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A Guide to Escape Room Board Games

UPDATED: Aug, 2017

Back in August, 2016, the Room Escape Divas had a podcast with Donald Dennis about board games from an escape room perspective.

However, there were a few we did not cover that are marketed as Escape Room Board Games.

This post has collected a number of reviews from Escape Room blogs, but does not include reviews from board game blogs (since there are a number of them). I have also included my thoughts in a few of them.

If I have missed reviews by escape room blogs, please tell me!

Board Games

The following games can be purchased from board games stores and usually put out by a publisher. Click the image for access to its BGG entry.

Deckscape

Deckscape: Test Time (Available: €10,90)

Designers: Martino Chiacchiera, Silvano Sorrentino
In Deckscape: Test Time, you have been selected from Doctor Thyme’s most brilliant students for a special project. He’ll test your skills, and if you succeed, you’ll get a unique chance to help him on his newest and greatest invention. While he’s explaining his project, he distractedly pushes a button: an alarm cries loudly and heavy gratings shut all the windows and the exit door. The laboratory is locked! Doc Thyme falls through a trapdoor below his feet and the lights turn off. Will you be able to pass Doctor Thyme’s exam and exit his laboratory? Using just sixty cards, you will take part in a hectic adventure, without leaving home.

As an enthusiast who enjoys difficult and fair puzzles, I find this to be the best offering out of all the board games listed here. Other games worry if you cheat and try to implement mechanisms to discourage this. Deckscape assumes you’ll be honest and packs in a lot of puzzles. The cards are larger than standard cards, and unlike Exit’s, I didn’t have to squint or search hard to find important information. And the puzzles were challenging enough that we had to pass them around to other players to get multiple viewpoints. Everyone had a chance to be involved. And you know what’s glorious? When you get an answer, for the most part, you will know it’s the right one! No arbitrary “Shall I try this card on this one? Who knows? Could work!” The only negative is the cost of this card game in comparison to the other two card based escape room games (Exit and Unlock!). However, because of the puzzles and the difficulty, I find this game far superior to the other two. Even though we lost, I enjoyed it immensely.
– Errol Elumir (Room Escape Divas)

Deckscape: The Fate of London (September 2017 (IT))

Designers: Martino Chiacchiera, Silvano Sorrentino
In this title, a terrible threat hangs over London, and the Crown of England needs your help! Your mission is to find four devices hidden in secret locations and defuse them before midnight. A single mistake, and the situation could degenerate quickly…

Currently no reviews for this game.
(IT) Available in September, 2017.

Escape Room in a Box

Escape Room in a Box: The Werewolf Experiment (Nov 2017: $30)

Designer: Juliana Patel, Ariel Rubin
This kickstarter game has been taken on by Mattel.

In Escape Room In a Box: The Werewolf Experiment a group of two to six people has only one hour to work together in order to find clues, solve puzzles, and crack the codes that will unlock the antidote and keep them from turning into werewolves!

…offered us a better experience than many rooms do, and it did so from the comfort of our own dinning room, at the price of 1.5 tickets to an average room escape.

Escape Room In A Box: The Werewolf Experiment is a great game. It’s well-designed, innovative, and fun.
Room Escape Artist

As a light introduction to the world of puzzle solving with an attached story Escape Room In A Box: The Werewolf Experiment does its job! At the same time, board game, escape room, and puzzle enthusiasts will probably be a bit disappointed unless they adjust their expectations…
Esc Room Addict

Escape Room in A Box is the perfect party game and a must buy for room escape lovers and puzzle solvers. It’s also a great introduction to escape rooms if you have friends who have never tried one.
The Room Escapist

Escape Room: The Game

Escape Room: The Game (Available: $51 CDN)

Resettable: Yes! Items meant to be folded, written on, etc.have a small “printer” printed on it, meaning you can find this item on the website and print it.

Can you keep your cool under pressure? Escape Room The Game from Spin Master brings the thrill and mystery of an escape room to your home. Work together to solve puzzles and find hidden clues to escape before time runs out! The Chrono Decoder counts down from 60 minutes and creates a real escape room atmosphere. Play 1 of 4 different escape room adventures with varying levels of difficulty: Prison Break, Virus, Nuclear Countdown, and Temple of the Aztec. You win or lose together with Escape Room The Game.

