What Is An Escape Room? Which One Is Right For Me?

What is an escape room? Having gained a lot of popularity in the past decade, escape rooms in Pigeon Forge seem to be all the rage. But what happens in an escape room? Are they all the same? The answer is no - escape rooms come in all shapes and sizes. Finding the right one for you means sorting through many different options. But you're in luck: Pigeon Forge & Gatlinburg have some of the greatest escape rooms in the country.

What Is An Escape Room?

An escape room is a live action cooperative game where players work together to find clues, solve puzzles, unlock mechanisms, and accomplish specific tasks within a certain amount of time. Players typically win the game by escaping within the time limit. But this style of game is often not about actually breaking free from confinement; there are many escape rooms with more lighthearted themes, and many that have interesting frames for what decides the time limit.

Escape Rooms In Pigeon Forge

The Escape Game

Located on The Island in Pigeon Forge, The Escape Game is a nation-wide top rated immersive escape room experience. The Pigeon Forge location has 5 incredible escape room opportunities in settings ranging from outer space, to art galleries, to secluded cabins and prison cells. Check out our blog on 3 reasons why The Escape Game is awesome.

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Gold Rush

7/10
2-6
60 min
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DESCRIPTION: The hope of gold has lured people to the hills of Northern California for nearly two hundred years; but no man was more captivated and greedy than Clyde Hamilton, a gambling gold prospector. After making too many bets with the wrong crowd, Clyde is missing. Both you and the mob have been tipped off as to where he's hidden his fortune. Can you find it before the mob does?

RECOMMENDED FOR: all ages, first time escapees, marksmen, anyone who loves a good treasure hunt, smaller team building groups and families, outdoorsmen

QUOTE FROM GAME GUIDE: “It is such a perfect mix of logical thinking and tactile things. Gold Rush really feels like you are stepping into a brand new world, and being a part of that experience is just awesome. I remember when I first played that room, and just being so amazed. It really felt like I had disconnected from the real world for an hour. Gold Rush is such an immersive experience, and that is why it is my favorite to run.” - Hunter, Cincinnati

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Classified

7/10
2-6
60 min
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DESCRIPTION: Your team has been assigned to a critical covert military mission. Your objective is to gather details about an international threat in order to stop a potential terrorist attack. It's up to you to get inside the heads of the masterminds behind the attack and stop their evil plan from playing out.

RECOMMENDED FOR: all ages, escape room beginners, military personnel, tactical thinkers, members of the CIA, fans of the TV show Sherlock

QUOTE FROM AN ESCAPE ARTIST: "This was the game that got me hooked. When we walked into the room, it felt like I was immediately transported to a market in the Middle East. Everything about that game seemed authentic – even the smells inside of the room made you feel like that you were there." - Jesse, Nashville

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The Heist

8/10
2-8
60 min
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DESCRIPTION: A masterpiece has been stolen from a prestigious art museum, and it is presumed hidden within the egotistical curator's office. While he is away, you have an hour to find your way inside Vincent Hahn's office to recover the prized painting.

RECOMMENDED FOR: second-time escapees, groups of friends/family, bachelorette parties, bank robbers, art history buffs, fans of The Da Vinci Code or Ocean's 11

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Prison Break

9/10
2-8
60 min
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DESCRIPTION: You've been wrongfully sentenced to a life in prison without the possibility of parole, and you're stuck in a cell that once belonged to an inmate who disappeared. While some claimed he escaped, others swear he was murdered by the infamously cruel warden. You must escape before you suffer the same fate.

RECOMMENDED FOR: escape artists and escape room veterans, office team building, video gamers, fans of the show Prison Break or Orange Is The New Black

QUOTE FROM A CREATOR: “The cells are very prison like. With the real steel doors and the CMU blocks, which are what prisons are made out of typically, we built a prison. That’s what we strive to do in our department, to build a game that makes you feel like you’re there. We did that with Prison Break.” – Marshall, Creative Division

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Mission: Mars

8/10
2-8
60 min
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DESCRIPTION: Embarking on an exploratory mission, your team has just landed on the Red Planet. Your spacecraft was majorly damaged on the descent, and a fatal amound of cosmic radiation is headed straight toward you. You must repair your ship and escape from Mars before the radiation destroys your control systems and your team is forever stranded

RECOMMENDED FOR: space cadets and astronauts, tech junkies, bachelor parties, sports teams, Captain Kirk, fans of Apollo 13, The Martian, Interstellar, and Wall-E

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Smoky Mountain Escape Games

With 3 top notch escape rooms and 3 more in the works, Smoky Mountain Escape Games is fun for all ages. Their uniquely themed games require teamwork, quick thinking, and determination to piece together clues before time runs out.

