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<firstimage=”http://www.makeuseof.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/sign.jpg” />escape the room gamesThe Japanese-inspired Escape the Room games are among the most elaborate, time consuming and challenging games you can find online. The games combine all sorts of puzzles and riddles with the detective work of looking for hidden objects and clues. Some of them are elaborate with plots and stories, and others are as simple as breaking out of a sealed telephone booth.

This are 12 of the best Escape the Room games out there – and it’s ideal place to start if you’ve never played these games before.

1. Submachine Series

The series of 9 Submachine escape games will definitely keep you on your toes. You won’t find yourself trapped in just one room, but rather in a labyrinth of rooms that you have to navigate.

In Submachine 0 you’re trapped outside for a change, and are trying to find your way into a dark, ancient chamber.

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In Submachine 1 you’re trapped in an underground labyrinth. In Submachine 2 you’re trying to find your way out of an abandoned lighthouse. In Submachine 3 they’ve really turned the labyrinth aspect of the game up a few notches.

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In Submachine 4 you start out on the roof of an old house, and start the game by finding your way in. In Submachine 5 you’re trapped in another underground labyrinth. In Submachine FLF you start out trapped in a white padded cell.

And in the newest game, Submachine 32 Chambers, you guessed it, you’re in the mother of all labyrinths, trying to find your way out.

2. The Crimson & Viridian Rooms

The Crimson Room is a classic Escape the Room game, and if you’re a fan of the genre, you’re bound to have given it a try. Look for clues to eventually get the bedroom door open.

The sequel to the Crimson Room, the Viridian Room is just as challenging. You’ve broken out of the bedroom, and now you have to use the same tactics to escape a slightly creepier room.

3. Neutral Escape Games

Neutral has a great series of Escape the Room games, with some of the most impressive graphics you’re going to find in this genre, and they are by no means easy. Save your game and come back to it later, so you can still attempt to lead a semi-normal life while trying to crack these games.

The Neutral games going from easiest to hardest are Switch, Sphere, RGB, Lights and Vision, and there’s a new one in the works.

4. Mystery of Time and Space

The Mystery of Time and Space is the great granddaddy of Escape the Room games with 20 levels to solve. Like the Neutral games, you’ll be happy to know that you can save your progress and come back to the game later.

5. The Doors

The Doors is another labyrinth of an escape game, with rooms and doors that seem to go on forever.

6. The Haunted

The Haunted begins with you standing out in the rain in front of a dark house. You have to find your way into the house and figure out your next step from there in a game that can get pretty creepy, music and all.

7. Ant Hill Trap

If The Haunted proves to be too scary for you, you could always try something completely different with Ant Hill Trap. With some of the cutest graphics ever in an Escape the Room game, this one is suitable for adults and kids alike.

8. Afro-Ninja Escape Series

Afro-Ninja has a series of 5 mini-games that are challenging, but less elaborate than the others listed here, if you want a quick fix for your Escape the Room addiction.

In Series 1, you have to make your way out of a locked car.

In Series 2, you find yourself locked in a closet. In Series 3, you’re stuck in a phone booth. (It doesn’t get much tighter than that!) In Series 4, you’re trapped in the bathroom.

And in the latest Series 5, you’re stuck in a freezer, with a new added twist not often found in Escape the Room Games. You’re racing against the clock to avoid dying of hypothermia.

9. Railway to Heaven

Railway to Heaven is another mini-escape game where you’re racing against the clock. You’re trapped in a cage on a railroad track and you don’t have too long to figure out how to get out before it’s too late.

10. Guest House

Guest House is a challenging game filled with riddles, puzzles, and quite a few Macgyver tactics that have to be used to find your way out.

11. Murder Escape

In Murder Escape, you’re stuck in a room with a disconcerting pool of blood seeping in from under the door. Find the clues to get out.

12. No Exit

No Exit is a challenging Escape the Room game which really tests your powers of observation.

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What are your favorite Escape the Room games? Let us know in the comments.

  1. illuminatiwhale
    September 27, 2016 at 8:47 pm

    i really like the cube escape series

  2. harold-s
    September 14, 2015 at 1:09 pm

    You might like the room escape games from Rusty Lake as well: Cube Escape

  3. MustEscape96
    May 11, 2015 at 7:35 am

    The Fog Fall series is also great, though sadly it is unfinished as of this day. It kind of sucks because I want to know what is going to happen next.
    I can also recommend the two games in the Cube Escape-series (Seasons and the Lake) as well as Samsara Room by the same group. Just be prepared for some content in Seasons that some people may not be comfortable with, I am not going to spoil anything but it is just a warning. It is a great game, I really recommend it.
    Would recommend Bars of Black and White if it wasn't for the ending and the extremly short experience.

  4. SunShineBunnyGirl
    March 22, 2015 at 1:08 pm

    where is "alice is dead" ? its a pretty good series. also, i expected to see "the last door" too...not to mention "covert front"....

    • Li Li
      July 10, 2016 at 2:25 am

      yup, i am playing on it, soo hard

  5. Abhikut
    March 13, 2015 at 8:12 pm

    Great Article.. but I have been searching the whole net for one awesome escape game.. it has a boy as a protagonist and one of its series has a mission on a plane.. if anybody can gimme the link for that, it wud b really helpful..

