Anyone that’s ever asked me, “What’s the best escape room?” has had the opportunity to hear me rave about 13th Gate. I’ve had a special place in my heart for 13th Gate since I first played Death Row and The Collector back in 2015. We actually planned this entire weekend trip to Louisiana specifically to play Cutthroat Cavern, Tomb of Anubis, Agent 13 and Asylum.
13th Gate’s newest escape room experience, The Asylum, is a wonderfully immersive traditional escape room with fun scares. As one of the top companies in the nation at both haunted attractions and escape rooms, it’s only natural 13th Gate would create a thrilling experience merging the two. The Asylum is a perfect combination of escape room and haunted attraction.
The journey through the Asylum is very immersive combining detailed and realistic set design with effective lighting, sounds and smells to make you feel like you are really inside of the actual story. Although this game is not as large in scale as it’s predecessor Cutthroat Cavern, it is an exceptionally well designed and fun game. The storytelling and hint system are done in a clever way that keeps you immersed in the experience. This game probably has the most traditionally entertaining puzzles of any of the escape rooms at the location. The jump scares are perfectly placed and plentiful. Overall, the Asylum is an incredible horror escape room experience that I highly recommend.
Congratulations to all of the 2016 Skeleton Key Award winners!
The following games are all incredibly fun and unique in their own ways. Below you can see them listed by the category in which they shine especially bright.
Below is a list of the Escape Rooms I’ve played roughly in order of MY favorite to least favorite by city. Note: I especially enjoy horror, paranormal & magic themed escape rooms, so my preferences may be different than yours. Feel free to tweet me questions.
LOUISIANA ESCAPE ROOM LIST:
The 13th Gate: Cutthroat Cavern
The 13th Gate: Tomb of Anubis
The 13th Gate: Agent 13
Escape My Room – Smugglers Den
Escape My Room – Inventor’s Attic
Clue Carre – The Game Museum
Clue Carre – Alien Encounter
Clue Carre – French Quarter House of Curiousities
Escape My Room – Jazz Parlour
Clue Carre – The Bookie
Mystere Mansion Escape Rooms – The Ghost Lab Escape Room
I’ve played a lot of escape games nationwide and these two are the best. I played both The Collector & Death Row. You need to play these rooms in a group because of the brilliant team building puzzles that you will encounter…especially The Collector.
Why is 13th Gate Escape the best?
Not only are the puzzles logical, thought provoking, creative and unique, they fit into the theme of each room organically. The rooms are beautifully designed. The stories are wonderfully thought out and really start your adventure into these incredibly emmersive experiences. The Collector is especially emmersive in a way I’ve never experienced before. The detail is unbelievabe using more senses than any room I’ve ever done. These rooms use technology in wonderful ways with exciting aha moments and squeals around every turn. They are also the first company I’ve seen use such a user friendly, non-intrusive hint system. A lot of time and heart went into these rooms and you can feel the passion when you meet the owner and incredible staff. Their pictures should be the first thing you see when you look up “customer service” on Wikipedia.
Overall 13th Gate Escape has it figured out and really creates unique immersive experiences that are not to be missed. I wish they would open up a location on the west coast so I don’t have to travel 1,800 miles to play the next room they open…but I will…because they are THAT GOOD!
*We escaped Death Row in time, but not The Collector.