Nampa, ID: Labyrinth Escape Games – Shipwrecked & Nightwalker 1944

November 11, 2021 Brian Gondek 0

October 11, 2021 – It was the last full day of our tour around the American west, and we still had a long way to go. We started the day in Klamath Falls, Oregon, and we had a reservation at a VRBO in Boise, Idaho. Everything in between was a blank slate. But as I looked to my plan for the day, I realized I really wanted to squeeze in a room at Labyrinth Escape.

Oak Brook, IL: Escape the Room – Clock Tower and The Theater

September 30, 2021 Brian Gondek 0

September 1, 2021 – I had been avoiding Escape the Room Oak Brook. I had one prior experience in 2018 with Escape the Room, playing The Dig with a group of friends almost immediately after returning from a long road trip including Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, and South Dakota. We felt The Dig was ok, and given that it’s quite pricy for smaller groups, I steered clear of another trip in this direction.

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.