Puzzle Room Guide

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Puzzle rooms—also commonly called escape rooms and adventure rooms—have become a phenomenon in Austin, with nearly a dozen such businesses opening in recent years.

Learn more about what choices are available in North Austin using this non-comprehensive guide.

*Age restrictions may vary based on situation


Puzzle Room Guide

Escape Room Leander (via Stephen Burnett/ Community Impact Newspaper)

Escape Room Leander

Guests can form one group or two competing groups and solve a mystery after an imagined high-stakes poker prize heist, using dozens of clues and objects to identify the thief and motive.

Hours: Tue.-Sun. by appointment
Cost: $20/person • Maximum of 10 people/group
Reservations: online, same-day
What makes us different?: “We give 52 clues. You’re able to play competitively, and we have a story. … We’re first-time-player-friendly.”
News/announcements: A new room will be themed after the Greek myth of Hero and Leander.

2403 S. US 183, Leander
512-337-6826 • www.escaperoomleander.com


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11th Hour Escape (via Courtesy 11th Hour Escape)

11th Hour Escape

Critical thinking and communication are required to solve team-building challenges.

Hours: Mon.-Fri. 2-10 p.m., Sat. noon-10 p.m., Sun. 2-8 p.m.
Cost: $23/person • 2-10 people/group (age 10 and older)
Reservations: online, same-day
What makes us different: “11th Hour Escape offers a choice of difficulty levels: easy, medium and difficult for those who are expert escape-roomers.”
News/announcements: Two new rooms, “Anti-Gravity” and “Submarine Scheme,” are currently in beta testing mode.

2600 McHale Court, Ste. 151
512-838-1601 • www.11thhourescape.com


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Great Room Escape Austin (via Courtesy Great Room Escape Austin)

Great Room Escape Austin

An interactive and immersive show helps participants solve puzzles and meet objectives.

Hours: Fri. 6-10 p.m., Sat. 1-10 p.m., Sun. 1-6 p.m.
Cost: $39.95/person 
• 2-12 people/group (age 12 and older*)
Reservations: online, same-day
What makes us different?: “The production value in each room is meant to stand out. … And don’t be surprised if you run into some interesting characters along the way.”
News/announcements: Great Room Escape Austin relocated from the House of Torment location and will reopen in March with four escape rooms.

2632 Ridgepoint Drive, Austin
512-213-4222 • www.greatroomescape.com


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15 Locks (via Courtesy 15 Locks)

15 Locks

Technical elements, such as custom electronics and gadgets, are used to add depth to storylines.

Hours: Mon.-Thu. 4-10 p.m., Fri. 4 p.m.-midnight, Sat. 10 a.m.-midnight, Sun. 2-10 p.m.
Cost: $25/person • 2-14 people/group (age 10 and older*)
Reservations: online, phone, same-day
What makes us different?: “[We] incorporate things like surround sound, video characters and hint systems into all of our rooms.”
News/announcements: A fourth, sci-fi-themed room is scheduled to open in the spring.

2113 Wells Branch Parkway, Ste. 4300
512-669-5370 • www.15locks.com


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Lockdown Austin (via Courtesy Lockdown Austin)

Lockdown Austin

Participants must solve a series of puzzles to either disarm a bomb or clean out an underground casino.

Hours: Tue.-Thu. 6-10 p.m., Fri. 4-11 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-midnight, Sun. noon-9 p.m.
Cost: $25/person • 2-8 people/group (age 16 and older*)
Reservations: online, phone, same-day
What makes us different?: “Lockdown Austin offers a variety of corporate team-building packages. … We are also unique in our location, located in the heart of Austin’s entertainment district.”
News/announcements: The “Casino Heist” room opened Dec. 18.

1101 Music Lane, Ste. 342, Austin
512-808-0851 • www.lockdownaustin.com


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Maze Rooms Austin (via Courtesy Maze Rooms Austin)

Maze Rooms Austin

Solve puzzles, explore clues and escape the room within 60 minutes in this team-building experience.

Hours: Mon.-Thu. 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri.-Sun. 10 a.m.-1 a.m.
Cost: $120-$160/hour • 2-6 people/group (age 10 and older*)
Reservations: online, phone
What makes us different?: “We specialize in full-set design and high-tech gadgets, so we are very high-tech for an escape room. When you walk into our room, it feels like a movie set. I compare the gadgets to Indiana Jones or James Bond.”
News/announcements: The L.A.-based franchise was actually created in Russia, where one location has more than 600 games.