The games are quite fun, except that the first one (Prison Break) has a particularly bad puzzle at the end — probably the worst puzzle in the whole 4-game box — which is sad because it puts people off the whole set which is otherwise pretty nifty.

The materials are mostly paper/cardboard with an electronic timer/verifier/codesheet gadget. The gadget is cute enough and works OK, though it feels a little cheap. Hints are time-triggered and pretty well designed, but of course may or may not match what you need at any given moment.

The stories are cliche (prison break, virus lab, etc) but capably told, the kit is good quality (for being paper and cardboard), and the illustration is well done.

Recommend 2-4p max. Can be reset as long as you’re careful not to mangle anything.
– Dan Egnor

This wasn’t the most brilliantly designed game out there, but we all enjoyed our time puzzling together, and that ain’t nothing.
Room Escape Artist

One thing we’re also noticing with boardgames like these, is they are prone to bottlenecks. Meaning that at any one time you are likely to have 1 or 2 players working on a puzzle and the rest will be twiddling their thumbs.

All-in-all we had a fun time (hiccups aside) honing our escape rooms skills. It definitely doesn’t replace the Live Escape Room experience, but a good take on an at-home version.
Escape Games Review

Would we recommend this game? …possibly. It depends on who you’re playing with.
Esc Room Addict

…after finishing one of the stories we immediately wanted to do another one. Exactly, just like real escape rooms.
ecapeTalk

Exit-Game.info, a German escape room site, also has an unboxing video, as well as a review of one of the games, Prison Break.

Expansion – Murder Mystery (Available: $17)

Escape Room Expansion Packs require Escape Room: The Game to play (sold separately).

It’s a real murder mystery — the wealthy heir to one of England’s largest steel companies has been found murdered. Solve the case quickly or there’ll be blood on your hands! You and your team have 60 minutes to solve the crime, or the murderer will strike again. Can you solve the crime in time?

I think that it’s a complete waste of money.
Room Escape Artist

Both expansions have original, fun puzzles that totally fit the theme and they feel balanced.
ecapeTalk

Expansion – Welcome to Funland (Available: $16)

Escape Room Expansion Packs require Escape Room: The Game to play (sold separately).

Escape Funland — an old amusement park of the edge of town that’s home to Happy Jack, a terrifying circus clown.
You and your team have 60 minutes to free yourself from Happy Jack’s backstage cage and escape Funland. Can you get out in time?

If you’re among the folks who truly enjoyed the original scenarios…it felt a lot like the original scenarios. I don’t think it’s a great value, but at $16 it won’t break the bank.
Room Escape Artist

Both expansions have original, fun puzzles that totally fit the theme and they feel balanced.
ecapeTalk

Not Yet Available in English

There are other expansions not available in English yet:

These expansions are once again a nice and welcome addition to the original game. If we have to compare em to the original game and the other expansions Space Station and Murder Mystery are our favorites. Casino would end up more at the bottom, probably just below Funland.
ecapeTalk

Escape the Room

Mystery at the Stargazer’s Manor (Available: $30 CDN)

Designers: Rebecca Bleau, Nicholas Cravotta
Recommended Players: 2
Resettable: Yes! Available on website

It’s 1869 and the town’s well-respected astronomer has not been seen since the untimely passing of his wife. Recently, strange things have been happening at his manor – loud and unfamiliar noises, an unpleasant smell, and smoke billowing from the observatory. It’s up to you and your guests to solve the mystery at the Stargazer’s Manor!

Probably the best ER-in-a-box out there right now (Oct 2016). All paper & cardboard, but fun paper & cardboard. Neat story, varied puzzles, nice illustrations. A bit lightweight for enthusiasts. Recommend 2-4p max. Can be reset & passed on if you’re careful.
– Dan Egnor

…an hour-long puzzle with elegant art, creative puzzles, and will occupy you for an evening…
Room Escape Artist

…you’re never going to get a fully immersive theme or a game with a lot of moving parts, but for under £20 you get a really fun set of puzzles that, in our case, engaged the four of us for 45 minutes.
The Logic Escapes Me

While the game might be a little bit too easy for escape room enthusiasts, it’s still a bunch of fun and great value for the price. We’d recommend the game for an hour of fun puzzles, especially to families looking for something to do with young children.
Escape Room Tips

