Escape Room | Rochester MN | The Escape Challenge2018-12-06T16:58:56+00:00

What is an Escape Room?

An escape room is a team challenge where your group must find clues and solve puzzles, in order to complete the mission and escape a locked room in less than 60 minutes.  Your team chooses any of our four unique adventures.  When you arrive, we give you a mission briefing that sets up you adventure.

After you have been briefed, we lock you in a fully themed room with your team.  There is a monitor in the room ticking down the clock from 60 minutes.  You’ll need to find clues and solve puzzles to complete your mission and escape the room before time expires.  It’s part puzzle game, part scavenger hunt.

Do you have what it takes to escape?

How does it work?

Each challenge has a different scenario and difficulty.  You choose the mission from the options below.

If you’re doing an escape room for the first time, or you have a group with kids? Creature Room is a great first choice, but not of our rooms require prior experience.  You can choose the mission that sounds like the most fun.  Do you want to try to disarm a bomb in an apartment complex?  Or do you want to attempt to save a doctor’s life in a hospital?  You choose the mission that sound like the most fun for you.

When you arrive, we will deliver a mission briefing.  This will set up your experience.   You will then be locked in a fully themed room with your team.  Our Game Master monitors your group with audio and video. Everything you need to solve the mission is already in the room. The Game Master can provide additional hints/clues as needed throughout the 60 minutes.

You can view the stats on each mission by clicking on the mission stats button below. Every room has a success rate for groups that did it without any hints/clues, and a success rate for those that did it with 3 clues or less. We do not cap your clues. You can have as many as needed to have fun. The goal is to do it with as few as possible.

Our escape rooms are tech-free zones. No cameras or cell phones allowed! We will have a secure location for you and your team to store your personal items like purses, phones and keys – all you need is provided!
Please don’t spoil the fun and tell others the solutions before they get a chance to play! Our Game Master reserves the right to cancel play at any time with no refunds – please respect our space and our rules. Willful damage may be charged to the credit card on file.
For corporate, team or school group clients looking for team building or entertainment opportunities, we are happy to open during special days and times to accommodate your schedule – contact us for more information!



Dr. Frank N. Stein’s Lab

You have just finished your residency, and have been invited to a dinner party at Dr. Frank N Stein’s home with the promise of being part of his newest experiment. You clink your glasses to toast, and that’s the last thing you remember. When you wake, you find yourselves locked in his study. While looking for clues as to how you got here, you find a clock counting down from an hour, and a hasty note of warning from Igor, “Only the Doctor and I have access to the exit, but I fear I may never leave this place”

Mission Statistics TBD


Creature Room 2016

Your car broke down while on a detour in the middle of nowhere. You went to the closest house to use the phone. When you knocked on the door, it slowly opened in front of you. You stepped in to get out of the rain and call out for help. The door slammed shut behind you. Up on the wall it says “Supper” with a timer counting back 60 minutes. You don’t know what you are locked in here with, but you know you don’t want to be here at supper time.

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Bomb Maker’s Apartment

Locked in the Bomb Maker’s Apartment, can you find and disarm the bomb and find a way to escape before your entire team is blown up?

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Dr. Eugene’s Diagnosis

Your team is trapped in a hospital in the Middle East. Dr. Eugene is unconscious and has only 60 minutes to live. Will you be able to create the antibody to save his life and escape before the facility is contaminated with the deadly plague?

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Group Team-Building

Escape Rooms are the perfect team-building event for every type of group. From Church groups to Youth sports teams, Escape Challenge has the perfect challenge for your group.


Birthday Parties

Do you remember what you did for your birthday last year? Why not let us lock you in a room with your friends this year? You may not escape, but you will remember this forever.


Family Events

Nothing will beat the time that your teenager worked together with grandma to disarm a bomb as the timer ticked down toward zero! Can you escape? Schedule your family event today!


Bachelor/ette Parties

Whether you’re looking for the main event, or you’re just looking to get things started, and escape room adventure is the perfect addition to a bachelor or bachelorette party.


NEW Private Group Option

One of the hottest debates in the escape room industry is public vs private bookings. There are pros and cons on both sides, so we wanted to create a hybrid offer to allow people to book as a private group. In the past, you would have had to book out all ten tickets for $280. Now you have an option to book out the entire room for your group of 4 at a much lower price. Click here to view our updating pricing schedule.



