10 Best Escape Rooms in Seattle

As escape room veterans who have done 12+ Seattle escape rooms and 100+ across the United States and Europe, we’re happy to rank our top 10 recommendations for Seattle escape rooms based on which rooms we thought were overall the most impressive.

There are of course nuances in tastes of escape rooms, so you can also check out our list of “More Personalized Recommendations” for recommendations that might align better with your tastes. If you don’t find what you’re looking for feel free to contact us. Our main goal here is that this list is useful to you in your escape room planning!

As always, if you book any of these rooms after hearing about it from us, let your host know that “EscapeRoomTips.com” sent you!

Disclosure: We may have been comped tickets on these games and may receive a small commission if you book through our links. We strongly believe that this should not affect any of our published opinions, rankings, or reviews.

#1. The Sparrow Files: The Peking Dragon – Epic Team Adventures

We played Episode 1: The Peking Dragon, which is the only episode available for The Sparrow Files at the time of writing.

You play as Carmen Sparrow, a private investigator, as you go through your memories and piece together clues in your office in order to solve various cases. The entire game in each episode of The Sparrow Files revolves around a different “film noir” style first-person narrative. More specifically in Episode 1, the case is about the disappearance and retrieval of an artifact: The Peking Dragon.

The story is told through audio and puzzles that progress as you solve more puzzles and use the core mechanic of the room. This automated escape room sets a new standard for how to integrate a compelling story into an escape room (and has by far the best story out of the 60+ that we’ve done). While the setting is a smallish, ordinary-looking office, the high-tech surprises around the room makes the setting a lot more than just ordinary. This is a storytelling adventure with fun cinematic design choices, and earns our preference as the #1 Best Escape Room in Seattle.

You might like this if… you like high-tech, story-driven escape room for small teams.

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#2. Quest for Excalibur – Epic Team Adventures

Epic Team Adventures

In Quest for Excalibur, you are a group of adventurers who have entered King Arthur’s castle and must solve parallel series of puzzles in order to extract Excalibur from its stone. Quest for Excalibur is the first episode in the escape room series Storybook Legends, that all take place in the same room. Each episode in Storybook Legends revolves around a different story or legend in the same “castle-themed” room. The second episode, The Raven and the Red Death, will feature the works of Edgar Allen Poe.

This square-shaped space featured four high-definition screens as “windows”. The “windows” both display a stained-glass puzzle as well as hints and important information to solve the game. The room features a novel self-help hint system, and the final puzzle requires a special amount of precision and attention since you can only attempt to extract Excalibur once. While the room’s structure became predictable and is doable without too much necessary teamwork or coordination, this was fun for our group and we’re looking forward to playing the second episode of this room as well, The Raven and the Red Death.

You might like this if… you like nicely decorated rooms where people can do their own thing.

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#3. Rise of the Mad Pharaoh – Hourglass Escapes

Hourglass Escapes

The famed archaeologist Dr. Carter has retrieved the sarcophagus of King Ah-Ramen-Twostep, but in the process triggered an ancient curse that trapped him inside the chamber. You and your friends, as adventurers, are quickly rushed into his office, along with the sarcophagus. You must solve the various Egyptian-themed puzzles of the sarcophagus and open it up in order to break the curse and rescue Dr. Carter.

The focus of this escape room is definitely the huge (life-sized!), beautifully-designed sarcophagus placed in the middle of the room. The rest of the room provides mainly decor and working surfaces. The Sarcophagus is one huge high-tech puzzle box, with various compartments that will open depending on your interactions. The final sequence involves opening the Sarcophagus and saving Dr. Carter. The puzzle materials found in the Sarcophagus are delightfully Egyptian-themed and of a high-quality build.

You might like this if… you love a high-tech contraption or high-quality props.

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#4. The Vanishing Act – Locurio

Magician Noximillian’s dressing room, featuring his vanishing cabinet.

The room is most commonly just known as “Locurio”.

The great magician Noximillian has some tricks up his sleeve, as his assistants keep mysteriously disappearing after their 13th show. You’re tasked with exploring Noximillian’s dressing room to search for clues on the disappearance of his assistants.

The Vanishing Act’s story arc develops over the course of the game and reaches a quite satisfying conclusion at the end (as long as you can escape!). The earlier part of the game involves polished puzzles in a fun, well-themed Magician’s room. The latter part of the game is the highlight with a bunch of excellent props, set design, and a surprise that’s really fun to operate. The game is packaged nicely in a premium 70-minute experience that even includes some acting.

