Salt Lake City & Park City, Utah: Room Escape Recommendations

Looking for an escape room near Salt Lake City or Park City, Utah?

During our few days in Salt Lake City, we experienced some of the most entertaining, in-character gamemastering we’ve seen to date.

Here are our recommendations for escape rooms in Salt Lake City & Park City, organized into categories.

Stylized image of the cathedral at Temple Square in Salt Lake City.

Market standouts

  1. Prison Bus Escape, Alcatraz Escape Games
  2. Mine Trap, Escape Room Park City
  3. Zombie Apocalypse Escape, Alcatraz Escape Games
  4. Reactor Room, Getout Games 
  5. Dracula’s Castle, Mystery Escape Room
  6. Sherlock Holmes and the Great Charade, Lockbox Mysteries (play at home)

The set & scenery-driven adventures

The puzzle-centric

The newbie-friendly

Competitive Play

The spooky & scary

Games with actors

You are always welcome to contact us if this recommendation list doesn’t answer your specific questions.

Escape Plan GA – Bank Heist [Review]

Puzzle withdrawal.

Location: Loganville, GA

Date Played: March 23, 2018

Team size: up to 8; we recommend 4-5

Duration: 60 minutes

Price: $25 per adult ticket, $22 per military/police/fire/teacher tickets, $20 per child ticket

Ticketing: Public

REA Reaction

Bank Heist was a challenging search-and-puzzle escape room. Play this one for the puzzles. It was uneven in set design and game flow. Not recommended for newbies.

If you’re nearby and want a challenge, go take it on.

In-game: A lectern that reads, "Next Teller Please."

Who is this for?

  • Puzzle lovers
  • Best for players who want a challenge
  • Best for players with at least some experience

Why play?

  • Some neat moments, especially in the last act
  • A stiff challenge

Story

We were robbing a bank to initiate ourselves into the mob, as one does.

In-game: A bank safe beside a paperwork table.

Setting

The gamespace was fairly tight and crammed a number of different bank-esque set pieces into the room.

Our robbery began in the office-like space in front of the bank vault door. The carpeted room consisted mainly of a large desk, lectern, some wall hangings, and of course, the entrance to the bank vault.

The set design was inconsistent with a few gems, particularly in the late-game, and a lot of stuff that just felt more or less recognizable as belonging in a bank.

In-game: A telephone and calculator on a desk.

Gameplay

Escape Plan GA’s Bank Heist was a standard escape room with a high level of difficulty.

Core gameplay revolved around searching and puzzling.

Analysis

Bank Heist was a difficult search-and-puzzle game, with satisfying finds and solves. It was a challenge, even for our experienced team. We comfortably escaped, but we had to work at it.

– This was a heavily adapted N.E.R.D. escape room. At times, it felt like the clue structure had been edited incompletely, with remnants of previous puzzles remaining in the props. In one case this really tipped the scales a bit too far towards confusion.

– Escape Plan GA didn’t “ask why” quite enough. One of the bigger moments in Bank Heist involved doing one of the few things that I know I would never do if I were attempting a bank robbery… And I don’t know a lot about robbing banks.

+ Escape Plan GA did a fantastic job of selecting some of their locks and staging a number of the later interactions.

– Some of our teammates missed the most visually impactful moments because the most cinematic part of the experience was too closed off for the entire team to view it.

? This was a difficult game (arguably the hardest we encountered in Atlanta). We enjoyed the challenge, your mileage may vary.

Tips for Visiting

  • Parking: There is parking out front.
  • Escape Plan GA has a comfortable lounge area.

Book your hour with Escape Plan GA’s Bank Heist, and tell them that the Room Escape Artist sent you.

Disclosure: Escape Plan GA provided media discounted tickets for this game.

Massachusetts: Room Escape Recommendations

Looking for an escape room near you in Massachusetts?

Massachusetts has a lot of great escape rooms outside of Boston. You don’t even need to know how to pronounce the names of the towns to play the games!

Drive west, past Route 495 to find many of these gems. There lies an awesome escape room day trip.

We’ve covered Boston recommendations (inside Route 95) separately.

A covered bridge over a stream at the peak of fall.

