Steel Owl Adventure Rooms was founded in early 2015 in South Philadelphia and is led by Elisabeth Garson, a Creative Director with 20 years of experience in advertising, UX and experimental events. Her independent projects have been featured in Time Magazine, KYW, CBS, The Philadelphia Inquirer and more.
The focus of Steel Owl is to create fully immersive, ridiculously fun experiences that end with (hopefully) a win. And we firmly believe there’s a need for it. To us, drinking gets boring and watching a movie is passive. Going to work is routine and hobbies get repetitive. The element of surprise is what we’re all about, and we’ve woven that throughout our first game.
All of our upcoming escape games are being built upon the same set of rigid standards with a focus on usability and communication, including an “every clue matters” rule. Communication, technology, and relatable (and fun) theming are at the core of who we are. We want to move entertainment to an interactive level — and this is where we’re starting.
In the end, it’s our goal to create something that will get people’s hearts pumping, get them excited and running around, engage a bunch of their senses, and make them work together in an environment that (just by design) is fun. Without getting too philosophical, we believe that kind of excitement is what keeps people young.
So, what will you find with our room escape games? A LOT of attention on UX — the user’s overall experience. Because of this, our games are big on interactive technology, set design, unusual themes and surprises. But also (if you’re working together), you have a much better chance at winning.
Did this Saturday with family and friends for my bday we had a blast from the past we had fun I definitely would recommend and I am now on a quest to try other onesVictoria Brown
Best Time EVER! My friends and I that grew up together in the 80’s went. We had a blast! We were in Philly for the weekend and this was by far the Best thing we did!Team Tequila
What an awesome time. If you don’t have a large group, do the public option, fun time meeting new people in a totally 80's atmosphere. Staff is awesome. Highly recommend!Danaires
This was a really fun ladies night outing. Different from the norm. The game was challenging, but it was really fun. Made you really put on your thinking cap. It was awesome to walk into a room and see childhood memories. Also you get cool bonus points for doing things. When a say a great time, I mean that! The staff was great and very helpful. Much thanks to Sue for helping us out with our tickets! The other staff at the location were great, as well. Looking forward to the additional rooms that will be added around the city. Looking for a fun night....no need to look any further!Ty
Cabbage Patch Dolls, Ferris Bueller, Milli Vanilli, Alf, Never Ending Story, Lite Brite, Nintendo, Rainbow Brite and Fanny Packs. If these things remind you of the good old days, don't walk to Escape The 80's on East Passyunk...RUN!! What a blast from the past! A must try for anyone who remembers the era! No, you don't need to be an 80's child to play, but what a hoot if you are!! We all LOVED it!Sari
After having done 4 other escape attractions it was really nice to see how creative they got when building this room. It is definitely unique and not a cookie cutter copy of some of the other ones in the area. Most of our group were 1st timers and they had just as much fun as we did. Give 'em a shot; you'll have a blast!Krystal Henderson