What Is an Escape Room and Why Is It Worth Your Time

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Things like escape rooms tend to get extremely popular nowadays. While it’s rare to hear anyone saying anything like “My hobby is escaping from the locked rooms”, getting yourselves locked up in some sort of dungeon and then trying to get out is considered an overall fun party activity. But what is an escape room, what makes a set of puzzles a “real-life escape quest” and where to start if you’re thinking of setting out your own adventure? To understand that, let’s review the basics of the genre first.

What defines an escape room

There are certain common expectations when someone sets up an escape room. Usually, it’s preferred to keep things simple:

A player in a Guy Fox mask is locked in an escape room.

Though the title might give you a different idea, escape room quests are not by any means quests that must end with the guests escaping. Typical “success rate” is somewhere 40%.

The only case where it’s better to make things more simple is if you’re creating an escape room for children. Those can contain an adult helper in a costume, who will guide a team of kids through the story and help them reach the best possible ending.