Escape rooms have become a popular pastime for people looking for a fun and challenging experience, and escape room enthusiasts are becoming much more common. With so many different escape rooms available, it can be difficult to keep track of the games you’ve played. Fortunately, there are a number of tools and apps that can help you keep track of your escape room experiences. We actually use all of these options in one way or another and each one brings something different to the table.
Before we get on how to track games, another big question is ‘what should I track’ or ‘does this game count as an escape room’. At the end of the day, it’s up to you. You decide what you want to track and how you want to class it. So you do you!
Morty is a relative newcomer to the industry although it is now firmly established and is often talked about in escape room circles. Morty is a mobile app that allows you to log and track your escape room experiences, it’s currently available only on iOS but Android users can still access through the extremely competent web browser route. Morty doesn’t use a traditional rating system but instead has a positive/negative scoring system. Users can also write reviews, tag players they played the game with, and follow other members to see what they’ve been playing. You can also see how your ratings and reviews compare to those of other Morty users.
Escape the Review
Another option is Escape the Review, a website that allows you to search for and read reviews of escape rooms from around the world. The site also allows you to submit your own reviews and ratings, as well as keep track of the games you’ve played. You could probably class Escape the Review as the TripAdvisor of escape rooms – not only can enthusiasts submit their reviews, but bloggers can too. This means that you see a single rating for a game but can also delve deeper into individual reviews/blogs if you want to.
Toby, who runs EtR is extremely helpful and is always looking for feedback on how to improve the site. Features seem to be constantly evolving and if it’s missing something you want, just pop some feedback over to him and see what happens. It’s also now possible to upload your list to EtR from Excel, and equally you can export back from the site.
For those who prefer to keep things simple, Google Sheets or Excel spreadsheets can be a great way to keep track of your escape room experiences. You can create your own spreadsheet and include columns for the name of the escape room, the location, the date you played, and any notes or comments you want to include. This is a great option for those who want to keep everything in one place and have complete control over their data.
We use Google Sheets rather than Excel as it is stored in the cloud and means we can share the link between us so we can both access and edit it whenever we need to.
If you prefer something even simpler, you can use the Notes app on your phone to keep track of the escape rooms you’ve played. This option is best for those who don’t need a lot of detail or organisation, and just want to jot down the names of the games they’ve played.
There are a number of escape room blogs out there, some created as a way to simply track games played, some to try and get free games (naughty), and some to try and offer extra information to help people select the games they may want to play.
New blogs are appearing regularly, and why not? It’s really easy to create a basic blog so anyone can do it. Some reviewers even just use social media without needing to build a website.
We chose to build a blog (back in early 2019) and I dread to think how many hours we have sunk into it. But when we’re looking up to see what games we’ve played in a location it’s so nice to be just able to search the site and see. So not only does this site hopefully give useful reviews to our readers, but it also acts as a great little library for us.
Interestingly, some bloggers have actually now moved on to become escape room owners!
Whether you prefer a dedicated app like Morty, a website like Escape the Review, or a simple spreadsheet or note-taking app, there’s an option that will work for you. Whatever you choose, keeping track of the games you’ve played will help you remember the fun you had and make it easier to plan future escape room adventures. If there are any other options that we’ve missed out, feel free to let us know in the comments below.