  6. brainmoore5
    November 2, 2010 at 6:55 am
  7. JohnnythekiD
    October 16, 2010 at 5:11 am

    CDX.....is awesome

  8. Gaming PC
    September 13, 2010 at 8:48 pm

    Interestingly, i only played my first ever escape the room game the other day online... It was very poor tho so don't know if it was an old one perhaps.

  9. Escape Artist
    September 8, 2010 at 12:07 am

    If you need a break from escapes, try solving your own murder! :-)
    http://www.newgrounds.com/port...

    heh! heh!

  10. Escape Artist
    September 3, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    Even more 'escapers': http://shut.in

  11. Escape Artist
    August 30, 2010 at 3:06 am

    How about an article on creating them? Like what kind of software to use?

  12. Escape Artist
    August 23, 2010 at 1:40 am

    Does Mateusz offer any help in english??? All I saw was japanese...

    • nm
      August 23, 2010 at 9:33 am

      Are you looking for hints/walkthroughs for submachine?

      • Escape Artist
        September 3, 2010 at 1:46 pm

        Yes, I was. But luckily I found the hint page. :-)

  13. escape game fan
    August 21, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    Mateusz Skutnik is a genius and though they're not strictly 'escape' games - his other stuff like 'Daymare Town' and 'Covert Front' are brilliant too.

    But another escape series definitely worth mentioning is the 'Loom series' - they're amazing too - http://akarika.net/games/escap...

  14. escape game fan
    August 21, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    Mateusz Skutnik is a genius and though they're not strictly 'escape' games - his other stuff like 'Daymare Town' and 'Covert Front' are brilliant too.

    But another escape series definitely worth mentioning is the 'Loom series' - they're amazing too - http://akarika.net/games/escape/loom_dawn.htm

  15. Escape Artist
    August 21, 2010 at 5:28 am

    I discovered 'escape games' several months ago and now I'm hopelessly hooked!
    If you like 'em, try these links. You'll need your Flash plugin at version 9 or 10.

    These games have a huge following and there is always help if/when you need it. Best of all, they're free and more come out every week!

    Start with 'The Stone of Anamara'. It's part one of a great game that, sadly,
    was never completed. But beware... it's *VERY* creepy! Don't play it in the
    dark. Or alone.

    You've been warned... :-)

    The Stone of Anamara,
    http://www.666gamer.com/play-4...

    http://www.escapegames24.com/

    http://www.moregames24.com/200...

    http://jayisgames.com/tag/esca...

    http://jayisgames.com/tag/horr...

    http://www.gamershood.com/c17/...

  16. Escape Artist
    August 21, 2010 at 3:28 am

    I discovered 'escape games' several months ago and now I'm hopelessly hooked!
    If you like 'em, try these links. You'll need your Flash plugin at version 9 or 10.

    These games have a huge following and there is always help if/when you need it. Best of all, they're free and more come out every week!

    Start with 'The Stone of Anamara'. It's part one of a great game that, sadly,
    was never completed. But beware... it's *VERY* creepy! Don't play it in the
    dark. Or alone.

    You've been warned... :-)

    The Stone of Anamara,
    http://www.666gamer.com/play-427-The-stone-of-Anamara.html

    http://www.escapegames24.com/

    http://www.moregames24.com/2008/04/bubble-room.html

    http://jayisgames.com/tag/escape

    http://jayisgames.com/tag/horror

    http://www.gamershood.com/c17/room-escape/

    • nm
      August 23, 2010 at 9:34 am

      Thanks for the list - and there goes my productivity! Gamershood really is one of the best places to go for escape games.

  17. timmyjohnboy
    August 20, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    Same here, I never heard of "escape the room" games before. Sounds fun and thanks for some to start on :)

  18. Saikat Basu
    August 20, 2010 at 7:54 am

    I didn't even know that there was a genre of games like these!

  19. Jgmanza
    August 18, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    Submachine....Yeahhhh!!!!!

  20. Aibek
    August 18, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    love such games, thanks Nancy!

    • nm
      August 19, 2010 at 12:40 pm

      I can't tell you how much time I have probably wasted playing these games! I just can't resist them.

  21. Michael Waltl
    August 17, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    Guys, the links to the submachine games are wrong, they don't go to the site of the original creator. All submachine links should go to pastelgames.com!

  22. Michael Waltl
    August 17, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    Guys, the links to the submachine games are wrong, they don't go to the site of the original creator. All submachine links should go to pastelgames.com!

    • nm
      August 17, 2010 at 7:36 pm

      Thanks for pointing that out Fletcher.

  23. Michael Waltl
    August 17, 2010 at 5:50 pm

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  24. Michael Waltl
    August 17, 2010 at 3:50 pm

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  25. Steve Campbell
    August 17, 2010 at 2:57 am

    I love escape the room games. Thank you for this, Nancy.

    • nm
      August 17, 2010 at 6:39 am

      Thanks Steve! Glad you enjoyed it.

  26. Mateusz
    August 16, 2010 at 9:05 pm

    you're linking submachine to the wrong place. here's full list of submachine games:
    http://www.pastelportal.com/st...

    thanks,
    Mateusz Skutnik

  27. Mateusz
    August 16, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    you're linking submachine to the wrong place. here's full list of submachine games:
    http://www.pastelportal.com/stories/the-submachines/

    thanks,
    Mateusz Skutnik

    • nm
      August 18, 2010 at 10:58 am

      Thanks for pointing that out. The links have been changed.

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