UPDATE (January 2019): This blog is now one year old. During 2018, I managed to review nearly all escape games I’ve played to, but still have a large backlog from former years. To speed up the process, I will now write not only standard reviews – of the kind you can already read on the blog – but also shorter (so-called “express”) reviews, that will give in a more condensed form an overview of the strengths and weaknesses of the room.
UPDATE (November 2018): Many thanks to Barbara Beranek for her wonderful work on our new logo! Check out her other great works on her website: http://barbaraberanek.com/
As of August 2018, I have played more than 130 escape games in five different countries since September 2015 (about 60 in France, 35 in the US, 35 in Canada, and a couple in other European countries). I have taken detailed notes on the games I played for more than one year before the launch of this blog in January 2018, with the idea of creating such a blog when I would be experienced enough. Thus, I will progressively write the reviews of the games I played in the past, as well as of the new ones I will play.
This blog does not aim at giving an exhaustive view of the escape games you can find in one country (or even one city), but rather at providing a “transversal” view of a pick of escape games in various places in the world. As a matter of fact, many escape blogs concentrate on one city or one country. Such resources are very useful, but I aim at completing them by providing a comparison of escape games that can be found in geographically very different places. Indeed, some places have much better escape games than others, and this is not always obvious for people who always play in the same geographical area.
Although I’m French, I decided to write this blog in English, as information in English about escape games in France and Québec are largely absent from the web. I aim at translating part of it in French too when I will find the time. I use English on a daily basis in my professional life, but I’m not a native English speaker, so please be indulgent about any linguistic improprieties.
The scoring system is explained here.
Since I have launched this blog, some escape game companies have invited me to test their rooms. This is appreciated, but I review all rooms in the same way, and do not let the scores be influenced by the fact I’m invited; the only difference is that I will write and publish reviews for games to which I was invited faster, by default within two weeks after having tested it – whereas I still have a long backlog to write about for other games. As a disclaimer, when I am invited by a company to test one of their rooms, I wrote at the end of the review “Game tested in MM/YYYY”, by contrast to “Game played in MM/YYYY” when I was not invited.
This blog is very recent and in construction, so there might be some major changes in a near future. For any remark, advice or request, you can contact me here.