Company: Hatch Escapes

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The Story

takes place in a laboratory where giant rats are doing experiments on human beings, specifically you! The somewhat unhinged Ratkenstein, a doctoral student in the field of human intelligence (or, in his estimation, the lack thereof), has tasked you with completing a series of tests and puzzles. If you succeed, he can finally write his dissertation. If you fail, he’s going to put you and your friends in the old test-subject chipper (like a wood chipper, but for test subjects!). You’ll have one hour to complete the tests and attempt to get out of the laboratory for good, before Ratkenstein turns you into mulch!

  • Friends & Family
  • Team Building
  • Dating
  • Students
  • Gamers
  • Tourists
Difficulty Group
  • Kids and Family
  • Beginners
Payment Methods


Player price
Lab Rat costs $39 per person, with a minimum total booking cost of $100. (Which is a roundabout way of saying that groups of two will pay $50).
Player price
Lab Rat costs $39 per person, with a minimum total booking cost of $100. (Which is a roundabout way of saying that groups of two will pay $50).

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Number of Players:

2 to 13

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GuReview - LAB RAT

by Gureviewer: rachelklepadlo


Game Played On: Sunday, 14th October 2018

Recommended Team Size: 3-5 Players

Kid Friendly: Yes

Game Duration: 60 Min.

Booking Method: Online

Start Time: Late

Who is this for: Families , Enthusiasts , Thrill Seekers

Live Actor: No

Public Transportation: N/A

Parking: Street parking – some

Street parking throughout the side streets. Paid meter parking on the main road.

Overview Notes:

We were on time to our game, but due to teammates needing to use the restroom and debriefing prior to game start, our time was docked 8 minutes! Be on time for this adventure, AND leave yourself some extra time. This was my 2nd game in 300+ that actually docked time from the clock.

The Venue   

Venue / Lobby Info:

Once inside, you will find yourself in a comfortable but dark lobby, with plenty of space to spread out! This will be totally useful when they decide to expand to additional rooms.

Public Restrooms: Yes

Refreshments: No

Notes for People with Disabilities:

Call ahead prior to booking.

The Game   

Game Introduction: We were briefed by our GM in the hallway prior to entry of general rules and basics. Once we were inside, we received a briefing of another nature...

Operator Intro: Exciting - takes you into the story

Theme: Science / Laboratory

Narrative: Survive!

Main room first glance: Wow!

Did Hatch Escape forget to mention.. that WE are the lab rats?! Without giving too much away, prepare to be blown away by a main room set to different proportions. This is a main room unlike any other I have experienced.

Flow: Excellent flow - flawless and coherent

There's a story line! A real, true, fun story line!!! The flow of the room is based around this story line that you're uncovering. At some points multiple puzzles can be solved at once, but take your time and enjoy this!

Puzzles: Well thought of. Intriguing

So many puzzles... Yet most of them stayed on them! Ranging in difficulty from physical to moderate, there is enough to keep children and adults busy - as well as enthusiasts!

Game Strengths:

Fun story line - Beautiful set - Unique use of puzzle elements

Game Weaknesses:

Several very tight places to squeeze into - not ADA compliant but does not mention this on website

Hints & Clues, Debrief   

Method: Other

Quality: Excellent (They have advanced the game, built-in escalation, no answer-disclosing)

Closure & Debrief: Excellent (Catharsis)

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Final Thoughts:

Our group of experienced players completed Lab Rat in about 40 minutes. Take your time and enjoy every moment within this game. Leave reality at the door and just have fun in the whimsical world the designers presented to you. A 'Must Play' game when visiting the Los Angeles area.

Did You Escape: Yes


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