The Return (Part 2)
houston's newest escape room experience

Set forth on “The Return: Tribal Rites”! With the Whispering Thorn in hand, your journey has only just begun. Now, you must navigate the treacherous path to the Umbatu tribe, where the ceremonial hut awaits.


As a chosen team, you are entrusted with the sacred task of setting up the hut to perform the ancient Ceremony of Return. The very soul of the tribe depends on your success in restoring the revered artifact to its rightful place. Can you honor the age-old traditions, overcome the intricate puzzles, and rejuvenate the life force of the land?


Time is running out, and the fate of the Umbatu tribe hangs in the balance. Unite and triumph in this unique escape room adventure, only at Exit Lab Houston!

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Unravel the Mystery.
Restore the legacy.

Immerse yourself in an escape room experience that intertwines puzzle-solving with a deeply woven cultural narrative. Feel the essence of a forgotten civilization and strive to restore its honor.


Difficulty: HARD

If you want a challenging escape room, this one is for you and your team!

Time Limit: 60 mins.

This room is extra challenging, so you'll have a little more time, but will it be enough?

Players: 2-6

This room is great for small experienced teams of 2 or more. If you have a bigger team try Hotel Secrets or Zombie Bunke

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Experience our escape rooms in a private, exclusive setting at no extra cost. Play safely with just your own group and enjoy the ultimate escape room adventure.

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Did you already find the whispering thorn? if not, START WITH 'OCEAN HEIST'

Haven’t yet ventured into ‘The Return: Ocean Heist’? If you’re on the ‘Tribal Rites’ booking page, but haven’t retrieved the Whispering Thorn, you’ll want to begin your adventure with the thrilling heist aboard the cargo ship SS Armand. Click on ‘The Return: Ocean Heist’ to embark on the first part of this incredible adventure. Navigate through the art smuggler’s office, retrieve the revered artifact, and prepare yourself for the next stage of the journey. The tribe’s future awaits, and your mission starts here with ‘Ocean Heist.’ Join us, and let’s begin this thrilling escapade together.


Frequently Asked Questions about
The Return 2-in-1 Escape Game

A 2-in-1 escape room allows you to play two related games either individually or back-to-back, offering different experiences and challenges.

Yes, you can play “The Return: Ocean Heist” and “The Return: Tribal Rites” individually or combine them for a 90-minute game called “The Return: Tides and Tribes”.

The price for The Return: Ocean Heist and The Return: Tribal Rites is $33 per player.  Since The Return: Tides and Tribes is a longer game, it is $37 per player. Join our mailing list and follow us on Instagram to get exclusive discounts!

No, each part is a complete experience, but playing both provides a more immersive and connected story.

You can still enjoy the game and have a satisfying experience; playing the second part is optional but adds to the story.

Each part takes 60 minutes, or you can play both for a continuous 90-minute experience.

The less experience your team has, the bigger your team should be in order to be successful! The Return games are all very challenging. A less experienced team might want to try our other fun game “Hotel Secrets”.

The individual parts have a 2-player minimum, while the full 2-in-1 experience requires at least 3 players. The game is best enjoyed with a larger team.

The Return involves retrieving a sacred artifact and performing a tribal ceremony, with intriguing puzzles and immersive settings.

Yes, The Return is great for team building, parties, and special events; contact us for details.

Our game guides are available to assist you with hints and support if needed, ensuring a fun experience.

You can book The Return: Ocean Heist (Part 1) – HERE.

You can book The Return: Tribal Rites (Part 2) – HERE.

You can book The Return: Tides and Tribes (Part 1&2) – HERE.

If at the end of the hour you haven’t escaped – you’ll be eggsecuted! Just kidding!  One of our awesome Game Guides will come in and walk you through the last puzzle you were working on.  After that you’ll return to the lobby for a team picture! 

While we do accept walk-ins, reservations are higly encouraged.  During the weekends we’re usually fully booked and we’re unable to accommodate walk-ins.  However, weekday evenings aren’t usually as busy. Call us at (888) 896-0022 if you’re thinking about walking-in and we’ll let you know if we can fit you in!

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