REA Weekly Roundup – November 19, 2017

This weekend we’re getting ready for the holidays!

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Announcements

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

Featured escape rooms

We’ve started publishing reviews from our October trip to Louisiana:

Spellbound at RISE Escape Rooms in Tickfaw looked amazing, played smoothly, put smart twists on established puzzle types, and created a strong sense of adventure.

Through its imposing and detailed set, The Collector at 13th Gate Escape in Baton Rouge came to life in a way that most “murder basement”-style games do not achieve.

Something different

We hosted a successful event in New York City earlier this month. Read our follow-up thoughts.

Featured products

‘Tis the season. Check out our escape room lovers 2017 holiday buyer’s guide.

From the community

Try Darren Miller’s Thanksgiving puzzle!

The Escape Room Divas recently interviewed cryptex creator Justin Nevins. His cryptex was the clear winner of our Cryptex Review Extravaganza.

REA Weekly Roundup – November 5, 2017

This weekend we hosted Escape, Immerse, Explore: NYC 2017!
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Announcements

Thank you to everyone who came out to New York City this weekend for Escape, Immerse, Explore: NYC 2017. We had so much fun meeting all of you!

Featured escape rooms

David stopped in London briefly on his way to Poland. He visited the world-famous Time Run and reviewed The Lance of Longinus. 

If you’re looking for head-to-head gameplay, check out Puzzle Out’s Grand Theft Jersey City.

New York City has been long overdue for another New York-themed escape room. Exit Escape Room NYC’s High Speed fills that void.

Something different

In Poland, people kept asking David about the fire that killed players in an American escape room. We explored where this urban legend came from… and it’s a funny story. Also, safety is important.

From the community

We haven’t been following the online community this week because we’ve been having too much fun with the real life community. A full wrap-up of this weekend’s event is coming soon.

REA Weekly Roundup – October 29, 2017

David is in Poland at WroEscape & Lisa is at home putting the final touches on next weekend’s Escape, Immerse, Explore: NYC 2017!

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Announcements

New Yorkers, if you haven’t visited First Person Xperience’s RED yet, it might not be open too much longer. We recently played it for the second time.

Featured escape rooms

On our recent trip to Budapest, we visited Gozsdu Mission’s White MissionIts puzzles are beautifully hidden in a seemingly bare space.

Something different

Some Haunted Houses are offering a new thrill this Halloween season: 5-minutes escape rooms. We recently visited them in Louisiana at RISE Escape Rooms and 13th Gate Escape.

From the community

Remember that ironic story about how two escaped convicts arrived at an escape room? We interviewed Jonathan Liaw, owner of Sidequests Adventures, about the experience.

REA Weekly Roundup – October 22, 2017

This evening we are at the NYC Gathering 4 Gardner. Come say hello!
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Announcements

David will be speaking at WroEscape, the escape room conference in Wrocław, Poland this week. Let us know if you’ll be there!

Featured escape rooms

On our recent trip to Budapest, we played Mindquest’s Legacy of Noo’Zaca. This was an fun adventure through a gorgeous set with entertaining puzzles and good surprises.

Something different

Nabisco, the maker of Oreo cookies, has a mystery for us to solve… and potentially win $50,000.

Featured products

We reviewed On the Run, the first box in the series Dispatch by the escape room chain Breakout. It was not what we were expecting.

From the community

Amazon created an escape room at New York Comic Con with Alexa to promote Alexa.

Yesterday we played Hunt for Justice, a one-day, team-based puzzle hunt to benefit the Innocence Project. It was quite challenging and a lot of fun.

REA reader and friend Darren Miller created this puzzle. Enjoy!

Finally, we supported the crowdfunding campaign for the puzzle, Cain’s Jawbone – A Novel Problem. I’m not sure that we’ll be any good at solving it, but I really want these things to exist.

REA Weekly Roundup – October 15, 2017

It’s good to be home this weekend after a whirlwind of travel.

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Announcements

Watch our talk from Up The Game, the escape room conference in The Netherlands this past May.

