setting things right.
Disrupted Decades was a 3-room game where each room represented a different decade. Each individual space had props, furniture, and in some cases, carpeting that was emblematic of the decade we were visiting.
The props were generally authentic.
None of the sets were particularly eye-catching or immersive.
Escapades LA’s Disrupted Decades was a standard escape room with a low level of difficulty.
Core gameplay revolved around searching, making connections, and puzzling.
+ Escapades LA produced an interesting escape room in Disrupted Decades. They emphasized exploring the props to determine which were out of place and how they worked together to solve a larger meta puzzle for each room.
– In practice, once we got the hang of how this game worked, it felt light on content.
+ It was enjoyable to take a journey back through the nostalgic items. Some of them stretched the limits of the props to deliver interesting interactions.
+ The ’80s had some high points when it came to puzzling.
– The set was subpar. It didn’t go far enough to convey the time periods. Each era would have benefitted from more details. There were a lot of small props, but the sets felt too bare. A few large and tangible set pieces would go a long way.
– The story felt underdeveloped. There wasn’t much of a beginning, ending, or feeling of consequence. It was just a scenario.
+ In the ’90s room they had a Franklin Bookman electronic dictionary & thesaurus. I admit that this is insanely personal and nearly no one will appreciate this prop… but I used to lay in bed with a flashlight every night looking up words and synonyms, and playing word games on one of these things. Seeing one for the first time in over 20 years filled me with joy. Your mileage may vary.
Tips for Visiting
- There is street parking.
- For food we recommend Republic of Pie.
Book your hour with Escapades LA’s Disrupted Decades, and tell them that the Room Escape Artist sent you.
Disclosure: Escapades LA comped our tickets for this game.
I played the tuned-up Disrupted Decades on March 23rd with my usual group of four and it seems much improved. The puzzling over-all was improved, I think, as well as the story. I was very happy to have done it.