A bit of competition is healthy for family bonding, young couples, and a close-knit group of friends.
No matter what you’re age, there are do-it-yourself escape rooms, puzzles, or mystery challenges you can play at home.
We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite DIY escape room puzzles below. Add your own booze (or sparkling cider for the young ones) and you’re set for game night!
Price: $29.99/2 months
What You’ll Get: The biggest challenge you’ll have is figuring out which friends you trust to help you solve Escape the Crate’s puzzles every other month. You’ll receive a 1-hour mystery complete with puzzles, tools, letters, codes, and riddles to bring out your inner detective.
Shipping: Ships worldwide during the first week of the month
What You’ll Get: Why not take your mystery global? Finders Seekers delivers you a puzzle from a new city or culture every month. Bonus points: If you get through the codes, messages, and hints, you could win a prize.
Shipping: Ships within the U.S. on the 22nd of every month
What You’ll Get: CSI lovers rejoice, because you can solve your own crime case from the people who created Deadbolt Escape Rooms. The puzzles include interviews, evidence, and a full case file to craft an elaborate game every month.
Shipping: Ships worldwide on the 4th of every month
What You’ll Get: For history buffs, you know that the world is riddled with unsolved mysteries and strange occurrences. Why not take a stab at solving one through ciphers, puzzles, and more by yourself or with a group? The mystery gets deeper every month.
Shipping: Ships worldwide during the last week of the month
What You’ll Get: If you’ve got younger kids (ages 8 and up), you might want brain teasers and puzzles that aren’t just challenging, but also educational. You’ll receive a monthly 60-minute surprise with instructions and materials to teach kids logic, math, or science.
Shipping: Ships in the U.S. within 7 business days of purchase
Price: Starts at $24.99/month
What You’ll Get: Test your detective skills with Dispatch! The first box from this monthly subscription delivers physical evidence and clues needed to introduce a new mystery with subsequent month's boxes delivering additional evidence that build on the same story. Mysteries can be solved alone or with a group too!
Shipping: Ships worldwide from the U.S. within 1-3 days after your first order is placed
Price: Starts at $32.00/month
What You’ll Get: Cosykiller is a mystery subscription box centered around a storyline that unfolds over the course of a year. Each month's box includes puzzles and ciphers that help solve the case, plus vintage keepsakes and memorabilia that you get to keep. Solve the mystery on your own, with a group, or seek help from their private Facebook group.
Shipping: Ships worldwide between the 1st-7th of each month
Price: Starts at $20.00/month
What You’ll Get: The Gray Matter Sodality is a story-driven puzzle box that builds and connects the mystery with every month's box. Each month subscribers receive a new letter with a puzzle that contributes to solving the mystery. Unlike other mystery box subscriptions, each month's puzzle is self-contained so you don't have to wait for the next box to feel accomplished.
Shipping: Only ships within the U.S. on the 3rd of every month
Price: Starts at $24.99/quarter
What You’ll Get: Become a special agent solving new mysteries with The One Crime Mystery box. This quarterly subscription box includes new case files for a murder mystery, plus all the puzzles and clues needed to crack the case. Each case takes between 1-3 hours to solve, perfect for any game night!
Shipping: Ships worldwide; new orders ship during the first week of each month