Imagine you and your group of friends “locked” in a room for one hour. In that hour, your group must find and solve various clues and riddles that are hidden around the room in order to find a way out. It will take a bit of teamwork, coordination, time management, and Sherlock Holmes-style critical thinking to successfully escape. Intrigued? I hope so.
I believe everyone should do an Escape Game at least once just to experience the type of energy and excitement that goes on in these rooms. It has its own type of uniqueness that makes these games so addicting.
Convinced to take part in one yet? If not, here are a couple of reasons to do so:
1. It’s a good way to grow closer with your team.
People grow closer when they have to work together to reach a common goal. During these games, you have no choice but to cooperate with one another to solve riddles and hunt down clues. It doesn’t matter if it’s your first time being around certain people or you’ve known them all your life. Your ability to mesh together and function as a unit will ultimately determine how well you do in these games.
2. You get inside the minds of those who planned these games.
You’d be surprised how much planning goes into these games. It can’t be so hard that people would get frustrated and wouldn’t want to play again, but it also can’t be so easy that people would end up feeling like they weren’t challenged enough.
I’m a fan of the ones that use special effects and theatrics to immerse the players into the theme of the Escape room. An example would be (don’t worry, I won’t spoil any existing games) if you were trying to escape from a theater, and a projector turns on at a specific time and shows a hint. Those types of clues make the game even more unique than rooms that use simple (and lazy) crossword puzzles and equations.
3. It challenges you to try to beat the statistics of successful escapes.
Depending on the room, they can vary in difficulty and escape rates. They can range from incredibly hard (~3% escape rate) or very easy (~70% escape rate). These statistics help you gauge how good your team is if you are to beat (or fail) the team. Regardless of the escape rate, you still want your team to try their best and escape.
4. It’s a good way to “escape.”
For me, when the door closes and the timer starts, I’m not thinking about anything else other than finding a way to escape. I’m in the zone. It’s a good feeling to be in because I can step out of my normal life for that one hour to play along with this scripted game. If the host of the game does a good job at setting the stage, it can really draw you into the game with the atmosphere it provides.
I hope I’ve convinced you to at least look into these escape games and consider giving it a shot. Here’s a couple of companies if you’re in San Francisco: