How to Find the Best Escape Rooms

At Room Escape Artist, we believe that they key to finding the best escape rooms is to figure out what is you love about these experiences.

Once you know what you like, read the reviews!

When we review an escape room, we think about what type of player will most enjoy it and what the experience excels at.

Or, if you need a shortcut, consult our regional recommendations guides or remote recommendations guides. We break them into subsections so you can quickly find the best game for you and your team.

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About the Golden Lock Awards

We may have created the earliest escape room awards… but there are a whole lot of them now… and December/ January is crowded. Last year by the time we had announced our own awards, we were sick of escape room awards. The fatigue was real.

We’ve decided to move the Golden Lock Awards to the summer.

On top of giving us our own time of year, separate from the constant release of awards, this solves a whole bunch of logistical problems for us. So we’re pretty excited about the adjustment.

Regional Recommendations Guides

We’ve been maintaining regional escape room guides for a long time, and have recently put a lot of time into writing new ones as well as updating our existing guides.

Plus there are many more coming soon. Some of them are long overdue; others may be a surprise.

Recently Released

Recently Updated

Coming Soon

  • Sacramento, California
  • San Francisco, California
  • San Jose, California
  • Metro DC
  • Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Albuquerque & Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Eastern Pennsylvania
  • Williamsburg, Virginia

Remote Recommendations Guides

We continue to see innovation in the online escape rooms category. With the help of the REA Hivemind, we continue to play and review these games, and we recently updated our selection of recommendation guides.

Most Popular: Recently Updated

Recommendations Guide: 2-Player Online Escape Games – An escape game is a wonderful way to spend time with someone special, whether you’re in the same room or across the globe. This guide includes games designed for exactly 2 people, and games that just work really well as a duo.

The Best Online Escape Games for Large Groups – If you’re looking for a corporate team-building option, or bringing a large group of friends together remotely, there aren’t a lot of options. Here is our (eclectic!) selection for teams of 8+ players (including for groups of over 100).

Recently Updated

Thank you!

Thank you to our Patreon backers. You support the daily reviews that make these guides possible. We are thankful to each of you for helping us find and promote incredible escape rooms.

Ace
Alexander Gierholz
Amanda Harris
Andrew Reynolds
Andrew Sturridge
Anna Lysova
Anna Simon
Anne Lukeman
Ben Rosner
Bethany
Bill Chang
Breakout Games
Brent Mair
Brett Kuehner
Brian Resler
Brian Vinciguerra
Bronna Butler
Byron Delmonico
Bytes
C.J. Smith
Cara Mandel
Chris Cannon
Chris M. Dickson
Chris White
Daniel Egnor
Daniel Kolb
Darren Miller
David Longley
deadpan 1113
Derek Tam
Drew Nelson
Elaine
Emile Wang
Eric Mittler
Erich Schultz
Farand Pawlak
Greg Marinelli
Haley & Cameron Cooper
Herbert Chan
James Shearer
Jan-Luc Van Damme
Jason’s Fitness Consigliere
Jenna
Jim of PARADOXsquared
John Wardrope
Jon Kaufthal

Jonathan Dautrich
Jonathan Driscoll
Joseph Friesen
Josh Kendrick
Julie Burge
Justin Nevins
Kathryn
Kelly
Ken Zinn
Kevin
Kurt Leinbach
Laura E. Hall
Leanne
Lee-Fay Low
Leo Dennett
Lindsay Froelich
Lonnie
Lori Miller
M. Sean Molley
Marisa Capobianco
Mark Blume
Mark Denine
Matt Beverly
Matt Keyser
Matthew Stein
Michael Andersen
Michael Wolman
Michelle Rundbaken
Mihir Kedia
Nathan Walton
Neda Delavarpour
Negina Kolesar
Nick Moran
Nick Rose
No Proscenium
Olivia Anderson
Omer Aru
Patrick McLean
Patrick McNamara
Paul
Paul Tashima
Paula Swann
Philip Ho
Psych Out
Puzzling Company