You might like this if… you like polished games with well-themed puzzles and design.

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#5. Dead Man’s Chest – Epic Team Adventures

This new (opened December 2016) room from Epic Team Adventures takes you on a pirate adventure – you must solve puzzles to free the spirits of the dead pirates, who will guide you to a treasure. Dead Man’s Chest is the first game of Epic Team Adventure’s Enigma Box series, where the theme and contents of the room are all contained within a large box in the middle of the room.

The box in the room is impressively large and packs quite a few puzzles. Your solutions to the puzzles can be input via the box, which will display on the projector screen and via audio. The interaction with the box eventually brings you to fight sea monsters and find treasure, which is satisfying, although the initial interactions with the sea monsters feels clunky. However, the finale of the game puts everything together well, which can be an extremely satisfying experience. For a limited time, Epic Team Adventures is also running a family-friendly Winter Wonderland game in the same room as a limited-engagement episode of the Enigma Box series.

You might like this if… you like having lots of mini-puzzles to do in parallel.

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#6. Room 25 Live! – Epic Team Adventures

Room 25 Live! is based of the Room 25 board game. You don’t need to have played the Room 25 board game (we didn’t) in order to enjoy this escape room, although you’ll get helpful context and a much better understanding of the theme. This escape room is quite different than Epic Team Adventure’s other offerings, as it offers more traditional puzzles than their other, more high-tech rooms.

There is a neat mechanism for which before players trigger the escape sequence, they must first figure out and solve the various “traps” in the room. After triggering the escape sequence, players have 5 minutes in order to correctly input the trap solutions, else the players will lose. Fans of traitor-based board games (or enthusiasts who just want something really different) should request the “traitor” mode, where one player tries to secretly sabotage the escape of the rest. The “traitor” twist will prove to be lots of fun for those who like deception-style games!

You might like this if… you like the Room 25 board game or want to try to “traitor” twist.

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#7. Vault of the Volcano God – Epic Team Adventures

The Volcano god demands a sacrifice based on the spoils from your solved puzzles.

We played both Episode 1: The Break of Day and Episode 2: Burning Noontime. Episode 2 is basically the same thing as Episode 1 but with harder puzzles. We recommend playing Episode 1 first because its easier.

Vault of the Volcano God is themed around island mythology, with tikis around the room dispensing puzzles for your team to solve. Your ultimate objective is to turn the spoils from the puzzles into points by finding the best way to please the Volcano God. This is not a time-based escape room but a score-based escape room – your objective is to get as many points as possible.

While this is still a high-quality escape room, the formula is very different and this game will not appeal to all escape room fans. This game seems more oriented towards puzzle hunt fans. Teams that are competitive and like solving as many mini-puzzles as possible will have a lot of fun, while teams that prefer fewer, more themed puzzles will not have as much fun. The whole room is built around solving these disjointed mini-puzzles as fast as possible, rendering other elements of the room like the story or theme secondary. The technology where the Tikis dispense puzzles, you input your answers, and you offer your final sacrifice is still quite satisfying.

You might like this if… you like lots and lots of mini-puzzles.

Quick Facts

  • Theme: Island Mythology
  • Beginner-friendly: Somewhat – the mechanisms are new and different and could potentially be overwhelming for first-timers. This room will appeal more to puzzle fans.
  • Opened: July 2016
  • Play with strangers: Potentially, if you don’t book all the tickets in your slot.
  • Location: 2815 2nd Avenue, Suite 290, Seattle, WA 98121 (Belltown)
  • Price: $30 per person
  • Team Size: 3-10 players per team (we recommend 3-5). Unless you’re aiming for a high score, a small team size works better here since there’s a resource in the game that will get too crowded with too many people.
  • Duration: 60 Minutes
  • Booking: https://epicteamadventures.com/vault-of-the-volcano-god

#8. Escape the Midnight Carnival – Puzzle Break

Escape from the Midnight Carnival is Puzzle Break’s latest Seattle attraction. Puzzle Break seems to by far be the most well-known escape room in Seattle, stemming from them being one of the first escape room companies in North America. Their popularity is apparent in their bookings – on weekends their games will likely be fully booked and you will be playing with a large group of strangers.

This game is carnival themed but thankfully not scary or creepy at all (and definitely no clowns). This is somewhat of a search-heavy escape room that will likely become somewhat chaotic with the standard groups of 12 strangers. The chaos is amplified by their choice to not give any paper or writing utensils, which forces players to rely on collective working memory to piece together puzzle elements.

