Race to Escape Review

Race to Escape

How would you like to be locked into a room with several other people and given 60 minutes to solve puzzles and clues to escape the room? Lots of people do, escape rooms are a very good leisure activity for friends and family to do or a team building exercise that lots of companies partake in. If the idea of being locked into a room doesn’t appeal but the puzzle solving activities do then you can now have your own escape room at home – no locked doors and plenty of puzzles and clues to solve, and the kids can even join in. Race to Escape is an escape room board game, an escape room in a box to be played in the comfort of your own home.

Race to Escape is a re-playable 3D escape room board game. It is suitable for 1-6 players, age 8+, with a playing time of around 30 minutes or so. Unlike other escape room type games, no clues are hidden around the house and there is no need to turn a room in your house into an escape room – the game is played right there in the box! It includes 80 puzzles to try and solve to enable you to try and escape the locked rooms in the 3D mystery house.

In the box:

  • 3D gameboard and gameboard clips
  • 6x Character Playing Pieces and Character Stands
  • Dice
  • 80x Clue Cards and Clue Card Cover
  • Clue Card Holder
  • Magnifying Glass
  • Mirror
  • Newspaper
  • Chance Cards
  • Clue Coins
  • Scorepad
  • Instruction Manual


Race to Escape is a board game, and the box is the board. The box is used as the 3D 3-room mystery house from which players need to solve clues to escape the rooms and get to the finish. If you love escape rooms and puzzle solving, then you will love the Race to Escape board game.

Overall, Race to Escape is a family puzzle that is lots of fun. It is a collaborative logic and deduction game that puts your mind to the test and gets everybody working together and having lots of fun.

The game features six different types of puzzles to solve and hundreds of different hidden clues. You need to make use of things like mirrors and magnifying glasses to find clues. You must reveal hidden words or even create words, translate symbols, use the crossword, read the newspaper, find hidden passwords and secret codes and lots of other fun ways to help you escape the three rooms and ultimately the mystery house as fast as you can.


All the puzzles are great fun and with each room in the 3-room house jam-packed with clues to help you unlock all of the doors and escape, it is plenty of fun where everybody has to work together. Lots of escape room type games are generally one use only but Race to Escape has been designed so that it can be played more than once, enjoyed again and again.

The playing board, or in this case the 3D mystery house, is excellent and adds an element of fun and intrigue to the game. It all slots together easily (to build the internal walls of the house and creating rooms), is bright and colourful with some great artwork and each room is just full of clues. The walls of the house seem very robust even after we have played several times now.

Race to Escape is definitely a family-friendly puzzle board game that children and adults will just love playing and turning detective. Each time you play, there are plenty of different clues to make the game different each and every time you play. It is fantastic wholesome fun for the entire family and an excellent enjoyable way to give your brain a workout without the need for a screen – and it also doesn’t require any batteries!

Rating: 5/5

RRP: £27.99

For more information, visit www.johnadams.co.uk. Available to buy from Amazon here.

Disclosure: I received this item for free for the purposes of writing an honest and impartial review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. This review uses an affiliate link which I may receive a small commission from if you purchase through the link.
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