Why Do People Go To Escape Rooms?
Here at Escape Now, we believe that escape rooms bring a sense of adventure like nothing else!
We enjoy the thrill so much, that we decided to open our own escape room in Birmingham!
Have you ever wondered, why do people go to escape rooms? We will answer this question in this article, so keep reading to find out more.
Who invented escape rooms?
Escape rooms are widely inspired by puzzle games. Puzzle games have always been popular with humans. The very first jigsaw puzzle dates back to 1762, by a map engraver called John Spilsbury. He created a map out of wood and split it into countries, and left the pieces for local schoolchildren to find, to encourage them to learn about geography.
Over the decades, puzzle games experienced rapid growth in popularity, for both adults and children alike.
Additionally, escape rooms also take their inspiration from Live Action Role Playing (commonly known as LARP). This is a form of role-playing or enactment, where participants physically act as characters in a storyline or theme. This immersive experience lent itself well to the invention of escape rooms.
The first modern escape room was invented in Japan in 2007, which required players to solve a mystery by escaping the room they were in, within an allotted time. The phenomenon quickly spread all over the world, with more and more imaginative themes.
Why do people go to escape rooms?
In the UK, there are around 1,500 escape rooms- which is a sharp increase from the small handful that existed in the early 2010s.
So, why do people go to escape rooms?
Here are a couple of reasons why:
For Fun and Entertainment
Escape rooms bring excitement, surprises, stimulating conversation, laughter, and a sense of adrenaline- all the components needed for a fun night out!
That explains why the majority of people visit an escape room as a birthday treat, a tourist attraction, a hen night, a stag do, a romantic date, a work social event, or even a Saturday night!
Working through an escape room is also a rewarding experience. When you solve each piece of the puzzle, challenge, or mystery, this increases the production of dopamine, which is a chemical that regulates mood, memory, and concentration. So, the rush of dopamine makes you feel good, which helps you enjoy the escape room even more!
Additionally, because the escape room is an interactive experience, this provides escapism for players. Thus, the escape room acts as a healthy outlet for stress relief, because the players can forget all about their problems and focus on solving the riddles and enjoying the present moment.
We believe there is no better team-building exercise than an escape room!
You and your team will have no choice but to work together towards a mutual goal: solve your way out of the locked room!
You will have to rely on your communication, patience and organisational skills. Each player will bring their strengths and perspectives to solve the mystery, so this will help foster positive relations between the whole group.
Here at Escape Now, we offer a Corporate package which is our escape room experience, specially designed for groups of employees. We can accommodate up to 30 players, so why not bring your team members to our escape room today?
We have personally witnessed many corporate groups leave our escape room, feeling a boost of morale and renewed team spirit!
Intellectually Challenge Themselves
What’s more, escape rooms are popular with players of all ages and abilities because they are very educational.
The challenges are intricately designed to test your intellectual skills. You may not even realise it, but you will be using your logic, problem-solving, reason, memory, and lateral thinking.
Hence, the challenges will give your brain a mental workout, as you attempt to put the clues together and solve your way out of the escape room!
Do escape rooms put you with random people?
Here at Escape Now, all our games are private. You won’t be playing the game with strangers. You always play with your own team.
When you book your game, we will ask you how many players are coming with you, so please have the number ready to hand.
Other escape rooms, however, may pair you up with other members of the public who have booked the same game as you. Make sure you ask the escape room beforehand what their policy is, so you know exactly who will be playing the game with you.
Are smart people better at escape rooms?
No, you do not have to have the highest IQ to be the best at escape rooms.
The player with the highest IQ might miss a clue, make mistakes, or be unable to solve riddles.
To successfully solve an escape room, your team will need:
- Problem-solving skills
- Good awareness of your surroundings
- Attention to detail
- Focus and concentration
- The ability to work well under pressure
- Time management skills
- Good communication skills
- Good memory
- Lateral thinking
- To stay organised
These are the key skills required to solve an escape room, which each player will bring in their own unique way.
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 mysterious house?
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 outsmart the cyborgs, otherwise, the human race will cease to exist!
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!
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.
We have 4 adventure rooms, which we have 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 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, ‘why do people go to escape rooms?’