You might like this if… you like rooms that are suitable for large groups.

Quick Facts

  • Theme: Carnival (this is not scary)
  • Beginner-friendly: Absolutely – this is a great introduction to the escape room genre to beginners.
  • Opened: March 2016
  • Play with strangers: Very likely, if you don’t book all the tickets in your slot.
  • Location: 1423 10th Ave, Studio D Seattle, WA 98122 (Downtown)
  • Price: $30 per person
  • Team Size: Up to 12 players per team (we recommend 8-10). We also recommend booking a private game with all 12 tickets if possible, since Puzzle Break is very popular and you’d otherwise be playing with strangers.
  • Duration: 60 Minutes
  • Booking: http://www.puzzlebreak.us/tickets

#9. The Castle – Quest Factor

A peek into to beautifully-decorated Castle.

The Castle is Quest Factor’s (formerly Conundroom Seattle) newest creation in their brand-new Seattle location. You play a group of adventurers that enter a castle in order to find a lost treasure carefully hidden in one of its rooms. Quest Factor is one of the few Seattle companies that sells tickets per room and not per ticket, meaning that you will never be grouped up with strangers. This is a huge plus for escape room enthusiasts that don’t like playing with strangers!

The decor inside The Castle is beautiful (you can have a peek in the picture above), with everything custom-made in-house. The puzzles, ambiance, and immersion are all appropriately castle-themed. However, the room may be a bit more straightforward for enthusiasts, as the appropriate actions are strongly hinted through text provided. We also had some issues with more finicky parts of the room. Still, this room is particularly good for beginners, as date option for couples, and as a work of art. (Read our full review)

You might like this if… you want to book a private game, are bringing kids (10+), or love great decor and props.

Quick Facts

  • Theme: Castle
  • Beginner-friendly: Yes!
  • Opened: July 2016
  • Play with strangers: No – Quest Factor does not group you with strangers.
  • Location: 4140 University Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105 (University District). Note that this particular game is in their Seattle location, not their Redmond location.
  • Price: $90-$180 per game (depending on your number of players).
  • Team Size: 2-8 players per team (we recommend 3-4). 2 is fine as well for experienced room escapers.
  • Duration: 60 minutes
  • Booking: http://questfactor.us/

#10. Hack Attack – Ninja Escape

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Ninja Escape has a large illuminated version of their ninja star logo in their lobby.

Hack Attack is Ninja Escape’s first escape room (and potentially the best out of the 4 that they run currently, although we don’t know much about their 3rd mission). Their main series of games is located in Fremont, near the Fremont Troll and walkable from Locurio. They also acquired Room Escape Adventure’s Trapped in a Room with a Zombie, so have a second location where they run that game.

Ninja Escape’s general style is more whimsical than most other companies. The “Ninja” theme is only superficially present in “Hack Attack” – the game’s story revolves around infiltrating “Mr. Hancock’s” office, recovering “billions” of dollars, and hacking into a system. The game is not particularly impressive along any dimension, although is still fun. Uniquely, they actually let you use your smartphone during the game, so there are particular instances times when Googling something will save you some effort.

You might like this if… you want to use your phone during an escape room, or want a more budget-friendly escape room ($23 after the promo code).

Quick Facts

  • Theme: Office / Hacking
  • Beginner-friendly: Yes!
  • Opened: April 2015
  • Play with strangers: Potentially, if you don’t book all the tickets in your slot.
  • Location: 3800 Aurora Ave North, Suite 270, Seattle, WA (Fremont). Note that this particular game is in their Fremont location, not their Bellmont location.
  • Price: $23 per person after Ninja Escape promo code TIPOFFTHETOP
  • Team Size: Up to 12 players per team (we recommend 4-6)
  • Duration: 60 minutes
  • Booking: http://escape.ninja/mission-1-hack-attack (use promo code TIPOFFTHETOP for $5 off each ticket)

Live Puzzle Events

These are limited-time-only live puzzle events in the Seattle Area.

Map: Seattle Area Escape Rooms

Please contact us if we’re missing any or if you would like your room to be added to this map!

