River City Escape Room – Manhattan [Review]

Grandma’s pie never tasted so good

Location:  Richmond, VA

Date Played: July 10, 2021

Team Size: 2-7; we recommend 3-4

Duration: 60 minutes

Price: $25 per player, with a minimum of $75

Ticketing: Private

Accessibility Consideration: There are many physically demanding portions of this game including crawling and climbing. Only one player has to crawl, but all players have to climb.

Emergency Exit Rating: [A+] No Lock

Physical Restraints: [A+] No Physical Restraints

REA Reaction


River City Escape Room created such a beautifully intricate experience based around the Manhattan Project, taking immersion to another level. The set was breathtaking from the moment we stepped into our grandmother’s house to the moment we escaped, further driving the thematic story elements. The narrative was woven through every detail of the story, including the recipes our grandmother had left, the nuclear survival manuals, and the time-period specific set pieces.

While the puzzle elements could have been slightly more robust, the overall gameplay was implemented from the floor to the ceiling. Our team struggled a bit with late-game sequence breaking, yet we were swiftly ushered back in the right direction by our gamemaster.

Foreshadowing played an important role in the game, reflecting small details and past events during the experience. This game was unique, no doubt about it. River City Escape Room’s designer put their heart into this game, and it truly shows. The attention to detail was immaculate in every little nook and cranny, and we loved each moment of the discovery.  

A 2 story set with an old kitchen.

Who is this for?

  • Adventure seekers
  • Story seekers
  • Puzzle lovers
  • Scenery snobs
  • Best for players with at least some experience
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River City Escape Room – Alice [Review]

Sliding down the rabbit hole…

Location:  Richmond, VA

Date Played: July 10, 2021

Team Size: 2-6; we recommend 3-5

Duration: 60 minutes

Price: $25 per player, minimum $75

Ticketing: Private

Accessibility Consideration:  Crawling, stair climbing, strobe lighting

Emergency Exit Rating: [A+] No Lock

Physical Restraints: [A+] No Physical Restraints

REA Reaction

Alice was a beautiful depiction of Wonderland that pulled off a refreshing new take on this common escape room theme. The room creatively utilized full-wall murals, vertical space, and distinctive lighting palettes to create an immersive, wonder-filled environment. Alice was notably devoid of any combination locks, instead using some tech magic for more environmentally triggered gating.

The team at River City Escape Room is overflowing with a genuine passion for what they’re creating and facilitating, and this really shone through in Alice. Our game hosts added playful theatrical pizzazz before, during, and after our game experience, making us feel welcomed and engaged throughout.

Blacklight illuminated Alice in Wonderland set with a glowing mushroom and Cheshire Cat.

Who is this for?

  • Puzzle lovers
  • Disney/ Alice in Wonderland fans
  • Any experience level
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