Our feature in Pittsburgh Magazine by SEAN COLLIER

Take a Tricky Trip To Mars at Escape Room 51

The idea: Earth’s first permanent colony on Mars has been established, and you are among the astronauts populating it. When storms knock out most of the life-support systems — yes, more or less the plot of “The Martian” — you and your companions need to get things back online and contact Houston before you all, y’know, die. (This is an excellent way to actually give a reason for the game’s time limit; while most Escape Rooms offer you an hour to complete your task simply because that’s when the next round of customers will turn up, writing “There’s only one hour of oxygen left” is a nice way to add some verisimilitude to the story.)

As was the case in The Royal Heist, the production values here are excellent. The look of your space-station home is convincing and truly immersive; while you don’t make it onto the surface of Mars, it’s easy to get caught up in the reality presented.

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