The game flowed like an actual escape room where the puzzles lead from one to another seamlessly and were related to the theme. If you are interested in an at-home escape room game, this would be a great one to try!
Esc Room Addict

Highly recommended – though expect experienced players to solve the game faster than the stated time limits.
Magic Puzzles

…represents very good value for money, particularly since it can be repacked and passed on to other players, but as an experience it’s better for beginners, or perhaps as a warm-up for a group before a normal game.
Escape the Review

This is fun as an introduction or to play in between other games, but it doesn’t offer enough value for escape enthusiasts.
ecapeTalk

If you finished this game, there is a spoiler laden podcast as the Room Escape Divas play through the game.

Secret of Dr. Gravely’s Retreat (Available: $30 CDN)

Designers: Rebecca Bleau, Nicholas Cravotta
Recommended Players: 2
Resettable: Yes! Available on website
The year is 1913 and you are the lucky winner of a free stay at Foxcrest Retreat, where the famed Dr. Gravely has improved upon the latest in spa treatments and relaxation for those of high social standing. You take a long all-expense-paid train ride to the retreat. Upon your arrival, however, you and your fellow guests may find the “health retreat” is not what it seems…

Similar in style & presentation to Stargazer’s Manor. All paper & cardboard with some string. A bit less good than Stargazer’s — some bottlenecks in the middle and a puzzle genre that overstays its welcome, the story is a bit less engaging, the end a bit anticlimactic. Still a solid production.
– Dan Egnor

a must-play for escape room owners and designers because, as we’ve said before, if you cannot objectively blow away this game with your real live escape room, then you’re making a big mistake.
Room Escape Artist

We enjoyed Secret of Dr. Gravely’s Retreat more than we did Mystery at the Stargazer’s Manor. The puzzles were more difficult and varied, players had more opportunities to get stuck, and the story was more satisfying.

The main issue with this game … was the certain puzzles in this set can only be done by one person at a time, which everyone else watches and waits. This is fine for 2 people and maybe ok with 3 people, but will make playing with a group of 4 or more occasionally dull.
Escape Room Tips

In summary, I think it’s a half-hour of fun that’s worth the money but that will disappoint if you compare it to the first outing. I’d recommend playing with two or three people for the best experience. More than that will likely get frustrating.
The Logic Escapes Me

[Thinkfun] is consistently good, heavily story driven and literally everything we at Escape Authority look for in a physical game room, all right there in the comfort of your living room.
Escape Authority

…limitations aside, it’s much cheaper than a normal escape room, particularly since you can pack it up after playing and let friends try it too. Within the confines of the format it’s designed well, and there’s a decent amount to sink your teeth into. I’d rather do a physical room, but as a substitute it’s satisfying enough.
Escape The Review

Hebben we ons dan niet vermaakt? Jawel. Maar we hadden meer verwacht. Deels door de beloftes op de doos, deels door de escape rooms die we gespeeld hebben. Of misschien ligt het aan Escape Room The Game dat de lat een stuk hoger heeft gelegd. Dit is leuk als introductie of tussendoortje, maar biedt helaas net te weinig voor mensen die vaker escapen.
Escape Talk (Netherlands)

If you finished this game, there is a spoiler laden podcast as the Room Escape Divas play through the game.

EXIT: The Game

The Abandoned Cabin (Available: $15 CDN)

Designers: Inka Brand, Markus Brand
Recommended players: 2
Resettable: NO! Requires cutting and/or writing on materials

After an unfortunate accident, you take shelter in an abandoned cabin deep within the forest. After an uneventful night, you wake to a locked door and barred windos. You discover a book and a strange turntable that might help you get out of this nightmare.

satisfying puzzle games.… The Abandoned Cabin’s “strange items” were hyped up throughout the game… and oh my were they anti-climactic.… At a fraction of the cost of admission to an escape room, however, these boxes are a fun way to get your puzzle fix.
Room Escape Artist

The components are high quality and the mechanism works well. It’s difficult enough and has enough content to provide a decent challenge. The story is a fig-leaf, but it provides a solid sixty(ish) minutes of puzzle solving, with some original ideas.
Escape the Review

The Secret Lab (Available: $15 CDN)

