Location: Fullerton, CA
Date Played: December 17, 2021
Team Size: 2-7; we recommend 2-4
Duration: 60 minutes
Price: $42 per player for 2 players to $33 per player for 7 players
Emergency Exit Rating: [A+] No Lock
Physical Restraints: [A+] No Physical Restraints
I love witnessing how escape room companies evolve, and in the case of Infinity Escape, that evolution was particularly impressive. The Zombie Lab was a classic escape room with smooth puzzle flow and a few small elements of note. The seeds for something interesting were there, but they hadn’t quite sprouted.
It was clear that Infinity Escape realized this and proceeded to majorly up their game in their second room, The Magic Cottage. Comparing the two rooms side by side, The Magic Cottage especially stood out for its whimsical in-room characters — and in The Zombie Lab, ID badges on the zombies hinted at the (mostly unfulfilled) potential for a deeper narrative. The same style of clearly signposted, puzzle-driven gameplay was identifiable in both rooms, just with fewer moments of magic and a less prominent narrative in The Zombie Lab.
If you only have time for one room while visiting Infinity Escape, absolutely choose The Magic Cottage. But if you have time for both, The Zombie Lab provided a solid dose of fun puzzling and would serve as a great warmup before playing The Magic Cottage. I enjoyed seeing where Infinity Escape’s escape room design sensibilities originated, and I can’t wait to see how they level up next.