Market standouts

  1. The Assistant, Gate Escape
  2. The Dollhouse, Curious Escape Rooms
  3. Escape the Video Store, Curious Escape Rooms
  4. The Titletown Ring Thief, Escape Room Westford
  5. Secret Society, Winchendon Escape Room
  6. King Arthur’s Quest, PuzzlEscape

The set & scenery-driven adventures

The puzzle-centric

The tech-heavy

The newbie-friendly

You are always welcome to contact us if this recommendation list doesn’t answer your specific questions.

Mystified – Rendezvous With The Renaissance [Review]

Leonardo the mystic.

Location: Mystic, CT

Date Played: April 1, 2018

Team size: up to 10; we recommend 3-5

Duration: 60 minutes

Price: $28 per ticket

Ticketing: Public or Private

REA Reaction

Rendezvous With The Renaissance was a puzzle-focused, challenge-oriented escape room. While at times the cluing was a bit imprecise, the puzzles generally flowed well. It may not have been a fully immersive environment, but the staging added to the experience.

If you’re in the area and you want to puzzle, give Rendezvous With The Renaissance a try.

In-game: A door with moon cycles painted on it, a clock face around it, and large gears above.

Who is this for?

  • Puzzle lovers
  • Players with at least some experience

Why play?

  • Puzzle quality
  • Puzzle quantity
  • The steampunk, in-character vibe of Mystified

Story

After arriving at our hotel in Victorian Italy, we found that we’d received someone else’s luggage. We snooped, of course. They had a mysterious little notebook and a letter suggesting an impending rendezvous to uncover artifacts. We decided to find these artifacts first.

Setting

Our artifact search began at the church square. We were surrounded by imposing walls with slight ornamentation and a decorated, locked door. Folks had left a few odds and ends in the square for us to poke around in. It was a relatively empty space.

The set design was solid, but fell short of serious immersion.

Gameplay

Mystified’s Rendezvous With The Renaissance was a standard escape room with a higher level of difficulty.

Core gameplay revolved around searching and puzzling.

Analysis

+ We love the name Mystified. We love the pun. Need a name? Check out our Escape Room Name Generator.

Mystified's steam punk-ish lobby.

+ We enjoyed the vibe of Mystified. It had a steampunk flair that carried through to staff costumes. Our gamemaster was rocking one seriously cool corset… I was envious.

+ We enjoyed the challenging, complex, and structurally varied puzzles presented in Rendezvous With The Renaissance.

– A couple of early puzzles suffered from inconsistencies. These differences in iconography and alignment added unnecessary uncertainty. Later in the escape room, one icon symbolized multiple things. Given the number of open puzzles, this icon choice convoluted the gameplay.

– Rendezvous With The Renaissance followed a run book, and a tiny one at that. While Mystified had worked this prop into the narrative, it was still frustrating to follow. Only one person could read it at a time. With a larger team, this frustration would have been magnified.

+ While the narrative only loosely carried the experience, it culminated well with a satisfying final series of solves.

Tips for Visiting

Book your hour with Mystified’s Rendezvous With The Renaissance, and tell them that the Room Escape Artist sent you.

Disclosure: Mystified provided media discounted tickets for this game.

 

Find us at Up the Game!

Greetings from Breda, The Netherlands.

We’ve had a wonderful few days exploring escape rooms all over The Netherlands. We can’t wait to tell you more about them!

We’re here to meet new folks and have interesting conversations. If you’re in attendance, please come find us and introduce yourself.

We’ll be speaking tomorrow at 15:55 local time on the North Stage: Lessons from the Best and Worst Escape Rooms Around the World.

After the conference, we’ll be seeing a bit more of this country and its escape rooms. We’re excited!

Brainstorm Escape Games – Catacombs [Review]

Circular logic.

Location: Norcross, GA

Date Played: March 23, 2018

Team size: up to 8; we recommend 2-4

Duration: 60 minutes

Price: $28 per ticket

Ticketing: Public

REA Reaction

From the opening moments, Catacombs was unusual. While the overall design and cohesion could have been stronger, this unique approach to escape rooms was exciting.

If you’re in the area, this one is worth seeing. It’s flawed, but interesting.

