What Is an Escape Room

What Is an Escape Room? Escape Now Birmingham

Are you looking for a challenge? Something interesting to participate in with your friends, family or colleagues? A place where you can solve puzzles, use teamwork and your intelligence practically? Well at Escape Now, we have the perfect activity for you.

But what is an escape room? In this article, we will be describing that for you today.

So what is an escape room?

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With 2019 seeing just under 1500 escape rooms in the UK, it’s safe to say that appetite has increased, especially with the end of the lockdown. Escape rooms are becoming more and more popular. So what is an escape room?

An escape room is a challenge-based activity in which you and your team (minimum of two people) have to solve various puzzles in order to escape, thereby winning the challenge.

Escape rooms have origins in Live Action Role Playing, or LARPing, which is an experience during which players role-play as characters from games or historical events. They also have origins in online “point and click” escape-the-room games, wherein players could solve puzzles, combine items, and escape out of a virtual room from the comfort of their own home.

Other inspirations include traditional scavenger or treasure hunts and interactive theatres such as haunted houses or murder mystery dinner shows.

At Escape Now, we have different challenges guaranteed to get you thinking! Here are three we offer, they are as follows:

Sherlock´s Secret (Challenge level: Difficult)

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?

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 solve the case himself, Watson recruits a top team of forensic investigators to assemble at 221B Baker St, solve the case before time runs out and save Sherlock from the sadistic killer.

Haunted Hollow (Challenge level: Medium)

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.

Mr Hollowhill vanished without a trace, leaving only his ramshackle house behind. Though his disappearance was suspicious, the case eventually went cold. Recently, however, 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’re 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? Dare to enter?

Cyberwarfare (Challenge level: Medium)

The cyborg world has taken over from humans! Created by humans, the cyborg has gained self-awareness and spread into millions of computer servers across the world!

You have joined the rebel army to take down the cyborgs. The task is to infiltrate the cyborg’s main facility and destroy the system from within. The rebels have found an algorithm which can take down the security system for only 1 hour, this is your opportunity to take down the cyborgs otherwise the human race will cease to exist.

So to summarize, what is an escape room?

  • A challenge-based activity in which you have to solve puzzles to escape
  • Available in different scenarios to test your skills and knowledge
  • A live multiplayer experience, not available for one person to do alone.

Head over to our site to book your escape room today!

Playing an escape room

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Playing an escape room is simple, after planning how many people are coming with you, simply:

  1. Gather all of your allies – Ranging from 2-6 people (10-30 if booking as an event)
  2. Book the room of your choice
  3. Arrive promptly to start – The earlier the better, so our game masters can tell
  4. Get trapped inside the room
  5. Solve riddles & puzzles within the allotted time
  6. Escape or be doomed!

Who can play an escape room?

  • FAMILY & FRIENDS – Experience a real life adventure with your friends and loved ones. Spend time with each other in a new environment that requires teamwork and communication.
  • TOURISTS – Brighten your trip with an unforgettable experience.
  • GAMERS – Level up your coordination, speed and creativity as we bring your fantasy games into reality, a must-try for any level of an avid gamer.
  • CORPORATE – Perfect place to test your teamwork, communication skills and critical thinking. An ideal and safe way to refine a perfect working environment.

*Please note for people with health conditions. It is best to consult a doctor before reserving your place. Some of the Escape Now escape rooms include UV light, tiny and dark spaces. People with heart conditions, physical disabilities, epilepsy, claustrophobia are recommended not to play our games as they will find them difficult to complete.

Always keep your health as a priority. For further info on this contact [email protected] before making a booking.

Booking an escape room

Our challenges require a minimum of 2, and a maximum of 6 people to participate. Alternatively, we offer event bookings too, ideal for corporate team-building! Event bookings range from 10-30 people.

Booking an escape room is as simple as heading to our website, or contacting us directly to choose your escape room, participants and time.

Are you a student? We offer 15% off for students every Thursday, all you need to do is bring your student ID as proof! This works with any of our escape rooms you want to participate in.

Do you know somebody who would absolutely love this kind of challenge? We also offer gift cards! Gift cards are a great option for two reasons:

  1. They are a thoughtful and unique gift option for someone to get a fantastic escape room experience.
  2. There is a big chance that you will be invited to play in a team!

You are away by just a few clicks to award your friend, colleague or loved one with the greatest escape room experience in Birmingham! Simply pick the value, choose how many cards you want, for whom and the shipment method! Yes, it is that easy!

We recommend you book an escape game in advance. If the value of the gift card is lower, you can pay extra upon arrival. Do not worry if your card is more expensive than a game, you can pay unused funds for your next experience with Escape Now.

Is an escape room worth it?

Yes! Escape rooms are definitely worth it. You can experience a few benefits of taking part in an escape room experience. Here are a few:

  • Challenge your critical thinking skills
  • Develop leadership, delegation and teamwork skills
  • A refreshing activity that is accessible to everybody
  • Open to general, corporate and event bookings
  • Difficulty levels vary across challenges
  • game masters oversee challenges with cameras (and sound) to ensure participants are safe.
  • An immersive and unique experience
  • Discounts for students
  • Gift cards available to gift the experience to others
  • Detailed and intricate puzzles, that challenge you in new ways

Contact us

In this blog, we hope to have answered the question ‘what is an escape room’? Whilst also sharing with you the unique challenges we at Escape Now offer. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions we can help you with.

Our brand-new location in the historic city of Birmingham is where you’ll find the best and latest additions to the Escape Now family. We’re pleased to announce four new rooms: Sherlock’s Secret, Haunted Hollow, The Getaway, and Cyberwarfare.

At Escape Now, we guarantee a unique experience that you won’t find anywhere else. Extensive detail and maximum immersion – we’ve got it all! Come down and see for yourself!

We love a challenge, and we hope you do too. Book today for an unforgettable, challenging, fun and unique experience!

Call us on 0121 221 2371

Address:
80 Bordesley St.,
Digbeth,
B5 5QA

Birmingham,
England

MON – THU: 10 am – 8:30 pm
FRI – SUN: 10 am – 10 pm

Email: [email protected]

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