If you and your friends fancy a bit of sleuthing in a locked-room scenario, check out some of the escape rooms in Hong Kong. There are several of the options in the city that provide players with a wide variety of situations —from escaping an impending nuclear catastrophe to getting out of a burning building in the famous Kowloon Walled City — all while the clock is ticking. Here’s a list of the various physical and virtual escape rooms you can work your way out of in the 852.
LOST Hong Kong — Multiple Locations
This international franchise is the biggest name in escape rooms in Hong Kong. It specialises in themed rooms of varying difficulty levels that take anything from 20 to 45 minutes to play for a maximum of six players. There’s something for everyone, whether it’s a quest for hidden bounty in Treasure Island or the paranormal mysteries of 452 Nathan Road. Lost also has virtual escape rooms in which players must leave a burning building in the Kowloon Walled City or the dense forest of Aokighara in Japan. And yes, they’ve also incorporated escape-rooms elements into LARP (live action role playing) and metaverse games.
Locations: Causeway Bay, Mong Kok, Repulse Bay, Tsing Yi, Sha Tin, Discovery Bay
Contact: +852 2892 2393
Cost: Starting from HK$120 per person
LOST Junior — Lai Chi Kok and Repulse Bay
Kids can get in on the escape-room action at The Pulse and at LOST’s dedicated space for kids at D2 Place Two. The 35-minute games are for up to eight players, and children under six years old should have an adult present in the room. The themes revolve around fantasy (The Legend of Siren and The Gate to Enchanted Forest), sci-fi (The Clone), and adventure (The Great Escape 1962).
Locations: Shop 304, D2 Place Two, 15 Cheung Shun Street, Lai Chi Kok, Hong Kong | Shop B102, The Pulse, 28 Beach Road, Repulse Bay, Hong Kong
Contact: +852 2890 2093
Cost: Starting from HK$160 per person
Fox In A Box — Kwun Tong
Take your pick from one-hour sessions at one of four private rooms, which also feature role-playing game masters. There’s the Cold War-era Bunker Room, the prison break-style Life Sentence, the serial killer escape game Zodiac Killer, and the undead apocalypse-inspired Zombie Lab. Teams must comprise a minimum of six players, and some games can be modified for older children and teens.
Location: Flat 5, 9F, Eastcore, 398 Kwun Tong Road, Kwun Tong, Hong Kong
Contact: +852 9854 6664
Cost: Starting from HK$250 per person (cost decreases with each additional player)
Freeing HK! — Mong Kok
Immerse yourself in movie-inspired escape rooms in which you’ll need to solve clues that will engage all your senses. Freeing HK’s 5D experiences — which range from stealing classified documents from the White House to escaping a haunted hotel — cast you as the main character in the storyline. Games last anywhere from 45 to 75 minutes.
Location: 4th Floor, Pakpolee Commercial Building, 1A-1K, Sai Yeung Choi Street South, Mong Kok, Hong Kong
Contact: +852 2711 1785
Cost: HK$158 per adult and HK$138 per student (45-minute games), HK$208 per adult and HK$188 per student (75-minute game)
Title Escape — Jordan
Title Escape gives allows players to choose from four settings or scenarios: a tattoo parlour, kidnapping, doomsday, and a dungeon. Each 60-minute session is meant for a maximum of eight players, depending on the game you choose. There is also a Kwun Tong branch, which is closed for the time being.
Location: Ground Floor, No. 39B, Battery Street, Jordan, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Contact: + 852 5511 1875
Cost: HK$178 per person
Lost Escape — Kowloon
Lost Escape’s horror scenarios take things a notch higher by using multiple rooms for their escape games. They have four situations — Maid Garden, Battle Royale, Silent Hill, and Zombie — and the maximum time you can take to work your way out of each of them is one hour.
Location: Room 568, 8/F Kiu Kin Mansion, No. 568 Nathan Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Contact: +852 6182 6646
Cost: HK$128 per adult and HK$118 per student (45-minute games), HK$148 per adult and HK$138 per student (60-minute games)
Hall Of Games HK — Online
If you can’t manage to get a group of friends in the same room, try virtual escape games. Hall Of Games has two options — Arctic Survival and Art Heist — that can be played over three levels with friends wherever they are, in real time. During each one-hour session, players can explore their surroundings, look for clues, crack codes, and scan images for augmented-reality challenges. Since these are virtual scenarios, there is no limit on the number of players in a team, and several groups can use the same room simultaneously.
Cost: HK$2,500 per team for setup, and HK$120 per person
Header image credits: Fox in a Box via Instagram