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What Exactly is an Escape Room?

Updated: Jan 9, 2023

Escape rooms are popping up all over the place. All of your friends have been to one. Playing an escape room could soon be the best alternative to seeing a movie on the weekend. Have you heard all the buzz but are still wondering-- what exactly is an escape room?

The main premise: you and a group of friends are locked inside a room and forced to solve a series of puzzles in order to escape within 60-minutes.

That’s the super simple explanation.

The reason escape rooms are so fun and addicting is because you get to be the main character of a real life video game. The excitement comes from the fact that you (and your group) get to decide your own fate! Whether you escape or not depends on how well your team cooperates. The design of the rooms and props are made so you feel totally immersed in the experience.

Have you ever watched a James Bond movie and thought, “gee I wonder what it’s like to be a spy?” Well, this is your chance. Escape rooms allow you to experience your favorite movies and games in new and exciting ways. Even better, you get to play them with your friends. A true social outing that checks off all the fun boxes.

The Ultimate Team Building Activity

Escape rooms are a great way to break the ice between a group of awkward coworkers or to strengthen the bonds between a family.

How the Games are Different Each individual escape room game has its own theme. The game master will set the stage for your daring escape. Sometimes you get to watch a special video explaining why you’re being locked up and given 1 hour to get out.

What if we don’t escape?

You will die a long and horrible death. Just kidding. You will be safely escorted out. Often, feelings of sadness, depression, or even anger will accompany your failure. However, these feelings quickly pass and are replaced by euphoria when you remember that you just experienced the most fun of your life. You will then go on to become an escape room addict, honing your escape skills, playing every game in the city, then travelling to other cities to play their escape rooms.

Can I play by myself?

Generally, no. Escape rooms are designed to be played with a group of people. Although it is possible to beat most games with just 2 people, a larger group of at least 6-8 is recommended for the best experience. A single player always has the option of joining another group though. At The Exit Game, there is a game that can actually be finished with only 1 player-- The Lab; but, only one person has ever successfully done this!

To sum it all up, an escape room is the best way to spend a Saturday night, or any other night, or day, for that matter. That is, if you’re looking to have a lot of fun.



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