REA Weekly Roundup – February 25, 2018

The Prexcyt Quest has begun!

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Announcements

Did you miss last November’s NYC Escape Room Tour? Stay tuned for next Sunday’s blog post.

On March 7, we’re hosting a NYC Room Escape Fan Shindig. We’re thrilled by how many folks have RSVPed so far, many of whom we haven’t met yet.

Featured Escape Rooms

Salt Lake City: Reactor Room at Getout Games was a challenging game with exciting and memorable moments.

New York City: The Taken at Element Quest was a SAW-esque horror escape room with nifty interactions and some startling moments. It’s worth the subway ride deep into Brooklyn.

Something Different

Building on David’s first letter lock word exploration, this week we published another: Ever wondered what words are possible with WordLock’s 5 disk letter lock? Read this one through to the end for a laugh.

Featured Products

Lockbox Mysteries offers a product for folks in Salt Lake City: Sherlock Holmes and the Great Charade can be picked up and played at home. They’ve crammed a ton of gameplay into a portable structure.

From the Community

If you’re interested in making your own at-home escape rooms for friends and family, check out DIY Escape Room. They have lots of content to help you produce your own amateur games.

And finally, remember kids: “Finger strength only.”

REA Weekly Roundup – February 18, 2018

It was great to be back at the New York Puzzle Party yesterday. We spoke about the state of escape room in 2018.

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Announcements

Please note the venue change for our NYC Room Escape Fan Shindig on March 7th. This event will now take place at Shades of Green Pub.

Featured Escape Rooms

From our trip to Salt Lake City in January:

Prison Bus Escape at Alcatraz Escape Games took place on an actual bus.

Dracula’s Castle at Mystery Escape Room had an off-stage and in-character gamemaster.

Featured Products

Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: Jack the Ripper & West End Adventures was a wonderfully challenging  tabletop mystery game.

From the Community

Trapology in Boston is running an immersive puzzle event set at a wedding, entitled Keep Up Your Garter on April 29. I wish we could attend this one.

Our friends over at No Proscenium have an interesting post on consent in immersive experiences.

REA Weekly Roundup – February 11, 2018

We are in Nashville this weekend visiting every escape room company in the area. That should be 14 games (at 14 facilities) in 36 hours… unless we pick up an extra. It’s been known to happen.REA Round Up logo with an up arrow atop the letter d.

Announcements

The RSVPs keep coming in for our NYC Room Escape Fan Shindig on March 7. We’re looking forward to meeting new friends there!

We are pleased to announce the upcoming Cryptex Puzzle Hunt! Read all about it in this interview.

We’ll be speaking at the room escape conference in Nashville this July. Register today!

Featured Escape Rooms

This week’s escape rooms are each doing something different:

Worcester, MA: The Starship: Space Rescue at Live Action Escapes started off typically and ended with a Star Trek Bridge Commander-style spaceship adventure.

New Haven, CTThe Game Show at Escape New Haven began as a The Game Show and evolved into something else entirely.

Something Different

How many different words can you make on a fixed-disk Master Lock?

REA Classic of the Week

May 28, 2015: Escape Room Design: Step One, Research. This is still our number one design tip.

From the Community

Realistic Escape Rooms

Some will make you laugh, others will make you cry.

Super Bowl Champions Escaping Rooms

Before the Super Bowl, a few Philadelphia Eagles players visited Prison Break at The Escape Game Minneapolis.

Escape This Podcast

Finally, Escape This Podcast is kicking off their second season. If you haven’t listened to them before, they are doing something cool.

REA Weekly Roundup – February 4, 2018

If you’re enjoying the Super Bowl, check out the featured review below!

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Announcements

We’re looking forward to seeing/meeting many of you at our NYC Room Escape Fan Shindig. If you’re reading this, and you live in New York City, we really hope you’ll join us there.

Featured Escape Rooms

New England fans, this one is for you: 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.

New Yorkers, this one is worth a drive to Westchester: Puzzle Parlour made subtle changes to a popular escape room theme to deliver more drama, adventure, hidden technology, and consequences than most. While we wished Puzzle Parlour had built a more captivating environment, they justified the setting and scenario through gameplay. The brilliance of The Heist Part 1 will be lost on most players, but maybe this doesn’t matter.

