- Played November 2018
- Pittsburgh, PA
- 60 minutes
- 2-8 players
- What People Say
In Pittsburgh’s beautiful suburb of Homestead, you’ll find Escape Room Pittsburgh’s newest location. Here you can play some escape rooms, do some axe throwing, or walk a half-mile down the road and enjoy an outdoor mall with several more food and entertainment options. Parking is somewhat limited to a small lot around the side of the building or on city streets. The building is a large historically restored structure that takes up most of the city block, so you really can’t miss it.
Once inside, we were amazed to see a marble finished lobby with intimate lighting, chairs, tables, couches, a front desk and games. The only things missing were snacks, refreshments, and a TV displaying some adverts for their company alongside a movie or some other form of visual entertainment. We were taken to the briefing room where we saw a great video introduction to our room… Subway Escape! Turns out we belong to a gang in a future dystopian city that has been converted into a massive prison zone. Our gang has been accused of killing the kingpin of their dysfunctional society and now each gang leader is promising payback! Just one problem… we didn’t do it! The whole city is crawling with rival gang members and informants who now want us dead so they can receive whatever power has been promised to them. We had about one hour to clear our names… or else!
The pre-room experience definitely raised our expectations, but did the room quality match up? It did… and more! We could immediately see why Escape Room Pittsburgh wanted us to try this room. The build quality is nothing short of amazing. The set design is integrated into the whole room with no unused spaces, the building materials and structures are top notch, and the incredible attention to detail makes you want to stop and look at everything. Only one or two small blemishes were visible, and that’s only because we were trying to trying to find something (anything) that would further prove this was one of the best designed rooms we’ve come across.
We could immediately tell the immersive experience was designed with just as much detail as the set was. As if the set wasn’t already enough to make you feel surrounded in the environment, Subway Escape also adds great lighting and a soundtrack that keeps you engaged. Again, a critical minded person may notice one or two things which were out of place (e.g. using 80’s inner street music, which is a great choice, but at the same time works against the whole future dystopian story, especially for gen-X’ers)… but again this is how nitpicky we needed to get in order to find any issues with the immersion at all. It was just that good.
Subway Escape has a lot of puzzles with a good mix of spatial, logic, observation, pattern recognition, and calculation. There’s definitely something for everyone regardless of skill set. Although team building puzzles weren’t present most were inclusive so that multiple multiple people could be active at all times. Puzzle enthusiasts will be happy to know some of the puzzles are quite challenging, while at the same time there were some tasks better suited for newer players. We attempted the room with three people, which didn’t permit us enough time to wrap our minds around everything, so we highly recommend a team of 4-6 players with at least one experienced puzzle solver among you.
Was it fun? Wait, did we just rhetorically ask “Was it fun?” OF COURSE IT WAS FUN! Subway Escape was more than fun, it was INCREDIBLE! This is an industry leading game that everyone needs to experience. The set design, the immersion, the puzzles… from start to finish this game truly is among the very best in all of North America! Again, we’d suggest a group size of 4-6 players with at least one puzzle enthusiast and one person completely new to escape rooms within your group. One thing we didn’t mention yet was how many “Wow!” moments we experienced in Subway Escape. When a room has one “Wow!” moment, we’re happy and impressed. When it has two, we know we’re playing one of the best games available… but when it has 3 (like Subway Escape)?!! Only one word (all in caps) can describe the experience… WOW! Rumour has it that it will even be appearing on some of our top 10 lists! If you’re in the Pittsburgh area, go play Subway Escape at Escape Room Pittsburgh!
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