In April 2017, I visited Prague and played one or two (OK, 25) escape games based on a combination of TripAdvisor reviews, recommendations on the Escape Room Enthusiasts’ Facebook Group, information on Solve Prague (also good for discounts in the less popular venues!) and some advice from Escape Room Tourism. 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 ten different companies: The Chamber, Runaway, Questerland, EscapeX, Mind Maze, Locked In Prague, Chess Key Room, The Padlock, Door Z and Getaway. We could have done more but it’s hard to book games at the last minute in Prague, and the few remaining ones that looked good were either not answering, not open or booked up. 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 all 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 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 two games were also good quality and all three are beautiful. EscapeX: Pragueception and the Padlock‘s 99-minute Mission 53 are two interesting rooms with stunning sets. Finally, Runaway‘s Christopher Columbus game had a lot to offer on the puzzle-front and a great set (and is another slightly longer game at 70 minutes).
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 (five games)
- Runaway (six games
- Questerland (three games)
- EscapeX, Chess Key Room and the Padlock (three games)
- Mind Maze and Door Z (five games)
- Locked In Prague, Getaway (three 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.