The explosion of escape room board games has awakened many people’s desire to solve mysteries under pressure. These games have come a long way with various unique, mysterious, and downright fun rooms to play. From creepy cabins to werewolf experiences there’s a game for everyone.
So dim the lights, put on some mysterious sound effects and try to escape before it’s too late.
Read out top picks for the best escape room board games to play at home or in your own personal game room.
🏆 Our Top Picks for Best Escape Room Board Games
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Escape Room: The Game
Playing time: 60 mins
Mechanisms: Cooperative, puzzle, real-time
Live the mystery with Escape Room: The Game!
By setting the timer to 60 minutes, you’re locked into the escape room of your choice. Prison Break, Virus, Murder Mystery, and Funland are the 4 different thrilling rooms you can play.
This cooperative board game will give the ultimate escape room experience in which players must get creative to solve the brain-bending riddles. If you’re into puzzles, this is the game for you. With each adventure, the game becomes increasingly more difficult to figure out.
A fun added addition to Escape Room: The Game is the app that includes a digital countdown and sound effects. It helps create the mysterious atmosphere that makes this game a top contender.
Exit The Game
Playing time: 60-120 mins
Mechanisms: Cooperative, deduction, puzzle, real-time
Can you solve the riddles to escape the cabin?
After the car breaks down and looking for shelter, you find an abandoned cabin in the middle of the woods (nothing disconcerting about that right?). After a night’s rest, players wake up to the cabin locked, bars on the windows, and nothing inside but a mysterious book.
With a fantastic premise, Exit The Game: The Abandoned Cabin has players solve riddles and puzzles to crack the codes. As time is running out, teamwork is key.
Intense and exciting, Exit The Game is worth a try.
Hunt a Killer: Death at the Dive Bar
Playing time: 30-180 mins
Mechanisms: Deduction, cooperative, murder mystery scenario
Hunt a Killer has become extremely popular, and it’s no wonder as the collection of games is an incredibly immersive murder mystery experience that can be played solo or in a group.
In Hunt a Killer: Death at the Dive Bar, there’s been a murder at a dive bar and the players become investigators. What was deemed an accident by authorities is quietly being questioned by the victim’s former employee. You’ve got a lead and suspect foul play… can you right a wrong?
By examining evidence and eliminating suspects you could catch the killer. Decode, decipher and solve the puzzles as you channel your inner detective. Hunt a Killer: Death at the Dive Bar can have you solving solo, interesting activity for date night, or just fun with friends.
If you’re a true crime enthusiast like me, you’ll love Hunt a Killer.
Unlock! Epic Adventures
Playing time: 60 mins
Mechanisms: Cooperative, real-time, scenario, exploration
With three fantastic adventures to choose from, The Seventh Screening, The Dragon’s Seven Tests, and Mission #7, players can choose which mind-blowing adventure they’ll play first.
Unlock! Epic Adventures has multiple levels of difficulty making it a great game for families or beginners. It’s a strategy-based game in which players must use quick thinking and deductive reasoning to solve the puzzles. Search the rooms, combine objects, solve puzzles, and unlock the room!
Escape the Room: The Cursed Dollhouse
Playing time: 120 mins
Mechanisms: Cooperative, memory, murder/mystery, storytelling
Escape the Room: The Cursed Dollhouse is one of the most challenging escape rooms in the series.
This game takes you back to childhood, with a full 3D dollhouse included. But fear, not mystery lovers — curses and creepiness make the game a captivating experience. With five rooms to discover, finding objects and solving puzzles is the key to escaping.
The longer playtime of 2 hours allows for the game to be more intricate and challenging. Are you up for it?
Deckscape: The Curse of the Sphinx
Playing time: 30-90 mins
Mechanisms: puzzle, real-time
Deckscape: The Curse of the Sphinx has players touring ancient Egyptian monuments full of excitement and enthusiasm. But things take a sudden turn for the worst when something mysterious traps you all in a secret room…
Come across dangerous traps and ancient amulets that block your way out… as well as the key to escaping. As if things weren’t grim enough, a mummy has been awakened.
Deckscape: The Curse of the Sphinx has many different puzzles that’ll you’ll have to solve at a fast-paced speed. The pressure is on.
Deckscape is pocket-sized, perfect for traveling and trips away.
Escape Room in a Box: The Werewolf Experiment
Playing time: 30-90 mins
Mechanisms: Deduction, cooperative, puzzle, educational
Escape Room in a Box: The Werewolf Experiment has players cracking codes, solving puzzles, and using some stellar deduction skills to escape in under an hour. With a unique storyline that adds to the fun, your fate is completely in your hands.
19 mental and physical puzzles have to be solved before the mad scientist turns players into rabid werewolves.
This is also a great immersive experience and can be combined with Amazon Alexa to enhance gameplay.
Escape Tales: Low Memory
Playing time: 6-9 hours
Mechanisms: puzzle, cooperative, science fiction
Buckle in for this one, it’s a long playtime… but oh, so worth it.
Escape Tales: Low Memory is 3 stories, 1 plot. In the game, you’ll become 3 different characters and will experience the main plot through different eyes. Which perspective will lead you to make the right call at the end of the game?
Although long and intricate, each character’s story changes the gameplay and keeps you captivated. An engaging story where locations change and emotions are warped, each and every choice makes an impact. In Escape Tales: Low Memory you shape your own story.
If you love narrative-based board games, this escape room is a great combination of narrative and escape. These puzzles are hard but, the reward of escaping is worth it.
Which was your favorite escape room to be trapped in?
We hope you enjoyed our list of the best escape room board games! These fun, challenging, and cooperative experiences are great for a family game night, team-building event, or party!
Drop a comment below and let us know if you’ve tried out any of these escape room board games (no spoilers!) or if we missed any of your favorites! We’d love to hear from you.
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Kendra has always been a hardcore fantasy nerd. Growing up in the worlds of Tolkien, Sanderson, Jordan, and Abercrombie, DnD & board games just came naturally. She and her husband, Bryan, started GameCows.com in 2018 as a fun passion project that just took over their lives. An avid board gamer since childhood and chronic DnD chronicler for more than two decades, she loves to play, write, travel, and learn dead languages.