Rebecca Horste
Rene Sorette
Rex Miller
Rich Bragg
Richard Burns
Rob Tsuk
Ruud Kool
Ryan
Ryan Brady
Ryan Hart
S T Cameron
Samantha Koehler
Sara Reed
Sarah Zhang
Scott Olson
Sean McBride
Sendil Krishnan
Seth Wolfson
Simon Edwards
Spencer Arnold
Stephanie McNeill
Steve Ewing
Steve Gaddy
Steven Valdez
Stuart Bogaty
Stuart Nafey
Tahlia Kirk
Tammy McLeod
Teo Litto
Terry Pettigrew-Rolapp
ThatRandomEditor
The Escape Room USA
The Wild Optimists
Theresa Piazza
Theresa Wagner
Tiffany Schaefer
Todd Geldon
Todd McClary
Tom Henley
Tommy
Victor van Doorn
Vivien Ripoll
Wesley James
Will Rutherford
YouEscape

To those of you reading who have the means, we hope you’ll consider joining this wonderful group of supporters.

Support Room Escape Artist’s Mission

There are lots of ways to support Room Escape Artist, like buying from Amazon, Etsy, or Art of Play after clicking into the links included in this post or backing us on Patreon.

The money that we make from these helps us to grow the site and continue to add more value to the community that we love so much.

PSA: There is no escape room shortage this holiday season

As the holiday season rolls around, the supply chain for all sorts of goods is strained. Shortages here, delays there… stuff is hard.

The good news is that escape rooms have no such shortage, and neither do your local artisans and makers.

So, shop local. Buy your friends and family admission to your favorite escape room.

Reads: "Escape rooms have no supply chain problems - shop local."

And if you’re willing, help boost escape rooms a bit. Share this image and tag your favorite local escape room business.

Thank you!

Thank you to our Patreon backers. This Thanksgiving, we are reflecting on how wonderful you are as a community. We want you to know that we appreciate your support very much.

Ace
Alexander Gierholz
Amanda Harris
Andrew Reynolds
Andrew Sturridge
Anna Lysova
Anna Simon
Anne Lukeman
Ben Rosner
Bethany
Bill Chang
Breakout Games
Brett Kuehner
Brian Resler
Brian Vinciguerra
Bronna Butler
Byron Delmonico
Bytes
C.J. Smith
Cara Mandel
Chris Cannon
Chris M. Dickson
Chris White
Daniel Egnor
Daniel Kolb
Darren Miller
David Longley
deadpan 1113
Derek Tam
Drew Nelson
Elaine
Emile Wang
Eric Mittler
Erich Schultz
Farand Pawlak
Greg Marinelli
Haley & Cameron Cooper
Herbert Chan
James Shearer
Jan-Luc Van Damme
Jason’s Fitness Consigliere
Jenna
Jim of PARADOXsquared
John Wardrope
Jon Kaufthal

Jonathan Dautrich
Jonathan Driscoll
Joseph Friesen
Josh Kendrick
Julie Burge
Justin Nevins
Kathryn
Kelly
Ken Zinn
Kevin
Kurt Leinbach
Laura E. Hall
Leanne
Lee-Fay Low
Leo Dennett
Lindsay Froelich
Lonnie
Lori Miller
M. Sean Molley
Marisa Capobianco
Mark Blume
Mark Denine
Matt Beverly
Matt Keyser
Matthew Stein
Michael Andersen
Michael Wolman
Michelle Rundbaken
Mihir Kedia
Nathan Walton
Neda Delavarpour
Negina Kolesar
Nick Moran
Nick Rose
No Proscenium
Olivia Anderson
Omer Aru
Patrick McLean
Patrick McNamara
Paul
Paul Tashima
Paula Swann
Philip Ho
Psych Out
Puzzling Company

