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Big Screen Escapes - "Trapped in 88"

Updated: Aug 4, 2023

LOCATION:  Mt. Pocono, Pennsylvania, USA

Above photo provided by Big Screen Escapes

Check out our YouTube video for a sneak peek of the location, interview with the owner, the room(s) (no puzzle spoilers) and more:

Above Video is property of ESCAPETHEROOMers


For some reason, whenever time traveling is involved, there's always not enough fuel to return back to where you've started. Ever wondered what it was like for Marty McFly to travel back in time and navigate his way into a completely different decade?. Well here's your chance! In "Trapped in 88", your objective is to investigate the life of an 80's teenager leading up to her prom which will ultimately help you find what you're looking for!


  • There are times that we appreciate a really good old fashioned traditional escape room. I'm talking about one with a lot of puzzles and locks to open. It was an amazing feeling especially after playing hundreds of remote escape games lately where only the avatar gets all the satisfaction from opening locks.

  • The backstory for "Trapped in 88" was cleverly constructed for the existence of the tons of locks in this room. The privacy of a teenage girl's diary, love letters, and notes passed in class would all normally require secret combination codes and hidden keys.

  • We really appreciated the retro set design, music, props and the neon lights that made this room come to live. There was definitely a lot of classic throwbacks to 80's such as VHS tapes, Nintendo games, Cabbage Patch Dolls, River Phoenix posters, etc.!

  • We appreciated the creators leaving most of the red herring items out of reach so we didn't waste time concentrating on those as there's a lot to look at in this room.

  • Unlike "Nuclear Family", the puzzles in this game were not linear so large groups can definitely tackle them together. If you're enthusiasts, you can also challenge yourself by having just 2 people like what we did.


  • It's hard to say what "missed the mark" in this room because overall, it was a really fun game to play from beginning to end! If I had to mention one thing, it would probably be the same suggestion I gave for "Nuclear Family" again which is to have a stronger ending that celebrates the victory.


Big Screen Escapes is a relatively new company with 2 games available and a 3rd one on the way! The minute we walked inside, we felt like it was an escape room boutique shop! It had a character and charm to it that felt really welcoming! The lobby area also has a bunch of really cool merchandises available for purchase. If you want to be bought back to experience the 80s again with memorabilia and songs, you'll love this room. If you have kids, definitely take them here to check out what a CD looks like and have them try out a retro Atari game. If you have knowledge of cult classic films and music in the 80s, you might have a slight advantage in this game. However, all the puzzles can be solved without outside knowledge so get ready to have some fun!

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We don't want to go into detail and ruin any surprises for you, but if you'd like more information on the room, feel free to email us.

(If you do decide to try this game, give us a shoutout or tag us on social media so we know you heard it from "ESCAPETHEROOMers"!)

Disclosure: We thank Big Screen Escapes for comping our tickets for this game. Although complimentary admission was generously provided, it does not impact our opinion on the review whatsoever.

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