Des Moines Escape Rooms at Breakout Games

Breakout Games - Des Moines is your destination for immense escaping fun! Our immersive rooms are crafted to put you right into the thick of an exciting and dramatic mystery. Will you group be able to put together all the clues and break out in time? Come play today for an experience like no other! An escape room at Breakout Des Moines is sure to create a memorable time for both you and your family or friends.

Escape Rooms in Des Moines

Mystery Mansion

This spine-chilling adventure starts in the ruins of an old mansion – abandoned decades ago by a reclusive and eccentric family. Since then, rumors have spread about a presence looming over the old house. Work as a team to race the clock and uncover the mansion's secrets in this all-ages mystery adventure.

Do Not Disturb

A recent string of kidnappings has awakened old fears in the people of Breakout City. You've tracked the Kidnapper to a run-down motel on the outskirts of town. Unfortunately, he was expecting you, and now you're caught in his twisted web of games. This investigation-gone-wrong will send your mind spinning as you try to save his next victims... Or become one yourself.

Island Escape

While vacationing on a tropical island, you awake to the sounds of a dormant volcano rumbling to life. The only people still on the island, you and your team are left to your own devices and must work together to discover the keys to safety before the lava reaches shore. Bring your inner explorer out to play for this adrenaline-packed, all-ages adventure.

The Kidnapping

The kidnapping begins with you and your fellow captives waking up handcuffed and blindfolded in a strange room. With nothing but collective brainpower, hidden clues and 60 minutes on your side, you have to free yourselves before the kidnapper returns. A heart-pumping thriller from start to finish, you can expect a rush of non-stop fun.

Operation: Casino

In this life-sized spy game, you will be sent on a trail of clues to discover the alias of a missing agent, and bring down the syndicate responsible for his disappearance. Follow unexpected twists and turns, break codes and channel your alter-ego secret agent to escape the room in an hour or less. If you’re down with espionage, this is your game.


While on a flight, your plane is hijacked and you lose consciousness as the cabin depressurizes. Later you wake up and realize you're trapped, handcuffed to your friends, in the hijackers' headquarters. Can you lose your handcuffs, find out the details behind their hijacking and escape before time's up?

Directions to Breakout Des Moines

9 miles northwest of downtown Des Moines in Urbandale, Breakout Games can be reached with a short 15-minute drive. From the center of town, take I-235 West until Exit 2 for 22nd Street. Take a right and head north. Continue straight onto 86th Street after you cross Hickman Rd. Breakout will be on your right near Planet Fitness in Urban Town Center.

Other Escape Rooms in Des Moines

While we’re proud of our awesome escape rooms at Breakout Games - Des Moines, and hope you play them all, you’ll find that there are several other rooms in the area. And though Breakout is the nationally recognized leader in the field, playing other escape rooms can be a blast too. Also, since each room is typically played just once, you’ll be needing more rooms to try after completing all of ours. Try out either The Escape Des Moines or Escape Chambers Des Moines for more escaping fun!

Other Escape Games

Breakout Games is breaking ground on a wonderful new subscription based service called Dispatch. This take-home escape game series features a box that is mailed directly to your home each month with a delightful set of clues and mysteries that you can solve with your family and friends, right at home! The first edition, “On the Run” is already out and features 7 boxes in a harrowing worldwide adventure to save your framed friend from a murder conviction. If you love escape rooms, you’ll certainly love Dispatch too!

While you may want to leave your youngest children at home when you play an escape room, Dispatch Kids is an exciting new offering from Breakout Games that will peak their interest as well. The puzzle-based subscription service is similar to Dispatch in that you’ll be receiving a monthly box, but the puzzle inside is geared specifically for early learners (ages 3-5). Here, your young ones will be thrown into a kid-friendly adventure story where they’ll discover basic skills that will get them ready to succeed in kindergarten and years ahead. This fun and engaging story will teach your little ones hands-on problem solving skills, motor skills, and how to work together with their friends. Get your child ready for school with Dispatch Kids!

Escape Room Tips and Strategy

Though we want all of our groups to escape in under an hour, it can actually be pretty hard to do this, especially if it’s your first time in an escape room. Therefore, I recommend getting a few helpful tips and pointers before boldly strolling in. First off, arrive comfortable and in good spirits. Leave extra time to arrive so you’re not frazzled before playing. Also, come well fed. You’ll need the energy! Consider the group you’re playing with too. You need a supportive team ready to take action. You don’t necessarily need the smartest group to win. In fact, good camaraderie and positive communication amongst group members is the key thing that leads to success. When it comes to tackling the clues, try to see a clear, obvious answer. If you’re going down a rabbit hole of intense math equations or feeling like you need to remember some obscure book title to solve a clue, you’re definitely overthinking it. Remember, we want everyone to have a fair shot of escaping, so solutions will be pretty simple. It’s more about noticing a key detail or putting several pieces together. Lastly, pay close attention to the clock. An hour passes very quickly in one of these rooms, and if you’re stuck on a single step for 5-10 minutes, I highly recommend asking for help. We provide clues as requested. And while we don’t want to beat the room for you, realize that seconds are precious and that you can’t spend too long on any single step without getting too far behind. Besides, nearly every group will get stumped and need help at some point. The ones that know they’re stuck and ask for help promptly are the ones celebrating a successful escape after their hour has passed.

Restaurants and Recommendations for an Escape Room Night

All this puzzle hunting can leave you hungry! We encourage groups to enjoy some quality time together following your game, where you can reminisce about the room over dinner and/or drinks. This is a great way to debrief from your experience and simply enjoy each other's company without the time pressures of the game. Here are some great places near Breakout Games - Des Moines: The Urban Grill, Palmer’s Deli & Market, Taco Hangover, Teds Coney Island West, Tasty Tacos, Perkins Restaurant & Bakery, Sam & Gabe’s, El Barco Mexican, Down Under Bar & Grill, India Market, and Happy Joe’s Pizza - Urbandale. If you’re looking for bars, there are several great options on Hickman Rd, including Denny Arthur’s, The Flying Moose, The Rack, and Tapz Pub. Or, if you just want another fun activity following your visit to Breakout Games, check out Get Air Des Moines, a trampoline park also located in Urban Town Center.

Des Moines Locations
Breakout Games - Des Moines

3763 86th Street
Urbandale, IA 50322

Phone: 515-414-8760

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