Review: The Edison Escape Room (Palace Games)

The Edison Escape Room is Palace Game’s third escape room. It’s a high-tech room that is located inside of San Francisco’s Palace of Fine Arts. The room itself is decorated to look like Edison’s study room.

The “Escape Crew” and I had been waiting for the completion of this room since December of 2016. When the bookings for Edison Escape Room were finally made available, we instantly made a reservation. Here are the details of the Edison Escape Room:

  • Location: San Francisco, CA
  • Time: 100 minutes
  • Players: 4-8 players
  • Price: $400 flat fee (up to 8 players); you will not play with strangers.
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Story

Edison Room Telegraph picture

The Palace Games team recently unearthed this telegram sent by Thomas Edison in 1915 on October 2nd: “I request the pleasure of your company to discuss matters of great importance. Meet at my study located in the Palace of Fine Arts. Waste no time.”

Your adventure starts in Edison’s study room. Throughout the entirety of the game, you are given instructions by Edison himself and must interact with the artifacts he left for you in order to escape. The story is pretty straightforward and stays consistent throughout the game.

Story Score: ★★★★★

Ambiance

Wow. Just, wow.

As you step into the room, you can see the attention to detail the designers put into decorating the room to become Edison’s study. The old-fashioned rug on the floor, the dated ceiling tiles overhead, and even the paint colors used on the walls were carefully chosen to help set the atmosphere. Every inch of the space was crafted to perfection and nothing felt out of place.

Prepare to be amazed by how realistic it looks. It’s like you’re teleporting back in time to the late-1800s!

Ambiance Score: ★★★★★

Puzzles & Clues

I’ve done over 20+ escape rooms so trust me when I say that Edison Escape Room is a one-of-a-kind escape room.

As I mentioned before, this is a high tech room that includes sensors, lights, and switches, but this isn’t the only room that uses technology. What makes this room stand out from the rest is how the Edison Escape Room uses technology. I can’t say too much without mentioning spoilers, but just know that I was blown away by the uniqueness of the puzzles and clues.

Everything in the room relates to Edison so don’t expect any random puzzles that don’t fit with the game. Like I said before, the attention to detail the game designers put into the room is also reflected in the types of puzzles included in the room.

Puzzles & Clues Score: ★★★★★

Conclusion

  • Escaped? Yes!
  • Completion Time: 94:47
    (Note: An accurate escape rate of Edison Escape Room is not yet known because the room is still new, but we were told that not many people get out. I guess we’re the special few that do.)

Edison Escape Room is probably my favorite escape room. The detailed décor and clues made me feel like I was traversing through a room from the 1800s the entire time I was playing the game. And once I was done, I felt like I just went through a one-of-a-kind experience.

Final Score: ★★★★★

Edison Room Team Photo

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