Designers: Inka Brand, Markus Brand
Recommended players: 2
Resettable: NO! Requires cutting and/or writing on materials

As volunteers for a medical research study, you report to a lab as instructed. But no one is there except for you! Vapor rises from a test tube and you start feeling dizzy. When you wake up again, the door is locked, and you discover a notebook and a strange disk

Enjoyable and loved the difficulty level. Better game flow than Pharaoh. We played with four and removed the staples from the paper booklet so each of us had things to do. Satisfying to solve the puzzles.
– Errol Elumir (Room Escape Divas)

…satisfying puzzle games.… At a fraction of the cost of admission to an escape room, however, these boxes are a fun way to get your puzzle fix.
Room Escape Artist

…the three Exit games share plenty of similarities and if you like one you’ll enjoy the others too; but if you were to buy only one, Secret Lab is my personal favourite of the three.
Escape the Review

The Pharaoh’s Tomb (Available: $13 CDN)

Designers: Inka Brand, Markus Brand
Recommended players: 2
Resettable: NO! Requires cutting and/or writing on materials

The excursion to the Valley of the Kings is the highlight of your vacation to Egypt. As you crawl through the narrow passageways, you lose the rest of your tour group. You enter a mysterious burial chamber. A massive stone door closes behind you. On the floor lie a dusty notebook and an ancient disk.

Game play suffers if more than two people. One paper booklet is needed for a multiple of puzzles, but only one person can look at this booklet at a time. We even removed the staples and it still didn’t help, so a couple people had to sit and do nothing. Furthermore, the main “Aha” puzzle, which could have been wonderful, was executed poorly. In the end, it was enjoyable but preferred Secret Lab in this series.
– Errol Elumir (Room Escape Divas)

…satisfying puzzle games.… Lisa and I agreed that we liked The Pharaoh’s Tomb best.… At a fraction of the cost of admission to an escape room, however, these boxes are a fun way to get your puzzle fix.
Room Escape Artist

The game expands through multiple locations, illustrated attractively and well. It’s well-designed and at times ingenious, and is tough enough to provide at least an hour of solid entertainment, and quite possibly more.
Escape the Review

Not released in English

There are a lot of Exit games, but not available in English yet!

Room 25

Room 25: Escape Room

Designer: François Rouzé

This is an expansion for the co-op board game Room 25.

Trapped in a prison in which each room has four doors but apparently no exit, the players must try to find Room 25, the supposed exit to this nightmare. But some amongst them might be guardians of the prison, waiting for the right moment to strike. In the cooperative game Room 25, not everyone wants to escape from imprisonment – but who is the traitor? Each turn, the player moves are preprogrammed, requiring discussion, negotiation – and possibly betrayal.

Currently, there are no reviews for this game.

Unlock!

Unlock! The Elite (Mini-game: Free)

Designer: Cyril Demaegd

The Elite is a free, twenty-card mini adventure for Unlock!, the card-driven escape room game from Space Cowboys! At the beginning of the adventure, you and your friends find yourself locked in a hotel room with a mystery. You’ll need all of your wits and your logic if you’re going to escape before time runs out.

This game is small but well-formed. It flows nicely and showcases the system well, with no particular friction points. The theme is a little bland, perhaps. Still, it’s a good low-commitment option for getting non-escaper friends to try out this sort of game. Just make sure you’ve got something lined up to play afterwards though, because there’s just enough game here to whet your appetite without being enough to really satisfy.
Escape The Review

Squeek and Sausage (Available: $17 CDN)

Designer: Cyril Demaegd
Recommended players: 2-3
Resettable: Yes!

In the cartoon-style adventure Unlock! Squeek & Sausage, you need to stop the mad Professor Noside from destroying the world. In your attempt to thwart his plot, the evil genius has caught you in a trap, and you can’t stop him until you’ve found a way out. Can you escape and foil his plot before the clock hits zero?

…the game is slick and fun, and more importantly the system and game come together in a way that just works.
Escape The Review

The Formula (Available: $17 CDN)

Designer: Cyril Demaegd
Recommended players: 2-3
Resettable: Yes!

In the adventure Unlock! The Formula, The Department has lost contact with one of their chemists, Dr. Hoffman. Your mission is to retrieve the truth serum he had been developing. Deep in the New York subway tunnels, you must seek out his laboratory, locate the doctor, and recover the formula before time runs out. The clock is ticking…can you escape?

