- Kelly Sundstrom, For the AJC
If you're feeling a little tired of the usual dinner and a movie, try getting out of one Atlanta's top escape room experiences.
Not for the faint of heart, escape rooms are sure to give you and your friends an exciting, exhilarating and − at times − terrifying time. Escape games connect the elements of the theater with gameplay and special effects, and they are becoming increasingly popular, especially among millennials.
Referred to as escape rooms or escape games, in each instance a team of people are locked into a room, usually themed around fantasy or horror, and the players must then solve puzzles and challenges in order to get out.
The appeal is that the participants are not just passively consuming entertainment (think movies or concerts). Instead, they are actively creating memories and experiencing something unique.
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Whether you enjoy a little mystery, a touch of the paranormal or a classic zombie escape, metro Atlanta has an array of options to explore.
Get cooped up with some of your favorite people and see just how crafty you can get at one of these escape rooms in Atlanta.
Ultimate Escape Game. $28 to $34 per person. Galleria 75. 3200 Cobb Galleria Pkwy, Suite 150. Atlanta. 770-629-0767.www.ultimateescapegame.com.
At Ultimate Escape Game, you can choose from five different escape room scenarios that range in complexity and intensity. Find your way out of an underwater research station in "Submerged." Learn about Atlanta's history while solving puzzles in "Atlanta," or discover a mental patient's past in "Amnesia."
Project Escape Atlanta. $28 per person. 1395 South Marietta Pkwy SE, Building 200, Suite 202, Marietta. 844-372-2731. www.projectescapeatl.com.
Find yourself locked inside three different mysteries at Project Escape Atlanta. In "Exposure," you'll attempt to contain and quarantine a deadly virus before it wipes out the human race. In "Vault 202," the apocalypse has come, and you have to figure out how to disarm a nuclear bomb before it's too late. If adventure is your thing, recover missing relics and escape the castle in "Knight's Quest."
Rush Escape Room. $25 per person. 6040 Unity Drive, Suite C, Norcross. 470-294-0480. www.rushescaperoom.com.
At Rush Escape Rooms, you and your friends will work together solving puzzles, finding clues and piecing together riddles to escape three different adventures. Escape a dilapidated cabin in the mountains in "Cabin.” Recover an anti-virus in an underground laboratory in " Virus," or recall a rambunctious night on the town in order to get home on time in "Las Vegas."
Three Keys: The Escape Room. $28 per person. 780 Buford Hwy, Suite 102, Suwanee. 470-589-1450. www.threekeysescapegame.com.
If you don't want to go all the way into the city for a great escape room experience, try Three Keys: The Escape Room, located right in Suwanee. This location offers five different escape scenarios, including "Finding Sherlock Holmes," if you're looking for a good mystery, "The Pharaoh's Chamber" is perfect for the Indiana Jones fans out there and "Free Houdini," celebrates the magic of the greatest escape artist of all time.
Escape the Room Atlanta. $28 per person. 200 Peachtree St. NW, Atlanta. 678-783-3387. www.atlanta.escapetheroom.com.
Escape the Room offers some of the most detailed and surreal escape scenarios in the state, which is why it's frequented by so many celebrities, including Tina Fey. "The Apartment" will leave you feeling trapped in your own home, "The Rec Room" will have you trying to escape the 1980's and in "The News Room," you'll have to work together to break the news and break your way out of the room.
Room Escape Atlanta. $28 per person. 314 Auburn Ave., Atlanta. 404-480-0644. www.atlantaroomescape.com.
For those that just want the ultimate terror experience, Room Escape Atlanta should be on your list for a terrifying and thrilling escape room event. Select from four escape scenarios: "Chainsaw," where you will have to avoid the grasp of a mass murderer, "The Paranormal," for those of you that enjoy escaping from the undead, "The Rescue," where you and your friends will find yourselves trapped in the chambers of a madman, and "Trapped in a Room with a Zombie," which speaks for itself.