The Escape Game at Home and While Traveling

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Have you ever participated in an escape room adventure? The Escape Game offers exciting escape room adventures at locations throughout the United States. Their escape rooms provide a super fun group activity to solve a “crime” or other mystery based on clues and puzzles hidden in a themed space. Bored and looking for something new to do from the comfort of your house? You’re in luck because The Escape Game offers remote online play as well as a board game for tech-free fun at home!

The Heist escape room adventure by The Escape Game
The Heist escape room adventure

In-Person Escape Rooms

Whether playing with friends, family members, or coworkers — escape rooms provide a great way to bond with others while using your brain power. Teamwork makes solving the riddles easier and more interesting, too.

In-person games are recommended for ages 13+ but all ages can be accommodated. My family experienced our first escape room when my son was 11 years old and we all had a blast.

Mission: Mars is one of the thrilling themes available from Escape Games Chicago
Mission: Mars is one thrilling escape room option

Escape Room Safety

The Escape Game goes above and beyond to ensure the health and safety of their guests. To start, they offer contactless check-in. Then, team members currently wear face coverings and remain 6+ feet away from guests at all times.

All games are private, so you don’t have to worry about playing with strangers, either. Plus, game spaces are thoroughly sanitized between groups.

Playground-themed escape room by The Escape Game
Playground-themed escape room

The Escape Game Themes

Choose from a variety of themes for your one-hour, in-person escape rooms. Theme options vary from destination to destination. A variety of difficulty levels are offered, as well. The themes include:

  • Prison Break
  • Special Ops: Mysterious Market
  • Gold Rush: Find the Gold
  • Playground: Rule the School
  • The Heist: Recover a Priceless Painting
  • Classified: Hack the Attack
  • Mission: Mars
  • Ruins: Forbidden Treasure
Gold Rush escape room
Gold Rush escape room


Game themes and difficulty levels vary according to location. For in-person play, The Escape Game offers experiences in the following destinations:

  • San Francisco, California
  • Jacksonville, Florida
  • Orlando, Florida
  • Atlanta, Georgia
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Mall of America, Minnesota
  • Las Vegas, Nevada
  • New York City, New York
  • Cincinnati, Ohio
  • King of Prussia Mall, Pennsylvania
  • Nashville, Tennessee
  • Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
  • Austin, Texas
  • Dallas, Texas
  • Houston, Texas
The Escape Game Unlocked online escape room adventure
The Escape Game Unlocked online adventure

The Escape Game Unlocked

Stuck at home? No problem! The Escape Game offers online versions of escape rooms for play at home. Similar to in-person escape rooms, players are provided with a set of things to explore and decipher. If you get stuck, then you can go to the “Hints” section for clues. My family of four enjoyed playing an online version of their Heist game together on one computer. Play The Escape Game Unlocked now!

The Escape Game Remote Adventures
Remote Adventures interactive online game

Virtual Escape Rooms

Remote Adventures by The Escape Game takes things up a notch. A remote player explores a physical escape room for you, while you provide directions and watch their every move.

You can play with family members or roommates to solve mysteries, or team up on Zoom and play from anywhere. Watch the video below to see how a virtual escape room works. Book your Virtual Escape Game now!

Escape from Iron Gate Board Game

If your family likes escape rooms, then you’ll love the Escape from Iron Gate board game. My family adores board games, and this has made an entertaining addition to our collection. It’s like a blend of Monopoly, Charades, Clue, and Pictionary.

Based on The Escape Game’s “Prison Break” escape room, players must find their way to freedom by acting, drawing, and sleuthing. This game can be played again and again, with a different outcome each time.

Escape from Iron Gate is for three to eight players and should take about an hour to complete. The box recommends this game for age 13+, but you could probably play with kids as young as 10 or 11, depending on their board game experience level.

Family playing Escape from Iron Gate board game
My family playing Escape from Iron Gate board game (Photo credit: Colleen Lanin)

Learn More

Are you looking for games to entertain your family? Take a look at our favorite travel games for all ages.

For additional family-friendly activities at home, review these boredom-busting backyard activities for kids.

The Escape Game is one fun activity that we recommend at the Mall of America. Discover  29 other things to do at Mall of America now!

Book your The Escape Game adventure in person or online!

