An Escape Room is a game in which participants confined to a room or other enclosed setting (such as a prison cell) are given a set amount of time to find a way to escape (as by discovering hidden clues and solving a series of riddles or puzzles). Escape rooms like the escape room in New York City became popular in North America, Europe and East Asia in the 2010s. Permanent escape rooms in fixed locations were first opened in Asia and followed later in Hungary, Serbia, Australia, New Zealand, Russia and South America.
Escape rooms or Escape boxes are inspired by “escape-the-room”–style video games – hence the name. You and your team will assemble in a themed room and will have one hour to complete a mission and “escape” the room. That mission might be actually escaping something like a prison cell. In other cases, the “escape” is completing your mission which may be finding lost gold, launching a martian spacecraft or completing an art heist. A successful escape will require you to uncover hidden clues, crack codes and solve challenging puzzles. Each “aha” moment will bring you closer to completing your mission.
Beating an escape room requires teamwork, speed, creativity, and patience. Escape rooms are perfect for family vacations, corporate team-building, or just having fun with your friends. It’s always a bonding experience. In fact, The Escape Game recently surveyed some of their corporate clients and found that 10/10 companies reported improved morale following the escape room event and 9/10 reported improved communication.