Massachusetts: Room Escape Recommendations

Looking for an escape room near you in Massachusetts?

Massachusetts has a lot of great escape rooms outside of Boston. You don’t even need to know how to pronounce the names of the towns to play the games!

Drive west, past Route 495 to find many of these gems. There lies an awesome escape room day trip.

We’ve covered Boston recommendations (inside Route 95) separately.

A covered bridge over a stream at the peak of fall.

Market standouts

  1. The Assistant, Gate Escape
  2. The Dollhouse, Curious Escape Rooms
  3. Escape the Video Store, Curious Escape Rooms
  4. The Titletown Ring Thief, Escape Room Westford
  5. Secret Society, Winchendon Escape Room
  6. King Arthur’s Quest, PuzzlEscape

The set & scenery-driven adventures

The puzzle-centric

The tech-heavy

The newbie-friendly

You are always welcome to contact us if this recommendation list doesn’t answer your specific questions.

Boston, Massachusetts: Room Escape Recommendations

Looking for an escape room near Boston, Massachusetts?

We go back and forth to Boston a few times a year and we try to sneak in a few escape rooms on each trip.

These are our recommendations for Metro Boston.

If you’re ok with traveling beyond Route I-95, check out our recommendations for the rest of Massachusetts.

Stylized image of the USS Constitution in Boston Harbor.

Market standouts

  1. Boda Borg
  2. Clock Tower, Escape the Room Boston (played and reviewed in New York City)
  3. The Museum Heist Caper Job, Wicked Escapes
  4. Pirate’s Booty II, Room Escapers
  5. The Retreat, Trapology

Something different

The set & scenery-driven adventures

The puzzle-centric

The tech-heavy

The newbie-friendly

Big group games

You are always welcome to contact us if this recommendation list doesn’t answer your specific questions.

Pronouncing Massachusetts Towns: A Rebus Guide

If you’re looking for a puzzle more challenging than any you’ll find in a Massachusetts escape room… it’s pronouncing the names of the towns that these companies are in.

Some may be straightforward, but most of them offer no clues in the spelling.

I’ve simplified these names by turning them into actual puzzles so that you have a fighting chance at pronouncing these names correctly. You’re welcome.

Leominster

The Gate Escape

Leominster rebus - a lemon plus a hand stirring coffee.

Lemonister Pronunciation:

Lemon-stir

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Peabody

Time Warp

Peabody Rebus

 

Peabody Pronunciation:

Pee-bid-eee

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Saugus

Wicked Escapes

Saugus Rebus: Hand saw + Gus Fring

Saugus Pronunciation:

Saw-gus

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Fitchburg

Curious Escape Rooms

Fitchburg Rebus: Farm - Arm + Itch + Iceberg - Ice

Fitchburg Pronunciation:

Fitch-burg… April Fools! That one’s spelled sensibly.

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Tewksbury

Escapology

Tewksbury Rebus: Tea + Books - Bee + Bury

Tewksbury Pronunciation:

Tooks-bury

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Salem

Escape Room Salem

Salem Rebus: Sale + Lemon - On

Salem Pronunciation:

Sale-em… Don’t be smug; you only knew this one because of the witch trials.

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Winchendon

Winchendon Escape Room

Winchendon Rebus: Witch + Inn + Dunce - S

Winchendon Pronunciation:

Witch-in-done

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Woburn

North Shore Escape

Woburn Rebus: Woo girls - girls + burn

Woburn Pronunciation:

Woo-burn

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Worcester

Escape Games Worcester

Live Action Escapes

Worcestershire sauce + Ring - Shearing - Sauce + Turkey - Key

Worcester Pronunciation:

Wuss-tur

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Boston

Escape the Room Boston

Komnata Quest

Raid the Room

Room Escapers

Trapology

Boston Rebus: Bass + Ton

Boston Pronunciation:

Bass-ton

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Escape Room Westford – The Titletown Ring Thief [Review]

Pahk the cah; it’s time to break into the ahpahtment.

Location: Westford, MA

Date Played: December 16, 2017

Team size: 2-8; we recommend 3-5

Duration: 60 minutes

Price: $27 per ticket

REA Reaction

We don’t find a lot of apartment-themed escape rooms that are worth exploring. This one was.

The Titletown Ring Thief was a well-executed, standard escape room with great puzzles. While we wished the ending were a bit more dramatic, we had a lot of fun playing. We appreciated that The Titletown Ring Thief was so very Massachusetts. Escape Room Westford knows its audience.

In-game: a Patriots World Champion, diamond encrusted ring sitting on a table, a door covered in sports caps blurred in the background.

Who is this for?

  • Puzzle lovers
  • Boston sports fans
  • Any experience level

Why play?

  • Creative puzzles
  • Massachusetts theming

Story

In sports-obsessed Boston, the crime of the century had been perpetrated by a man who had been stealing championship rings from prominent players on all four major New England teams. The police had dispatched us to investigate the suspect’s home. Upon entering we had triggered a booby trap.

We had to outwit the criminal, find the rings, and disarm the trap before it destroyed us and the crown jewels of New England along with us.

Setting

The Titletown Ring Thief was staged in the crook’s apartment, which can best be described as: rabid Boston sports fan’s man cave.  

In-game: a bar with 4 beer taps and a growler in the middle of an apartment with walls covered in sports posters and vinyl records.

It had a bar, piles of sports memorabilia, a coffee maker, a La-Z-Boy, and a TV. What more does one need in life?

While apartments are not typically my favorite escape room environment, this one stood out because it looked believable… I might have been in an apartment that looked like this before.

Gameplay

The Titletown Ring Thief was a standard escape room with a bit of searching and an emphasis on the puzzling… and the puzzling was good.

The puzzles were well integrated into the set and props. When we handled an item, it felt like it belonged. The technology, while limited, was also well integrated into the environment.

Standouts

The Titletown Ring Thief was a fantastic escape room premise. Escape Room Westford built a more compelling apartment set by leaning into the Boston theme and outfitting it with the appropriate sports and beer paraphernalia.

We enjoyed one early puzzle sequence where multiple apartment-y actions funneled into more typical puzzling. It worked really well.

Escape Room Westford relied on a lot of different locking mechanisms, meaning a variety of types of solves, which we appreciated.

Shortcomings

We misinterpreted one clue as belonging to another puzzle that had some visual similarities. Escape Room Westford could gate the puzzles a little differently to avoid teams tripping up on this similarity.

The Titletown Ring Thief petered out. It needed a climactic moment and more exciting conclusion.

Tips for Visiting

  • Escape Room Westford has ample free parking.
  • We recommend nearby Tavern in the Square in Littleton for a meal.

Book your hour with Escape Room Westford’s The Titletown Ring Thief, and tell them that the Room Escape Artist sent you.

Disclosure: Escape Room Westford provided media discounted tickets for this game.