What Do You See in an Escape Room?
If you are thinking of booking an escape room game with your friends, family, or colleagues, then you need to be well-informed about what is expected of you.
Are you wondering, what do you see in an escape room?
Well, we will explain how the process works, so you know exactly what will happen during your escape room experience.
What is an escape room?
An escape room is an indoor leisure activity which requires at least two players, but it is more fun if played with a group. The players must work together to solve challenges, clues and riddles, in order to escape from the room, within an allocated time slot (usually 60 minutes).
The beauty of escape rooms is that they are notoriously difficult to solve: the average failure rate for escape rooms is about 70%, which means only 30% of teams will successfully escape from the room.
Escape rooms come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Some are as short as 30 minutes, whereas one of the longest escape rooms in the world is the escape house Paradox Project in Greece. This is a real 120m² home at a neoclassical building, with multiple rooms, secret passages, and hidden mysteries, which takes a couple of hours to complete!
What do you see in an escape room?
So, what do you see in an escape room?
Once you enter the escape room, you and your teammates will be left to your own devices. Usually, the room will be small and dark, with poor lighting. Alternatively, there may be other elements such as UV lighting, flashing lights and smoke machines.
Depending on the size of the escape room, there may be multiple rooms for you to work through or just one room.
The room will be designed and decorated in accordance with the theme: whether that’s horror, fantasy, magic, science, spy missions, technology, and so on.
There will be challenges, puzzles, and riddles for you to complete, in order to solve your way out of the escape room.
You and your teammates will have to use your logic, problem-solving skills, communication and creativity to solve these mysteries. To assist you, there will be clues and props which are hidden throughout the room, so you will have to search for these and work together to crack the codes!
To get you started, you will be given a set of instructions- this can be written on a piece of paper, inscribed on a prop, or displayed on a projector screen.
There will also be a clock or timer, which is counting down the minutes you have left to solve the mystery and escape from the room. Your time slot will usually be 60 minutes.
If you successfully complete each challenge, you will win the game!
If you don’t solve all the challenges in your time slot, then you lose the game!
Is the door locked in escape rooms?
No, for health and safety purposes, the door is never physically locked in escape rooms.
You will always be able to exit the room if you need to if you don’t want to play any more, or if you need to leave in an emergency.
You are allowed to take a toilet break during your game. Simply inform the Game master that you wish to use the bathroom, and they will let you out of the room.
However, do so at your own risk, because you may not be allowed back into the game room. You will have to wait for your team members to continue the game, without you.
That is why we always advise our guests to visit the bathroom before they enter the escape room, so they can maximise their time inside and not abandon their teammates!
What makes an escape room scary?
Not all escape rooms are designed to give you a fright!
There are many escape rooms which do not use any scary elements, so all you have to do is complete the puzzles and solve the riddles.
However, many players seem to find escape rooms a little bit scary, even if there are no horror elements!
Here are a couple of reasons why:
- The darkness and eerie atmosphere
The dark environment of an escape room is chilling enough to put a tingle in anybody’s spine!
Most escape rooms are deliberately dark, to heighten the suspense, add to the storyline, and make it more difficult for players to locate the clues.
If you have nyctophobia (extreme fear of the dark), then we do not recommend visiting an escape room. The darkness varies between each escape room: some are near pitch-black, while others just have poor lighting.
- If it’s a horror or Halloween-themed escape room
If you enjoy paranormal mysteries, jump scares, and villainous characters, then we recommend visiting a horror-themed escape room. That will be packed full of frights and surprises, so you are in for a terrifying night…
- The time pressure
What could be more intense than having to complete multiple challenges under timed conditions? It’s worse than taking an exam at school!
Many players walk into the escape room feeling confident that they can solve the mystery, but alas! The time runs out faster than you would expect, which makes the time crunch even more intimidating!
Where can I find an escape room in Birmingham?
Here at Escape Now, we offer innovative, immersive game rooms, which are designed to challenge you creatively and intellectually.
Book your visit at Escape Now to try one of our rooms:
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 could have gone wrong?
To find Mr Holmes, we are recruiting only the best detectives in the city to solve the mystery and find Mr Holmes, before it is too late. The odds are against you, so can you find Mr Holmes in time?
A serial murderer is on the loose, and Holmes and Watson have been on the case. In typical fashion, however, Holmes was struck with a breakthrough deduction and ran off. Thinking Holmes had simply solved the case and gone back home, Watson followed shortly behind.
But when he arrived at 221B, there was no trace of Holmes – only a note left on the desk, written in the same strange code the killer has been leaving at the scenes of the crimes.
Unable to figure out the case himself, Watson recruits a top team of forensic investigators to assemble at 221B Baker St, to solve the case before time runs out and save Sherlock from the sadistic killer.
Ten years ago, Mr Hollowhill vanished without a trace, leaving only his ramshackle house behind.
Though his disappearance was suspicious, nobody spared a thought for the case ever again.
Recently, the house was seized by the bank, auctioned and bought at a steal by investors only wishing to sell it off.
Knowing nothing of the house’s troubled history, the renovators believe this to be a simple job, but they don’t know what they are in for…
This house holds many more secrets than first thought, and some of them are deadly…
Just who was Mr Hollowhill? Where did he go? Do you dare to enter his house of horrors?
The cyborg world has taken over from humans! Created by humans, the cyborg has
gained self-awareness and infected millions of computer servers all over the world!
You have joined the rebel army to take down the cyborgs. Your task is to infiltrate the cyborg’s main facility and disable the system from within. The rebels have discovered an algorithm which can take down the security system for only 60 minutes.
This is your opportunity to save humanity from the robot uprising!
At Escape Now, it costs just £17.00 per person for 60 minutes to try and solve your way out of the game room. We also offer a 15% student discount!
Gather a group of your nearest and dearest, and book your game at Escape Now– we can’t wait to see you!
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About Escape Now
Escape Now is the newest (and most exciting) escape room in Birmingham! Bring your family, friends, colleagues or fellow gaming enthusiasts to Escape Now, for an unforgettable night of fun, mystery and intrigue.
Our adventure rooms are designed for teams of 2 to 6 players. It will be a race against the clock, as you work together to solve puzzling clues and piece together the story before the time runs out!
To book your escape room experience, visit our website and select your game, number of players, date and time slot. We look forward to seeing you!
Our Address: Escape Now, 80 Bordesley Street
Our opening hours are:
MON – THU: 10 am – 8:30 pm
FRI – SUN: 10 am – 10 pm.
We hope you now have the answer to the question, ‘what do you see in an escape room?’