Of the 253 escape games I have played around the world (as of August 2020), it is in Paris that I have played the most, namely 83 of them. Determining a top of those is a tough choice, as the average quality of escape games in Paris is high (compared, e.g., to the average quality of games in North-East America). But here are my 20 favorites!
A few explanations beforehand:
- Links in orange refer to articles in English on Escape the World
- Links in blue refer to articles in French on experienceimmersive.fr, for rooms that are available only in French (in which case this is specified in the description), or that are not reviewed on Escape the World
- The order only reflects my own preferences. Like every escape enthusiast, I enjoy an immersive decor and a well-thought gameplay, but on top of this, I especially appreciate games that feature interactions with actors, that give rise to strong feelings (such as awe, disorientation or fear), or that have a sophisticated scenario. YMMV!
1. The Prime Artifact, by Artifact Escape Game (only playable in French, review to come soon on experienceimmersive.fr): An escape game created by a family in their home. Sounds amateur? Think again: it is easily in my top 5 of all escape games I’ve ever played anywhere in the world!
2. Nautilus, l’expédition Arronax, by Unleash Escape (only in French): A fantastic reconstitution of the Nautilus, with props so beautiful that you will barely dare to touch them!
3. Réglement de Contes, by Pandore et associés (only in French): An exhilarating, 90-minutes-long trip through children stories.
4. Revolt at Lock Academy, by Lock Academy: An elaborate scenario and a lot of humor. The (excellent) Lock Academy at its best!
5. L’Examen, by Lock Academy (only in French): A model of gameplay, this room deservedly won the Escape Game Awards 2019 for the best game in the Paris area.
6. Room 113, by Artimus: A small jewel with a sophisticated scenario and disorienting spatial structure. And last but not least, a fantastic pre-game experience, as always at Artimus!
7. The Space Scrapers Steampunk Adventures, by Immersia: A thrilling scenario taking place in a very beautiful steampunk spaceship, enhanced by super fun interactions with the gamemaster!
8. Lost Asylum, by One Hour: A real gem of tension and paranoia. Wait, what was this noise?
9. Stranger Game, by Kubik (only in French): A very immersive trip to a parallel dimension inspired by Stranger Things, with an epic final!
10. Cannibal Island, by Quest Factory: A gloomy theme lightened up by a cartoonish twist, in a game that features a super fun manipulation!
11. The Trial, by Incarna: This one is not a classical escape game, but a very immersive virtual reality experience with escape-game-like features in which you roam a parallel dimension.
12. Little Miss Lock, by Lock Academy: Will you discover what happened to Cher Lock? A flawless gameplay in which you have to discover a myriad of pieces of evidence of all kinds to solve the mystery.
13. Ultimate Madrigal, by Artimus: A fascinating trip across the gates of time to a luxurious Italian Renaissance villa with a lurking presence. And a fantastic pre-game experience!
14. The Cursed Crypt, by Skeleton Key: The only escape game in Paris that touts using actors – and very good ones, I must say. And the only escape game where I saw myself dying.
15. Atlantide, by Majestic escape game: For all explorers among us who dream to unlock hi-tech mechanisms of a lost civilization.
16. The Shelter, by Crack the Egg: A smart use of technology extends this post-apocalyptic game beyond now and here, and makes it a wonderful display of machinery. For all fans of Fallout out there!
17. Pirate’s Secret, by HintHunt: A very professionally made reconstitution of a pirate environment, that features a unique manipulation (to my knowledge) in the Escape Galaxy.
18. Recherche Sous Tension, by L’Escapatoire (only in French): If you love scientific experiments and interacting with a gamemaster, this game is made for you! Make sure to select a slot with the “Advanced roleplay” option.
19. La Pièce Odyssey, by La Pièce: Very sophisticated decors for all fans of 2001, Space Odyssey who love science fiction with a dash of mysticism.
20. Les Cinq Eléments, by Coop Escape (only in French): A game inspired by the movie of the same name, that will make you travel further than you ever did in an escape game!
On top of those rooms, there are several very good games in Paris that I have played and would warmly recommend, including the following ones:
- Operation Balkans, by Quest Factory (with amazing “electronic magic”)
- The Patient of Room 8, by Epsilon Escape (a variety of immersive spaces and fun manipulations)
- Freak Show, by Artimus (a wonderful immersion)
- Very Bad Night, by One Hour (for living the Hangover dream – only in French)
- Titanic, by Majestic Escape Game (you will really feel you’re sinking!)
- La Came de White, by Coop Escape (probably the most convincing prison break I’ve ever played)
- La Supérette, by Room Rush (very funny interactions with the gamemaster)
- Evolvis, by Immersia (a great roleplay experience in a dystopian future)
- Soviet Threat, by Escape Agency (a collection of very beautiful Cold War props)
- The Lost Temple of Cthulhu, by Immersia (a jungle simulation full of Cthulhu magic, with an excellent gamemastering)
- The Jungle, by GG Escape (a fantastic reconstitution of a jungle – only in French)
- The Earthquake, by The Game (a huge reconstitution of a Paris street)
- The Kidnapping, by The Game (a great scenario)
- Le Cannibale de Paris, by You Have Sixty Minutes (a very immersive and rather scary experience, that was a bit spoiled for us by a technical issue)
- A Near-Perfect Crime, by Lock Academy (a “whodunit” game, with a real scenario – as always at the Lock Academy)
- Bunker Zombie, by Team Time (a few very elaborate mechanisms)
- Docteur Qui, by Destination Danger (an impressive number of rooms in various atmospheres, and an interestingly challenging game)
- The Metro, by The Game (a real metro!)
Finally, I haven’t played yet the following games, but they have been rated very highly by Alex and Virginie from experienceimmersive.fr:
- Slaughterhouse, by One Hour
- The Live Thriller (only available in French)
- LA Confidential, by Lock Academy
- Loft 13 and Les Disparus, by Phobia
- Le Casse du Siècle, by Lock Academy (only available in French)
- Théorie du Chaos, by L’Escapatoire (only available in French)
- Spatial Mission, by The Game
- The Plane, by The Game