More Rooms

There are at least five more escape room companies in the Seattle area that we haven’t tried out. They are:

  • Flee Escape – #108 – 2222 152nd Ave NE, Redmond, WA 98052
    • Flee Escape has 5 rooms in Redmond. We’ve heard some good things about them.
  • Conundroom – 8250 165 Th Ave NE, Suite 208, Redmond, WA
    • Conundroom Redmond is not the same as Conundroom Seattle. Conundroom Seattle became independent and is now known as Quest Factor. Conundroom has two escape rooms and a virtual reality quest.
  • Seattle Escape Games – 5005 Ohio Ave South, Seattle, WA 98134
    • This one is opening to the public in March 2017.
  • Sherlocked – 915 E Pine St, Seattle, WA 98122
    • We’ve heard about lower-quality rooms at this company and wouldn’t recommend this to our readers.
  • Serial Mysteries – 1225 120th Ave NE, Bellevue, WA 98005
    • This one takes place in a very large space. We don’t know very much about how this room is like.

More Personalized Recommendations

Please keep in mind that our overall rankings are based on our own perceptions of what makes for a “high-quality” escape room experience. We’re providing this section of this article to better personalize our recommendations for readers.

Recommendations based on what you look for in an escape room:

  • Atmosphere: Rise of the Mad Pharaoh, Locurio, The Castle
  • Decor: Quest for Excalibur, The Castle
  • Immersion: Rise of the Mad Pharaoh, Locurio, The Castle
  • Mechanism: The Sparrow Files: The Peking Dragon
  • Price: Hack Attack
  • Props: Rise of the Mad Pharaoh, The Castle
  • Polish: Quest for Excalibur, Locurio
  • Story: The Sparrow Files: The Peking Dragon
  • Technology: Epic Team Adventures, Rise of the Mad Pharaoh
  • Themed puzzles: Rise of the Mad Pharaoh, Locurio

Recommendations depending on who you’re bringing

  • For beginners: Midnight Carnival is a classic example of an American escape room game, and a great place to start as one’s first escape room. Rise of the Mad Pharaoh and Locurio are great as well for first-timers or for people who have only played a handful. The Castle and Ninja Escape are great as well for beginners.
  • For large corporate events: Epic Team Adventures. ETA has enough rooms to run a bunch of parallel games for a large corporate event.
  • For large groups: Midnight Carnival (up to 12). This room has enough things to do to occupy a large group for most of the game. The room allows up to 12, but we recommend 8-10.
  • For puzzle fans: Vault of the Volcano God. This room is basically a puzzle buffet.
  • For travelling escape room enthusiasts: We recommend doing 1) Epic Team Adventure’s The Sparrow Files: The Peking Dragon 2) Hourglass Escapes’ Rise of the Mad Pharoah and 3) Locurio’s The Vanishing Act to get a sample of the best that Seattle has the offer. If you have time, check out Epic Team Adventure’s other games as well, Puzzle Break’s Midnight Carnival, and Quest Factor’s The Castle. Please feel free to report back in the comments!
  • For people who absolutely don’t like playing with strangers: The Castle offers a private booking for small groups for a reasonable price. Else you’ll have buy out the full room to guarantee that you won’t be playing with strangers. Puzzle Break is usually at almost full capacity on weekends so you’ll very likely be playing with strangers if you don’t book the full thing. You might be lucky with the other companies since they’re not usually at full capacity. Note that usually when we play with strangers its still fun and fine, but sometimes the experience can be a hit-or-miss.
  • For couples (or groups of 2): The Castle offers private bookings for 2 for $90, The Sparrow Files: The Peking Dragon is very doable as a group of 2.

Some recommendations for families bringing children, or teens looking for a game:

  • For teenagers: Probably not Locurio, since it has some spookier parts. For other rooms, please check the FAQ for age requirements. Minors may need to bring a waiver signed by their parent / guardian, and also may require adult supervision.
  • For preteens: Epic Team Adventures, The Castle, Hack Attack. The other companies on this list do not allow preteens. Again, check the FAQ for age requirements. Minors may require adult supervision, and may require parents to bring in a waiver beforehand.
  • For children under 10: We don’t recommend (and most escape rooms don’t allow) playing escape rooms with children under 10. Play a board game with them instead!

If you’re bringing children, please check the FAQ for age requirements beforehand!

Did you play any escape rooms in Seattle? What did you think? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!

Downtown Seattle Image Credit: Tiffany Von Arnim

Shoutout to Room Escape Artist who provided great reviews and recommendations for when we were out in Seattle. You can check out their reviews of some Seattle escape rooms on this list here, here, or here for more detailed takes on three of these rooms.

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