Enter the Imaginarium – The Search for Leviathan [Review]

The Search for Leviathan is one of the best escape rooms in Pittsburgh. Here are our recommendations for great escape rooms in Pittsburgh.

Mysterious Depths

Location:  Pittsburgh, PA

Date Played: July 3, 2021

Team size: 4-10; we recommend 4-6

Duration: 60 minutes

Price: $165 up to 4 players, additional $26 per person up to 10

Ticketing: Private

Accessibility Consideration: you need to walk up stairs to get to this game

Emergency Exit Rating: [A+] No Lock

Physical Restraints: [A+] No Physical Restraints

REA Reaction

The mystery in The Search for Leviathan was its unusual blend of high highs that followed an opening act loaded with low lows.

This was an escape room in which multiple teammates stopped dead in their tracks from sheer amazement, in the best of ways.

The thing is, if you want to be amazed, there’s a moat of less-than-stellar gameplay that you’ll have to overcome. The first act of The Search for Leviathan felt like it was designed by a completely different company. Fortunately, this segment was not the bulk of the game.

Somehow, these two worlds are part of one whole that was entirely worth playing… even if I truly believe that a handful of little improvements could elevate this game in countless ways.

An unusual room filled with assorted technology and a matrix of television screens.
Image via Enter the Imaginarium

The Search for Leviathan is worth traveling to play, especially if you haven’t played the other offerings at Enter The Imaginarium. It’s certainly not perfect, but I encourage you to push onward when you stall because there’s something worthwhile on the other side, and the stuff that makes this game great is rare.

Who is this for?

  • Jules Verne fans
  • Adventure seekers
  • Story seekers
  • Puzzle lovers
  • Scenery snobs
  • Best for players with at least some experience

Why play?

  • Some spectacular set design
  • Killer transitions
  • A strong second act

Story

Our mission was to dive deep beneath the waves to tangle with incredible beasts between us and buried treasure.

Panoramic photo of a submarine.
Image via Enter the Imaginarium
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Enter the Imaginarium – The Inventor’s Paradox [Review]

The Inventor’s Paradox is one of the best escape rooms in Pittsburgh. Here are our recommendations for great escape rooms in Pittsburgh.

Stuff of Myth

Location:  Pittsburgh, PA

Date Played: July 3, 2021

Team size: 4-10; we recommend 4-6

Duration: 60 minutes

Price: $165 up to 4 players, additional $26 per person up to 10

Ticketing: Private

Accessibility Consideration: all players need to be able to climb stairs

Emergency Exit Rating: [A+] No Lock

Physical Restraints: [A+] No Physical Restraints

REA Reaction

The Inventor’s Paradox was at its best in times of transition. Enter the Imaginarium used lighting, sound, and space to create vivid moments that the entire team experienced together. These transitions were the glue between beautiful but unlike sets that somehow belonged in the same whole.

A large chair in the middle of a library study, surrounded by books.
Image via Enter the Imaginarium

Where The Inventor’s Paradox faltered was in the unevenness of the gameplay in between these moments. Some puzzles were brilliant. Others were tedious, or in one case, barely a puzzle at all. Thus the segments could drag until we came together again for the next chapter of the experience.

Enter the Imaginarium is a world worth traveling to. If you’re visiting, The Inventor’s Paradox is a must-play, and it may surprise you even if you’ve played Chamber of Illusions (also highly recommended) and you think you know the secrets of Enter the Imaginarium.

Who is this for?

  • Adventure seekers
  • Story seekers
  • Puzzle lovers
  • Scenery snobs
  • Any experience level

Why play?

  • A grand opening
  • Strong puzzles grounded in the ambiance of the space
  • A fantastic conclusion

Story

We were tasked with turning back time, to explore the archives and memories of the Imaginarium’s creator.

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Enter the Imaginarium – The Chamber of Illusions [Review]

The Chamber of Illusions is one of the best escape rooms in Pittsburgh. Here are our recommendations for great escape rooms in Pittsburgh.

Magic Maze

Location:  Pittsburgh, PA

Date Played: July 3, 2021

Team size: 4-10; we recommend 4-6

Duration: 60 minutes

Price: $165 up to 4 players, additional $26 per person up to 10

Ticketing: Private

Emergency Exit Rating: [A+] No Lock

Physical Restraints: [A+] No Physical Restraints

REA Reaction

For many years we’ve been told that we needed to get to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, specifically to visit Enter the Imaginarium. We’d heard tales of their unified game world and in-character gamemasters, and whispers of a remarkable set of interactions.

The Chamber of Illusions was a special game that did things that we’ve rarely and never seen before… and it did them with a style that was unique to Enter the Imaginarium.

An intimate magician's stage surrounded by magical props and posters.
Image via Enter the Imaginarium

Now, I don’t want to overhype The Chamber of Illusions. In many ways it was a unique and spectacular work; in others it was flawed. In the end, this was a classic escape room with excellent execution.

It was worth traveling to visit this unusual world. The unusual interactions and heavy atmosphere left me with memories that I won’t soon forget.

Who is this for?

  • Adventure seekers
  • Story seekers
  • Puzzle lovers
  • Scenery snobs
  • Fans of stage magic
  • Any experience level

Why play?

  • A world-class opening sequence
  • Fantastic atmosphere in a fully realized game world
  • Strong puzzles, gameplay, and interactions
  • In-character gamemastering

Story

We were charged with entering a funhouse to match wits with an infamous illusionist and his numerous creations.

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