An escape room—an immersive, 60-minute, real-world adventure game. You’ve decided to participate in an escape room, but you have no idea how to get ready.
What Are Escape Rooms and What To Expect From Them
Have you ever heard of escape rooms? Maybe you’ve seen them on TV or read about them online. Maybe you’ve even played one. Escape rooms are both unique and interesting, which puts a lot of people between a rock and a hard place.
What is an Escape Room?
An escape room is a physical adventure game where you are locked in a room and have to figure out how to escape. It could be as simple as retrieving an object and figuring out how to unlock the door. Or, it could be as complicated as figuring out who’s the killer and how to stop him.
There are thousands of escape rooms worldwide. Many of them are independent, and many are created by groups of people who share a passion for escape rooms. You can find them in cities, suburbs, and even in rural areas.
What to Expect from an Escape Room?
There are some common features you can expect from any escape room. There’s usually a locked door that keeps you inside the room. You’ll usually find some objects lying around. Sometimes those objects are clues, sometimes they’re decoys, and sometimes they’re red herrings.
Your goal is to find a way out of the room. Usually, you’ll have to find a way to open the door. Sometimes that’s easy and sometimes you’ll have to figure out who the perpetrator is. Even the simplest escape room can be difficult.
How to Play?
Most escape rooms are built around a theme. For example, a theme could be a crime scene, and you have to figure out who the killer is.
Some escape rooms have a more specific theme. For example, one could be based around the art world, and you have to figure out which famous artist created a famous painting.
There are usually 2-8 players who play in an escape room. Usually, eight players are the maximum.
The group is led through the room by a “host.” This host guides them through the experience, but it’s also the host’s job to ensure the players don’t cheat. Your host will usually give you a briefing as to what’s going on.
However, in light of the global pandemic, there are restrictions in place. In this case, there will likely be no host to accompany you inside the room.
What Are the Ideal Ages to Play?
There’s no set age for an escape room. In fact, there are escape rooms for kids as young as six, and there are rooms for adults as old as 99. In general, escape rooms are for tweens and up.
Remember that there are some critical thinking skills that younger children won’t have. However, it’s possible to make an escape room that keeps everyone in the family involved.
Ready, Set, Escape
Escape rooms provide players with an opportunity to solve problems and think creatively. They also offer a great chance for you and your friends to work together for a common goal. Between the puzzles, the mystery, and the camaraderie, there’s a lot that makes up a game.