I was again impressed at how much variety they’ve managed to squeeze into the card-based format, and the game combines some knowing nods to common escape room tropes with some refreshingly original ideas.
Escape The Review

The Island of Doctor Goorse (Available: $17 CDN)

Designer: Cyril Demaegd
Recommended players: 2-3
Resettable: Yes!

In Unlock! The Island of Doctor Goorse, you and your team have crash-landed on the island of an eccentric antiques collector. Two to six players will be split into teams, separated in the crash, and forced to escape from two separate starting points. The twists and turns of this challenging adventure will test even the most talented escape artists. With your lines of communication cut, can you and your teammates find a way off the island?

I dislike split teams in escape rooms, and I disliked it here. Balance will always be a problem. The first 10 minutes my side had nothing to do. We sorted cards, we read the instructions, I trolled anyone that went by. Furthermore, a couple of puzzles were poorly done and soured the experience, especially with the penalizing hint system. Having said that, the game is inexpensive, you can pass it on to friends, and the majority of the game had some clever moments!
– Errol Elumir (Room Escape Divas)

The first two Unlock! games had flaws (too trigger-happy with the penalties in one case, and a particularly frustrating puzzle in the other) but worked well nonetheless. The Island has the same strengths without any major weaknesses, and also adds the novel challenge of starting with a divided team. It shines in the variety and creativity of its puzzles, which gave our team some deeply satisfying eureka moments. One of the other games is probably a better starting point for getting familiar with the Unlock! system, but by putting this scenario third they’ve saved the best for last
Escape The Review

Others

These Unlock! games are either free to download, or not available in English.

Mail Order Games

Coventry Road Games

Conundrum (UNAVAILABLE)

Designer: Carrie Babylon
Recommended Players: 2-3
Resettable: NO! (If you don’t write on the paper, you might be able to rebuild it with a trip to a craft store.)

Conundrum will provide you and your guests with a unique and memorable party experience. Whether you are hosting a dinner party, social event, theme night, or just getting together with friends; this game will provide the perfect ice breaker. Even strangers will be talking, laughing and puzzle solving like the best of friends in no time.

Packed full of fun physical components; no paper-only puzzles. Some legit physical aha’s. Very much handmade from craft store materials. Puzzle flow is open-plan which can lead to confusion (but there are cues, and hints are available). Hardly any plot. Would easily be a top contender except for the price & lack of reset.
– Dan Egnor

What it lacked in polish it made up for in love….

It was a quirky box of family-friendly puzzles and school-supplies-turned-oddities. If that sounds like its your jam, then you should buy a copy.
Room Escape Artist

Escape Game Products

The Enigma Files (Available: £19,00)

A Great White Shark has washed up on the shore of South West England. Its stomach contents contain several documents which lead investigators to suspect there is something strange about this case, can you solve it?

If you want to dislike it, there is reason in abundance.

And yet, in spite of all the flaws, I surprised myself in enjoying big chunks of this game.
The Logic Escapes Me

Discontinued

Although these were available at one point in time, they are no longer accessible from the website and are presumed discontinued.

  • Mysterious Package“A package from 100 years ago is delivered to your door. Inside are the clues to an investigation into a government conspiracy from many years ago. Only today in the present can the case be solved, are you up to the challenge?
  • The Travelers SuitcaseIt’s a cold wintery night. The stars are out and the moon is shinning. You are waiting on the platform of an old railway station. No one else is around. Out of the corner of your eye you see a suitcase. As you approach you see a letter is placed on top. Your curiosity gets the better of you and you open the letter. You now start to uncover the mystery behind the Travelers Suitcase. The ultimate prize awaits…

Escape the Crate

Escape the Crate is a mail order subscription game available to US residents only. Generally costs $30 + shipping.

The Midnight Express (Free Online-Only)

Agents… In preparation for our first crate: Escape the Confederate Spymistress, we need to do some quick recon back to the time of the Civil War. We’ve detected a change to the timeline and we think that it might have some sort of a connection with Abraham Lincoln. We are going to send you back in time to the night of February 2nd, 1861. A train is on route from Pennsylvania to Baltimore, Maryland well after midnight. We know from previous scouting trips that there is very little movement onboard…which will be the perfect cover for your trip back in time. Your mission is to sneak from train car to train car and gather evidence of what the change is to the timeline. Can you discover the clues and get off the train before being discovered?

