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4 online escape games to make you feel like you’ve broken free

Get your adrenaline pumping with our rundown of the best online escape games the internet has to offer

By Huw Oliver
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We could all do with a bit of escapism right now. But how can you get away when almost half the world is in lockdown? Answer: with the internet’s array of brilliant virtual escape rooms, which offer an incredibly literal way to feel like you’re breaking free – all without leaving your sofa, and for zero money.

Into your thrills, riddles and supernatural chills? These four online escape games are bound to get your adrenaline pumping. And if you do make it out alive, here are some virtual tours of museums, famous attractions and castles and palaces that are also totally worth your time.

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Best online escape games

The Mystery of Time and Space
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The Mystery of Time and Space

Released way back in 2001, this is the OG online escape room (and still one of the best). With 20 levels of varying difficulty, a strong sci-fi plot and surprisingly good jazz soundtrack, the MOTAS is a great way to kill your quarantine boredom.

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The Crimson Room
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The Crimson Room

Short by comparison with the MOTAS, Japanese game The Crimson Room is your best bet if you don’t want to spend hours trying to GTFO. You’ve woken up drunk, and it appears you’re locked in someone else’s bedroom. Now you’ve got to get that door open before it’s too late.

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Baba Yaga
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Baba Yaga

Feeling a little hemmed in right now? At least you’re not trapped in a witch’s treehouse. This spell-driven game, which revolves around defeating the Baba Yaga character so widespread in Slavic folklore, has especially high production values (with some very spooky silhouettes hot on your trail).

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Hogwarts Digital Escape Room
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Hogwarts Digital Escape Room

You may be Google Doc-ed out after a long day of WFH. But you shouldn’t miss out on this genius Harry Potter-themed escape room created by a Pennsylvanian librarian – all housed within a Google Form. Required: logic, common sense and basic knowledge of the Harry Potter books.

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