“Keys” Open Doors
I’m a child of the golden era of 90’s hip-hop. I’ve spent countless hours being influenced by the imaginative lyrics of many of our modern day wordsmiths. Artists like Jay-Z and the Geto Boys illustrated the rough but glamorous lifestyle as a drug dealer in easy to digest 3 minute increments. Full disclosure, there may be a Compaq Presario decaying in a landfill with a hard drive full of lyrics from my failed battle rap career. While the younger me was dazzled with the imagery of the drug game, the more sensible old me prefers the relative safety of insurance trade. The crew at Stash House has created an outlet to allow desktop gangstas get as close to being part of a criminal organization as they’d ever want to. Ray Jones has a test for you, the most unique escape room you’ve ever experienced.
There is so much good with Stash House, and sadly most of it would be considered spoilers so I’ll choose my words carefully. When you arrive at Stash House, located in the Koreatown section of L.A., you’ll justifiably wonder IF you are actually in the right place. Don’t fret, this is all by design. Once inside you will have a few minutes to take in the deceptively tranquil apartment of your host before learning about what tasks Ray has in store for you.
Once the clock starts, you and your crew are in for what felt like a real-life version of a GTA 5 mission. Each task that you undertake fits perfectly within the world Ray Jones has crafted for you. I found that my adrenaline was pumping with each success because I badly wanted to impress Ray and avoid ending up behind bars. I’ve never been sucked into a story like I was in Stash House. Everything about this escape room felt authentic, from our connection (game host) Tommy, to the clever hint delivery system, to the apartment that almost felt like a character in itself. All the while, you are treated to a dope soundtrack filled with old-school and contemporary west coast classics. Joining a gang has never been safer or more fun!
Not So Good
We only wish there was a part 2 available to jump into immediately after we finished.
Whenever I sit down with escape room owners, I’m always asked: what is your favorite escape room? After more than 3 years of escaping, the question is hard to answer, and I usually respond with “I’m not sure” or “It depends”. There are a lot of great rooms out there and I’m fortunate to have experienced my fair share. After completing Stash House, I can confidently say this is my new favorite escape game. I had so much fun at Stash House I didn’t want to leave. I don’t know what is next for Ray Jones and his crew, but whatever it the Escape Junkies will be ready. 5/5
- Location: Stash House
- Time Limit: 90 Minutes
- Number of Players: 4-11 (We recommend 6-8)
- Recommended Skill Level: Intermediate