From the outside, everything appears to be normal in a business park in Redmond, but there are mysteries lurking within the unassuming buildings. And guess what? The rumors are true. People have been captured, locked within dark rooms and left with only their wits on how to escape. And these people are doing it willingly! If you’ve always wanted to give an escape room a try, we’ve got the deets on two new experiences in Redmond. Read on and get ready to put your problem solving skills to the test.

photo: Quest Factor

Behind the Walls 
While escape rooms have been around in Asia and Europe since the late 2000s, it has only been the last few years that they have been popping up in the Seattle area. Quest Factor Escape Rooms, who have two other locations in Seattle and Shoreline, have just opened two new experiences for guests to try in Redmond: Pirates of the Caribbean and Mission Impossible: Bank Heist.

Sure, there is a certain “geekness” appeal to escape rooms. It’s an experience where grownups can be kids once again playing “let’s pretend,” but this a lot more fun than “the floor is lava.” Typically, players are let into a room and given little background information on their new surroundings. From there, they must find clues in order to “escape” the space. While the activity is not recommended for those who struggle with claustrophobia, there isn’t any real danger happening within these walls and guests are allowed to leave any time, but where’s the fun in that?

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Ahoy, Mateys! 
In Pirates of the Carribean, guests play the role of slaves locked in cell in the bottom of great ship. Video monitors show that the weather is rough outside and players only have access to a couple of lamps illuminating the few clues that will lead them out of their jail cell – only to find themselves in yet another room to which to escape. Once inside, anything can be a clue or puzzle leading the way to freedom. Pay attention to the paintings on the walls, the parot hanging in the cage and the mysterious box in the corner of the room.

Highly Sensitive Mission 
In Mission Impossible: Bank Heist, guests are tasked with finding a costly diamond hidden within a bank vault. They are a given a few “tools” to do the job (including a briefcase and a remote control car), but also little instructions on how they will be used. In this case, guests must first break into the bank before they can escape before the cops arrive. The experience is totally different as the clock counts down and spy music plays adding to the tension. And don’t think things get easier once you make it into the vault. There are lasers you have to step over or crawl under to keep the alarms from sounding.

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Know Before You Go 
Each experience will take about an hour, but plan for 90 minutes which will allow time for instructions at the beginning and a briefing at the end. Should you need additional clues while in the escape rooms, the staff is on hand to help.

Both of these rooms are a blast to do and both are completely different. What makes these experiences so much fun is the attention to detail that went into building these games including the sound effects and gadgets. Guests are encouraged to wear costume pieces and use props which only adds to the experience.

While Quest Factor makes for a great and unique date night, it is also a great activity for families and kids’ birthday parties where the puzzles and hints can be modified a bit. Each room has a different difficulty rating but they can be adjusted depending on your group. For any special needs or wants, just ask the staff; they are very accommodating.

For the most part, these escape rooms are family-friendly, though some themes may not be suitable for small ones. All Quest Factor games are also private as you’ll never have to work with strangers, unless you want to, of course. With that said, you’ll probably want to go with at least three people.

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Good to Know
Other Quest Factor games include National Treasure and the Mad Scientist (at the Shoreline location) and The Castle and Da Vinci (at the Seattle location).

Each experience cost is $30 per person, but students can receive a $10 discount by showing their school I.D. Quest Factor is also available to host private events with catering and is a great place for a work team-building exercise.

Quest Factor offers discounts on Groupon from time to time, so be sure to check there before you book your next adventure.

Quest Factor
14700 N.E. 95th St., #210
Redmond, Wa 98052

University Way N.E.
Seattle, Wa 98105

1207 N. 152nd St., #C
Shoreline, Wa 98133

Phone: 800-653-1953

Hours: Vary by location. Visit the Quest Factor website to plan your next escape!

Have you visited an escape room before? Tell us about your experience below.

—Jeffrey Totey


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