Whether you’re teaching students virtually, hosting a Zoom get-together or just looking for more ways to engage and entertain your child at home, a digital escape room can be an enjoyable and educational addition to your day.
Virtual escape rooms typically have a fun theme. To “escape” the room, participants solve clues to open digital locks. The clues usually pertain to the topic of the room, but sometimes they’re presented as math problems, word puzzles or other tests of general knowledge.
We’ve rounded up a collection of 10 free digital escape rooms in an array of themes, with something for everyone.
1. Minecraft Escape Room
Watch out for the creepers! This Minecraft Escape Room, created by the Regency Park Branch Library in New Port Richey, Florida, incorporates math problems, videos and more for fans of the building, mining and mob-fighting game.
2. Hogwarts Escape Room
The Peters Township Public Library, located in McMurray, Pennsylvania, has created the Hogwarts Escape Room, a Harry Potter-inspired virtual escape room. The premise? It’s your first year at Hogwarts School and you end up locked in a room, instructed to get out using only clues — no magic!
3. Ultra Mega Super Death Escape Room
Are you ready to take on this formidable challenge? Recommended for teams of up to four people, ages 13 and up, this escape room has many rules, such as no Googling or calculators (although paper and pencil are fine). To solve the clues, use math concepts and world geography.
4. Spy Apprentice Digital Escape Room Adventure
This spy-themed mission takes you around the world (virtually, of course) solving clues. Presented by the Washington-Centerville Public Library in Centerville, Ohio, this escape room is challenging for groups or individuals. Since it’s rather tricky to solve, it’s ideal for teens and adults.
5. Oscar’s Stolen Oscar
Something is fishy at the National Aquarium — and it’s not the fish! Oscar the oscar fish, one of the main characters from the movie “Shark Tale,” has been the victim of a crime. Learn about sea life while searching for clues in this virtual escape room.
6. Welcome to Romeo & Juliet Escape Room
Juliet’s parents want her suitor to prove that he’s intelligent enough to deserve their beloved daughter. Will you pass the test and escape the room?
7. Dog Man Digital Escape Room
Dav Pilkey’s beloved part dog, part man, all heroic police officer needs your help. You’ll have to go through Petey the Cat’s Playhouse and into a parallel universe to save him in this digital escape room.
8. Jumanji: Escape Room
You’re stuck inside a Jumanji video game. You’ll need to get past many obstacles — solving puzzles and riddles — to get to the magic gem at the jaguar statue and escape the game.
9. Unlock Disney World
You wake up and find yourself alone in the Country Bear Jamboree. You fell asleep during the show and everyone else left. Disney World closed, and you’re locked inside! Can you escape? (Make sure to click Present at the top of the slideshow to begin.)
10. Escape from Wonderland Digital Escape Room
Created by the Moultrie-Colquitt County Library System in Moultrie, Georgia, this escape room is based on the book “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll, as well as the movies. It’s intended for all ages, and you can complete it by yourself or with a group. Chase the White Rabbit down a hole and let the fun begin!
Before your next Zoom meeting, pick out one of these enticing escape rooms. Are you up to the challenge?