So, you've started your search for an escape room to play in Phoenix? We've been there, and we know how overwhelming it can be! We've played just about all of them, and here is a list of our favorites! This list includes what we like about that venue, as well as some logistics such as location, price, and booking type.
If it's your very first escape room, you may not know that there are two types of booking types for escape rooms: public and private. Public escape rooms are escape rooms where (unless you book all tickets to the room), you may be paired with strangers. On the other hand, private escape rooms are played ONLY with the party you booked with (no strangers!)
Eludesions: Eludesions always WOWs us with their great set design (don't believe us?! These enthusiasts agree in their "Best of Phoenix" blog. In "Mad Hatter's Tea Party," and in "Wicked Witch's Castle", you really feel like you've fallen into the respective movies. They're also veteran-owned and offer veteran discounts!
Location: Right of the I-17 and Bell
Pricing: $29.95 per person (no booking fee, plus tax)
Booking type: public (you may be placed with strangers)
North Valley Escape Room: Their room "Escape Alcatraz" is one of our favorite escape rooms of all time! It is 75 minutes and slightly more expensive than their other games, but you won't be disappointed! The Alcatraz room also requires a minimum of 4 players.
Location: Anthem (near I-17 and Anthem Way)
Pricing: Varies ($24.95-29.95 per player, no booking fee, plus tax)
Booking type: public, but you can upgrade to private for $25
PanIQ Escape Room: PanIQ is a great experience for your first escape, especially their "Wild West" room (sometimes available on Groupon!)
Location: Downtown (7th St, just off the I-17)
Pricing: $20 per player (no booking fee, plus tax)
Booking type: Public, but you can upgrade to private for +$2 per player
Inferno Escape Room: While not located in Phoenix proper, Inferno is located just minutes away from Phoenix (easy access from both the 101 and the 202 freeways). Themes include LIT (hangover style, where you have to figure out what happened last night), Inventor's Secret, and Burned out (80s style office).
Location: University Drive, just west of McClintock
Pricing: $27.75 per player (no booking fee, plus tax)
Booking type: Private
Escape Westgate: Technically just outside of Phoenix, this is really the only one on the west side that we recommend! Escape Westgate has the only officially-licensed movie games in Arizona (Terminator 2 and Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure).
Location: Glendale (inside Westgate)
Pricing: $30.99 (no booking fee, plus tax)
Booking type: Public