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

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

LeavinRoom: Motel

Game experience: GOOD Immersion    Puzzles       Hosting A well-made immersion into the horror story. A nice variety of manipulations. Some relatively simple decors at times. Book here When Leavinroom opened in January 2015, it was a relatively classical escape game company, with two rooms themed around Alice in Wonderland and Around the world in 80 days. In June of the same year, they started … Continue reading LeavinRoom: Motel

Lock Academy: Little Miss Lock

Game experience: EXCELLENT
IMMERSION: 4,5 / PUZZLES: 5 / HOSTING: 4,5
The game designers have articulated different “escape game archetypes” to make something unique out of them, with a gamemastering perfectly integrated into the game. The gameplay has a rare harmony and fluidity, and the scenario is very rich. The room features a wonderful variety of electronics-based mechanisms and technological devices from all ages. It is fascinating to reconstruct what happened from a variety of pieces of evidence under various formats. Continue reading Lock Academy: Little Miss Lock

Immersia: The Lost Temple of Cthulhu

Game experience: VERY GOOD Immersion    Puzzles     Hosting    The immersive jungle environment. Some mechanisms that feel like magic. The very friendly welcome and immersive gamemastering. A somewhat less impressive final part in the last room. Book here I’m sure that you’ve heard of Cthulhu, this cosmic God created by H.P. Lovecraft, a 100m-tall humanoid with an octopus head and dragon wings: (author Dominique Signoret, … Continue reading Immersia: The Lost Temple of Cthulhu

Artimus: Freak Show

Game experience: VERY GOOD Immersion    Puzzles       Hosting    An ultra-immersive and very original atmosphere. The quality of the pre-game experience. One puzzle could be improved. Book here Artimus is this quite recent venue in Paris where we had the chance to play the excellent Ultimate Madrigal. From outside, Artimus might look like an old-fashioned doctor cabinet: Inside, you might think you have entered … Continue reading Artimus: Freak Show

Tempête sous un crâne: Liberty’s castaway

  Game experience: GOOD Immersion Puzzles Hosting The backstory of Alfred Zweig. Well-suited for beginners. Might be a bit short for experienced players who have eyes (unlike us). Book here ‘Tempête sous un crâne’ is an escape game venue that opened its doors in mars 2016, the 21st in Paris. Despite their French-only website, their adventures are playable in English. They feature three rooms: ‘Liberty’s Castaway’ … Continue reading Tempête sous un crâne: Liberty’s castaway

A double tour: Au pays des merveilles

Game experience: EXCELLENT Immersion    Puzzles       Hosting    A fantastic recreation of the Wonderland atmosphere. A nice variety of puzzles, some of which very innovative. A couple of puzzles are a bit classical. Book here ‘A double tour’ is very centrally located in Quebec city, in the heart of the pleasant St-Roch area. I was there for work and as I passed by … Continue reading A double tour: Au pays des merveilles