In-game: A gold candelabra with a skull motif and red candles.

Who is this for?

  • Adventure seekers
  • Any experience level
  • Players who want to see something unusual

Why play?

  • The atypical layout
  • A few interesting puzzles
  • It’s different

Story

Our archeological dig site had crumbled beneath our feet, dropping us into the ancient catacombs below. We’d rather this not be our final resting place.

In-game: a long narrow hallway covered with cotton spider webs.

Setting

The set was an interesting shape. I wouldn’t call it an “escape room,” exactly, more like “escape hallways.” The narrow spaces and high ceilings made it just a little imposing, which was exciting.

Brainstorm Escape Games had outfitted the space with varied decor, a few props, and some locked spaces. None of these items added ambiance or really had anything to do with catacombs. In the end it still felt like were were surrounded by drywall, albeit imposing drywall.

Gameplay

Brainstorm Escape Games’ Catacombs was a standard escape room in an unconventional set and a moderate level of difficulty.

Core gameplay revolved around observing and puzzling. It was pretty linear.

Analysis

+ The overall concept underlying this game was genius.

+ We were energized upon entering this room, simply because of its strange footprint. As we began to explore, were all in the same space, but also in different spaces, which was exciting.

– While we enjoyed the layout of the space, the scenery left something to be desired.

– Although the space was large enough for everyone to explore and observe, the gameplay was largely linear which meant that we frequently bunched up on one another and watched someone else solve a puzzle.

+ One critical layered puzzle was a ray of light in these cavernous depths. It worked well as a team challenge and was a lot of fun to solve.

– Not all of the puzzles had as strong connections. In one instance we suffered a mis-correlation. In another, we nearly overlooked an item that seemed far too tiny and inconsequential. A few tweaks for stronger connections and more cohesion would make this strange space and bit more approachable.

Tips for Visiting

  • Parking: There is parking out front.

Book your hour with Brainstorm Escape Games’ Catacombs, and tell them that the Room Escape Artist sent you.

Disclosure: Brainstorm Escape Games provided media discounted tickets for this game.

 

Boston, Massachusetts: Room Escape Recommendations

Looking for an escape room near Boston, Massachusetts?

We go back and forth to Boston a few times a year and we try to sneak in a few escape rooms on each trip.

These are our recommendations for Metro Boston.

If you’re ok with traveling beyond Route I-95, check out our recommendations for the rest of Massachusetts.

Stylized image of the USS Constitution in Boston Harbor.

Market standouts

  1. Boda Borg
  2. Clock Tower, Escape the Room Boston (played and reviewed in New York City)
  3. The Museum Heist Caper Job, Wicked Escapes
  4. Pirate’s Booty II, Room Escapers
  5. The Retreat, Trapology

Something different

The set & scenery-driven adventures

The puzzle-centric

The tech-heavy

The newbie-friendly

Big group games

You are always welcome to contact us if this recommendation list doesn’t answer your specific questions.

Amazing Escape – The Virus [Review]

Scope out this lab.

Location: Norcross, GA

Date Played: March 23, 2018

Team size: up to 8; we recommend 2-4

Duration: 60 minutes

Price: from $25 per ticket

Ticketing: Public

REA Reaction

The Virus augmented typical escape room gameplay with some nifty gadgets. While the gamespace wasn’t particularly inspired, the puzzle flow worked well. We recommend this escape room for beginners.

If you’re a local looking to get into escape rooms, try this one out.

In-game: A lab environment with lockers and lights glowing red and blue.

Who is this for?

  • Puzzle lovers
  • Kids at heart (lots of fun toys)
  • Best for beginners

Why play?

  • Fun toys

Story

Deep in this underground laboratory we needed to find an anti-virus and save the world.

In-game: Lab coats hanging on a wall beside a digital keypad and a world map.

Setting

The set mainly consisted of low lighting and built-in furniture of the counter-and-cabinets variety. It was pretty standard lab escape room.

Gameplay

Amazing Escape’s The Virus was a standard escape room with a low level of difficulty.

Core gameplay revolved around searching and applying different tools to solve puzzles.