Something Different

We investigated this week’s patent claim: beware of the patent troll.

Featured Products

Escape Room In A Box: The Werewolf Experiment is now available from Mattel. It’s a little different, but we still recommend it.

REA Classic of the Week

July 19, 2015: Famous Geeks Escape a Horror Room Escape [with so many spoilers].

From the Community

Check out Escape Jam LA on Sunday, Feb 25th, 2018: Want to try your hand at designing an Escape Room? The Escape Jam is a new event in Los Angeles for anyone who loves playing, designing, and learning about escape-room-style challenges and puzzles, all while meeting new people and having a blast! This will be the third event of its kind and we’ve heard fantastic feedback on the previous two.

Hourglass Escapes posted a how to guide for creating a puzzle box.

Then there’s this illusion floor:

REA Weekly Roundup – January 28, 2018

This weekend we enjoyed a marathon day of escape rooms along the Jersey shore.REA Round Up logo with an up arrow atop the letter d.

Announcements

We already have a great group of folks attending our NYC Room Escape Fan Shindig. We hope you can join us too!

Featured Escape Rooms

New Haven, CT: We were pleasantly shocked by the second act after being underwhelmed when we set foot in The Initiative. Narratively, Elm City Escape paid off the banality of the opening sequence and they rewarded us with fantastic gameplay later on. Worth it.

Something Different

2017 Golden Lock-In Award winning company Puzzalarium doesn’t just create escape rooms: The Floor is Lava was a human-scale social deduction game that happened to be at an escape room facility. It was massive and fun. The set was fantastic. We wish that it weren’t on the other side of the continent.

Today we offer 13 Tips for Opening an Escape Room.

Featured Products

You have 1 day left to back The Conjurer’s Almanaq: Escape this Book on Kickstarter.

REA Classic of the Week

June 13, 2015: Playing Room Escapes with Children.

From the Community

Based on the series on the recent reviews from The Logic Escapes Me, it seems that Hamburg, Germany is a fantastic place to escape rooms.

And there’s this:

REA Weekly Roundup – January 21, 2018

We love travel, but it’s good to be home for a little bit.

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Announcements

We’re hosting a NYC Room Escape Fan Shindig. We hope you can make it!

Facebook Newsfeed changes will affect you.

Featured Escape Rooms

San Diego: The Unlockables’ The Escape was an escape room for enthusiasts by an enthusiast. We had a ton of fun.

San Diego: Quicksand Escape Games’ The Diner would be a solid entry into escape rooms. We appreciated its retro charm and puzzle flow.

Something Different

Immersive Theater: Club Drosselmeyer brought together swing dancing, a fantastic band, magic, acrobatics, puzzles, intrigue, a beautiful setting, and lots of interaction.

Featured Products

The two Deckscape games, Test Time & The Fate of London, were fun, portable, and repackable. Plus, it’s tough to argue with the price.

REA Classic of the Week

December 1, 2014: Second Room Stupor. A full 3 years later and this is still a thing we mess up.

From the Community

Meow Wolf, Santa Fe’s immersive artists’ collective experience extravaganza, has announced that they will be opening up in both Denver, Colorado, and Las Vegas, Nevada.

The duo behind 2017 Golden Lock-In winning Strange Bird Immersive appeared on the Room Escape Divas podcast and talked about story in escape rooms. This was my favorite episode of their show to date.

Finally, web comic Alarmingly Bad killed it with an escape room comic:

New Record comic: The Kool Aid man being arrested in front of an escape room with a large hole in the wall.

REA Weekly Roundup – January 14, 2017

Greetings from the MIT Mystery Hunt in Boston!

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Featured Escape Rooms

San Diego: Steal and Escape lovingly crafted Mysterious Stranger to surprise and delight players of all experience levels. It drew on well established, successful gameplay tactics and combined these with original concepts. While it was search-heavy, search solves were unusually rewarding.

Something Different

Why would you ever offer a refund? We explored how selective refunds could grow your business.

Featured Products

The Decoder Ring Organization Season One: Roland delivered interactive fiction to our home. It would be great for anyone looking to sink their teeth into a mystery, in episodic installments over a period of time. If you’re looking for more focused puzzling and gameplay, this won’t be for you.