I brought my work group here and it was a great experience — very fun and gave different members of the team a chance to shine in a unique way not often found in the workplace. I wish we had spent more time afterwards debriefing the experience and looking at what each team member contributed — this was possible, but we just kind of disbanded quickly afterwards. Highly recommended for families, work teams, date nights, etc.

jdowner76, TripAdvisor

I was here for a bachelorette party and it was just the best of times! We were able to complete our mission with three minutes to spare! Challenging but not over the top, the staff was friendly and fun, I cannot wait to do this again!

Shana S, TripAdvisor

Took our staff for an evening escape and enjoyed it so much that we took the whole family back a week later to try a different room. The host’s were very professional and fun. Will be back to try the other rooms.

Chris M, TripAdvisor

Awesome! Super fun and the owners are fantastic to work with! Made my sisters bachlerette party awesome!!!!!

Jeni N, TripAdvisor

Our group of five older women had never done anything like this so Nathan recommended starting with the Norwegian job. We really had no idea what to expect and were a little nervous. Nathan was our host and did an amazing job!

Kim M, TripAdvisor

Loved it. Could have used another 30 minutes but with a little help we made it out. Really helps to work together. Remember almost everything in that room is a clue. Think outside of the box. Super fun with a group.

Carol F, TripAdvisor

I was a part of the team that played The Norwegian job game. It was a great experience where none of the team members knew each other, yet we worked as a team for those 60 mins and how our perceptions and thinking brought out the creativity in us to escape the game in last 24 seconds, was just amazing. I shared my experience with my office co-workers and my friends and they all are excited to go try it out as well.
Thanks for bringing this concept to Rochester, MN. I am planning to go for another game soon.

arpitam232, TripAdvisor


Click on “Tickets” and find a time that works for your group. Select the number of people in your group. Select if you want it to be a private group. Then select the date and time that works for your group. If you want a time that isn’t listed, give us a call.
Yes. But don’t worry, our lawyer required us to put a panic button in the room in case something goes horribly wrong. You’ll feel much more accomplished if you solve the puzzle to get out.

No. We have private and public options.  If you have 2 people, you can find a time (and a challenge) that you want to do, and sign up for a public room.  Other players will join your group up to a maximum of ten.  If you have a group of 4 or more people, you can select to make the room private for your group, and pay a little bit more for your ticket.  If you get a group of 8 or more, you can select private at no additional charge.  You can view all of our public and private pricing options on the pricing page.

Your friends and your thinking cap. No personal items are allowed in the room including purses and phones but we provide you with a secured locker for storage when you arrive. You also must fill out a waiver in advance. You can do so here.
The entire experience takes about 90 minutes. Show up 15 minutes prior to your scheduled mission time for your mission briefing. The door locks at your set mission time and does not open until you escape or the 60 minutes is up. There will be a 10 minute debriefing and photo op after the mission.
We recommend ages 10 and up to get the most of the experience. We do allow kids under 10 if you are selecting a private mission. Ages 8 and up are the same price as an adult. Under 8 is no charge as long as you have signed up for a private room.
We’ve had claustrophobic players do just fine in the past. Our rooms are generously sized, but only you can determine your level of claustrophobia. Keep in mind the mission can be left at any time.
Sorry no, the only way to experience Escape Challenge is to pre-purchase your tickets online.
There are no refunds but we would be happy to rebook you for a better time as long as you give us 48 hours notice.
Yes. Contact us for availability. If the time isn’t a regularly scheduled time on our calendar, we will need to make arrangements to have a staff member be there at your preferred time.
No problem. We can help arrange your event. Just give us a call or shoot us an email and we can ensure that everything goes perfect.

Our rooms are now entirely handicap accessible throughout.  There are a couple of things in each room that may require someone to get into a top cabinet, or a compartment that may be challenging for someone in a wheelchair, but the beginning to end of the challenge is accessible to all.  We don’t have any challenges that requires you to crawl through a tight space (goodbye cartel hostage escape) that would make the challenge impossible to complete for someone in a wheelchair.


6301 Bandel Rd NW Rochester, MN 55901

Please contact us through this form or by phone at (507) 722-2728 to get more information on having a corporate event or other group event.