Trouble in Tinseltown – Lokey’s Escape Rooms

Trouble in Tinseltown poster from Lokey's Escape Room

Here’s Looking At You Kid

I was still a rookie then, just another gumshoe bumbling his way around the glitz and glam of Tinseltown. I was just preparing for a much-needed vacation to the City by the Bay when an autopsy report landed on my desk. Just my luck. Elle Mason was murdered, she was a pinup blonde with foot holders to make holy men forsake their vows. The top suspect was her bigshot producer boyfriend Desmond. Money and power were the only reasons he could score a broad like Elle. That was the real crime. When a wealthy dame like Elle Mason wound up dead it put the whole town on edge. That’s why the captain put the Escape Junkies on the case. They were the best sleuths the department had to offer, and much better than that city deserved.

Trouble in Tinseltown put me in a weird and wonderful space during and after the game had ended. Find out how we fared on this case and if we plan to return for our next assignment.

The Good

I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, passionate owners create the best escape games. Trouble in Tinseltown is packed with little details that many will appreciate, but only an escape enthusiast would take the effort to implement. From the moment we crossed the threshold into the main room we were transported back in time to the 1940s.

Lokey’s did an amazing job of making the game feel like a classic film noir. A room totally void of color may not sound exciting but Trouble in Tinseltown nails the mid-century setting perfectly. The theme is further enhanced by an interesting murder mystery that is well written and blends wonderfully within this fictional world. I was so immersed into the story that as the game progressed I found it difficult to refrain from doing a spot on Humphrey Bogart impression as I scoured the room for clues🕵️.

The puzzles in Trouble in Tinseltown where equally as engaging as the theme itself. There was comparatively very little technology found in the 1940s so don’t expect to be dazzled by special effects. In fact, Lokey’s concocted a very clever and theme appropriate time delivery system that allows players to remain firmly tethered to story. I won’t spoil the conclusion for anyone but I will say that we are excited to hear that like many Hollywood classics a sequel is currently in production.

Not So Good

My only note here is more of an FYI than a negative but I do feel it’s worth stating. For this room Escape Junkies team consisted of 4 members in lieu of our larger group. This was fortuitous because we think 4 players is the sweet spot for this room. Newer players can likely have a lot of fun with a full team of 6, but experienced groups might feel a bit cramped. Small escape room enthusiast groups need not fear. All rooms are private at Lokey’s never have to worry about being stuck in a game with more people than you planned on.

Closing

Like many independently owned escape companies, Lokey’s doesn’t operate with a massive war chest like some of their competitors. This hasn’t stopped them from crafting an exciting and engaging escape game that rivals the big-budget rooms we’ve played. We have visited several “mom and pop” escape rooms and I am constantly in awe of what they can accomplish. Lokey’s Escape Rooms is another example of escape games done right. We can’t wait to return to check out the next chapter in the Tinseltown saga. 5/5

  • Location: Lokey’s Escape Rooms
  • Time Limit: 60 Minutes
  • Number of Players: 2-6 (We recommend 2-4)
  • Recommended Skill Level: Intermediate

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