Currently no reviews for this game.

The Confederate Spymistress

Recommended Players: 2-3
We’ve received word that Abraham Lincoln is about to be assassinated…4 years early. You have only an hour to save the President by breaking into the house of suspected Confederate spy, Rose O’Neal Greenhow. Sift through her belongings, discover her secrets, and crack her code to discover the details of the assassination in time.

If you’re willing to forgo aesthetics and beauty in favor of a tabletop escape room with fairly strong puzzles and you like the subscription model, then Escape the Crate is a wonderful choice. It’s smart and family-friendly.
Room Escape Artist

The Queen Anna’s Revenge

We’ve received word that one of our time traveling agents has been captured by Edward Teach… a man you probably know as Blackbeard. We are sending you back in time to the Blockade of Charles Town to recover the agent and escape before Blackbeard notices your presence. You have one hour to break out of the ship’s hold, rescue the agent, sleuth out the identity of an object from the wrong time period on the ship, and escape the ship before you end up in Davy Jones’s Locker.

The Colosseum

We are sending you back in time before the grand spectacle to sneak through the labyrinth of passages. You are to recover the items needed to enter the gladiator match, so you can recover the artifact before it winds up in the wrong hands. Be aware, however, that you are entering into a world where lions and gladiators lurk behind every corner… but your greatest enemy might be your very friends you are playing with…should you have to battle them for survival…

The Trials of Houdini

We finally might have our big break as to the identity of the madman who has been changing history. A fortune teller in the turn of the century Coney Island claims to know all that we seek… but her knowledge comes at a price. To discover her secrets, we must inspect the rides and sideshows of Coney Island, searching for the secret files stashed by the greatest Illusionist of all time…Harry Houdini. Along the way, you might have to do a little magic yourselves…As long as you aren’t so “tied up” that you can’t escape before the clock runs out…

iDventure

iDventure is a German mail order game where you can order the whole package with an option to download and print. It also provides an app to be used with their games. On top of all that, this same app can be used by players to create their own games.

The island of five captains

With the game “Island of 5 Captains” your guests will travel to the high seas and to the depths of the mysteries related to the discovery of America. To find the great Inca treasure the players must solve a series of puzzles from the old pirate book.

Currently no reviews for this game.

Operation “Day V”

Valentines day is tomorrow, but what a disaster: Keeper of Desire, who is responsible for the preparation for the worldwide celebration disappeared under mysterious circumstances! As a result, not only the upcoming celebration but also the future of all human relationships is in danger, including those that have not yet started. You will have to find him and crack this mystery …

Currently no reviews for this game.

Unfinished case of Holmes

Recommended Players: 3-4
In the game “Unfinished Case of Holmes” the players will be transported to Victorian era London and will go on an unforgettable journey full of challenging riddles and mysteries with the mission to complete an investigation of a mysterious death started but not finished by Sherlock Holmes. It is a mixture of an interactive computer game and a detective story with real objects pieces of evidence that survived over time. The game is based on an escape room principle where the players need to resolve different types of puzzles in order to proceed to the next level. All materials are downloadable, however, the person preparing the game will get no spoilers – no indication for solutions can be discovered unless you start playing!

The Divas were given a review beta copy of this game. You can order the whole package to be mailed to you, or receive a download DIY version. We got the downloaded version and it took a bit of time to set up with a lot of printing, so if you choose this option, be aware there is some cutting and gluing! The game itself has wonderful art all consistent with the theme, and the puzzles are very challenging, focusing more on those who are enthusiasts as opposed to newcomers to the escape room genre of board games. The “interactive computer game” aspect is a downloadable app which is used to check answers. It is easy to use and integral to the story as well, as it advances the plot. Although the beta version of the some of the puzzles had to be tweaked, we enjoyed ourselves and the developer was very open to suggestions we had to improve the game play. The full game will be a worthy addition to your escape room take home collection.
– Errol Elumir (Room Escape Divas)

Lock Paper Scissors

Designer Elliott Bailey has created DIY escape kits for you to download and print at home.

Escape Quest (Young Kids 8yo)

Make your next kids party an escape room adventure! This game kit has everything you need.

