Albuquerque & Santa Fe, New Mexico: Escape Room Recommendations

Latest update: June 11, 2022

The Albuquerque escape room scene is heavily influenced by the film industry. The sets truly impressed us. These were complemented by fun characters that elevated the games. The best escape games in Albuquerque transported us to different worlds.

Drive down the road (I-25) about an hour and you’ll get to Santa Fe, home of the original Meow Wolf creation The House of Eternal Return. Do yourself a favor and take a day trip to experience this wondrous place. Pop into Puzzah! while you’re in town to experience a wholly different style of escape game.

There are still tickets to Escape, Immerse, Explore: New Mexico (Saturday, June 4 – Tuesday, June 7, 2022). When you join this tour, we’ll plan your adventure. You’ll visit all the best games and meet incredible people. It’s going to be an amazing event.

Albuquerque & Santa Fe, New Mexico Escape Room Guide
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Electric Playhouse [Review]

Atari 2022

Location:  Albuquerque, NM

Date Played: December 14, 2021

Team size: 1-¯\_(ツ)_/¯; we recommend 2-4

Duration: About 2 hours – more if it’s crowded, or if you really want to get good at any of these games

Price: $18 per adult (less for children, military, and seniors)

Ticketing: Public

Accessibility Consideration: To fully take advantage of the games, you need to able-bodied and willing to run, jump, dance, or otherwise move

Emergency Exit Rating: [A+] No Lock

Physical Restraints: [A+] No Physical Restraints

REA Reaction

Electric Playhouse was a projection mapping gaming facility with a restaurant and bar.

At 24,000 square feet, the facility was covered in projections with an aesthetic that I can best describe as corporate psychedelic. By that I mean it has clear influences from EDM; its color palette and vibe all feel like they are of that world, but it’s all cleaned up so that a company’s HR department would feel comfortable bringing a holiday party there.

The games were all motion- and body-controlled. For the most part they felt like modernized versions of games from the Atari and Apple 2e era… which was smart. These games are largely intuitive and cross-generational. Throughout the facility you’ll find variants on games like Snake, Breakout, and the like. Additionally, there was a dodgeball-meets-Space Invaders game where we threw balls at aliens projected on the wall to destroy them. (This mostly served to demonstrate to me just how out of shape the past 2 years have made me.)

A person playing a projected version of Snake.

The food and drink at Electric Playhouse were good. We didn’t consume anything particularly special, but we enjoyed everything. The inclusion of a bar/ restaurant made it a great place to hang out and play for a few hours.

If you’re in the area and looking for something a little different, Electric Playhouse is a fun place to check out. I’d suggest setting aside 1.5 to 3 hours depending upon how into it you think you’re going to get. Also… we were there on a Tuesday night when it wasn’t busy. I imagine that the weekend experience might be different.

Who is this for?

  • Tech fans
  • Gamers
  • Any experience level

Why play?

  • The projection mapping games were fun and different
  • Between the games, food, drinks, and vibe, it was a fun place to hang out
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New Mexico Escape Room – Nefertari’s Tomb [Review]

Nefertari’s Tomb is one of the best games in Albuquerque. Here are our other recommendations for great escape rooms in Albuquerque.

Grand Puzzle Tomb

Location:  Albuquerque, NM

Date Played: December 14, 2021

Team size: 2-6; we recommend 4-6

Duration: 60 minutes

Price: $25 per player

Ticketing: Private

Emergency Exit Rating: [A+] No Lock

Physical Restraints: [A+] No Physical Restraints

REA Reaction

Nefertari’s Tomb was jam-packed with content. Our goal was to raid as much loot from the ancient tomb as we could, and destroy the evidence of our presence before the authorities stopped us. New Mexico Escape Room truly made us work for the loot with a constant stream of puzzle solving, searching, and translating.

The upshot: in terms of gameplay for your money, you won’t find many games with as much to do as Nefertari’s Tomb… and it was all staged in a beautiful Egyptian tomb.

Egyptian tomb interior shows a painting of a woman holding game pieces above a game board.

The potential struggle in Nefertari’s Tomb was the volume of translation, which felt both completely narratively justified… and also excessive. I literally learned to sightread the hieroglyphics in Nefertari’s Tomb and so did two of my teammates. (Not David… that’s not his thing.)

Overall, Nefertari’s Tomb feels unique, big and exciting… and at times it also feels cumbersome. It’s one of the strongest large team games we’ve seen, and it has a style that a lot of players – especially puzzlers – will connect with. If you’re in Albuquerque and looking for a puzzley good time, give this one a try.

Who is this for?