Rebecca Horste
Rene Sorette
Rex Miller
Rich Bragg
Richard Burns
Rob Tsuk
Ruud Kool
Ryan
Ryan Brady
Ryan Hart
S T Cameron
Samantha Koehler
Sara Reed
Sarah Zhang
Scott Olson
Sean McBride
Sendil Krishnan
Seth Wolfson
Simon Edwards
Spencer Arnold
Stephanie McNeill
Steve Ewing
Steve Gaddy
Steven Valdez
Stuart Bogaty
Stuart Nafey
Tahlia Kirk
Tammy McLeod
Teo Litto
Terry Pettigrew-Rolapp
ThatRandomEditor
The Escape Room USA
The Wild Optimists
Theresa Piazza
Theresa Wagner
Tiffany Schaefer
Todd Geldon
Todd McClary
Tom Henley
Tommy
Victor van Doorn
Vivien Ripoll
Wesley James
Will Rutherford
YouEscape

To those of you reading who have the means, we hope you’ll consider joining this wonderful group of supporters.

Support Room Escape Artist’s Mission

There are lots of ways to support Room Escape Artist, like buying from Amazon, Etsy, or Art of Play after clicking into the links included in this post or backing us on Patreon.

The money that we make from these helps us to grow the site and continue to add more value to the community that we love so much.

Together, At Last

We finally hosted an escape room tour. It was about 18 months late… delayed on account of apocalypse… but it finally happened.

61 escape room players gathered in Montreal and spent 3 days playing escape rooms, socializing, and remembering how damn great it felt to play together.

Montreal

In my opinion, Montreal is 1 of the top 3 escape room markets in North America (NOLA & LA being the other 2, in no particular order). For Lisa and me, it was such a delight to see the look on people’s faces when they emerged from these games.

There were also some new games that were created right before or during the pandemic. The first of those new reviews published yesterday, and it truly was a special game.

Immersia – The Salutem Medicina Institute

I expect we’ll be revisiting Montreal on future tours.

Group photo from the Montreal Tour shot in Escaparium Laval's board game cafe.

Our Tribe

More than the games, the most special part of those 3 days in Montreal was spending them with escape room people. Some were old friends; some were new friends. There’s something special about the kinds of folks who like to think, collaborate, and have an adventure in their spare time.

The whole group was fun, smart, and kind to one another. We all had a lot of extra hurdles to deal with to make international travel possible, and this group handled it all with style and grace. We had no positive tests, no border crossing issues, and no drama.

This whole website is built around and dedicated to tangible, real-life, entertainment. For nearly 2 years, that was taken from us.

I’m so happy to report that our site, our community, and many of the games we love have endured. The tour of Montreal was an incredible reminder of why we do what we do.

Thank You!

Thank you, Patreon backers. It was so wonderful to see a handful of you in person in Montreal, and we look forward to seeing some of you in New Jersey in November. Your support, from near and far, means a lot to us.

Ace
Alexander Gierholz
Amanda Harris
Andrew Reynolds
Andrew Sturridge
Angie Meyers
Anna Lysova
Anne Lukeman
Ben Rosner
Bethany
Bill Chang
Breakout Games
Brett Kuehner
Brian Resler
Brian Vinciguerra
Bronna Butler
Byron Delmonico
Bytes
C.J. Smith
Cara Mandel
Chris Cannon
Chris M. Dickson
Chris White
Daniel Egnor
Daniel Kolb
Darren Miller
David Longley
deadpan 1113
Derek Tam
Drew Nelson
Elaine
Emile Wang
Eric Mittler
Erich Schultz
Farand Pawlak
Greg Marinelli
Haley & Cameron Cooper
Herbert Chan
James Shearer
Jan-Luc Van Damme
Jason’s Fitness Consigliere
Jenna
Jim of PARADOXsquared
John Wardrope
Jon Kaufthal
Jonathan Dautrich

