After a year of virtual entertainment, many of New York City’s popular escape rooms have reopened with great enthusiasm – with some minor adjustments for COVID-19.
From time-travel themes to rooms inspired by city prisons and subways, escape rooms are filling up fast this summer with locals and out-of-towners alike.
The new movie “Escape Room: Tournament of Champions” opens in theaters on Friday. The flick centers on an elaborate game with deadly traps, starring Taylor Russell and Logan Miller.
Below, five challenging – yet super safe! – Escape room to check out in NYC.
The Escape Game on Madison Avenue offers five 60-minute, individually immersive themes to choose from, as well as a virtual escape room.
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After playing more than 35 escape rooms in the New York City area, Escape Room Tips rated the escape game’s playground room as their all-time favorite—the room is entertaining, elementary school-themed. Other rooms include Gold Rush, Special Ops: Mysterious Market, Prison Break, and The Heist. Some games have been adjusted to avoid high-touch elements and minimize contact, and all equipment is disinfected between games.
Monday Thursday from 10 am to 12 noon, Friday Sunday 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. $41.99 per player. racing games, 295 Madison Avenue; The Escapegame.com.
Exit Escape Room NYC
The Exit Escape Room in the Garment District NYC allows guests to complete one of three escape rooms in just over an hour. Up to eight people can play in the High Speed NYC Room, in which groups get trapped in a speeding subway car and must find a way out. In the Sugar Rush Room, participants must locate the baking tools and ingredients and rush off to enjoy the exquisite cupcake creations. (No baking knowledge required!) The most difficult of the three is Perfect Heist, where players must find gold and run away before being caught by the head of the notorious crime family. All games are private, and groups must clean their hands before entering rooms.
Sunday to Thursday From 11 am to 10 pm, friday saturday 11 am to 11:30 pm monday friday $30 to $40 per player, saturday sunday $30 to $50 per player. Exit Escape Room NYC,
247 W. 36th St., Suite 101; ExitEscapeRoomNYC.com.
BrainXCap draws from history and haunted folklore for its three escape rooms in the Financial District, each requiring 45 minutes to an hour to solve. The Haunted Hotel Room features an eerie atmosphere and suspense-filled story reminiscent of the haunted hotels in books and movies. Adding a local angle, Room Rikers, 1932 simulates a prison cell on Rikers Island, in which prisoners must escape in an hour to be rewarded with “blue skies and cherry pie.” Players must wash their hands before private play begins, and gamemasters wear gloves and masks.
monday friday From 11 am to 10:30 pm, saturday sunday 10:45 am to 10:50 pm monday friday $29 to $65 per player, saturday sunday $34 to $75 per player. BrainXcape, 160 Broadway, 3rd Floor; BrainXcape.com.
Komanata Quest in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, is one of the city’s largest and most epic escape room centers, with six rooms varying in difficulty and number of players. Bullets and Broken Hearts, the city’s largest escape room, employs between four and 10 players while the city handles Senator Rourke’s dirty laundry during curfew. The 60 Minutes Doctor Frankenstein room mimics the laboratory of Victor Frankenstein, whose experiments have caused a rift in the space-time continuum. St. Angelo’s Castle – which is recommended for people ages 16 and up – requires participants to escape from a dungeon home to thousands of lost souls. Rooms must be booked in advance, and there are nine time slots to choose from.
$35 to $45 per person; 10:30 am to 11 pm; komanata quest, 104 West St. and 67 West St., Brooklyn; KomnataQuest.com.
Offering three rather dark and mysterious rooms, OMEscape lets players role-play as felons, time travelers and laboratory workers. The biohazard laboratory (for two to six sniffer dogs) leads guests into the “sewer” to find Dr. Snake’s laboratory and save the city before a major water contamination occurs. The Atonement Room (for six to 12 players) serves participants to escape from the infamous Sant Mandir prison. Or, if you want to try your hand at traveling, try breaking free of the paused time continuum and return to the 21st century in Room X. Players must book their room at least two hours before the scheduled time.
$31 to $36 per person. monday friday 2:30 pm to 10 pm, saturday sunday 1 to 11 o’clock OMEscape, 325 W. 38th St., No. 2; OMEscapeUS.com.