REA Weekly Roundup – September 10, 2017

We wish all of the folks in or escaping Irma’s path all of the best. 
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Announcements

We are introducing a new feature that you’ll see from time to time. We will not be publishing aggressive spoilers of games, but when we think that readers may want to choose to engage with deeper analysis, we’ll bury the content behind a spoiler warning.

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There are only 2 weeks left to purchase tickets for our New York City Tour, Escape Immerse Explore. There are still a few tickets left… Buy them now!

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Tickets for Escape Immerse Explore: NYC 2017 are ONLY on sale through Friday, September 22.

Escape Immerse Explore: NYC 2017 is a tailored tour through many of New York City’s best escape rooms. Join us November 3-4, 2017.

Featured escape rooms

This week we started publishing reviews from our recent trip to Minneapolis:

If you’re looking for a different spin on the bank heist theme, check out Puzzle Works’ The Vault. Beyond the massive metal vault door, it was inventive, surprising, and humorous.

Something different

Trap Door in New Jersey has introduced Puzzles & Corks, a hybrid puzzle hunt and wine tasting experience… as an onramp to escape rooms.

We take you on a tour of Boss Keys, an episodic analysis of the dungeon design and game mechanics of The Legend of Zelda videogame series. We particularly focus on episodes that cross over to room escape design.

Featured products

This week we reviewed Break Free, the first of three games for children available from Spy Code. Break Free is inspired by escape rooms and lockpicking and is great family entertainment.

From the community

The results are in from the 2017 Escape Room Enthusiast Survey.

This week, Up the Game released a video of Nick Moran from Time Run in London speaking about Tools of Immersion.

Another shocking study about locking people in spaces…

REA Weekly Roundup – September 3, 2017

Greetings from Berlin!

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Announcements

Join us November 3-4, 2017 for Escape Immerse Explore: NYC 2017, a tailored tour through many of New York City’s best escape rooms. Tickets are on sale now.

Voting is now open for USA Today’s 10Best Escape Rooms of 2017. Vote now!

Featured escape rooms

Komnata Quest has opened an additional facility in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, with more expansive adventure-style quests. This week we reviewed the Sin City-inspired Bullets and Broken Hearts.

Something different

This video of a talk by Cross Roads Escape Games is a must-watch for anyone who is considering opening an escape room.

Featured products

This week, please join us in supporting Child’s Play, in memory of a good friend.

From the community

This week the REDivas chat with Escape Maze and Scott Nicholson about historical escapes.

On No Proscenium, Noah talks with Mindshow CEO Gil Baron and Ricky Brigante of Inside The Magic.

New Rubik’s Cube world record: 4.69 seconds

And a failed escape.

REA Weekly Roundup – August 27, 2017

Greetings from Budapest!

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Announcements

Join us November 3-4, 2017 for Escape Immerse Explore: NYC 2017, a tailored tour through many of New York City’s best escape rooms. Tickets are on sale now.

Featured escape rooms

In the past month, we’ve reviewed 4 very different Egyptian tombs. Each one had an outstanding set:

  • The Egyptian Tomb at Escape Room Mystery in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania
  • The Tomb at Bates Motel Escape Rooms in West Chester, Pennsylvania
  • Pharaoh’s Revenge at Escape Room Challenge in Evesham Township, New Jersey
  • The Tomb at Bright Asylum in Passaic, New Jersey

Something different

This week’s player tip: how to sit out in an escape room

Featured products

Of the 3 at-home escape rooms released by Exit: The Game, The Pharaoh’s Tomb was our favorite.

From the community

We dropped in for a 15-minute segment on this week’s No Proscenium podcast. To hear us talk about escape rooms, start around minute 4:23. Stick around to hear from Kevin Williams of FOIL.

Are you interested in an a club for the magical arts in New York City? Magician Vinny DePonto and a team of Queen of the Night alumni behind the immersive events company MinuteZero are looking to realize that wish through this Kickstarter for The Conjuror’s Club.

Check out this video of KFC’s VR escape room training game. You too can learn a dumb-downed version of making fried chicken through this condescending wonka-esque nightmare. Pay special attention to the Colonel’s incredibly creepy cough:

To those of you in Texas, we hope you are all ok. We’re thinking about you.

REA Weekly Roundup – August 20, 2017

Greetings from Minneapolis! And for anyone curious what this market has to offer… the reviews will start publishing in September.

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Announcements

Join us November 3-4, 2017 for Escape Immerse Explore: NYC 2017, a tailored tour through many of New York City’s best escape rooms. Tickets are on sale now.

Featured escape rooms

Part escape room part obstacle course, F5 had us fleeing from a tornado.

Something different

At the Chicago Room Escape Conference last year we met Jason Richard of Steal and Escape in San Diego. At the time, Jason was struggling to keep his escape room business afloat. Tone from Trapdoor Unlocked recorded an impromptu, late-night, slightly alcohol-fueled video featuring a number of folks giving Jason advice. We checked in with him a year later to see which he changes he has implemented and where he is heading. 

Featured products

Illuminating Wood is a pretty nifty trick. Read more about this and other puzzles available from Riddlefactory.

From the community

A year and a half ago we reviewed the Escape Room in a Box prototype, and had a great time. We’re happy to hear that Juliana and Ariel have a new partner to help them bring future games to market.

Christine Barger, The Haunt Girl, is a professional ventriloquist and member of the Magic Castle. Over the last couple years she has taken us to the Magic Castle as her guests, and once used David and me as her dummies. This week she posted a spoiler-free video reviewing a popup escape room in the Magic Castle… we’re super envious and wish we’d gotten to play.

Think twice before you jab that fork into an electrical outlet: If you die in an Escape Room, you die in real life.

That’s all folks… and remember, you can never build a set too rugged:

REA Weekly Roundup – August 13, 2017

This week we are introducing the weekly roundup. If you don’t have time to read about room escapes every day, you can tune in on Sundays for links to the week’s highlights.

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Announcements

Join us November 3-4, 2017 for Escape Immerse Explore: NYC 2017, a tailored tour through many of New York City’s best escape rooms. Tickets are on sale now.

Featured escape rooms

Lenny Thompkins sold his soul to play the blues by Pursue the Clues in Torrington, Connecticut is loosely based on the old legend from the Mississippi Delta of Robert Johnson, one of the fathers of the blues.

Something different

The Lock Museum of America is a small nonprofit museum in Terryville, Connecticut, dedicated to the history of locking devices. They also have an escape room.

Featured products

If you’re locking up a bottle, we recommend the Tantalus Wine and Liquor Bottle Lock. Read the complete Bottle Lock Roundup.

From the community

Gamasutra published Adam Clare’s piece on escape room design trends.

No Proscenium interviewed Christian Dieckmann of 3D Live on this week’s podcast.

The Logic Escapes Me reviewed SCRAP’s Defenders of the Triforce in London. In February, we reviewed it in Los Angeles.

Our friends Sera and Sharan in the UK just completed their 500th escape room and were honored by the local news.

BosnianBill over at the Lock Lab stress tested some Masterlocks with a minigun and a grenade. Enjoy.

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