While going to an escape room game have no doubt become a very popular past time these days, most people don’t know what they really are, or where they came from. Most people only know that they’re a very fun and popular activity, but more than that, they know nothing about the history of said rooms.
Below are a few fun facts that you might want to know about escape room games.
Escape Rooms Are Not New
Did you know that escape rooms have been around for more than a decade? Yes. These rooms first got their start online. Games such as the viral Crimson Room were the first to take the concept and make an actual game out of it. However, after a few years, it became a reality. Japan was the first country to popularise real-life escape rooms, and from there, the concept just spread to the rest of the world.
A Race Against Time AND Other Players
Most people think that escape rooms are only a race against time, but that’s not true. Most often not, these escape room games pit one team against each other. Teams can be made up of just two players to as many as six as they race to be the first to make their escape by finding clues, solving puzzles, answering riddles, and so on. The experience is often timed, and it’s not unusual for both teams not to make it out.
Teams are typically only given 60 minutes to solve all the puzzles and try to find a way to escape the room. Once the time is up, teams are asked to get out and the one who solves the most puzzles or the closest to getting out wins.
Europe Leads the Pack
While Japan was the first to put the concept into reality, Europe actually leads the world when it comes to the number of escape rooms. In fact, escape rooms are so popular in Europe that there are as many as three times more escape rooms in Europe than in the United States or the whole of Asia. In particular, European countries such as Cyprus, Estonia, Hungary, and the Netherlands lead Europe as far as escape room games are concerned.
The Puzzles are Hard
These escape rooms are designed to make things difficult, and it is also what makes it fun. If you come in thinking that the puzzles are going to be straightforward, think again. The rooms themselves are designed to be a huge puzzle where teams must work together to try and fit everything together (sometimes literally) to escape, or at least, move on to the next problem.
Most of the puzzles are made to test the creative thinking capabilities rather than use straight logic.
Now that you know what an escape room game is, you’ll have no problem convincing your friends, family, and colleagues to try a group activity that is slowly gaining popularity in the rest of the world.