Where to find the world’s best escape rooms.
Although escape rooms are relatively new, they’re now everywhere all over the world. Don’t miss our list of the 6 best escape rooms from around the globe.
If you haven’t tried out an escape room yet, you’re definitely missing out. Escape rooms are an interactive adventure undertaken by a team of people. Basically, you and a few other people are locked in a room. In order to get out of the room, you need to find clues and solve a series of puzzles that allow you to “escape” the locked room. Most escape rooms are themed and take the team of “escapees” through a story via the clues and puzzles.
The best escape rooms are based on a really intriguing concept or story and combine stellar room design with cool special effects and challenging clues and puzzles. Wondering what some of the best escape rooms from around the world are like? Read on to find out!
1) Sherlock: The Game is Now
If you’re a superfan of the BBC show Sherlock, then this escape room in London is the perfect experience for you. In this top of the line escape room, you become the detective right beside Sherlock and Watson, as voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman themselves. Essentially, you get to be a part of the hit show!
This escape room immerses you in an elaborate story that could have been written by Arthur Conan Doyle himself. You’ve been recruited as a super-secret spy. You’re on the trail of Moriarty, who has again done something awful, and you need to use the clues in the room to solve the mystery and bring Moriarty to justice. For anyone who loves a good detective story, and especially for anyone who loves Sherlock Holmes, this escape room is the epitome of a good time.
2) The Basement
For horror fans who can take a good scare, The Basement is the ultimate escape room experience. The Basement has multiple locations in California as well as one in Las Vegas. The production quality is really what stands out about The Basement. If you’ve ever wanted to feel like you’re in a horror movie, this is the closest you’re going to come while still staying safe. The room has the look and feel of a real horror movie set and the videos and audio that accompany the story are Hollywood quality.
The Basement is more accurately described as an escape “scenario” because it’s actually compromised of three rooms, each of which is a chapter in the story of a cannibalistic serial killer. You and your team move through the room finding clues and solving puzzles in order to escape with your lives. Luckily, the staff is always there to let you out if you can’t make it out on your own – or if it gets too real for your comfort.
3) Mr. X Escape Rooms
If you’re looking for some of the most challenging and interesting puzzles in the escape room world, escape room enthusiasts say you have to head to Shanghai to check out Mr. X Escape Rooms. Mr. X Escape Rooms is a franchise, with multiple locations across Asia, but the rooms with the best reviews are all in the Shanghai location. Many escape room locations offer multiple rooms and scenarios, and Mr. X’s is no exception. Their Shanghai location boasts twelve different scenarios for escapees to try. Each scenario requires all the brainpower and deductive reasoning you’ve got. In fact, even seasoned escape room enthusiasts said that there were some scenarios they couldn’t solve before the time was up.
4) Breakout Games
This D.C. escape room center offers six different rooms, all based around classic mystery scenarios. You and your team can get caught up in a train heist, be spies finding an undercover agent in a casino, escape from your captor after being kidnapped, work your way through a haunted mansion, and more. What makes Breakout Games stand out is the elaborate stories involved in each of the scenarios. Not only do you need to look for the clues and solve the puzzles to make it out of each room, but you also need to keep track of all the details of the storyline. You’ll feel like you’re really living each scenario as you work to escape.
Escapees describe these rooms as challenging, but solvable, which is great for those looking to try escape rooms for the first time. Plus, the variety of rooms means that you can go back multiple times and have a new experience each time.
5) Escape Hunt
This escape room franchise has locations in multiple countries, making it one of the largest escape room franchises in the world. Each of the franchises is specially tailored to the location it’s in, which makes for an interesting local experience. For example, the Houston franchise’s scenario is about the theft of the Texas Lone Star, while their Barcelona location’s scenario is about a Spanish serial killer known as the Vampire of Barcelona.
Other locations in London, Sydney, Adelaide, Auckland, Melbourne, Miami, Paris, and more each offer scenarios that are deeply rooted in the local culture, history, and experience. These escape rooms are perfect for tourists who want to experience the local color in an interesting and unique way.
6) Palace Games
For history buffs, there’s no better experience than Palace Games in San Francisco California. This escape room center offers multiple rooms and scenarios, all deeply rooted in American history. The stories combine real facts with fictional stories with intricate sets and technology to create an immersive experience like no other. You can help Houdini pull off another daring escape, work on inventions with Edison, go on an adventure with Teddy Roosevelt and much more.
While it might not be feasible for you to travel to some of the best escape rooms in the world, that doesn’t mean that you can’t experience an escape room for yourself. Escape rooms are popping up all over the U.S. and many other countries, so wherever you are you can find a way to experience this unique adventure. A quick internet search will reveal escape rooms near you. From there, you just need to gather a group of friends who are up for anything! For more information about adventures, you can take all over the world and right in your backyard, check out our blog.
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