In April 2017 and October 2018, I visited Prague and played a few (OK, 38) escape games based on a combination of TripAdvisor reviews, recommendations on the Escape Room Enthusiasts’ Facebook Group and information on Solve Prague (also good for discounts in the less popular venues!). If you’re heading out to the Czech capital and want to play a game (or lots!), then hopefully this series of posts will give you a leg-up on the research.
We visited games across 15 different companies: The Chamber, Runaway, Questerland, EscapeX, Mind Maze, Locked In Prague, Chess Key Room, The Padlock, Door Z, Endorfin, Riddle Twist, Elixir Mystery, EscapeTheRoom.cz, Coderoom and Getaway. We played at pretty much all the venues we’d have liked except Reactor Escape, which we’d heard good things about but couldn’t fit into the schedule. We didn’t play at TRAP because we’ve played their games elsewhere (Blackpool, UK and Budapest), but I’ve added a few words at the end of this article for completeness. This Google map may help with locations – it has most of the escape rooms below marked on (including the individual sites in the case of companies with more than one site, which is important for the Chamber and Runaway), plus a couple of others which might be interesting.
Too Long; Didn’t Read? In summary: The Chamber was the best company. Play Poltergeist, if you can cope with very scary rooms, Medieval Dungeon and Haunted House if you don’t mind something on the scary side, or Hacker’s Nest and The Emperor’s Secret if you do. Questerland is a good option for multiple games too – Zombie Apocalypse was easy and linear but very logical and flowed well, while their other three games were also good quality and all four are beautiful. EscapeX: Dream Extractors and the Padlock‘s 99-minute Mission 53 are two interesting rooms with stunning sets.
Other good games: Xaverius at Riddle Twist, Chess Key and the other game at the Padlock: Cemetery. If you want something a bit different, then I’d recommend Endorfin‘s single player game, The Morgue, or Decrypt‘s The Red Room, which you have to watch the video to believe!
Other general points: English speakers won’t have a problem for any of the games we played. Some were language-agnostic but most had good English translations that didn’t cause us any issues. The only language barrier for us was when asking for hints but, even then, with a couple of clarifications, we’d get the message relatively quickly. Their English was certainly a lot better than my Czech. The biggest general point was that, in Prague, clues are things you ask for. They were very rarely given to you and, even then, we were always asked if we wanted them or not. I found that very hard to handle because the difficulty of rooms varied massively – so, for example, in one game we asked for around five clues because we felt we were well behind time but then escaped with almost a third of our time remaining.
If you want the in-depth articles, they’re here:
- The Chamber and my second visit (six games)
- MindMaze: Galactic Pioneers (one game)
- Runaway (six games)
- Riddle Twist (one game)
- Questerland and my second visit (four games)
- Decrypt.cz (one game)
- EscapeX, Chess Key Room and the Padlock and my return visit to the Padlock (four games)
- Elixir Mystery (one game)
- Mind Maze and Door Z (five games)
- EscapeTheRoom.cz (two games)
- Endorfin (two games)
- Locked In Prague, Getaway (three games)
- Coderoom (two games)
The ones we’d already done…
As mentioned above, we’d already played both the TRAP games available in Prague so didn’t visit their venue, but we would definitely have done so otherwise. Each city has the game customised to fit the space and with some modifications, so we can’t be certain of the quality. If Blackpool’s games are anything to go by, then they’d rate at around 4 stars. Follow these links to read the UK reviews of the Bomb and Secret of the Tomb.
That’s all, folks
I hope you found this write-up useful. If you did, then please let me know via email, and that will encourage me to write more in future. If you’ve got opinions on the above or, equally, if you’ve found some other gems that people should take a look at, do drop a comment below.