Are Escape Rooms Worth It?
Escape rooms have developed from a long history of games. Their creation was inspired by Dungeons and Dragons, treasure hunts, haunted houses, point-and-click adventure games and even Live-Action Role-Playing (LARP). They use elements of these games to create amazing escape rooms that require knowledge and skill to break free.
Escape rooms developed from here into what we know them as now.
Where did escape rooms come from?
The first ever escape room, in a form that we recognise them, was opened in Kyoto, Japan in 2007 by a publishing company called SCRAP. Teams comprising of 5-6 players would be isolated in a room where they were required to solve riddles and puzzles by searching for clues all under a time limit to escape.
Since then, escape rooms have become increasingly popular globally and there are now more than 50,000 spread over 60 countries across the world with 1500 in the UK alone.
Why are escape rooms so popular?
Escape rooms are so much fun for so many reasons. No matter who you are you are likely to find something that you enjoy in an escape room
Are you good at looking for clues?
Maybe you’re good with riddles or puzzles.
Or are you particularly observant and able to spot that which others will not?
Whatever your skills and talents there is fun to be found in escape rooms.
Why should you come to an escape room?
Escape rooms are amazing for many reasons and have a load of benefits.
1. First of all, solving puzzles and riddles is good for you.
When you are in an escape room attempting to riddle and puzzle your way out with your friend you will release endorphins and you will be able to absorb knowledge and the skills you are developing well.
2. It can be great as an ice-breaker or team-building exercise. We can even tailor corporate escape room experiences for 10-30 people.
At Escape Now we offer corporate events. We will provide both customised gameplay and duration and qualified game masters onsite. The price varies slightly depending on the number of people participating
3. They are seen as genuine learning tools and can teach you or help you to work on an abundance of skills such as:
- Concentration and focus
- Time management
- Attention to detail
- Reading comprehension
- Lateral thinking
All these skills are hugely useful no matter who you are and what your job may be. It’s easy to see why escape rooms are so popular.
This is a way of learning without even realising you are doing it. The best kind!
What should you expect?
If you are looking into your first time visiting an escape room you may want to know what you should expect when you get there.
You will be needing all of your brain power once you enter the room so we have broken down the step so it is easy to see what will happen and we can take any worries away.
- Make sure you arrive on time
- Enter the game
- Get trapped inside
- Solve the puzzles and riddles to escape…
- Or be doomed!
You should be aware that we do NOT allow mobile phones in our escape rooms. You should be provided with a locker or other safe place to keep your belongings whilst you are inside. If the escape room does not offer this you may be able to keep your phone on you provided it is switched off.
Your phone probably would not help you that much anyway as escape rooms are all unique and the answers will likely not appear in a sneaky Google search.
You should be mindful though if you do have any health conditions that could be affected. Some of the escape rooms at Escape Now include tiny, dark paces and UV light. Unfortunately for these reasons, we do recommend that people with epilepsy, claustrophobia, physical disabilities and heart conditions NOT play our games.
If you think they might be too scary for you have a little look at our article ‘Are Escape Rooms Scary?’ to help put your mind at ease.
If you are unsure you should consult your doctor.
Are escape rooms difficult?
The level of difficulty depends on the escape room. Some are easier than others and some people find some rooms easier than other people do. No matter how difficult you want your escape room to be there will be one out there for you.
The range in difficulty for escape rooms is vast. Where some places will only offer easier child-friendly escape rooms others offer much more difficult and mind-bending challenges for you to face.
How hard are our escape rooms?
Our first two rooms are of a medium challenge and the third is classed as difficult.
The two medium-level rooms are:
Ten years ago, Mr Hollowhill vanished without a trace, leaving only his ramshackle house behind. Though his disappearance was suspicious, the case eventually went cold.
The cyborg world has taken over from humans! Created by humans, the cyborg have gained self-awareness and spread into millions of computer servers across the world!
The third more difficult room is:
In a city that breathes uncertainty, a gloom lures over 221B Baker St as Sherlock Holmes has been abducted by the very killer he was chasing. What possibly could have happened? To find Mr Holmes we are recruiting only the best detectives in the city to solve the mystery and find Mr Holmes before it’s too late. The odds are against you and time is running out, can you find Mr Holmes in time?
What percentage of people escape?
So, when it comes to actually escaping an escape room how many people are successful? Well, most Escape Rooms have a success rate of about 30% meaning most people do not finish them.
This sound frustrating but it is all the more satisfying if you do become one of the 30% to solve it. Most escape rooms try to keep their escape rate as low as possible so as to keep them as interesting and exciting as possible.
You don’t want to go in knowing that you will win it’s nowhere near as fun. It would be no good if you easily solved a 60-minute escape room in half an hour.
If you are not fortunate to escape don’t worry you won’t actually be left trapped inside the escape room indefinitely. Instead, a member of staff will come in a show you what you missed and explain to you how you could have escaped.
Why you should visit Escape Now
Escape Now is based in Birmingham. We offer students 15% off every single Thursday, all you need is your student ID. This offer applies to all of our escape rooms so you are not limited.
We also offer gift cards for your escape room obsessed friends which are thoughtful gifts to show them that you know their interests.
There is also a chance with the gift cards that you’ll be invited to play in one of our rooms with a team.
Are you ready to book your next escape room adventure at Escape Now?
All you need to do is select the number of players, time, date and which adventure you want to go on.
Click here to book with us!