The humans are the experiment!
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Venue: Hatch Escapes
Website: Hatch Escapes
You are now part of Ratkenstein’s experiment. He is a doctoral student and you must pass a series of tests and puzzles so Ratkenstein can graduate from school. If you fail, he will just throw you away and start a new experiment. You must pass his tests and escape, or die, your choice.
Lab Rat by Hatch Escapes is located in an easy to find large building in Los Angeles. Parking is minimal and hopefully you can find a spot right in front of the building. The interior of the building has a classic looking feel, something straight out of the 1940s. There is a lot of history in this building and now it is going to be full of escape rooms.
This room is unbelievable. Lab Rat makes you feel exactly that, like a lab rat. Similarly to an actual lab rat, you feel small, trapped, and confused. When you walk into the room you are actually stepping into a cage and the game begins. Then they do something that I have never seen before, the blank wall outside of the cage is actually a video projection screen so you feel like you are in a movie!
The rest of the room is insane. I don’t want to get into all the details to spoil anything, but the rest of the room is beautiful and truly unique. Furthermore, the sound effects and lighting are exceptional.
The immersion factor at Lab Rat is on another level. There is a giant video projected on the wall that creates the environment of an actual lab. YOU SEE GIANT RATS DOING THE EXPERIMENT. This is not your ordinary escape room. This is movie studio level. The tests and puzzles make you feel like you are part of an experiment. The deeper you get into the game, the more your humanity is stripped away and as a result you begin to feel like just another test result.
These are not puzzles. THESE ARE EXPERIMENTS. Every experiment you complete is just a part of the bigger test. I am just a test subject now, I am happy with the treats that are given after a successful puzzle is completed. For real though, these puzzles are amazing. In contrast to other escape rooms, the puzzles really flow and are meaningful.
We did this room the first week it opened. Our game master seemed a little bit nervous but he was nice and friendly.
Lab Rat is on a different level of escape rooms and easily one of the top escape rooms in Los Angeles. Rather than follow the current trends of some escape rooms, Lab Rat does something completely different. I am in awe of the level of detail and thought that was put into this escape room. Finally, I urge you to do this one, it is a one of a kind experience.
Final Score: 10/10