Hour to Midnight - Room Escape Games

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Hour to Midnight - Room Escape Games

Hour to Midnight - Room Escape Games
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9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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Portland Oregon's premier room escape game facility. We will immerse you in a high-end theatrical experience.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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CoachRJ317
3 contributions
Solid Rooms, Amazing Staff
Jul 2021
I've done about 15+ escape rooms, and Hour to Midnight ranks up there as one of my favorite escape room establishments (I've done all 3 of their rooms). The rooms themselves I would rank a 4/5. The story tying the rooms together is decent, and the rooms are very well-designed. The puzzles are good-to-great. Some of the puzzles I've seen before, others can be time-consuming, but for the most part, they function well together and are well thought-out. Nothing "incredible," but not bad whatsoever.

However, what ranks this place a 5 in my opinion is the staff and the professionalism of the place overall! There is a lot of space, it is very clean, and the staff brings an excitement to their craft which elevates the experience (shoutout to Horatio who fully immersed us in The House of Darkness with his role-playing and general positive energy). Each time I've gone to this business (I've done the 3 rooms over the past 3 years), my team and I have had a positive experience and love the vibe.

Overall, 5 stars, and I cannot wait to try out their new room (which we got a sneak peak to and looks absolutely gorgeous). I highly recommend!
Written July 5, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Tylene M
Portland, OR38 contributions
So much fun!!
Jan 2020 • Family
This was out first escape room so we didn’t really have any expectations. Our family of 4 adults rented the entire room and had a BLAST! We did the Assassin’s room and were super impressed by how detailed and creative the puzzles were. Challenging and enough clues/activities to keep us all on our toes. Very friendly staff, lockers with chargers to keep your phones in and super easy to sign up. Our family can’t wait to try another room here!
Written January 22, 2020
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Christineee777
Garden Grove, CA7 contributions
Good set, poor gameplay
Jul 2019 • Friends
Hour to Midnight: The Secrets of Nibiru

This review is for The Secrets of Nibiru.

I'll start off by saying that we really did not enjoy the Secret of Nibiru Room, and I would not recommend playing it. I've played 60+ rooms across the US and Europe, and the rest of my team has played 20-25.

However, I'm rating it 4 stars because this company still does a lot of things well, and they also have other rooms I have not experienced. Additionally, the things I enjoy in an escape room are not necessarily what everyone enjoys.

I'll start with the good!

Lobby: The lobby was professional and clean (which is not always a guarantee for escape rooms).

Staff: Our gamemaster was professional, friendly, and attentive to our game.

Set Design: The main thing Hour to Midnight has going for them is their sets! For the game we played and the peeks we had into the other rooms, the sets looked incredible. The lighting and sound design were also on point.

Story: The story was interesting enough without being overcomplicated, and it came through well as the game went on.

Game/Puzzles: This is where things started to go downhill. There were 3 fundamental issues:

1) A time killing puzzle that had us ripping our hair out over the tedium: This puzzle took us a full 25 minutes to complete, and it was tedius, finicky, and could only have 2 (or maybe 3) players contributing to it at once. I could literally feel my good mood and enjoyment of the game draining out of me as I realized how much time we were being forced to put into this puzzle. The puzzle could easily be tweaked to take much less time, and more puzzles added in it's place. This was the main issue with the game.

2) Scarcity of Puzzles: There was not a lot of content in this room. Usually, I don't mind this in a game, because I understand that most people don't play escape rooms every other weekend, and the number of puzzles in the game needs to reflect that. However, in a public game listed as the most challenging, which can accommodate up to 10 people, there was simply not a lot to do. In liu of puzzles, what made it hard was the time consuming "puzzle" described above, as well as...

3) Search and Find Puzzles: This game was very heavily search and find. We were a smaller group, so I will absolutely take credit for the fact that we missed several stupidly obvious finds. However, the difficulty of an escape room should not be solely based on how many annoying places you can hide important clues, and that is how this game felt. If there had been more puzzles and more variety, I wouldn't have minded the quantity hidden objects (you have to keep your groups of 10 entertained somehow!), but the puzzle designers relied far too heavily on this as a primary mechanic in their game.

In conclusion:
Play this game for:
-a great set
-some fun technogy.
Do not play this game for:
-fun, creative puzzles
-good game design

If you want to play this company, I'd suggest maybe trying out some of their other games instead.

Written August 4, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Bell
5 contributions
Great Time
Jun 2019 • Couples
This was a highlight to our two year anniversary celebration. It was very theatrical and exciting experience. This was worth the money.
Written July 20, 2019
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Nicole C
Bend, OR66 contributions
So much fun!!
Jul 2019
I was in town for just a couple of nights so my brother signed us up with our folks for something new to do. We had so much fun! I can't stop thinking about the "puzzles" and it's 4 days later! Cameron was our host, he was fantastic, he liked to mess with us over the intercom while we were working. If you've never been to an escape room, this is a must do! I can't wait to go back and try another room.
Written July 18, 2019
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CCrabb
Cayman3 contributions
Took 3 of my granddaughters
Jul 2019 • Family
They loved it. The host did an excellent job, offering cryptic hints when needed.
The rooms/situations are really creative. The girls want to go back for other rooms when they visit.
Written July 9, 2019
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Lisa S
1 contribution
Birthday gift from my husband!
Jun 2019 • Friends
This was our first escape room - we talked about our experience all night and can't wait for our next visit. The "host" was very friendly helpful and had a great sense of humor. Assassin's deadly game was challenging but teamwork prevailed and we were successful. I would highly recommend this exciting experience.
Written June 15, 2019
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SmileyTrilobite
Lake Oswego, OR4 contributions
Group Adventure and Team Building
Jun 2019 • Friends
Before coming, our group of family and friends watched a Youtube video with some general tips for escape rooms that helped us enjoy the activity. We felt exhilaration and satisfaction as we searched, decoded, and solved the myriad intertwining puzzles of the room, coordinating ourselves to save time. Some of us especially enjoyed our room's adventure-archaeology theme based on real-world cultures. Plenty of tales for those back home, even though we didn't escape in time. We are all eager to plan another family/friend escape room outing!
Written June 5, 2019
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Chris
1 contribution
Escape.... so much FUN
May 2019 • Family
Our family visit was so fun. They have excellent escape rooms and we would highly recommend visiting. We almost made it ...but not quite. We can't wait to return and try our luck at the other challenges. Looking for something exciting and fun... you won't be disappointed. Thank you Hour to Midnight
Written May 22, 2019
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Shannon L
Battle Ground, WA4 contributions
Super Fun! WE ESCAPED!
May 2019 • Friends
Very clean, new, well-designed & nicely-detailed rooms! We can't wait to go back & try the other challenges! Thank you!! :)
Written May 19, 2019
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