1412 17th Street, Ste. 311, Bakersfield, CA 93301
Hours: Weekdays 12:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Weekends and Holidays 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Escape rooms and more in the Historic Haunted Haberfelde.
Current Escape Rooms:
- Detective and Music rooms cost $25 per player for groups of five or more players, $30 per player for two to four players, and $40 for one player. Either room can be completed in less than an hour, but we allow groups more time unless another group is waiting.
- Armor of God room costs $20 per player. It can be completed in less than an hour, but most groups take about an hour and a half, and we allow up to three hours. Bring a bible with a concordance or buy a study bible in our shop for $15.00.
- Learn Magic – Learn tricks and illusions at our sister site, SchoolOfTricks.com.
- Walking Adventures – Follow clues to find your way around adventures in downtown Bakersfield. (Come back soon. Maps are being redrawn.)
Theory of escape rooms
Typical escape rooms are:
- Dark, so it is difficult to find and read clues.
- Isolated from the outside world, so participants cannot Google answers or call to ask a friend. This can cause frustration if the makers of the room have knowledge unavailable to participants, such as “The most common four-chord progression,” (vi-VI-I-V), “The electron orbitals,” (S,P,D,F), “The rank of playing card suits,” (C,D,H,S), or “The smallest three digit prime” (101).
- A rush for clues, so participants scurry around opening books, overturning knickknacks, and rummaging through containers. Everyone is busy all at once, but after this initial frenzy only a few people are busy.
- Completely linear, so the entire group of participants may have to wait while one person tries to open a puzzle box or solve a riddle.
We try to avoid or minimize these issues to make a more enjoyable game.
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Other Escape Rooms in Bakersfield
Bakersfield has several escape room providers. The following summarizes ones we have visited.
Ingenious Escape Rooms – This is probably the premier escape room business in town. It operates out of a house in a residential area, but they have really outdone themselves on props and ingenious puzzles. They appear to have more rooms than anyone else in town (six in all), and one of the rooms can accommodate ten people. We especially liked “Mob Boss: Diamond Heist.” Many of the puzzles were simply extraordinary, but sadly, we can’t say why this room was so fantastic without giving up clues and spoiling the fun. We also liked “Dead Men Tell No Tales,” but it was a bit dark in the room. We found “Operation: North Pole” a bit confusing, but the overall theme was still good, and the props were on point. Prices start at $31.95 per player, but they offer Groupon and several other promotions.
Brainy Actz Escape Rooms – This is part of a chain that offers much more than just an escape room. They also have axe throwing, a rage room, archery arrow tag, and multiple other activities. We especially liked the axe throwing, but be careful – sometimes those axes bounce. Brainy has three escape rooms. They appeared a bit short-staffed each time we went, but the staff was pleasant and informative. The escape rooms were not as dark as some in town, so that was a pleasant surprise. Escape room prices start at $34.95 per player, but this requires a minimum of six players. If only two are playing, the price is $44.95 per player.
Puzzle Effect – By the number of positive reviews (nearly 700 on Google), this place must be awesome. The price is $31.95 per player, even if only one person plays. They feature four escape rooms. From their reviews, it appears that they are open on major holidays. Soon, we also hope to be open on major holidays so our workers can earn extra money, but for now, we hope you visit one of the fantastic rooms at Puzzle Effect.