Bring your smartest friends or family members to an escape room, where you’ll need the best brains to find clues, solve puzzles and get out in an hour.
Leave your phones and electronics at home (or in the car) because there will be no outside help after you’re locked in. The games are meant to be fun and teamwork is needed. And don’t worry, if you’re totally stumped, employees will help you or let you out.
The immersive game craze is spreading through the area with six nearby escape room venues:
Escape Games Live
Four puzzle rooms await at York’s Escape Games Live: Escape the Decade, an authentically-furnished 1970s living room; Escape the Precinct, based on a ’50s Los Angeles Police Department; Sherlock’s Office, the toughest mystery yet; and Mojo's Museum, a new kids escape room designed for ages 8-13.
Where: 147 W. Philadelphia St., Second Floor, York.
Cost: $125 for up to six adults, $15 each for up to two additional players.
Info: 717-870-4033, www.escapegameslive.com.
Escape Room Lancaster
Get swept away to another time at Escape Room Lancaster, beginning with 19th century London in the entryway. Room themes include 1920s Lancaster Train Station, Modern Art Gallery Heist and Medieval Castle. The best escape times are posted outside each room.
Where: In Station Square Center, 18 E. McGovern Ave., Lancaster.
Cost: $24 per person for six to 10 players; room capacity varies.
Info: 717-208-6288, escaperoomlancaster.com.
Escape Level 6
Newly opened in Annville, Escape Level 6 has one room, a mystery based on the Blue Eyed Six, a group convicted of murder in Lebanon in 1879. A second room is in development with a Three Mile Island Nuclear Meltdown theme.
Where: 1236 E. Main St., Annville.
Cost: $25 per person for six to 10 players.
Info: 717-926-8918, www.escapelevel6.com.
The brand new Puzzled in Lemoyne offers two theme rooms. Break out of the Mad Scientist experiment and find a cure, or escape from hostile natives in Jungle Treasure. Check the chalkboard for the most recent best scores.
Where: 400 Market St., Lemoyne
Cost: $24 per player for groups of three to 10.
Info: 717-562-7928, www.puzzledpa.com.
Outside the Box
Harrisburg’s escape room venue is set to open April 6 with three themes: contain the virus in Outbreak; become a bounty hunter in Wanted; and infiltrate the enemy in Special Ops. The facility will also offer a race room experience, where teams can compete against each other in separate but identical rooms.
Where: 717 N. 2nd St., Harrisburg.
Cost: $25 per player for groups of 4 to 10.
Info: 717-856-9076, www.outsidetheboxescaperoom.com.
Keystone Escape Games
Newly opened outside Mechanicsburg, the facility offers one theme room for up to eight players, Covert Operations, where a rogue software engineer has designed a malicious code to compromise the U.S. economy. A second room, Kidnapped, is planned.
Where: 5006 Lenker St., Hampden Township.
Cost: $22 per player.
Info: 717-579-9328, www.keystoneescapegames.com.