Escape the Room: Clock Tower

Game experience: VERY GOOD
IMMERSION: 4.5 / PUZZLES: 4.5 / HOSTING: 4
Escape the Room was one of the first company to open an escape game in the USA. Since then, they have been continuously opening increasingly sophisticated new games. As their rooms can be found in many cities, the company could develop some impressive, fancy mechanisms while keeping the costs manageable. Continue reading Escape the Room: Clock Tower

Escape City Buffalo: The Hangover

Game experience: EXCELLENT Immersion Puzzles Hosting The great decor  The well-thought puzzle structure The mature humor A super immersive device Nothing Book here “After a wild night out in Las Vegas, you and your friends wake up in a hotel suite with no clue where you are or what happened. All you know is that you stole a lot of money from the Russian Mafia and they … Continue reading Escape City Buffalo: The Hangover

Esc4pe: The Investigator

Game experience: ENTERTAINING Immersion Puzzles Hosting The musical and light immersion.  Some original puzzles with cool manipulations. Some simple decors.  A couple of ambiguous puzzles. Book here Esc4pe is an independent escape game company whose games are all unified by a “spy” theme. The Gauntlet is your recruitment test, The Minimalist will be your first assignment, and finally their most recent scenario, The Investigator, features your … Continue reading Esc4pe: The Investigator

Quest Factor: The Castle

Game experience: VERY GOOD Immersion Puzzles Hosting The scenarized puzzle structure.  A convincing medieval atmosphere. The multiple ways to get hints. The walkie-talkie and the tablet do not fit in this environment. Book here The Seattle venue of Quest Factor is conveniently located near university of Washington (whose campus is really worth a visit if you’re around Seattle – don’t miss their Harry Potter-style hall!) We … Continue reading Quest Factor: The Castle

Hourglass Escapes: Rise of the Mad Pharaoh

Game experience: VERY GOOD Immersion Puzzles Hosting The fantastic sarcophagus!  Lots of puzzles The roles and their personalized hints The simple decors around the sarcophagus Book here “YOU HAVE 60 MINUTES TO SAVE DR. CARTER! HURRY, TIME IS RUNNING OUT! With just your wits, clues from crates of artifacts, and notes from the trapped archaeologist, you must solve puzzles, discover mysteries, and help free Dr. … Continue reading Hourglass Escapes: Rise of the Mad Pharaoh

Hour to Midnight: Assassin’s Deadly Game

Game experience: VERY GOOD Immersion Puzzles Hosting A great gameplay, well-adapted to big groups  Puzzles everywhere! Somewhat simple decors  Book here After playing The Secrets of Nibiru at Hour to Midnight, I got the opportunity to join another group to play Assassin’s Deadly Game – with just a bit of time in between to chat with the two passionate owners, and to discover the multitude of … Continue reading Hour to Midnight: Assassin’s Deadly Game

Locurio: The Storykeeper

Game experience: EXCELLENT Immersion Puzzles Hosting A fantastic actor play  The device accompanying you during your adventure Beautiful decors A well-thought gameplay Nothing Book here There must be something magical in the air of the Fremont area in Seattle: a troll coming out of the ground, a park where strange factory-shaped constructions seem to grow out of nowhere… and Locurio, one of the most fantastic … Continue reading Locurio: The Storykeeper

The Escape Artist: 13th Floor

Game experience: VERY GOOD Immersion Puzzles Hosting A full-motion room  The immersive introduction The gamemaster entering the room Book here The Escape Artist is a recently opened venue in Seattle that boasts on having America’s “first full motion escape room”. Needless to say, I was very intrigued by this description, so I went to try this room during my Seattle trip. “You and your friends … Continue reading The Escape Artist: 13th Floor

Quest Factor: Mad Scientist

Game experience: GOOD Immersion Puzzles Hosting Impressive machinery, setting and special effects Adapted to beginners, as advertised A small dysfunction during our game Book here Mad Professor Manifesto is furious at the world as his latest invention gets him ridiculed within the science community and fired from the greatest lab in the world. He sets off the same advanced nuclear reactor that was supposed to rid … Continue reading Quest Factor: Mad Scientist

Quest Factor: National Treasure

Game experience: VERY GOOD Immersion Puzzles Hosting The mystical atmosphere Some  impressive animations One less interesting pen-and-paper riddle Book here Quest Factor is becoming one of the largest escape game company in the Seattle area, with three venues at different places: Seattle, Shoreline, and Redmond. We had the opportunity to test three of their games – National Treasure and Mad Scientist at Shoreline, as well as … Continue reading Quest Factor: National Treasure