Minimalism is by no way a new concept. It has been with us since the end of the previous century, and it stays one of the most prominent trends in interior design. The main idea is not to hold onto too many things and pieces of furniture at a time so that the room could be as “empty” as possible. It creates extra space for air circulation, lets in more light, and makes cleaning much more straightforward. But for an escape room, minimalistic approach is often impossible, as it’s breaking the ground design. Most escape quests are created around the idea of searching for hidden objects. And what’s the better way to protect a key or note than to throw it among a bunch of other stuff? Attention cannot catch on every little detail at the same time, so the players are forced to stop and try to detach useless trash from vital clues. That’s what often presents the most challenge, and that’s why many inexperienced teams end escape adventures without completing them in 60 minutes.
But with minimalistic escape quests, you don’t have as many details to work with. For many, it might seem like a difficulty downgrade, but in reality, it’s not. Minimalism presents a different approach to the problem of escape rooms – and you might even find it worth your time if you give it a closer look.
Many experimental escape rooms utilize the main concepts of minimalism in one way or another. We’ve collected the best ideas that might catch even the most experienced escapee off-guard:
Do you like minimalistic escape rooms? Would you want to visit one of them someday? Share your opinions in the comment section, and don’t forget to visit us in Seattle, Shoreline or Redmond!