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What’s Escape The 1980s?
What is a “room escape” game like?
What am I buying a ticket TO?
I don’t get any of this.

So… what is a room escape? Essentially, it’s a live action, on-site puzzle game that anyone can play. Players enter a themed environment and use codes and clues (things they hear, see, touch, find and interact with) — to open doors and “escape” (or win the game). It’s a totally thrilling experience.

Room Escapes are a new kind of entertainment game for adults that have become wildly popular across the United States. In fact, there’s even a show on TV about them. There are about five Philly room escape games with varying themes

When you buy a ticket to  Escape the 1980s, you’re buying a ticket into Philadelphia’s largest, on-site mystery game. You and your teammates have 60 minutes to work together (like detectives) putting together codes and clues to get through an 80s themed “mini mall”. You’ll log into an old school computer, make calls from push button phones, watch 80s video clips, play Atari… and much more. See what happens in our game here. Or, watch the video to the left of this page featuring an actual actor from Saved By The Bell!

It’s a fully immersive, exhilarating escape game experience — and you don’t need to know or remember anything about the 80s to win.

People book room escape tickets for corporate outings, parties, dates, reunions, celebrations — or just to have an unusual experience with friends. The best thing about our room escape? You’ll experience a thrill inside that lasts hours after you finish the game. Scout’s honor.

Escape The 1980s works like this:

1. Buy a ticket: You can buy your ticket online, at our location or by calling us.

2. Get introduction: You’ll meet the other members of your team and you’ll all be given an introduction about how the game works. You know you have a single goal: To look for clues and codes and make your way through the game. Your host will give you all the details so you know what to expect.

3. Start Game: You’ll be led into an 1980’s time warp; An environment packed with retro sights, sounds, technology and interactive 80s themed clues. Your group will work together going room-to-room, figuring out how to “get out of the 80s”.

4. You win… or don’t win:  You have 60 minutes to figure out the game. If you get through in 60 minutes, you win. If you don’t, we still think you’re a winner.

Have questions? Contact us or watch the video to the left.

About Room Escapes

There are several Room Escapes (also called “Escape Rooms”) in the Philadelphia area and hundreds and hundreds nationwide. Escape the 1980s is the only one of its kind. They’re all owned by different groups with different themes.

Room Escapes vary in the way they are presented and the themes they carry. Many room escapes have a sketchy detective story and the idea that you’re locked in the room and can’t get out. Some are gigantic games that happen outside. Other room escapes are horror-based. Mainstream horror movies (like The Purge II) have developed room escape games as promotional tools for their films. Even shows like “The Bachelorette” have featured room escapes on their episodes. (We SWEAR this is true).

The Escape Room concept started somewhere else (we think in Japan, but I can’t seem to confirm this). In 2007, they started spotting the US. In 2014, they began popping up all over the United States in major cities. You can find a list of US Room Escapes here and reviews of them at and

To give you an idea of the clues, if all of the books are painted red, and there’s a red painting on the wall, there might be something you take from the books that you can use on the painting on the wall. Red is your key. It’s that kind of thing.

Either way, you should watch our “What is a room escape?” video. It’s short, funny and gets to the point. (Also, it features a guest actor from Saved By The Bell).

Created by Steel Owl Steel Owl build experiences for large companies like Autodesk and museums like The Franklin Institute! We’ve given seminars across the country, written books, have our own tech company — and our games are built on laughter. Escape the 1980s was the first “80s” escape game in the world, written by the owners… and we only have one location; right here in Philadelphia. You’ve never played this game before if you haven’t played it here.