Bethlehem, PA: Escape.exe – Site 117: Duos Challenge

August 10, 2021 Brian Gondek 0

April 24, 2021 – At the end of our stay on the east coast, Christina and I hit the road for home late. We intended to get on the road early but ended up spending a lot of time in New York City, and it was already well on the way to evening when we hit the road. I had scouted ahead and spotted an extremely unique-looking challenge- the Duos game at Escape.exe.

Bridgeport, CT: Mind Factory Escape Games – Breathless

April 21, 2021 Brian Gondek 0

I have to admit, I sort of stumbled across Mind Factory. Christina and I were exhausted after two unusually long days of work, so I scanned for nearby escape rooms we could do on a weeknight, and voila- Mind Factory presented itself as an option. I am so glad we found it- Mind Factory’s “Breathless” game is one of the most unique and cool games we’ve played in recent memory.

March 20: Big Day

March 26, 2021 Brian Gondek 0

I really could not care less about my birthday. I can barely remember my age, so it feels strange to celebrate when it hits a milestone. In spite of that, I had an excellent time on the day that just happened to be my birthday!

St. Charles, MO: Deadlock

February 13, 2021 Brian Gondek 0

January 3, 2021- I left Springfield, MO with only about half of a plan. I knew it would involve at least one escape room, and hopefully more. Thankfully, Deadlock Escape had availability that evening.

Arvada, CO: Conundrum Escape – Experiment C73

November 2, 2020 Brian Gondek 0

June 13, 2020 – After a VERY brief adventure at the top of Pike’s Peak, Christina and I weren’t ready to call it a night. Our first thought was to search for an escape room near Colorado Springs, but after striking out on available slots / locations, we scanned the Denver area again. Miraculously, Conundrum had one slot available for Experiment C73, and we had just enough time to get up to Arvada before the slot.

Louisville, CO: Rabbit Hole Recreation Services – Frost Base Z

June 20, 2020 Brian Gondek 0

June 12, 2020 – Every time I visit Rabbit Hole Recreation Services I get a little bolder in proclaiming how special they are.  One world-class room is a data point, two is a trend, and three is an identity.  Frost Base Z cements Rabbit Hole as a place every escape room enthusiast needs to add to his or her bucket list.

Bellevue, WA (Online): Reality Break – Seattle Freeze

June 7, 2020 Brian Gondek 0

As an avid traveler who loves learning more about the places I visit, I really enjoy when escape rooms tie a bit of local lore into their games.  I had written off experiencing anything like that during the pandemic lockdowns, but Reality Break Escapes in Bellevue, WA has made a very neat game that scratches the itch for both solving puzzles and getting to see some less common landmarks in a major US city – Seattle, in this case.

Minneapolis, MN (Online): Trapped Puzzle Rooms – Herbert’s Laboratory

May 29, 2020 Brian Gondek 0

When I got an email from Trapped describing their new “audio escape room” adventure, my interest was immediately piqued. In 2019, Christina and I had previously had one big adventure involving Trapped, driving to Minneapolis during a blizzard to catch the final day of their Legend of Lyndale House game (a 90 minute escape room using a full multi-story house as the set). That game left a lasting memory for us, so the idea of playing one of Trapped’s games from home sounded almost too good to be true.

Online (Japan): Scrap – Escape the Werewolf Village

May 15, 2020 Brian Gondek 0

My escape room solve tally has been stuck just shy of 400 since the lockdowns started.  Sure, I’ve played a few home games and online games, and most of them have been enjoyable, but it’s a little bit different of an experience.  So when I got an invitation from Cici and Brandon at EscapeTheRoomers to beta test a remotely guided escape room, I was immediately intrigued.

Tampa, FL: Rabbit Hole Escape Games – Shadows of the Skunk Ape & Alice’s Tea Time

April 7, 2020 Brian Gondek 0

Christina and I were doubly excited to try out Rabbit Hole Escape Games in Tampa.  For one, we had heard from a few different sources that Rabbit Hole’s games are some of the best in the Tampa area.  And for another, I couldn’t wait to try Rabbit Hole’s escape room / mini golf hybrid. It’s the only game of this nature I’ve ever heard of- it might be the only one in the world.