Best Escape Room in Minnesota 2019
-WCCO Viewer’s Choice Awards

Are You Up for The Escape Challenge Experience?

No more searching “fun things to do in Rochester” becuase you have arrived at everyone’s favorite hangout destination. Get your family and friends or tag along your teammates and coworkers for the perfect team building experience in Rochester. We are host to adult birthday parties, bachelorette parties, corporate group outings, sports teams, and more! Escape Challenge is a fully immersive entertainment experience that will have you beg for more.

Are You Up for The Escape Challenge Experience?

No more searching “fun things to do in Rochester” becuase you have arrived at everyone’s favorite destination. Get your family and friends together, or tag along with your teammates and coworkers for the perfect team building experience in Rochester. We are host to adult birthday parties, bachelorette parties, corporate group outings, sports teams, and more! Escape Challenge is a fully immersive entertainment experience that will have you begging for more.

CHALLENGING PUZZLES

Sleuth your way around. Look beyond the surface. Solve the puzzles and uncover the mystery. And of course, remember the clock keeps ticking away!

TEAM BUILDING

If you want to win, you’ll need to work together with your team mates. Designed to promote interaction within the team while maintaining a competitive pressure which makes it a great team building exercise. 

FUN FOR ALL

Anyone can play; age no bar. No special set of skills required. No need to memorize an encyclopedia.
All you need is a hunger to have a bloody good time!

CHALLENGING PUZZLES

Sleuth your way around. Look beyond the surface. Solve the puzzles and uncover the mystery. And of course, remember the clock keeps ticking away!

TEAM BUILDING

If you want to win, you’ll need to work together with your team mates. Designed to promote interaction within the team while maintaining a competitive pressure which makes it a great team building exercise. 

FUN FOR ALL

Anyone can play. No special set of skills required. No need to memorize an encyclopedia.
All you need is a hunger to have a bloody good time!

“With 4 unique adventures and exactly 60 minutes, you must use your wits to solve mind boggling puzzles and find cryptic clues in order to escape the room. We are massive movie buffs, and if you are fan of moving walls, hidden trap doors and crazy puzzle mechanics then this is just the right game for you!”

-Nathan Schroeder (Co-owner)

“With 4 unique adventures and exactly 60 minutes, you must use your wits to solve mind boggling puzzles and find cryptic clues in order to escape the room. We are massive movie buffs, and if you are fan of moving walls, hidden trap doors and crazy puzzle mechanics then this is just the right game for you!”

-Nathan Schroeder (Co-owner)

CHOOSE YOUR ESCAPE ROOM ADVENTURE!!

MISSION

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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MISSION

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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MISSION

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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MISSION

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”

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WHO’S IN YOUR SQUAD?

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.

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Kids Birthdays

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.

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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!

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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.

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STUDENT DAY THURSDAYS. ONLY $22 PER STUDENT.

Group Date Night

This is not your ordinary dinner and a movie. An escape room is a real-life challenge where you’re locked in a fully themed room, with 60 minutes on the clock.

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Adults Birthdays

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.

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Church Groups

It used to be challenging to find unique activities that brought people together for fellowship. We fixed that. We offer discounts for Church and Community Service Groups.

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Sports Teams

Sometimes it’s good to get your team off the field, out of the gym, off the ice, or out of the pool. But you still want to do some amazing team building.

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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.

Family Day Sunday. All Bookings Private with no additional charge. Just check the Private Event Box when booking.

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WHAT OTHERS SAY ABOUT THE CHALLENGE

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

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 none 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 escape room by clicking on the mission stats button below. Every escape 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!

Yes.  Your safety is our number one concern.

While the doors are locked, you are never actually locked in a room.  There is a safety release inside the room for anything that you deem to be an emergency.

All exit paths are marked, with backup exit lighting in case of a power failure. We also have sprinklers and fire extinguishers throughout the building that are tested regularly.

There is always a dedicated Game Master monitoring each group.  Our Game Masters do not watch multiple groups at the same time, so if there were ever an emergency, they would know before you and alert you.

If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact us for a tour of the building.  We want everyone to feel safe at all times.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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, and No.  There is a lock on the door, but there is an exit button that you can push to leave for any reason during the mission.  The timer will not stop, and you can rejoin your team at any time.

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.

Get better friends…

…Just kidding.

Things come up.  People get sick.  It happens.  If you book 7 tickets, and only 6 people arrive, we will give you a voucher for a future date.  We don’t give refunds, but we will provide you with a voucher for the value of one ticket for each person that doesn’t attend.

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 reschedule your group for a different time.  Just give us a call.

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.

We are generally able to stay open when it is snowing (though we have recently been tested on this).

That said, we don’t want your group traveling unless they feel comfortable doing so.  We are happy to reschedule your group to a different date/time if travel prevents you from coming on your scheduled date/time.

As long as you call us in ADVANCE of your scheduled time, we’ll reschedule it to another day, or provide you with vouchers so that you can reschedule it when you figure out a new date.

Contact

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.