Puzzle games, puzzle rooms, puzzle houses and escape rooms are trending all over the U.S. Albuquerque is fortunate enough to have several and one nearby in Santa Fe. Each offers a different experience. Like the increasingly popular board game libraries, games are bringing people together for interactive experiences that require teamwork. Puzzle houses are a great alternative and break from the computer screen.
What are escape rooms and puzzle houses? Choose a puzzle with a theme, enter a room with your team, and within a limited period of time, figure your way out of the room. It's a form of extreme problem solving that is a great deal of fun. Teams can vary in size but are usually 2 - 6 people.
Would anyone willingly let themselves be trapped in a room for an hour? The rooms are a little like video games, only it's real life. Puzzle rooms started in Japan and went to Europe before arriving in the U.S.
Escape rooms are a great way to socialize with friends on a Friday or Saturday night. Families and friends can get together on weekends and solve a puzzle together. And escape rooms provide a unique way for corporate team building to take place. They can also be booked for private parties or birthdays.
2009 Eubank NE
Albuquerque, NM 87112
Hours: Sundays, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Monday & Tuesday by appointment only, Wednesday & Thursday, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., Friday, 10 a.m. - 11 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. - 11 p.m.
At EsQape It, you'll be given a mission and 60 minutes to execute it. Teams can be two to six people, and you have your choice of puzzles. Roswell is the current game, and DeepSky is slated to open soon. Your team will be shown into a themed room, where you'll find clues. The clues will lead you to objects and props that will help you solve the clues and lead to the next clue.
Tickets are $25 for adults, $2- for military and veterans with ID, seniors over 60 and students with ID. Tickets for children under 12 are $16.
1352 Rufina Circle
Santa Fe, NM
Hours: Monday, Wednesday , and Sunday, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m., Friday and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to midnight. Closed Tuesdays
The ever creative team of Meow Wolf in Santa Fe have created an immersive art house experience. You'll enter the unusual looking house and each visitor will have to choose their own path through. Something mysterious happened in the Victorian house that has dissolved the nature of space and time.
The house tells the story of a family from Mobile, Alabama who are in a dimensional rift. Inside their home are portals beyond space and time that lead to imaginative places. Who is the family, where do the portals lead, and what happened in the house?
Ticket prices are $18 for adults, $12 for children 12 and under and $16 for seniors. For New Mexico residents, prices are $15 for adults, $10 for children and $13 for seniors.
3916 Carlisle Blvd. NE Suite C
Albuquerque, NM 87107
Hours: Thursday & Friday, 4 p.m. - 10:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 11:30 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Corporate hours: Tuesday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
There are three experiences at New Mexico Escape Room. The Blood Map room is an old western room and your team has to find a treasure map to get out. Bob Ford is the man charged with murdering Jesse James and he has found James' map to a hidden treasure. But Ford is murdered and the map disappeared. It's hidden somewhere in Ford's office, which is about to be demolished. Can your team find the treasure map in one hour? The success rate for this escape room is 45 percent.
Do you like being scared? The Cabin room may be for you. You're the lead detective on a murder case and a tip has led you to a secluded and creepy cabin that may be the getaway for a serial killer. The mission is to get to the cabin, find the identity of the killer, and get out before he returns. Can you make it out in time? This is a hard one, with a success rate of 15 percent.
In the third escape room, The Unpublished, you're a reporter in 1974. A friend was working on the Watergate scandal, and the night before the story was to be turned in, your friend disappears. You go to his office to look for clues and to find the story he was working on so you can finish it. The success rate for this room is 25 percent.
The New Mexico Escape Room does not have age requirements, but it is recommended that children under the age of 12 be supervised by an adult.
Fourth-grade math is needed to make it through the puzzle scenarios.
Escape rooms can be booked for your group by reserving a time Tuesday through Friday 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. or by special request. During public times such as Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, you will need to book eight slots to have the room to yourself. Tickets are $32.16 per person.