Quest Tavern – The Witch’s Cauldron [Review]

Which witch was which?

Location: Pomona, CA

Date Played: December 19, 2021

Team Size: 2-8; we recommend 2-4

Duration: 60 minutes

Price: $40 per player for 2 players to $32 per player for 8 players

Ticketing: Private

Emergency Exit Rating: [A] Push To Exit

Physical Restraints: [B] Mechanical Release

REA Reaction

Quest Tavern is an escape room company centered around a fun premise: in a RPG-esque fashion, adventurers gather at the town’s tavern, and from there they are sent off on a variety of fantasy-themed quests.

A cabinet lit red and filled with strange occult objects.

The Witch’s Cauldron was Quest Tavern’s first attempt at designing an escape room, and their lack of experience showed. A loose story premise about obtaining a cure from a local witch’s abode very quickly fell apart in the actual game. The set was sparse and showed its age. Nevertheless, the puzzles were simple and logical, and the game flowed quite nicely overall.

While Quest Tavern’s first quest wasn’t the grand adventure we’d hoped for, it demonstrated the early seeds for Quest Tavern’s newer and more ambitious experiences: The Last Supper and The Bridge Between. With the continued addition of more tech, more varied sets, and more ambitious narratives, I’m excited to see where Quest Tavern ventures next.

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Quest Tavern – Bridge Between [Review]

Bridge Between is one of the best games in Los Angeles. Here are our other recommendations for great escape rooms in Los Angeles.

I want a genie, and a cheetah, and a unicorn.

Location:  Pomona, CA

Date Played: March 4, 2022

Team size: 3-7; we recommend 4-5

Duration: 75 minutes

Price: $45 per player for teams of 3-4 and $42 per player for teams of 5-7

Ticketing: Private

Accessibility Consideration: At least one person needs to go in an enclosed space. Everyone needs to go up a few stairs.

Emergency Exit Rating: [A+] No Lock

Physical Restraints: [A+] No Physical Restraints

REA Reaction

Bridge Between had a couple of unusual things going for it:

First, it was really cute. There aren’t enough cute escape rooms:

Lisa and Peih-Gee sitting together cuddling baby unicorns.

Second, it was explicitly designed for experienced players, with lots of layered puzzles and a 75-minute game clock.

David and Peih-Gee standing together cuddling baby unicorns.

Quest Tavern did both cuteness and elevated difficulty well.

There were a few places where I would have liked to see a little more clue structure, and there were instances where the puzzles would have been helped by having bigger, chunkier components. Overall, however, Quest Tavern has emerged as one of the more compelling escape room locations for experienced players to visit. Intentionally designing for experienced players looking for something different and novel is an interesting approach that seems like it could actually work in the greater Los Angeles area.

If you’re an experienced escape room player in (or visiting) Southern California, Quest Tavern is a company that you should seriously consider, whether you’re more drawn towards the theatrical Last Supper or the puzzley and adorable Bridge Between. There’s something here for any seasoned escape room fan.

Who is this for?

  • Puzzle lovers
  • Best for players with at least some experience
  • Players who don’t need to be a part of every puzzle

Why play?

  • An unusual theme
  • Many layered puzzles designed for experienced players
  • A cute conclusion

Story

The guardians of the Enchanted Forest had gone missing. The rumors suggested that a local merchant had had something to do with it. We set off to investigate.

A shop filled with middle eastern lanterns and plates.
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Quest Tavern – The Last Supper [Review]

Update May 16, 2022: If you want to hear more about The Last Supper back us on Patreon at the “Search Win!” level to get access to a Spoiler’s Club Episode about this game. Reality Escape Pod co-hosts David and Peih-Gee talk all about it with the creator and the performer, spoilers and all.

The Last Supper is one of the best games in Los Angeles. Here are our other recommendations for great escape rooms in Los Angeles.

Lord Garrick would like you for dinner.

Location: Pomona, CA

Date Played: March 4, 2022

Team size: 3-8; we recommend 3-5

Duration: 60 minutes

Price: from $48 per player for teams of 3-4 to $43 per player for teams of 7-8

Ticketing: Private

Accessibility Consideration: At least one player needs to crawl.

Emergency Exit Rating: [A+] No Lock

Physical Restraints: [A+] No Physical Restraints

REA Reaction

The Last Supper was an exciting delight.

Following in the footsteps of Miss Jezebel (review, online review), Quest Tavern took that game structure and made a less raunchy experience, set it in a Dungeons & Dragons-esque adventure.

The performer who played the role of Lord Garrick was incredible, adding so much nuance to his performance, and improvising magnificently with our team. We truly were playing with one another, to the point where we changed the plot of the game in a way that hadn’t been done before.

The team sitting at the table,with Lord Garrick standing behind us brandishing a sword.

Escape rooms don’t have to be big to feel huge, and The Last Supper felt grand. It was intense, interesting, and I treasure the memory of playing this game.

If your team is open to interacting with a performer, and willing to commit to the intensity of the game world, The Last Supper is a must-play game, and one of the strongest games in the Los Angeles area.

Who is this for?

  • Actor interacters
  • Adventure seekers
  • Story seekers
  • D&D fans
  • Best for players with at least some experience

Why play?

  • Amazing escape room meets D&D (without the combat) gameplay
  • Top-notch actor interactions
  • Clever and unusual game design and structure

Story

After the famed adventurer Lord Garrick retired, he began hosting dinner parties for adventurers… but his guests would disappear. As the latest group to receive an invitation, we couldn’t turn down the opportunity to learn the truth… and enjoy a good meal.

Closeup of the dinner table with a bowl of fruit in the center.
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