We all want things that probably aren’t good for us… and if we’re being honest, trying our hand at Jumanji is definitely one of those things. Sure, there are deadly creatures, murderous motorcycle gangs, and danger lurking around every corner. But it would also be an adventure – and that’s what it’s all about right?
We had the chance to get a taste of the Jumanji experience in a new Los Angeles escape room themed to the new movie Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle. Let me start off by saying that it was totally awesome. (Some mild spoilers for the experience below.)
For those unfamiliar with escape rooms, the gist is that you and a group of other people are locked in a room and must use the objects and clues inside to solve puzzles and find a way out within a time limit. The video game “levels” and their respective challenges in Welcome to the Jungle translate perfectly to this other type of multiplayer game. As in the film, your ultimate objective is to return the Jaguar’s eye in order to save Jumanji. The whole experience was very true to the spirit of the story, with many elements pulled directly from the movie itself.
Case in point? One of the coolest parts of Welcome to the Jungle: the video game avatars. While we didn’t get to actually transform into Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson or Karen Gillan (still #goals), after we solved some puzzles to get into the jungles of Jumanji, we did get to take on our own avatar role. Just like in the movie, each avatar has its own strengths and skills, and the escape room has a very clever way of putting those to use as you and your group make your way through the challenges.
Beyond that, many details of the escape room will be both familiar and exciting to fans of the movie. You’ll solve puzzles involving wild animals (including that very deadly hippo), work together to use your complementary skills, and face off against enemies trying to steal back the Jaguar’s eye. Really, the only thing it’s missing is Nick Jonas with a round of margaritas. The experience is definitely challenging, but thankfully we were able to use hints and work together as a team to make it through.
Don’t forget: If you wish to leave the game, you must save Jumanji and call out its name.
If you’re in the Los Angeles area, round up your favorite explorers and try your hand at the Jumanji Escape Room at 60out Escape Rooms in Melrose. The experience will be open to the public from March 20, and you can pre-book your room here.
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is available on Digital now and hits 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD on March 20 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Don’t miss out on exclusive bonus features including a gag reel, a variety of special featurettes, and the “Jumanji, Jumanji” music video by Jack Black and Nick Jonas.