5555 N. Lamar Blvd., Ste. K110, Austin
512-541-1640 • http://austin.mazerooms.com


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Austin Panic Room (via Courtesy Austin Panic Room)

Austin Panic Room

Guests are locked in a room and must use their deduction skills and clues they find to escape within 60 minutes.

Hours: Mon.-Thu. 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri.-Sun. 10 a.m.-midnight
Cost: $20/person 
• 8-10 people/group (age 10 and younger*)
Reservations: online
What makes us different?: “We are the first and original escape game in Austin and in Texas. Our rooms, changed every six to eight months, are interactive, fun and great for all ages.”
News/announcements: More than 100,000 visitors have visited the three Texas locations since the company was established in September 2014.

1205 Rio Grande St., Austin
512-920-2845 • www.texaspanicroom.com


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Mystery Room (via Courtesy Mystery Room)

Mystery Room

Escape or solve the mystery at this family-friendly attraction made up of two types of themed rooms.

Hours: Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sun. noon-6 p.m.
Cost: $18-$20/person • 2-10 people/group (age 14 and older*)
Reservations: online, phone, same-day
What makes us different?: “I feel like our rooms are much more simple, yet you can still have one of the best times here.”
News/announcements: The other four Mystery Room locations are based in the eastern United States. The first opened in Atlanta.

3220 Feathergrass Court, Ste. 128
512-264-9229 • www.mysteryroom.com


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The Escape Game (via Courtesy The Escape Game)

The Escape Game

The Escape Game was one of the first three escape games in the United States.

Hours: Mon.-Sun. 1-10 p.m.  
Cost: $31.99/person 
• 2-7 people/group; 2-8 people/group (age 12 and older*)
Reservations: online
What makes us different?: “Our highest priority is providing each customer with an amazing interactive experience. Our game team designs fully immersive and elaborate rooms with intricate storylines.”
News/announcements: This is The Escape Game’s fifth location nationwide but first in Texas.

405 Red River St., Austin
512-643-0043 • www.theescapegame.com/austin


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Perplexium (via Courtesy Perplexium)

Perplexium

Participants work as a team to solve an immersive, real-life puzzle challenge.

Hours: Mon.-Sun. 10:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m.
Cost: $28/person, $230/10-person group • 2-10 people/group (age 13 and older)
Reservations: online, phone, same-day
What makes us different?: “All of our puzzles are designed to fit the scenario—no padlocks or combination locks. … We also pride ourselves on our custom-built, high-tech room elements.”
News/announcements: In addition to the “The Spy” room, “Rogue A.I.” opens in January.

8868 Research Blvd., Ste. 704
512-640-6330 • www.perplexiumlive.com


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The Seventh Room (via Courtesy The Seventh Room)

The Seventh Room

Escape, choose your own adventure or solve real-life puzzles in this theatrical experience.

Hours: Tue. 9 p.m., Wed.-Fri. 5-9 p.m., Sat.-Sun. noon-9 p.m.
Cost: $22/person • 2-8 people/group (age 13 and older)
Reservations: online
What makes us different?: “Our players visit a number of different rooms in every visit and try to complete all given tasks within each.”
News/announcements: The puzzle master can change missions at any time, enabling returning participants to take on new tasks each visit.

911 W. Anderson Lane, Ste. 116
512-643-3945 • www.theseventhroom.com

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Joe Lanane
Joe Lanane’s career is rooted in community journalism, having worked for a variety of Midwest-area publications before landing south of the Mason-Dixon line in 2011 as the Stillwater News-Press news editor. He arrived at Community Impact Newspaper in 2012, gaining experience as editor of the company’s second-oldest publication in Leander/Cedar Park. He eventually became Central Austin editor, covering City Hall and the urban core of the city. Lanane leveraged that experience to become Austin managing editor in 2016. He managed eight Central Texas editions from Georgetown to San Marcos. Working from company headquarters, Lanane also became heavily involved in enacting corporate-wide editorial improvements. In 2017, Lanane was promoted to executive editor, overseeing editorial operations throughout the company. The Illinois native received his bachelor’s degree from Western Illinois University and his journalism master’s degree from Ball State University.
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