David will be giving an updated version of this talk at WroEscape, the escape room conference in Wrocław, Poland from October 27-29th. Find him there!

Komnata Quest was named the best escape room by the USA Today Readers’ Choice 10 Best vote of 2017.

Featured escape rooms

During our recent trip to Budapest, we played the Pirate Cave Escape Room. This adventure was large, interactive, and highly entertaining.

During our recent trip to Berlin, we played The Room’s Go West. This puzzle game communicated a political and historical message.

Something different

Many people have asked us about Paradiso’s Path of Beatrice. If you’re drawn to immersive experiences, Path of Beatrice was an alternate reality experience (ARX) that delivered a lot of intrigue and actor interaction.

From the community

Looking for a tough puzzle? Maybe you can decipher this encryption for the British Library’s Magna Carta: Law, Liberty, Legacy exhibition.

REA Weekly Roundup – October 8, 2017

Greetings from New Orleans… Houston… New Orleans. We’ve covered a lot of ground this weekend as we dodged Hurricane Nate. You can expect reviews from this trip to publish throughout November and into early December.

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Announcements

David will be speaking at WroEscape, the escape room conference in Wrocław, Poland from October 27-29th. Let us know if you’ll be there!

Featured escape rooms

We’ve started publishing reviews of our recent trip to Berlin. We recommend you go to Berlin to play The Lost Treasure at The Room.

In local news, we visited Paradiso’s second chapter, The Memory Roomwhich included a particular design concept that we’ve been waiting for.

Featured products

Journal29 is a brilliant and challenging puzzle book that we’ve been enjoying for the past month. If you love puzzles, this is a great buy.

From the community

A pair of escaped convicts walked into an escape room in Canada. No, that’s not a setup for a joke.

Want to see a padlocked melted with 900 amps? The answer is yes. You want to see this.

REA Weekly Roundup – October 1, 2017

Today, we are on the road to Boston!

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Announcements

David will be speaking at WroEscape, the escape room conference in Wrocław, Poland from October 27-29th. Let us know if you’ll be there!

Featured escape rooms

Many of the New Jersey haunted houses now offer escape rooms. The Great Room at Haunted Scarehouse was truly a great room!

Something different

Exit VR’s Huxley made us believe in VR. If you’re in Berlin, check it out.

Featured products

We reviewed all three Unlocked! Escape Adventure boxed escape room games. If you’re hoping to capture some escape room-esque glory with a companion over drinks in your home, Unlock! is a solid choice.

From the community

The Room Escape Divas interviewed Escape this Podcast and Escape this Podcast hosts the REDivas. Reciprocity!

It’s fall and it’s time for corn mazes.

Finally we have the answer to the question: Will an axe split a chain in half?

REA Weekly Roundup – September 24, 2017

We spent the day at World Maker Faire in Queens, NY. We love this annual excursion to see both practical and ridiculous things people create.

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Announcements

Ticket sales have closed for Escape Immerse Explore: NYC 2017, a tailored tour through many of New York City’s best escape rooms. We are looking forward to meeting everyone in November!

Featured escape rooms

This week we reviewed IRL Escape’s WW2 Bunker. In the review, we discuss IRL’s partially successful attempt to address a politically sensitive topic, through the medium of escape room.

Something different

Puzzle Out’s Downtown Countdown merged a puzzle game with a walking tour through Jersey City, NJ.

Featured products

ClueKeeper is an iOS & Android app for building and playing puzzle hunts, such as Downtown Countdown. We recommend that both players and designers check it out.

If you run an escape room, you should keep a key extractor on hand.

From the community

On his YouTube channel The Aha Moment, Alex Rosenthal explores the process of solving puzzles. You can solve along with him!

Interested in escape rooms in Rome? Here is reviewing duo Two Bear’s Life’s summary.

Should Disney Close The Hall of Presidents Permanently? Theme Park University gives an interesting take.

 

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.

Go ahead, click today’s spoiler alert.

Example Spoiler

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.