Real Escape Game Named Best in the U.S.


Mission: Escape, Palace Games, Locked In: The Birmingham Escape Game and Breakout KC in top 5

The first escape room game opened in Kyoto, Japan in 2008, and these physical adventure games began popping up all over Asia, and eventually, the U.S. By 2015, there were some 2,800 worldwide. 

  • Real Escape Game
    San Francisco

    Real Escape Game, the company behind the first escape room game in Japan, has brought the experience to San Francisco with two different immersive experiences. Escape from the Submarine has teams battling the clock to find a way out of a submarine lodged in a seabed fissure. The 8 Suspects is like a real live game of Clue, with participants working together to uncover the killer.
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  • Mission: Escape

    The two immersive, interactive escape adventures at Mission: Escape in Atlanta have quickly become one of the city's most popular attractions. In The Study, participants must attempt to steal back a precious jewel from the mansion of a billionaire and return it to the British Royal Family. Alternately, a group is split among three hotel rooms with only 60 minutes to escape from The Hotel's less-than-stable proprietor. 
    Photo courtesy of Mission: Escape

  • Palace Games
    San Francisco

    Palace Games operates two excellent escape rooms in San Francisco. The first, The Great Houdini Escape Room, is situated within the Palace of Fine Arts and inspired by the infamous magician's participation at the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition. The sequel, called The Roosevelt Escape Room, digs deeper into Houdini's story.
    Photo courtesy of Alsu Sabirova

  • Locked In: The Birmingham Escape Game
    Birmingham, Ala.

    Locked In: The Birmingham Escape Game is a family-friendly escape game experience with three rooms on offer. The easiest room, The Warehouse, has participants hunting for a secret item in a government warehouse. The Laboratory is a 60-minute scramble for the cure to a deadly virus outbreak, while The Classroom – the most difficult of the three – involves solving a cryptic riddle in an abandoned schoolhouse.
    Photo courtesy of Locked In: The Birmingham Escape Game

  • Breakout KC
    Kansas City, Mo.

    Located in Kansas City's River Market, Breakout KC ranks among the top escape games in the world. Four standard rooms (River Quay Casino, The Truman Room, Room 13 and Szechuan Secret) are complemented by The Underground, a more intense escape room experience where guests might have to crawl, climb or jump to get out.
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  • House of Hints
    San Diego

    SoCal has become a hotbed of escape games, and San Diego's House of Hints stands out among the best. Visitors can choose from eight different rooms, ranging in difficulty from the beginner-friendly (but still no walk in the park) JD Beckett's PI Office to the Blak Ops Safe House, rated "Extreme." 
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  • Austin Panic Room

    Austin Panic Room, part of the larger Texas Panic Room collection of escape games, switches up their rooms every 10 to 12 months, so repeat players will always find a new challenge. Current offerings include Museum Heist, Prison Break, Abandoned School, Cabin Fever and Phase III: Human Trials. 
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  • Room Escape Live
    Los Angeles

    In a city loaded with escape room games, Room Escape Live stands out from the crowd. Participants can race the clock to save the world in Zombie Lab or Cold War Bunker, or play the villain in Central Bank or Prison Break. 
    Photo courtesy of Room Escape Live

  • Trapology

    Trapology Boston's suspenseful storylines, challenging puzzles and immersive sets are all designed in-house, offering participants a range of analytical brain-teasers, physical puzzles and hands-on, high tech electronics in their 60-minute quests to escape. Trapology currently offers two rooms, Drunk Tank and The Hustler, with another in the works.
    Photo courtesy of Trapology Boston

  • The Basement
    Los Angeles

    Haunted house and horror enthusiasts rave about The Basement, Los Angeles's horror-themed escape room game where participants must work together to find clues, solve puzzles and escape the clutches of a crazed and cannibalistic serial killer. The experience includes three different rooms following a linear storyline.
    Photo courtesy of THE BASEMENT: A Live Escape Room Experience

We asked our network of 10Best Local Experts to nominate their favorite escape room games from coast to coast, and after four weeks of voting, you've chosen your favorites.

The top 10 winners in the category Best Escape Room are as follows:

  1. Real Escape Game - San Francisco
  2. Mission: Escape - Atlanta
  3. Palace Games - San Francisco
  4. Locked In: The Birmingham Escape Game - Birmingham, Ala.
  5. Breakout KC - Kansas City, Mo.
  6. House of Hints - San Diego
  7. Austin Panic Room - Austin
  8. Room Escape Live - Los Angeles
  9. Trapology - Boston
  10. The Basement - Los Angeles

Other escape rooms nominated in this category included America's Escape Game, Black Out, Escape the 1980s, Escape Game Nashville, Escape Experience, Escapism Portland, Escape Room Live, Escapology, Locurio and Mission Escape Games.

Congratulations to all our winning escape room games!

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