  • Adventure seekers
  • Puzzle lovers
  • Scenery snobs
  • Indiana Jones Fans
  • Best for players with at least some experience
  • Players who don’t need to be a part of every puzzle

Why play?

  • Explosive intro/ outro sequence
  • An unusual game structure that facilitated an impressive volume of puzzle content
  • A nifty Egyptian tomb set

Story

After years of research, Arnold von Dunkelheit had found the location of Nefertari’s Tomb. He had a long list of items that he required from this site, and he’d hired our gang of adventuring tomb robbers to attain them. Our instructions were clear:

  • Enter the tomb
  • Steal as many items as we could
  • Destroy the tomb and all evidence of our presence before the authorities would arrive
Closeup of paintings on the wall of an Egyptian tomb.
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Bust Out Escape Room – Doomsday Bunker [Review]

Doomsday Bunker is one of the best games in Albuquerque. Here are our other recommendations for great escape rooms in Albuquerque.

Launch Sequence

Location:  Albuquerque, NM

Date Played: December 15, 2021

Team size: 4-8; we recommend 3-5

Duration: 60 minutes

Price: $28 per player

Ticketing: Private

Emergency Exit Rating: [A+] No Lock

Physical Restraints: [A+] No Physical Restraints

REA Reaction

Doomsday Bunker was one of Bust Out Escape Room’s earlier games… and it has held up quite well.

The strength of Doomsday Bunker was in its set and interaction design; there were a lot of engaging and unusual moments to enjoy. A few of these stuck in my memory in a great way. And often enough, I found myself thinking, “huh… I can’t believe that I’ve never seen anyone do that before. Cool.”

An elevator in a bunker. An envelope is labeled "Top Secret."

As an earlier game, Doomsday Bunker’s gameplay was rooted in more traditional puzzle play. There were a lot of lightly themed puzzles and search challenges scattered throughout this game. Overall, it was a great representation of a classic escape room, and if I had played this when it was brand new, it would have blown my mind. I still got a lot out of it.

If you’re visiting Bust Out, I’d strongly urge you to play Rattlesnake Bend first… and if you’re looking for another game, this is a great one to add to your itinerary.

Who is this for?

  • Adventure seekers
  • Puzzle lovers
  • Scenery snobs
  • Best for players with at least some experience
  • Players who don’t need to be a part of every puzzle

Why play?

  • An unusual approach to the bunker setting, with cool props and interactions
  • A lot of challenging puzzle content

Story

Our team had been assigned to prevent the start of World War III. We had to infiltrate a bunker, activate a missile, and neutralize the threat.

A closeup of a glowing green light within a metal container.
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New Mexico Escape Room – Bombshell [Review]

Bombshell is one of the best games in Albuquerque. Here are our other recommendations for great escape rooms in Albuquerque.

Syndicate Revolt

Location:  Albuquerque, NM

Date Played: December 14, 2021

Team size: 2-6; we recommend 3-4

Duration: 60 minutes

Price: $28 per player

Ticketing: Private

Accessibility Consideration: If the transition sequences don’t work for you, you can bypass them.

Emergency Exit Rating: [A+] No Lock

Physical Restraints: [A+] No Physical Restraints

REA Reaction

Have you ever just connected with a game? I connected with Bombshell. Maybe it was because I live in New Jersey, and the villain strongly reminded me of my neighbor… or maybe it was the noir vibes, beautiful set, and the clever way that New Mexico Escape Room massaged escape room tropes into the narrative of this game.

Whatever it was… I got really into it.

A box covered in a white sheet in a warehouse.

Another thing that I loved about Bombshell was that things had weight to them. The props, transitions, lighting… so much of this game had a playful gravitas. When you picked up props, they required a bit of oomph; the story felt the same.

Where Bombshell lost me from time to time were in a few puzzles that required a bit more repetition than was necessary. Those “ok, I get it…” moments weren’t numerous, but in such a smooth game, they stood out.

Bombshell is another one of those must-play games in Albuquerque… so if you’re anywhere nearby, go play it.

Who is this for?

  • Adventure seekers
  • Story seekers
  • Scenery snobs
  • Noir fans
  • Any experience level

Why play?

  • A strong narrative-driven game
  • Phenomenal set design accentuated by lighting

Story

For decades Vittorio Bosargio had ruled crime in this city as the Don of Dons. No one questioned his judgment… until recently. He seemed to be losing it, becoming chaotic, violent, and mad. As the leaders of our respective crime families, we’d gathered to put an end to his reign, but Bosargio knew what we were up to…

A spotlit red telephone hung on a brick wall.
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