Jonathan Driscoll
Joseph Allen
Joseph Friesen
Joseph Mayeux
Josh Kendrick
Julie Burge
Justin Nevins
Kathryn
Kelly
Ken Zinn
Kevin
Kurt Leinbach
Laura E. Hall
Leanne
Lee-Fay Low
Leo Dennett
Lindsay Froelich
Lonnie
Lori Miller
Marisa Capobianco
Mark Blume
Mark Denine
Matt Beverly
Matt Keyser
Matthew Stein
Michael Andersen
Michael Wolman
Michelle Rundbaken
Mihir Kedia
Nathan Walton
Neda Delavarpour
Negina Kolesar
Nick Moran
Nick Rose
No Proscenium
Olivia Anderson
Omer Aru
Patrick McLean
Patrick McNamara
Paul
Paul Tashima
Paula Swann
Philip Ho
Phillip Justman
Psych Out
Puzzling Company

Rebecca Horste
Rene Sorette
Rex Miller
Rich Bragg
Richard Burns
Rob Tsuk
Ruud Kool
Ryan
Ryan Brady
Ryan Hart
S T Cameron
Samantha Koehler
Sara Reed
Sarah Zhang
Scott Olson
Sean McBride
Sendil Krishnan
Seth Wolfson
Simon Edwards
Spencer Arnold
Stark
Stephanie McNeill
Steve Ewing
Steve Gaddy
Steven Valdez
Stuart Bogaty
Stuart Nafey
Tahlia Kirk
Tammy McLeod
Teo Litto
Terry Pettigrew-Rolapp
ThatRandomEditor
The Escape Room USA
The Wild Optimists
Theresa Piazza
Theresa Wagner
Tiffany Schaefer
Todd Geldon
Todd McClary
Tom Henley
Tommy
Victor van Doorn
Vivien Ripoll
Wesley James
Will Rutherford
YouEscape

To those of you reading who have the means, we hope you’ll consider joining this wonderful group of supporters.

Support Room Escape Artist’s Mission

There are lots of ways to support Room Escape Artist, like buying from Amazon, Etsy, or Art of Play after clicking into the links included in this post or backing us on Patreon.

The money that we make from these helps us to grow the site and continue to add more value to the community that we love so much.

🚀Bonus: A REPOD Patreon Sneak Peek is Now Available

As our RECON Value Book Offer, today we’re releasing a Patreon Bonus Episode from Season 1 to give you a sneak peek of our REPOD Patreon perks.

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Bonus Content

After each episode, hosts Peih-Gee and David record another show, just for Patreon backers ($5/ month and up). Sometimes the guests stick around for the aftershow.

Where the main episode is a heavily edited and produced experience, the bonus content is a freeform conversation.

Season 1 Episode 4

This sneak peek is the REPOD S1E4 Patreon Bonus Content, recorded with Anne and Chris Lukeman from CU Adventures in Time & Space.

You can find REPOD S1E4 with guests Anne and Chris here.

Patreon Perks

As a Room Escape Patreon backer, you get lots of great perks including early access to blog posts and access to every podcast bonus episode.

Plus, as a backer at any level you get to join our discord channel, one of our favorite places for escape room (and other) conversation. It’s a great group of folks!

Support Room Escape Artist’s Mission

There are lots of ways to support Room Escape Artist, like buying from Amazon, Etsy, or Art of Play after clicking into the links included in this post or backing us on Patreon.

The money that we make from these helps us to grow the site and continue to add more value to the community that we love so much.

Goodbye to the Hivemind Stars, Hello Live Games

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When we started the REA Hivemind in April of 2020, our approach was a response to an industry in crisis. As so many online games emerged, we considered each one in the context of our lives without in-person escape rooms. As such, we built the following scale, represented by stars:

REA's hivemind review scale - 3 is recommended anytime, 2 recommended in quarantine, 1 is not recommended.

The hivemind review stars have specific meanings, tied to a time of quarantine. As each reviewer has slowly emerged into the world outside their homes again, some more than others, the stars have remained indicative of thoughts on a game during a period of quarantine.