REA Classic of the Week

November 19, 2014:  The Couple Trap. Remind new teammates to avoid this hazard.

From the Community

New Englanders: While the good folks from Boxaroo are still closed, on February 3rd they’ll be running a puzzle event, The Perfect Heist Part 1: The Plan. I wish we could make it to this one.

A few weeks ago we reviewed (and loved) Gorogoa. If you enjoyed it, this long read on its design process is a must read.

Finally, this is kind of insane:

REA Weekly Roundup – January 7, 2018

Greetings from Salt Lake City! We just narrowly escaped the cold and snow at home.

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Announcements

Check out our new review format!

Read about the 17 outstanding games who are now officially 2017 Golden Lock-In Award winners.

Featured Escape Rooms

Los Angeles: Da Vinci’s Challenge included many different tangible, but puzzle-y challenges. QUEST ROOM’s solutions triggered exciting reveals.

Something Different

Will you get rich off your new escape room business? In answer to that question, we looked at how your napkin math is flawed.

REA Classic of the Week

June 29, 2015: Brute-Force and Escape Games. 2.5 years later and it’s still just as true.

From the Community

A Roundup of Roundups

Our friends in the UK The Logic Escapes Me & Brit of an Escape Habit as well as the San Francisco-based Escape Rumors published their annual roundups. Those who included travel and play stats like we did in the 2017 Golden Lock-In Awards owe the credit for the idea to Brit of an Escape Habit.

MIT Mystery Hunt

Next weekend we’ll be at the MIT Mystery Hunt. This will be our first time there in person. Last year we puzzled remotely.

If you’re interested in the Hunt, this is a fantastic documentary about last year’s Hunt. It was interesting to see all of the in-person activities that we missed.

REA Weekly Roundup – December 31, 2017

Happy New Year!

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Announcements

On Tuesday, January 2nd, we’ll announce our 2017 Golden Lock-In award winners. In the meantime, look back at the escape rooms that won in 2016 and 2015.

Featured escape rooms

On our recent trip to San Diego, we enjoyed The Parlour at Puzzalarium. This puzzle-driven game in an elegantly simple environment incorporated tabletop gaming mechanics to deliver something different.

Featured products

If you follow us on Facebook or Twitter, you might have heard that the book The Art of Game Design went on sale this week. It is still 49% off right now. Plus you can knock off $5 with the coupon code: BOOKGIFT17

From the community

We made two brief appearances on this week’s No Proscenium Podcast telling our New Years wishes for immersive entertainment.

Stefan over at Two Bears Life wrote a great piece, Why Broken Game Elements Are A Big Deal in Escape Rooms.

Darren Miller closed out the year with two more free puzzles, New Years Resolution and Summary 2017.

Finally, XKCD closed out the year with some brilliance that is relevant to our community.

(If you purchase via our Amazon links, you will help support Room Escape Artist as we will receive a very small percentage of the sale.)

REA Weekly Roundup – December 24, 2017

Merry Christmas!

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Announcements

Last second gift ideas… They won’t arrive in time for Christmas, but they’ll still be fun next week: Room Escape Lover’s 2017 Holiday Buyer’s Guide!

Featured escape rooms

Time Chasers: Race for the Cure at Trap’t in Stamford, CT combined multiple escape room sets into one cohesive narrative with challenging puzzles. This was a fun premise and exciting to explore.

Something different

We interviewed Juliana Patel and Ariel Rubin, the creators of Escape Room in a Box, about their seemingly fairytale kickstarter campaign and their hard work behind the scenes.

Featured products

In the iOS / Steam / Nintendo Switch game Gorogoa I changed the world and the protagonist within it reacted to the changes. Therein lay the puzzle. It was beautiful and different from anything else that I had played before.

From the community

Our friends at Locked Escape Rooms have published their reviews of Blackbeard’s Brig & Tomb of the Red Queen from our visit to Escape Room Center together. We reviewed Blackbeard’s Brig & Tomb of the Red Queen earlier this month.

Darren Miller has a Christmas puzzle for you!

The contestant on this week’s NPR Sunday puzzle asked Will Shortz what he thought of social puzzling like escape rooms. Spoiler: He’s all for it.

A sudoku with a face holding a knife. The meme reads, "Time to commit sudoku."