I Survived the Room - The Sanatorium - Review

Location: Long Island City, NY
Date Played: March, 2017
Team Size: 2 – 8 players
Duration: 60 minutes
Price: $30 per ticket

You receive a letter from the Sanatorium director, pleading to assist in locating two missing patients. In order to do so, you are shackled and admitted to the Sanatorium…


Despite being separated, both parties are forced to communicate in order to work through puzzles. We have done other rooms where we have been separated and they made us feel like we were completing two disjointed rooms. For a room that split us up, Sanatorium still did a great job of allowing us to work as a team. Therefore, no one missed out on any piece of it. Puzzles ranged from your standard lock to more in-depth, logic-related tasks to high pressure tactile challenges. For an insane asylum, they always managed to maintain their aesthetic of a run down Sanatorium, rather than simply a room with items placed in it that you’d use to escape.


From the scene that they established to the unbreakable actors to the well-written storyline, Sanatorium’s immersion was second to none. Little things, such as a creative clue system which this room utilizies, allow you to experience and navigate the room without feeling like you have stepped foot outside of the story. The actors moved the story along at a great pace and even added a level of entertainment that we had never seen before.


Being one of our favorite rooms, there is very little to critique. However, the location is not the best as there is not much to offer food-wise or in terms of other activities.

This Room is a Good Match for

While not overly scary, this room has moments that are not for the faint of heart. If you are uncomfortable in dark rooms or you do not want to have your hands bound, you may want to reconsider.

Overall, this is one of our top recommended rooms within the tri-state area. If you are looking for an exhilarating room from start to finish, this is not to be missed. 

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