Escape the room puzzle games are on TV and movie screens everywhere. So, from the perspective of an escape room game designer and owner, how well are they portrayed?

By now, it feels like every sitcom has shoved their characters into an escape room, for better or worse.

As a…


Escape the room puzzle games are on TV and movie screens everywhere. So, from the perspective of an escape room game designer and owner, how well are they portrayed?

The B-plot of an episode of the CW show Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (s04e04, “I’m Making Up for Lost Time”) shows a mother…


Escape the room puzzle games are on TV and movie screens everywhere. So, from the perspective of an escape room game designer and owner, how well are they portrayed?

The down-on-their-luck Rose family visits an escape room for a bachelor party in a late episode of Schitt’s Creek (s06e11, “Escape…


Escape the room puzzle games are on TV and movie screens everywhere. So, from the perspective of an escape room game designer and owner, how well are they portrayed?

The episode of CBS’s 2 Broke Girls (s05e05, “And the Escape Room”) shows a team-building outing to an Alice in Wonderland-themed…


Escape the room puzzle games are on TV and movie screens everywhere. So, from the perspective of an escape room game designer and owner, how well are they portrayed?

The B-plot of an episode of Hasbro’s My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic (s07e02, “All Bottled Up”) features a team-building trip…


Escape the room puzzle games are on TV and movie screens everywhere. So, from the perspective of an escape room game designer and owner, how well are they portrayed?

A standalone skit in an episode of IFC’s Portlandia (S08e03, “No Thank You”) depicts a couple on a date and a…


Escape the room puzzle games are on TV and movie screens everywhere. So, from the perspective of an escape room game designer and owner, how well are they portrayed?

The B-plot of an episode of NBC’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine (s03e14, “Karen Peralta”) features a fraught last-minute police station outing to a…


Escape the room puzzle games are on TV and movie screens everywhere. So, from the perspective of an escape room game designer and owner, how well are they portrayed?

The cold open of an episode of ABC’s The Rookie (s01e08, “Time of Death”) features an escape room. Officers Talia Bishop…


On Friday, June 8, my partner and I found a medallion, part of an annual treasure hunt put on by Portland’s Rose Festival. Every day for two weeks, clues are printed in The Oregonian that help players narrow down the final location.

This is the diary I kept during the…


(Photographer: Ben Peter Catchpole)

In April, I had the privilege of creating a newly-commissioned art/play piece, “The Silence in Room 1258” for Now Play This, a games festival in London. Situated in an antique desk, the game is a self-paced examination of ephemera from a 1930s Hollywood hotel after a paranormal incident.

Laura E. Hall

Immersive, escape rooms, narrative, video games, ARGs, VR, puzzles, mysteries. PLANNING YOUR ESCAPE, Simon & Schuster. KATAMARI DAMACY, Boss Fight Books.

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