Since becoming obsessed with all things escape rooms and puzzle games related, I've played and experienced a sizable amount of offerings. Some prove to be masterpieces, some are meh, and some are terrible. In the mountain of products being churned out endlessly these days, the great ones deserve our attention and recognition.
This list is hand-picked by Escape Mattster to be his favorites. Everything here made him laugh, made him go "WOW!", and most importantly, made a mark on his mind.
There are two recommendation tiers:
RECOMMENDED and MUST DO!
RECOMMENDED rank is denoted by a 🏅 icon. These are top quality games that would not disappoint. (Everything on this page is, in fact.) Still, if you're short on time or tight on budget, and must weed out more from the list until only the best of the best is left, then look for MUST DO! rank. MUST DO! rank is denoted by a 🏆 icon.
If you've tried out any of these titles, CONTACT ME to let me know what you think! I would love to hear your thoughts!
PLAY AT HOME TITLES
Go to "In-Person Games" instead... [🏅= RECOMMENDED; 🏆= MUST DO!]
AVATER-LED REMOTE ESCAPE ROOMS
🏅 Miss Jezebel Online | 60Out Escape Rooms (Downtown)
🏆 Virtual X-Caper | Agent November
🏅 The Search For The Magical Artifact | Bruum Escape
🏆 The Witch's Forest | Daydream Adventures
🏅 The Cabin | District 3 Escape Rooms
🏅 Haunted | District 3 Escape Rooms
🏅 The Heist | The Escape Game (Nashville)
🏅 Heistakes | Escapologic Nottingham
🏆 The Hot Chocolate Incident | Improbable Escapes HQ
🏅 The Cure For...Common Zombie | Improbable Escapes HQ
🏆 Seven Dwarfs: Mining Mission | Improbable Escapes...Cafe
🏆 The Vanishing Act Remote | Locurio Escape Rooms
🏆 Operation Nightwalker | MindTrap Escape Room (Murrieta)
🏆 Gold Rush | MindTrap Escape Room (Temecula)
🏆 Night Terrors | Mystery Mansion Regina Escape Rooms
🏅 The Detective's Office | Mystery Mansion Regina Escape Rooms
🏆 DTF: Drag Task Force...Fabulous Flo Mingo | Mystery Mansion...
🏆 20000 Leagues Under... | Novel Escape *RECENTLY ADDED!*
🏆 Casino Mortale Online | Sky High Escape Room
🏆 Operation: X-13 (Online) | Trapped! Escape Room (Las Vegas)
🏆 The Heist: Remote Avatar... | Trapped Puzzle Rooms (St Paul)
🏅 The Return Of The Magician (Livestream) | UNLOCKED...
LIVE HOST-LED EXPERIENCE
🏆 Mission One: The Heist | Agent Venture (TAIR)
🏆 Mission Two: Cyborg Island | Agent Venture (TAIR)
🏆 The Haunted Theatre (360° Virtual...) | Escape Room LA
🏅 Atlantis (360° Virtual Experience) | Escape Room LA
🏆 The Truth About Edith | Mad Genius Escapes
🏅 Boonabo Farm | Mad Genius Escapes
🏅 The Strange Secret Of Mr. Adrian Rook | Strange Bird Immersive
🏅 Prehistoric Park | Trapped Puzzle Rooms Audio Escape...
🏅 Super Squad | Trapped Puzzle Rooms Audio Escape Adventures
PURELY ONLINE DIGITAL GAMES
🏅 The Disappearance Of DJ McDee | Clue Cracker Live Escape...
🏅 ASPMC: The Mysterious Moodus Marking | Green Door Labs
🏆 Unboxing The Mind...Cryptic Killer | Eleven Puzzles
🏅 Alone Together | Enchambered: Sacramento Escape Room
🏅 Alone Together 2: Together Apart | Enchambered: Sacramento...
🏅 Alone Together 3: Together At Heart | Enchambered...
🏅 The Heist, Vol. 1: Chasing Hahn | The Escape Game: Unlocked
🏅 The Heist, Vol. 2: The Silk Road | The Escape Game: Unlocked
🏅 National Elf Service | Fast Familiar
🏅 Bad Altitude | Fast Familiar *RECENTLY ADDED!*
🏆 A Death In The Red Light | Mystery City Games
🏆 Sherlock Holmes | The Panic Room
🏅 Clue Kingdom, Ch 1: The Enchanted Forest | The Panic Room
🏆 Mysterious Map Heist | Society Of Curiosities
🏅 The Bewitched Circus | Society Of Curiosities
PRINT & PLAY PUZZLE GAMES
🏅 Ep Two: Alpha Brain System | clueQuest (Print + Cut + Escape)
🏆 The Lost Temple | CU Adventures In Time & Space
🏅 Floor 13 | CU Adventures In Time & Space
🏅 Sn 1: Disappear... Of Claire Makova, Ep 1 | The Detective Society
🏆 The Profoctor Predicament | Oblivity
BY-MAIL & SUBSCRIPTIONS
🏅 The Hincks Gazette: Vol 1, Issue 2 to 7 | Bluefish Games
🏅 Season 1, Episode 1: Family Secrets | Mobile Escape Mail
🏅 Season 1, Episode 2: Missing Person | Mobile Escape Mail
🏆 Season 1, Episode 4: On The Run | Mobile Escape Mail
🏅 Season 1, Episode 5: Lost Library | Mobile Escape Mail
🏅 The Missed Flight | Puzzle Post
🏆 Season 1, Adv...1: Madok's Lost Treasure | Society Of Curiosities
PUZZLE GAMES IN A BOX
🏆 The Curious Elevator Of Mr. Hincks | Bluefish Games
🏅 The Emerald Flame | PostCurious
🏆 ...Maze Of The Minotaur | Solve Our Shirts *RECENTLY ADDED!*
🏆 Taco TWOsday | Trapped Takeout *RECENTLY ADDED!*
ALL OTHER MEDIA FORMATS
🏆 UNMEMORY | Plug In Digital *RECENTLY ADDED!*
NO LONGER AVAILABLE (RETIRED, CLOSURE, ETC)
🏅 KGB (Remote) | Amaze Escape Events
🏅 Remote Play - The Heist (Remote) | Breakout St John...
🏆 Save The Cast! Nancy Drew Atx Quest | CW, Atx...Wild Optimists
🏅 Hanna Unlocked | The Escape Game: Unlocked