The Escape Game Escape Rooms At Home and In-Person

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Have you ever experienced an escape room? Share your experience in the comments below!

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About Colleen Lanin, The Travel Mama

Colleen Lanin, MBA, is the founder and editor-in-chief of the popular travel blog, She is an expert in travel with kids and without. As the author of the book, "The Travel Mamas' Guide," she teaches parents how to make the most of traveling with babies and children. Colleen loves sharing tips on hotels, cruises, spas, theme parks, and global lifestyle topics. When she is not traveling the world, she lives in Arizona with her husband and two kids.

  1. I love escape rooms. So much fun and a great way to bond

  2. katrina Kroeplin says

    this game sounds amazing. i have done an escape room in person and it was so much fun. i will have to try this one with the family and see how we do.

  3. Ntensibe Edgar Michael says

    This is a nice one. I love how the “bunker” is built. It’s just like in the movies.

  4. We keep saying we want to do one as a family. I think it would be fun to put our heads together.

  5. Emman Damian says

    I haven’t tried Escape Room yet. I hope to try it soon. Looks amazing experience!

  6. Kuntala Bhattacharya says

    Would love to try these out, not sure if I will get time with my son. We had quite a lot of fun similar to these in Disneyworld HongKong. And also a place in New Jersey, cant recollect the name.

  7. the joyous living says

    i have always wanted to participate in an escape room. the mission: mars has me thinking of disney world, heheheh!! but seriously i love all 3 themes and the rooms like really cool.

  8. I love how escape are becoming a classic kind of in persin, remote, and board game of the current generation. I went to one in NYC and it was a zombie one and it was cool

  9. Steven Morrissette says

    That looks like a good board game. Maybe I’ll just order at the play with my kid.

    • Colleen Lanin says

      It’s a lot of fun! Keep in mind, though, that Escape from Iron Gate is for 3+ players. Enjoy!

  10. khoingn | The Broad Life says

    Haha I see there are themes like Prison Break and Money Heist, hope that it’s interesting as the movie.
    I would love to try the game but sadly we don’t have it in my country 🙁

    • Colleen Lanin says

      You could always do a virtual escape room with The Escape Game! Almost as good as being there in-person!

  11. I’ve never done an escape room but I really want to! These themes look cool.

  12. Nicole Anderson - Camping for Women says

    The Escape Game just looks like so much fun, I can’t believe I have never done this before. I would think that the best option would be to do this in person at one of their locations, but it is so cool that they have an online option as well during this pandemic time. The board game Escape from Iron Gate looks to be a great same-room experience while at home also.

  13. Matt Taylor says

    I have never been to an Escape room. There are a few here in Phoenix. But my friends and I played an at home escape room in a box. It was pretty cool. It took place on an island.

  14. Marie Phillips says

    Our whole family loves escape rooms and we miss them so much. I’m going to see if any are open yet in our area.

    • Colleen Lanin says

      I hope you have an Escape Game near you! Most of their in-person locations are open now, with extra safety protocols. Have fun!

  15. Bright snow Loveland says

    It’s not easy playing this game alone. I thought I can play escape game alone but it’s was Soo confusing. But when I tried it with my room mate it’s was much easier and full of fun. So happy to see a post like this. Thanks

    • Colleen Lanin says

      It definitely helps to have more than one set of eyes to solve these puzzles. If I got lost or confused, one of my kids or my husband was able to crack the code. Glad you had fun playing The Escape Game with your roommate!

  16. jennifer schreiner says

    These are great. We have yet to visit an in store escape room. I never thought about doing them at home. This perfect for my kiddos. We are all struggling to find fun and new ideas to do at home. I appreciate this.

    • Colleen Lanin says

      I hope you enjoy their at home escape activities! And I hope you get a chance to experience an escape room in-person someday, too!

  17. Christine Weis says

    Oh, wow…these games look like so much fun! What a great way to stay connected and have fun during a really challenging time. I’d love to give these a try! Thank you!

  18. Meki (Redefining Us) says

    First tried an escape room in Thailand. This online option looks fun & fit for these social distancing times–especially since my friends and I have grown tired of online Pictionary and Jeopardy.

    • Colleen Lanin says

      Ooh! I’ll need to look into online Pictionary and Jeopardy! I love having new ideas to keep us content and connected while social distancing!

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