Escape the indoors.
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Date Played: May 21, 2021
Team size: 2-5; we recommend 2-4
Duration: 90 minutes
Price: $30 per player
Ticketing: Private, with other teams playing concurrently
Jewels of the White Tiger combined basic escape room puzzles with an outdoor treasure hunt for a novel game format that led us on foot through historic Chinatown, Los Angeles. It required a good amount of walking interspersed with puzzle solving, making it a fitting transition back to escape games after a year of lockdowns.
Because of Escape Room LA’s emphasis on racing to the finish line, Jewels of the White Tiger seemed designed for players with a competitive spirit. Even though we finished in time, my mellow team would’ve preferred a more leisurely pace so we could explore outside the boundaries of the game. (Fortunately, when the game ended, we were still in Chinatown and it was lunchtime.)
We enjoyed the mix of paper puzzles, navigation, and sightseeing, but we left feeling like we hadn’t learned much about the locations we visited. It seemed like a missed opportunity to incorporate local history and acknowledge the community where the game was taking place.
Jewels of the White Tiger has ended, but Escape Room LA is currently running another outdoor game in Long Beach. The format provides an entertaining experience if you’re going to be in the area and want to experience the neighborhood through a new lens.
Who is this for?
- Competitive people
- Tourists and local visitors
- Any experience level
- Environmental puzzles
- Extra-large game space
- To increase your step count
Inspired by the Chinese legend of the four celestial guardians, we needed to find the jewels corresponding with the Jade Dragon, Vermilion Bird, and Black Tortoise. Only then could we release the White Tiger and return the constellations to the sky.
Jewels of the White Tiger used this narrative as a light frame, but focused much more on the puzzles.Continue reading “Escape Room LA – Jewels of the White Tiger [Review]”