What is an Escape Room Game?

Put simply, you are locked in a room and have to solve puzzles to get out within a set time limit, usually 60 minutes.

Wikipedia says: An escape room is a physical adventure game in which players solve a series of puzzles using clues, hints and strategy to complete the objectives at hand. Players are given a set time limit to unveil the secret plot which is hidden within the rooms.

What we’ve discovered since starting this as a hobby, is that there are a broad range of types of room available and you should choose based on the type of theme and storyline you prefer. For the most part, escape rooms are just about having fun together. It’s a great way of sharing, having a laugh, achieving an objective together, and of course, being competitive.  As a group, we have become very competitive, so we love it when there is a leader board and we try not to use clues unless we have to.

Escape rooms are a relatively new concept to the leisure and recreation market place, only establishing themselves between 2007 and 2012.  Rapid growth took place throughout Asia, then North America and Europe came in a little later. Budapest is probably considered the European home of the establishment of these rooms.

These games can be immense fun. The themes lend tension and intrigue to the experience, and a great deal of the technology and design within the puzzles is surprising and entertaining. More than anything though, its something different to do with your friends and family, and is limitless in application for whatever the group’s needs.

We started reviewing because we wanted to let others know what our experiences were like.  We hope that our little contribution might support your own journey into escape rooms, and of course, give some insight that will help you choose.

A list of UK escape rooms can be found at:

http://exitgames.co.uk/exit-games/

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