Do the winter-blues have you craving a physical and mental adventure? Are you looking for a fun and engaging challenge? We’ve got just the puzzle for you. Escape rooms are a modern-day, life-size puzzle for you and a group of friends to solve, in less than 60 minutes. If you’ve never heard of an escape game experience, its exactly what it sounds like! You and a group of friends, family members, coworkers (and potentially strangers) are locked in a themed room with only hints and clues to help you escape! Here are a few of our favorite escape rooms in the Irvine area.


EscapeX Rooms

“Solve the mystery and escape the room” describes the attic escape game at EscapeX Rooms. If solving a mystery that revolves around the disappearance of a family member sounds like something you would be interested in, grab the detective hat and suit up. “The Attic” escape game has an average difficulty rating of 7.5/10 and requires a minimum of 4 players. EscapeX also has a “mafia heist” room, where you’ll feel as though you’ve traveled through space and time and landed in a mafia hideout bar, with closed doors that you must strategize to open. And if lifting a curse that has fallen on an entire town is more your cup of tea, “The curse of the black knight” escape game only requires 3 players, but beware, crawling and climbing are required for some parts of the game.


Brainy Actz Escape Rooms

The games at Brainy Actz Escape Rooms are challenging, engaging, interactive and puzzling, all at the same time. You’ve got 60 minutes to solve an adventure puzzle that requires more brainpower than you yourself has! Great for team building activities, employee events, or even just a night with friends, Brainy Actz Escape has four unique escape games to choose from. How far will you go to retrieve a missing, priceless artifact in “The Smuggler” room? What obstacles will you overcome to escape prison and get your gold when you’re “Wanted in the West”? You’ll quickly find out once the door locks and the timer starts!


Puzzle Workshop Escape Room

The creators of the escape games at Puzzle Workshop Escape Room take pride in their 25 years of combined experience, and their serious love for games. When you challenge yourself to one of their premier escape rooms, you and your co-escapee’s will have to carefully strategize how you plan to break out of the room before the clock strikes an hour. Players can embrace the California lifestyle in the CSI: Hollywood escape game, where the police need your help finding an elite Hollywood star before the news leaks. Or, if you have a larger group (25 or more people) then the Trail of the Hope Diamond is the adventure for you. This one-of-a-kind puzzle invites you to travel the world on the hunt for a stolen gem, and encourages everyone to take part in the adventure.

The days of table puzzles and video games are behind us; now, you are a real-life player in the puzzle, provided with clues and hints to help you solve the mystery and escape an actual, physical room in less than an hour! A fun experience for all ages and groups, try these escape rooms the next time you’re seeking a thrilling adventure. While you’re at it, don’t forget to share your escape time with us on Facebook and Instagram, and keep following the Main Street Village blog here for more thrilling Irvine experiences.