Hourglass Escapes: Tales of the Ghostly Galleon

Game experience: ENTERTAINING Immersion Puzzles Hosting The story unifying the puzzles The hint systems with doobloons A portable escape game The gamemaster in the room in contemporary outfit Book here Hourglass Escapes is an escape venue conveniently located in Seattle’s city center. It was founded by Seth, who worked in the film and theme park industry for over 25 years, and could thus bring his … Continue reading Hourglass Escapes: Tales of the Ghostly Galleon

Mad Genius Escape Rooms: The Cat’s Lady

Game experience: VERY GOOD Immersion Puzzles Hosting The great humor The roleplaying welcome and voice gamemastering A very sequential puzzle structure Book here As escape games become more mainstream, it is harder and harder for companies to stay competitive. Some large franchised venues are following the Hollywoodian road, investing a lot of money in their room to enhance the immersion thanks to a heavy use of … Continue reading Mad Genius Escape Rooms: The Cat’s Lady

Portland Escape Rooms: Madame Neptune’s Voodoo Curse

Game experience: VERY GOOD Immersion Puzzles Hosting The immersive actor play The eerie atmosphere Somewhat classical puzzles Book here After my great experience at Portland’s Hours to Midnight in the morning, far east from the center, I went in the late afternoon in the opposite direction to Portland Escape Rooms on the far west – rarely had I spent 5$ on a bus day ticket so … Continue reading Portland Escape Rooms: Madame Neptune’s Voodoo Curse

Hour to Midgnight: The Secrets of Nibiru

Game experience: GOOD Immersion Puzzles Hosting A very refined mystical atmosphere. Sophisticated trigger effects replacing padlocks. One somewhat repetitive puzzle. A shorter game than what it seems. Book here Hour to Midnight is one of the first escape game venues that opened in Portland. The owners have been working for long in the theater and haunted house industry – so when it comes to create an … Continue reading Hour to Midgnight: The Secrets of Nibiru

Escape The Room: Jurassic Escape

Game experience: EXCELLENT Immersion    Puzzles     Hosting    A fantastic immersion enhanced by a clever use of hi-tech Excellent puzzles, well integrated to the environment Nothing Book here If you’ve watched Jurassik Park, you must have wondered how you would feel if trapped on an isolated island surrounded by dangerous dinosaurs. Well, I have good news for you, this is precisely the experience that offers … Continue reading Escape The Room: Jurassic Escape

PanIQ Escape Room: Insane Asylum 2

Game experience: ENTERTAINING Immersion    Puzzles    Hosting    The oppressive atmosphere. The gamemastering process. Book here PanIQ Escape Room is one of the two Georgetown escape venues in DC, the other being Escape Room Live. Contrarily to the latter, you won’t be grouped with strangers in this franchised escape venue. You can find in the small reception hall a nice selection of jigsaws to warm … Continue reading PanIQ Escape Room: Insane Asylum 2

The Great Escape Room: Moriarty’s Gameroom

Game experience: AVERAGE Immersion    Puzzles     Hosting    A paradise for scavengers. Well-adapted to big groups. Some puzzles requiring US-centered general knowledge. The artificial theme. Book here The Great Escape Room is an escape game chain across the US that features many venues, from Florida to Michigan, Ohio or Illinois. Their website describes them as “a unique blend of traditional escape room and a challenging … Continue reading The Great Escape Room: Moriarty’s Gameroom

Escape Room Live: Ghostbusters

Game experience: VERY GOOD Immersion    Puzzles       Hosting    The use of hi-tech to further the immersion. The humor. The express introduction and debriefing. Book here Escape Room Live is a quite famous escape venue in the Washington D.C. area, with two locations, one in Alexandria, and a more recent one in Georgetown. The latter features a very large and beautiful waiting space, that … Continue reading Escape Room Live: Ghostbusters

A Game of Rooms: Cabin Fever

Game experience: ENTERTAINING Immersion    Puzzles     Hosting The large number of puzzles. A very friendly team. A slightly classical room. Book here A Game of Rooms is a venue located in Rocksville, a north-western suburb of DC north of Bethesda. It was born as a franchise of Panic Room, a Texas-based company, but became independent later. They feature currently three games. The first one, Escape … Continue reading A Game of Rooms: Cabin Fever

Escape House: Save the White House

Game experience: GOOD Immersion    Puzzles       Hosting    A nice variety of puzzles to solve. Being in the oval office. Lots of padlocks. Book here After playing at ‘The Escape Game Chicago’, I did not have to look very far to find another venue: ‘EscapeHouse Chicago’ is located in the same street, barely 50 meters away – the second venue of a chain … Continue reading Escape House: Save the White House