Drive-In Adventure at Decode Detroit

Socially Distant Escapism with a Drive-In Escape Room

On Saturday night our family attended Decode Detroit’s Drive-In Adventure at their Ann Arbor location. We love Escape Rooms and have missed them during quarantine. We have been keeping ourselves busy with EXIT games, but enjoy the in person aspect

Decode Detroit’s Drive-In Adventure Room

In Decode Detroit’s Drive-In Adventure, The Doc is testing a teleportation device behind the building and he needs your help to fix the problems from the safety of your car using two mobile phones.

The Drive-In Adventure uses a combination of projections on the back of the building, your car’s radio, and two mobile devices. We had 5 puzzles to solve and up to 90 minutes to complete the adventure. We completed the adventure in about 50 minutes.

"I've made a major breakthrough, and I'll need your assistance."The Doc needs your help to test his newest invention. Booking for our Drive-In Escape Adventure starts next week!

Posted by Decode Detroit on Friday, November 20, 2020

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About Decode Detroit

Decode Detroit currently has 2 locations, one in Ann Arbor and one in Ypsilanti. During the pandemic they moved from their original location on Packard Rd east of Carpenter to their new location at 3170 Packard Rd, just east of Platt Rd. We had a little trouble locating Decode Detroit. It is just west of Packard Health. From the front of the building, construction is visible in their windows and there is an alley to the west of Decode with a small sign for their drive-in adventure. Head down the alley between buildings and you’ll see lights guiding you into their drive-in adventure.

Their original Ann Arbor location featured the 3 part Minerva Project – part 1 and 3 in their facility and Part 2 in Downtown Ann Arbor. We had previously completed all 3 parts of the Minerva Project. They will be creating new adventures at the new location when the interior opens. This fall, they offered a 30 minute outdoor game – Around the World at the Ann Arbor location. We were hoping to book this in early November for my birthday, but it was closed by then. I am hopeful that it will return in the spring.

Their Ypsilanti location has the Aurora Society, but is currently closed due to COVID numbers.

Our Thoughts on Decode Detroit’s Drive-In Adventure

Decode Detroit’s Drive-In Adventure was a perfect socially distanced activity for our family. We stayed in our car the whole time and had no close contact with anyone. After we finished, they did come out to talk with us – but they were masked and a good 15′ away from our car window.

The adventure uses 2 mobile phones, your car radio, and graphics projected on the back of the building. My daughter used her phone in the back seat while my husband and I shared mine in the front seat.

The puzzles were varied and offered some difficulty. The first challenge required solving two similar puzzles – one on each phone. My daughter solved the puzzle on her phone in about 2 minutes, while my husband and I were stuck on ours. Seeing her solution helped us get started on our solution. Other puzzles required us to work together using both phones. On these puzzles, we found it easier if we could see both phones at the same time.


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Book Your Decode Detroit Drive-In Adventure

The Drive-In Adventure needs to be booked in advance by phone (313-438-8054). It is offered nightly beginning at 6p. We attended on a Saturday night and it was offered at 6p, 7:30p, 9p, and 10:30p. I was able to book our adventure Friday evening. The Friday sessions and the first Saturday time were sold out.

Our Tips

No, I’m not going to give you tips on how to solve the adventure, but we do have some tips to share to make your visit more fun.

  • Two phones are needed. Make sure they are both charged. My husband and I shared mine in the front seat and my daughter used hers in the back seat
  • Disable WiFi on your phone. My daughter noticed she randomly picked up a neighbors Xfinity a few times and it disrupted us entering a pattern.
  • Better than phones, consider using tablets if you have more than 2 players- (you may need to use your phone as a hotspot, we did not connect to WiFi)
  • Bring a portable radio instead of running the car in either engine or accessory mode.
  • Dress warmly and bring hot beverages so you don’t need to run the heat.

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