Now, 18 months later, the REA Hivemind is still going strong, but we’re leaving the stars behind… and honestly, it’s about time.

Today’s online escape room products are much more akin to tabletop escape rooms in that they are their own genre, intentionally designed for their medium and not as a substitute for something else. We’ll continue to review them in the more classic REA way, relying entirely on prose to help a discerning audience decide if this is the game for them.

Upcoming In-Person Reviews

In addition to continued online and tabletop escape game coverage, in-person escape room coverage will be back in full swing this fall.

Provided all traveling goes according to plan, you can expect reviews from:

  • South Carolina
  • North Carolina
  • Virginia
  • Maryland
  • Maine
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Montreal

We’re excited to be visiting friends, family, and escape rooms again!

Thank you

Thank you to our Patreon backers, who continue to support us as we shift how we cover escape rooms and strive to provide the best content we can for this industry.

Ace
Amanda Harris
Andrew Reynolds
Andrew Sturridge
Angie Meyers
Anna Lysova
Anne Lukeman
Ben Rosner
Bethany
Bill Chang
Breakout Games
Brett Kuehner
Brian Resler
Brian Vinciguerra
Bronna Butler
Byron Delmonico
Bytes
C.J. Smith
Cara Mandel
Chris Cannon
Chris M. Dickson
Chris White
Daniel Egnor
Daniel Kolb
Darren Miller
David Longley
deadpan 1113
Derek Tam
Drew Nelson
Elaine
Emile Wang
Eric Mittler
Erich Schultz
Farand Pawlak
Greg Marinelli
Haley & Cameron Cooper
Herbert Chan
James Shearer
Jan-Luc Van Damme
Jason’s Fitness Consigliere
Jenna
Jim of PARADOXsquared
John Wardrope
Jon Kaufthal

Jonathan Dautrich
Jonathan Driscoll
Joseph Allen
Joseph Friesen
Joseph Mayeux
Josh Kendrick
Julie Burge
Justin Nevins
Kathryn
Kelly
Kevin
Kurt Leinbach
Laura E. Hall
Lee-Fay Low
Leo Dennett
Lindsay Froelich
Lonnie
Lori Miller
Marisa Capobianco
Mark Blume
Mark Denine
Matt Beverly
Matt Keyser
Matthew Stein
Michael Andersen
Michael Wolman
Michelle Rundbaken
Mihir Kedia
Nathan Walton
Neda Delavarpour
Negina Kolesar
Nick Moran
Nick Rose
No Proscenium
Olivia Anderson
Omer Aru
Patrick McLean
Patrick McNamara
Paul
Paul Tashima
Paula Swann
Philip Ho
Phillip Justman
Psych Out

Puzzling Company
Rebecca Horste
Rene Sorette
Rex Miller
Rich Bragg
Richard Burns
Rob Tsuk
Ruud Kool
Ryan Brady
Ryan Hart
S T Cameron
Samantha Koehler
Sara Reed
Sarah Zhang
Scott Olson
Sean McBride
Sendil Krishnan
Seth Wolfson
Spencer Arnold
Stark
Stephanie McNeill
Steve Ewing
Steve Gaddy
Steven Valdez
Stuart Bogaty
Stuart Nafey
Tahlia Kirk
Tammy McLeod
Teo Litto
Terry Pettigrew-Rolapp
The Escape Room USA
The Wild Optimists
Theresa Piazza
Theresa Wagner
Tiffany Schaefer
Todd Geldon
Todd McClary
Tom Henley
Tommy
Victor van Doorn
Vivien Ripoll
Wesley James
Will Rutherford
YouEscape

To those of you reading who have the means, we hope you’ll consider joining this wonderful group of supporters.

Support Room Escape Artist’s Mission

There are lots of ways to support Room Escape Artist, like buying from Amazon, Etsy, or Art of Play after clicking into the links included in this post or backing us on Patreon.

The money that we make from these helps us to grow the site and continue to add more value to the community that we love so much.