Analysis

+ The Virus was at its best when we were manipulating different gadgets to further the gameplay.

– The more cerebral puzzles were pretty basic, though frequently unintuitive.

– In one section of The Virus, we were surprised and confused by a rather eye-catching red herring.

+ The antidote was beckoning to us. It was the most aesthetically pleasing prop in the gamespace. That added a bit of excitement to the culmination of our mission.

Tips for Visiting

  • Parking: There is parking out front.

Book your hour with Amazing Escape’s The Virus, and tell them that the Room Escape Artist sent you.

Disclosure: Amazing Escape provided media discounted tickets for this game.

 

Escape the Netherworld – Sasquatch [Review]

A big hairy good time.

Location: Stone Mountain, GA

Date Played: March 23, 2018

Team size: up to 8; we recommend 3-5

Duration: 60 minutes

Price: $28 per ticket

Ticketing: Public or Private

REA Reaction

Sasquatch. It was a playful, interesting, and energetic adventure. We never knew what would happen next.

If you’re anywhere nearby, it’s worth visiting.

Sasquatch team post-game photo.

Who is this for?

  • Adventure seekers
  • Story seekers
  • Puzzle lovers
  • Scenery snobs
  • Players of any experience level

Why play?

  • Beautiful set
  • Remarkably interesting story
  • In character gamemastering
  • Exciting moments

Story

With our car out of commission on a remote camping trip, a ranger had directed us to a nearby cabin in the woods. Since the door was open and the lights were on, we had made our way inside… to discover the unfortunate series of events that had transpired prior our arrival.

In-game: A wood door chained shut.
Image via Escape The Netherworld.

Setting

Sasquatch took place in a small cabin built of wooden 2x4s. The rustic decor and handmade furniture gave it a genuine and homey aesthetic. It looked fantastic.

I wish that I could show you a bit more of this game; it looked great.

Gameplay

Escape the Netherworld’s Sasquatch was a standard escape room with a compelling set and a higher level of difficulty.

Core gameplay revolved around searching and puzzling.

Analysis

+ As we played through Sasquatch we learned the backstory of the cabin’s owner and the events that had occurred therein before we’d arrived. The story justified the cabin’s decor and existence. It made sense and it was unexpected.

+ Our gamemaster was an off-stage character in our adventure. Her insertions – be they hints, jibes, or safety warnings – were humorous and entertaining.

– Our gamemaster needed to keep us away from certain set components. With a large team in the space, it felt like she was continually telling someone to move away from something. Escape the Netherworld could refactor the set just a bit to keep players away from certain areas and cut down on the player admonishment.

Sasquatch built tension. As we progressed through the set and story, the gamespace reacted to us. It was dramatic.

+ The puzzles flowed well and worked with the story. There were fun surprises to find and interesting puzzles to work through. The puzzle difficulty varied throughout the experience.

– Escape the Netherworld included a few purchased, laser-cut puzzles that frequently felt out of place.

+ The finale was phenomenal.

Tips for Visiting

  • Parking: There is parking out front.
  • Food: We enjoyed the nearby Metro Cafe Diner.

Book your hour with Escape the Netherworld’s Sasquatch, and tell them that the Room Escape Artist sent you.

Disclosure: Escape the Netherworld comped our tickets for this game.

 

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Update: And that last ticket is gone. This event is officially sold out. Please do contact us if you’d be interested in future escape room tours and events. 

There is 1 ticket left to Escape Immerse Explore: New Orleans 2018.

Charlie finding his Wonka golden ticket.

We sold the original 24 tickets in pre-sale.

We’ve now sold 17 of the 18 expansion tickets.

I’m going to repeat that: We’ve sold 41 of 42 tickets for Escape Immerse Explore: New Orleans! There is one ticket left.

Eleven from Stranger Things gesturing mind blown.

If you’d like that one remaining ticket, contact us before someone else beats you to it.

Details

  • Dates: June 22 – 24, 2018
  • Price: $599 per ticket
  • 9 escape rooms over the course of the weekend
  • 41 other escape room fans as teammates
  • 1 talk by Lisa and David
  • FAQ

We are thrilled to bring this event to New Orleans in June. We hope to see you there!