The Lost Mummy (Kids Birthdays and School Groups)

Transform your next kids birthday party into a mysterious Egyptian adventure. Great for large groups.

Rebel Revolt (Teens & Casual players)

In this treasonous escape kit your crew must take down the Governments W.A.R. Facility before it goes online.

…for simple play-at-home escaping, you probably want to try one of the other commercially available games first; but if you’ve run out of those, or if you want a game right away and can’t wait for postage delivery, then this will provide a good 40-50 minutes of light entertainment.
Escape the Review

Escape Room Z

A humorous zombie themed escape room kit that transforms your home into an Arggh-venture!

The Armchair Detective

Described as hands-on immersive stories, this crowdfunded project is part game, part book, and part interactive adventure.

The Kidnapped Crossworder

Ms. Angela B. has invented a new game. Eager to show it off, she brings it to her local crossword puzzle enthusiasts’ club. However, the prototype is stolen soon afterwards, and she begins to suspect her fellow club members of foul play. She sets about gathering evidence…only to disappear herself.

This Mysterious Case contains lots of code breaking puzzles (don’t we all have a never-ending secret desire to play with decoder wheels?) and a winding plot with a cadre of secretive characters. It’s up to you to find out who stole the prototype, and the location of its inventor!

The Druids’ Catacomb

An ancient megalithic stone structure has collapsed in a forest in Europe, and Dr. Richard Wise has arrived to assess the damage. As he sets about documenting the site, he finds an entrance to a series of underground chambers, evidently untouched for thousands of years.

The chambers have been perfectly preserved, and as he explores, he discovers a peculiar wooden box, locked and covered in ancient Celtic carvings. What tests lie within? And are these tunnels as empty as they claim to be?

treasonous escape kit your crew must take down the Governments W.A.R. Facility before it goes online.

The Star-Crossed Scientists

She’s a brilliant researcher at one of the most prestigious universities in Victorian England, he’s a passionate and reckless expert funded by the greatest wildlife society of all time.

It seems everyone, and everything, is working to keep them apart. Can they overcome the odds and find a place for themselves in a savage world? Follow the clues, unlock secrets, and reveal who is behind the devious plot!

The Game Room

Part 1: Mr. Boddy

Step into the shoes of hot-shot news reporters racing to solve a maze of clues and puzzles in order to earn an exclusive interview with a notorious mad-man! Only the winning team will land the story, so brush up on your favorite board games if you hope to win.

Everyone else involved had a good time as well. As with all play-at-home escape rooms The Game Room Part 1: Mr. Boddy wasn’t as incredible as a great real life room escape, but it also doesn’t have to be.
Room Escape Artist


By all means, if you know of any other escape room board games, or other reviews I have not included here, please contact me!

11 Comments

  1. Super great list Errol and thanks for the mention (Heist Party). I’m going through all the escape board games I can find and you’ve listed some here I hadn’t found yet – super thanks.

    • Errol

      Awesome! And I will update this list so if you know of any others, please do tell!

  2. Errol,

    Thank you very much for the shout out to The Game Room. We have been getting great feedback over the course of the Kickstarter campaign and have made tweaks to the game which we are really excited about. What really sets ours apart is the live-action option…you can play at the table or set up a real escape room at home.
    I wanted to include a great review we got from Dale at Opinionated Gamers…he managed to sum-up The Game Room better than we did ourselves! “I can say that our group has had a great time with it, and would recommend it to others wanted a puzzle hunt/escape room experience at home.” – Dale https://opinionatedgamers.com/2016/09/24/dale-yu-preview-of-the-game-room-part-2-mr-boddy-spoiler-free/ Thanks again, Errol!

    • Errol

      Oooh! No problem! I tried your game as well and we did have fun! Good luck on your kickstarter!

  3. Lilly

    Thanks for putting this list together!

  4. Frank

    Thanks for the list. We’ve played a few of the games and look forward to the others when they’re available. Very informative and thorough. Thank you again.

  5. Chantal

    I haven’t played it, but this probably belongs on this list. It looks neat.

    https://escape-the-crate.com/

  6. Frank

    Are there any reviews for ‘Murder Mystery’ and ‘Funland’ the expansion packs for ‘Escape Room the Game? ‘

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