Escape Room Pittsburgh – Carnegie’$ Million$ [Review]

Use your (Carnegie) Mellon

Location:  Pittsburgh, PA

Date Played: July 4, 2021

Team Size: 2-10; we recommend 3-5

Duration: 60 minutes

Price: $32 per player

Ticketing: Private

Emergency Exit Rating: [A] Push To Exit

Physical Restraints: [A+] No Physical Restraints

REA Reaction

Carnegie’$ Million$ set the tone immediately with a beautiful entryway into our game space. As a fantastic soundtrack flooded the room, we were able to traverse a massive set in search of the Stone of Destiny left by Andrew Carnegie himself. Using the building to their full advantage, Escape Room Pittsburgh integrated so many thematic and complex puzzles. While we found the experience lacking a clear starting puzzle and thus slow to start, the gameplay flowed well during the second half.

In-room: a bookshelf and fireplace in a study.

I’m sure Carnegie’$ Million$ was once an absolutely gorgeous game, but the wear and tear from years of play showed. Some of the puzzles unfortunately felt like homework to our team, while some were creative yet process-heavy.

If you’re in Pittsburgh and want to play a game with roots tied to the city, Carnegie’$ Million$ is the game for you. I’d also recommend playing Escape Room Pittsburgh’s other offering, Tomb Explorer, if you’re stopping in.

Who is this for?

  • Puzzle lovers
  • Best for players with at least some experience
  • Players who don’t need to be a part of every puzzle
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Escape Room Pittsburgh – Tomb Explorer [Review]

Tomb Explorer is one of the best escape rooms in Pittsburgh. Here are our recommendations for great escape rooms in Pittsburgh.

The Search for Isis

Location:  Pittsburgh, PA

Date Played: July 4, 2021

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

Duration: 60 minutes

Price: $32 per player

Ticketing: Private

Emergency Exit Rating: [A+] No Lock

Physical Restraints: [A+] No Physical Restraints

REA Reaction

I’ve seen the inside of a lot of Egyptian tombs in my escape room career. I’ve seen overwhelmingly fancy Egyptian tombs… and I’ve seen Egyptian tombs that looked an awful lot like offices. I can best describe Escape Room Pittsburgh’s approach as dynamically minimalistic. It hit all of the right beats, and felt great without a ton of detailing.

In-room: A wheel with multiple levels, covered with symbols in an Egyptian tomb. A skull, satchel, and femur bone sit atop.

From a gameplay standpoint, The Tomb was entertaining and engaging. It had strong Indiana Jones overtones, and a plot twist that we didn’t see coming and enjoyed wholeheartedly.

At times, we found ourselves frustrated with laggy technology, and some apparent ghost puzzles (we also found these in Escape Room Pittsburgh’s Carnegie’$ Million$). Those hiccups aside, The Tomb was thoroughly enjoyable, and well worth playing if you are in the Pittsburgh area.

Who is this for?

  • Adventure seekers
  • Puzzle lovers
  • Scenery snobs
  • Indiana Jones fans
  • Any experience level

Why play?

  • Fun interactions
  • Expansive, themed set
  • Plot twist

Story

Andrew Carnegie had funded a famed Egyptologist to search for the lost tomb of Isis. Their last messages suggested that they had made great progress, but no one had seen or heard from them since. We were sent to learn their fate and complete the work.

In-room: A corridor in an ancient Egyptian tomb. At the end of it is a chamber with a table and a skull.
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