As we approach our 700th escape game and 4th Golden Lock-In Awards (to be announced live tomorrow), we’ve been looking over the list of games that people keep recommending to us, but we haven’t had the opportunity to play.
We cannot yet review or elect to honor these games, but we want to call out some of the recurring recommendations that we receive.
New Games, Familiar Companies:
These include some games that have been running for quite some time and others whose opening we eagerly await:
- 13th Gate Escape’s The Asylum, Baton Rouge, LA
- 60 Minute Escape’s Frankenstein, Murfreesboro, TN
- Cross Roads Escape Games’ Psych Ward, Anaheim,CA
- Escape City Buffalo’s The Hangover, Tonawanda, NY
- Escape My Room’s Escape Extinction: Sharks, New Orleans, LA
- Escape Room Netherlands’ The Dome, Bunschoten, Netherlands
- Evil Genius’ The Morgue, Los Angeles, CA
- Locurio’s The Storykeeper, Seattle, WA
- The Room’s Brandon Darkmoor, Berlin, Germany
- Time Run’s Sherlock: The Game Is Now, London, UK
- And whatever the folks from Strange Bird Immersive are currently cooking up.
We keep detailed notes, but we’re definitely forgetting some…
Then there are the companies that we haven’t ever visited, but we’ve heard a lot about and they’ve caught our attention.
- Champaign-Urbana Adventures in Time and Space, Urbana, IL
- Edge of Escape, Zion, IL
- Enchambered, Sacramento, CA
- Enter The Imaginarium, Pittsburgh, PA
- Enter/Locked, Jackson, Mississippi (specifically The Temple)
- Escaparium, Montreal, Canada
- Locked In Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK
- Kamer 237, Volkel, Netherlands
- Nick of Time Escapes, Swain, NY (We tried to fit them in on our last western New York trip, but couldn’t make the logistics work.)
- Ravenchase Adventures, Richmond, VA
- Skurrilum, Hamburg, Germany
- The Chamber, Prague, Czech Republic
- The Sanctuary, Oklahoma City, OK
- Xscapes, Binghamton, NY (I want to play their licensed Twilight Zone room!)
And also a more general escape room travel wish list:
- Beijing, China
- Moscow, Russia
- Taipei, Taiwan
We know that this list isn’t comprehensive. And for as much as we play, we realize we won’t be able to visit most of these places in 2019. The point is, however, that there is a ton of wonderful creation happening in this industry. It comes in all shapes, sizes, budgets, and styles… and all over the world.
If you try these out or find other gems we might not know about, please report back.
See you tomorrow for the live broadcast of the 2018 Golden Lock-In announcements.