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The Haunting

7/10
2-10
60 min
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DESCRIPTION: Some say Worthington Mansion is haunted by terrible secrets hidden in the home. Paranormal investigators have tried and failed to cleanse the home of any entities remaining there. Your job is to decide whether or not the site is actually haunted, and unravel the mysteries that linger within the mansion.

RECOMMENDED FOR: things to do at Halloween, fans of ghost stories and horror movies, scout troops, paranormal investigators, fearless kids over the age of 8, not-as-fearless kids over the age of 12

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Mad Scientist

8/10
2-10
60 min
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DESCRIPTION: The scientist Dr. Fritz Von Hoffen has dedicated his life's work to creating a cure (The Antidote) to his wife's terminal illness. He has finally perfected it, but a group of jealous colleagues (The Nucleus) have framed Von Hoffen and had him locked away. The Nucleus plans to weaponize The Antidote and sell it to our country's deadliest enemies, and it's up to you to stop them.

RECOMMENDED FOR: all ages, scientists and those who enjoy science experiments, corporate team building, larger groups who enjoy a challenge

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Diamond Heist

5/10
2-8
60 min
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DESCRIPTION: Reliable intel indicates that a corrupt bank known for money laundering and criminal activity has stolen the Star Of Dreams, and that it is most likely secured under the watchful eye of the bank's president: Charles Montgomery, III. You must infiltrate the bank, locate the secret vault, and confiscate the stolen diamond to be returned to its rightful owner.

RECOMMENDED FOR: all ages, kids who have never played an escape room before, couples on date night

VISITOR REVIEW: "We took our two daughters (8 and 10) to the Diamond Heist game and LOVED it! The staff was so welcoming and kind from the moment we arrived. The game offered such attention to detail, great surprises, kid-friendly clues, and ensured fun for everyone! We had the room to ourselves and could enjoy problem solving as a family. We would HIGHLY recommend this to some of the other options in the area!" - Heather

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Crave Golf Club Escape Rooms

Voted 2018's best mini golf in Pigeon Forge, Crave Golf Club has many different activities to offer. Their two new exhilarating escape rooms called Mayday! and Zombie Research Lab are great 30 minute group activities for a fraction of the price of most 60 minute rooms. To add an escape room to 2 golf course tickets, it's only $8 per person.

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Mayday!

8/10
3-8
30 min
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DESCRIPTION: You and your fellow passengers are trapped on an exotic submarine, and ice cold sea water has begun to overtake the ship. You must work with the crew to seal all the water tight doors before the vessel is claimed by the depths of Davy Jones' locker.

RECOMMENDED FOR: ages 5+, deep sea enthusiasts, ship captains, sea creature afficionados, steampunk fashionistas, fans of 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea and BioShock

FROM THE STAFF: "Your group will be transported to a different world when you step inside the escape room. The fully themed experience will immerse you in the storyline as you get briefed on your objective." - Katie, Crave Golf Club

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Zombie Research Lab

6/10
2-8
30 min
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DESCRIPTION: The deadly Zombyte virus has cybernetically enhanced humans into hideous creatures, and you and your team are now the only hope in curing the deadly disease. The infected creatures are closing in on the lab. Alone and cut off from the outside, you and your team must keep your wits and discover a cure before the zombie creatures seal your doom.

