Best of East Valley Escape Rooms: Updated January 2020

Updated: Jan 10

So, you've started your search for an escape room to play in the East Valley (Tempe, Mesa, Chandler, or Gilbert)? The options can be overwhelming! We've played just about all of them, and we thought we'd share with you 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.


New to escape rooms? "Booking type" refers to if the location does "private" or "public" bookings. If an escape room company has public bookings, it means that you may be playing your game with strangers. On the other hand, private booking means you have the game to yourself and you will not be placed with strangers.


Inferno Escape Room: Inferno escape room has the most unique themes in AZ. The LIT game is a hangover escape room, where you have to break into your hotel room and piece together what happened the night before. In Inventor's Secret, you get to explore the nutty inventor's secret office. Finally, in "Burned Out" you have to get revenge on your boss and get back your stuff that he stole!

  • Location: Tempe (University Dr., west of McClintock)

  • Price: $27.75 per player (no booking fee, +tax)

  • Booking type: Private (you won't be paired with strangers)

  • Google rating: 4.9 stars


International Room Escape AZ: International Room Escape are some of the best all-around escape rooms in AZ! They've got great puzzles, detailed set design, and innovative use of technology. In their game "Amazon Rainforest," you are immersed into the story and set design! The other available game "Gravitational Effect" is a great game for sci-fi fans, because you've been abducted by aliens!

  • Location: Gilbert (Near Warner Rd. and Gilbert Rd.)

  • Price: Depends on the number of players, (+2.8% booking fee, +tax)

  • Booking type: Private (you won't be paired with strangers)

  • Google rating: 4.9 stars


ESCAPE: chandler: We love the creativity in the puzzles at ESCAPE: Chandler! Our favorite room is "Tony's Bistro," and you can actually BYOB into the game daily after 4 p.m.!

  • Location: Chandler

  • Price: $28 per player (+4% booking fee, +tax)

  • Booking type: Public (you may be placed with strangers)

  • Google rating: 4.9 stars


Great Room Escape: Formerly known as "MindSpark," these guys have some amazing set design and rooms that are great for large groups (6-12 players). We recommend their "Terminal" room, where you start in a subway car and have to solve the conspiracy with clues from the subway station.

  • Location: Tempe (52nd St. and University)

  • Price: 39.95 per player (+$2.50 booking fee per player, +tax)

  • Booking type: Public (you may be placed with strangers)

  • Google rating: 4.9 stars


We are Inferno Escape Room owners and also escape room enthusiasts who have played over 100 rooms all over Arizona, the US, and even a few outside the US! Looking for a different part of the Valley? We've also written lists for Arizona, Phoenix, and Scottsdale.

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Tempe, AZ 85281

 Conveniently located near Scottsdale, Phoenix, Mesa, and Chandler. By appointment only.