• Cici Cao

The Escape Game (NYC) - "Special Ops: Mysterious Market"

Updated: 2 days ago

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We were agents being sent into a local market to explore if there’s anything suspicious about this place. Boy, were we right…


  • Upon entering the room, we felt like we were on the streets of Marrakesh.

  • The decor and lighting was on point. You can even “smell” the market.

  • Puzzles were a lot of fun and incorporated elements of the story and props.

  • Love the 360 turn of events as the story processed on.

  • Special effects and sound system were in synced to create a realistic feel to a situation.

  • It’s refreshing to see a room with a strong ending to the story line. We appreciated the twist.

  • Liked how the logic deduction puzzle was intertwined with visual effects. It’s something we haven’t seen before.


  • One puzzle was a bit confusing with the way the map was drawn. It was hard to give clues for that. We wish that there was a better way to hint it rather than just giving the answer to us.

  • Perhaps adding a puzzle during the visual segment could also make the game a bit different than some of the ones we’ve seen as the transition did take some time.


If you appreciate aesthetics of a beautiful set designed room, you will love this. It’s hard to find originality with many escape rooms building similar themes so this was very exhilarating to see. Ideally, 3-4 people would be perfect for this room but it’s definitely doable with 2 people as well. Don’t waste too much time at the beginning as there’s a lot more to do moving forward.


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Disclosure: We thank The Escape Game 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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