RECOMMENDED FOR: ages 5+, those in the medical field, fans of The Walking Dead, Zombieland, I Am Legend, and The Last Of Us, anyone who has played the Zombyte virtual reality game at Topjump Trampoline & Extreme Arena in Pigeon Forge

VISITOR REVIEW: "We went today and my 7 year old had fun messing around in the room and felt like he was helping, my 10 year old figured out one of the patterns required to solve one of the problems and my 13 year old was also able to help quite a bit! My husband and I did do most of the work, but the kids had a blast! We felt it was worth the money." - Kate, Facebook

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Escape Rooms In Gatlinburg

The Captured

Located in Gatlinburg's Space Needle, The Captured is not your typical escape room. The incredibly inventive storyline was written with the Smoky Mountains in mind. Visitors rave about it; the attraction has 95% excellent reviews on TripAdvisor and is rated #1 in the Fun & Games category for Gatlinburg.

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The Cellar

6/10
1-8
60 min

DESCRIPTION: You've been captured by the cannibal Sebastian Craft. Locked in his cellar, you and your group must use every bit of intellect, skill, and courage you have to escape within an hour before you become dinner.

RECOMMENDED FOR: things to do for Halloween, fans of immersion and atmosphere, competitive people, smaller groups, those who aren't easily spooked

VISITOR REVIEW: "Wow! This was one heck of an amazing experience! Not only was it one of the scariest escape rooms we have ever done but it was the most immersive one we have experienced yet! The clues, puzzles, and rooms were so incredibly detailed and the atmosphere was second to none. If you want to experience an escape room in Gatlinburg, or really anywhere in the south, this is one you HAVE to go to! We loved it and would highly recommend it to anyone!" - William

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Scarlett's Room

8/10
1-8
60 min

DESCRIPTION: Scarlett Craft is quite different from the rest of the notorious Craft family. The serial killer is host to multiple personalities and oblivious to her own actions. If you can't solve the series of puzzles and clues left by her previous victim, you will suffer the same fate.

RECOMMENDED FOR: groups of 8, fans of a challenge, clever puzzle solvers

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Headcase Escape Adventures

HeadCase Escape Adventures strives to be the most unique and entertaining escape room style adventure in the US. Their creative room concepts, compelling technology, and innovative design pair well with the friendly staff guiding you through the interactive environment. Test your ability to collaborate and team build with others. The HeadCase escape rooms can accomodate almost any age.

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Aztec Temple

7/10
1-5
30 min

DESCRIPTION: You and your research team have been tasked with cataloging artifacts within the Temple Of The Gods, the most exciting archaeological find of the decade. But somebody accidentally triggered a trap door, and now you're all locked inside with a dangerously short air supply. Your only hope of escape is to unravel the mysteries of the temple's hidden idols before your oxygen supply runs out.

RECOMMENDED FOR: archaeologists, fans of Indiana Jones and Tomb Raider

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Goliath

9/10
1-8
60 min

DESCRIPTION: You and your friends have discovered a remote Smoky Mountain cabin with a dangerous secret: a vicious, man-eating black bear. Legend has it, the abnormally large and powerfully ravenous bear is called Goliath, and he has claimed the cabin as part of his territory. You must escape before he discovers your intrusion.

RECOMMENDED FOR: Smoky Mountain locals, Bigfoot enthusiasts, fans of King Kong

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Merlin's Secret Chamber

4/10
1-8
45 min

DESCRIPTION: The Princess Adelina has been cursed by the witch Hildegard and turned into stone. Merlin tried to intervene, but was overpowered and thrown into a deep slumber. The king has tasked his noble guards with investigating Merlin's chamber in order to find a way to save the princess.

RECOMMENDED FOR: all ages, escape rooms for kids, fans of medieval times

VISITOR REVIEW: "We did the Merlin’s escape [with two adults, and 4 boys ages 10 to 14] and the room was very cool and we had a great time figuring it out. All of the boys were very engaged in the experience and we felt it was very good for this age group." - Sue, Florida

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Doomsday Bomber

9/10
1-8
60 min

DESCRIPTION: The rogue agent known only as Doomsday has placed the city under siege. Somewhere within the walls of a centrally located apartment complex lies a device with the ability to level two square miles. Government officals have tasked your team with infiltrating the apartment, locating the weapon, and disabling it before the madman can execute his horrific plan.

RECOMMENDED FOR: military personnel, escape room veterans, those up for a challenge, fans of Mission Impossible or James Bond

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