Virtual Puzzlehunt Review: Escape from the Museé Mécanique

The Museé Mécanique is a neat little museum near San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf that features vintage arcade games and antique coin-operated games – yes, you can play them, too! With free admission, it is a great spot to drop into to check out what people used to consider entertainment.

Shinteki helped create the content for the Palace Games escape rooms, and their talent shows through here. Escape from the Museé Mécanique uses ClueKeeper and Zappar apps to help move you along the hunt and create virtual interactions between the “spirits” in the museum and the physical environments. The theme is freeing various spirits from around the 1950’s (about the era of the museum displays) from an evil automated figure. She is described on Wikipedia as having “movements [which] were accompanied by a raucous laugh that sometimes frightened small children and annoyed adults.” We found that to be very true, and it was very satisfying to triumph over her in the end.

We were able to finish the hunt at a leisurely but steady pace. The augmented reality experience is very cool, and definitely made us excited for the future of room escapes and puzzlehunts with the development of virtual reality.

We definitely recommend this hunt!


  • 2-4 players (we had 3, and it was perfect)
  • Bring your phones, battery packs, and some paper and pencils
  • $39.99 (Pricey! But they regularly have sales. Plus, for 90 minutes of fun, we think it’s well worth $39.99 anyway.)
  • 45 Pier D7, San Francisco, CA 94133
  • Free parking with validation for 1 to 2 hours, depending on where you go. No validation available from the Museé, otherwise parking is $3 each 15 minutes. If you’re ok with walking a few blocks, it could be as low as $0.50 an hour on the other side of the Embarcadero.
  • Ages 10 and up
  • Puzzle difficulty: Medium
  • Puzzle creativity: High

Knowledge of the museum will greatly help with the puzzlehunt, so definitely take a look around before hitting start.


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