Komnata Quest named Best Escape Room
Enchambered, Cross Roads Escape Games, 5 Wits and Escape Code in top five
Since the first escape room opened in Japan in 2008, the escape room craze has taken the world by storm. Today, there are thousands of these physical adventure games around the globe. We asked a panel of escape game bloggers to nominate their favorite game facilities in the U.S. For the past four weeks, readers have been voting for their favorites.
Komnata Quest (New York)
Intense and unusual are two words Lisa and David of Room Escape Artist used to describe the numerous games at Komnata Quest in New York. Highlights include the Maze of Hakaina and Heir to the Throne. Photo courtesy of Komnata Quest
Sacramento-based Enchambered operates three different escape rooms. Containment Breach challenges players to solve the mystery of a locked laboratory where a teleportation experiment went terribly wrong. In The Whispering Halls, players enter a Victorian manor with a paranormal problem, while The Hidden Tomb digs deep into ancient catacombs to in search of a discovery of a lifetime. Photo courtesy of Enchambered
Cross Roads Escape Games (Anaheim, Calif.)
Anaheim's Cross Roads Escape Games features fun and replay-able games, often with heavily individualized elements that blur the lines between team and solo play. Highlights include The Hex Room and The Fun House. Photo courtesy of Cross Roads Escape Games
5 Wits (Mass. and N.Y.)
Incredible set designs immerse gamers in the five themed worlds of 5 Wits, an escape game creator with locations in Massachusetts and New York. High-tech special effects and loads of physical interaction bring to live immersive adventures, with standouts like Espionage and Drago's Castle. Photo courtesy of 5 Wits
Escape Code (Branson, Mo.)
Escape Code in Branson features six rooms, each with immersive stories and integrated technology throughout. Unique to this facility are two Biblically themed rooms, Condemned, where players follow Paul and Silas into a Roman prison and The Arrival, where players must unravel the mystery of a stable in Bethlehem before an approaching army arrives. Photo courtesy of Escape Code
60 to Escape (Gurnee, Ill.)
At 60 to Escape in Chicago
, escape room enthusiasts will find a series of well-balanced and fun games, like Blast from the Past, where you and your team have to investigate the disappearance of a local arcade owner, or Museum, a heist game where players are tasked with scoring a billion-dollar artifact. Photo courtesy of 60 to Escape
Breakout Lawrence (Lawrence, Kan.)
The unique designs of the rooms at Breakout Lawrence give escape room addicts a new experience to enjoy. In Party Like It's 1999, players race to reset a computer system before the clock strikes twelve and the Y2K bug takes down worldwide networks. Civil War takes players into the past to escape from an enemy bunker. Photo courtesy of Breakout Lawrence
Escape Room Insomnia DC (Washington)
Wonderful set pieces abound in the four escape rooms on offer at Escape Room Insomnia DC, particularly in Mafia, where players are immersed in a world of bootleggers, federal agents and La Costa Nostra during the days of prohibition. Photo courtesy of Escape Room DC Insomnia
Omescape (San Jose)
Omescape integrates technology seamlessly into their puzzles. Visitors at the San Jose location have their choice of five games suitable for as few as two or as many as 10 players. In the most tricky game, Joker's Asylum, players must unravel the mystery of the joker before he finds them. Photo courtesy of Omescape
60OUT (Los Angeles)
With locations throughout the Los Angeles
area, 60OUT has over a dozen games to choose from. "Titanic was a cinematic adventure that put the players in the starring role," said Lisa and David from Room Escape Artist, and "Senator Payne felt like living an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer." Photo courtesy of 60OUT
The top 10 winners in the category Best Escape Room are as follows:
- Komnata Quest - New York
- Enchambered - Sacramento
- Cross Roads Escape Games - Anaheim, Calif.
- 5 Wits - Mass. and N.Y.
- Escape Code - Branson, Mo.
- 60 to Escape - Gurnee, Ill.
- Breakout Lawrence - Lawrence, Kan.
- Escape Room Insomnia DC - Washington
- Omescape - San Jose
- 60OUT - Los Angeles
A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts William Chen and Yuan Jiang (EscapeRoomTips.com), Chris Moschella (Escape Authority), Lisa and David Spira (Room Escape Artist) and Esc Room Addict were chosen based on their knowledge and experience of American escape rooms.
Congratulations to all these great award-winning games!