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What is an Escape Room? A Quest of Wits and Wisdom!

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An escape room is an immersive, team-based adventure game.
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...No Really... What is an Escape Room?

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An escape room is an immersive, team-based adventure game.

You and your rag-tag team team of super-friends will be working together to overcome a challenge before time runs out. Traditionally, all you had to do was 'escape the room' (hence, the name). However, escape rooms nowadays often feature more interesting themes and plots (e.g, find the killer, raid the tomb, or complete your top-secret mission!).

This makes playing an escape room feel like stepping straight into a videogame, or living out the plot of an action-packed summer blockbuster.

To win the game, you'll have to solve a series of puzzles (like these). Each puzzle is usually connected to a lock that you need to open (e.g, a locked door or chest). So you'll need to search the room for clues, and use them to solve the puzzle, open the lock, and advance the storyline forward.

All this combines to make escape rooms an absolutely exhilarating test of your problem-solving and teamwork skills. 
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Read on to discover exactly what an escape room is, how to start your own escape room adventure, and some handy escape room tips and tricks to help you out in your darkest hour!

Then, if you're feeling particularly adventurous, you can try making your own with this free escape room Builder's Kit. It's got all the quick-start templates and helpful guides you need to get started.

The Basics


We all want to be the 'clever hero'. Some of our most exciting adventures involve the heroes being able to accomplish a task using not their brute strength, but their wits. Cunning heroes who can outsmart totalitarian governments and figure out ancient Elven passwords have always been admired - and those are the types of people who players of escape rooms are allowed to emulate.

Sounds exciting, right? But what is an escape room, you may ask - well, at a basic level, an escape room asks a party of adventurers a simple question - "are you clever enough to escape using just your wits, and the resources in this room?" In short, escape rooms create situations that make you feel a lot like MacGyver.

Escape games were originally fairly straightforward - the game was structured as an attempt to escape from a locked room. Today's games have moved a bit beyond that, but the goal is still to complete a very specific set of tasks within a certain amount of time. You might be tasked with solving a murder-mystery, disarming a bomb, or beating all the challenges at the Winter Faire before time runs out - and this will always involve solving multiple puzzles and completing multiple tasks.

So, How Does This All Work?


You don't need to be as prepared as Batman's utility belt, but it sure will help to know what kind of adventure you're getting into here.

The way you beat an escape room is by solving a number of lesser puzzles that will eventually give you an answer to the final puzzle. (Like these puzzles, for example)

  • Linear games give players a series of puzzles to solve that must be accomplished in a certain order.
  • Non-linear games have a variety of puzzles that can be solved in any order the players like. In almost all cases, though, these puzzles must be solved within an hour in order to win.

That's right, escape rooms work around time limits, and how long an escape room game takes will vary greatly (our games all fall between the 45-60min range). If you are playing a self-guided game, you might be able to play as long as you like. Likewise, some people choose to set even shorter time limits in order to win prizes or set records. The time limit is almost always set by the person or entity who runs the game, so make sure to check with them before you get started.

A New Journey: The Rise of the At-Home Escape Room


More of a stay-at-home Hobbit than a daring wizard? We feel you!

One of the biggest changes in the world of escape games is the rise of the at-home or DIY escape room. These rooms take the same basic skills and concepts that are involved in a more traditional escape game and package them in such a way that they can be played right in your living room. What's really unique about these games, though, is that they can even be played by the person who sets up the game - the puzzles tend to have their solutions obscured or outright hidden so that those who want to host can still get a chance to play.

One of the great things about this type of escape game is that it allows those who don't live in areas with multiple available escape games to play without having to worry about travel time or the costs associated with traditional rooms. (Plus, you can play n'importe où - even on the beach!) While these games might lack some of the atmosphere that comes with a professionally-assembled room, they still include great stories and thrilling puzzles.

But don't sit here and take my word on it! See for yourself:


Get your quest underway by choosing a fun theme:

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Rebel Revolt (Spy Mission)
Teen parties (14+)
Treasonous spy mission to take down a government facility.
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Envy (Murder Mystery)
Adult Parties 
1920's Gatsby-style murder mystery of debaucherous luxury.
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Escape Room Z (Zombies!)
Adult Parties
Comical zombie thriller with a deadly splash of infectious z-virus.
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Frost (Magical Quest)
Kids parties
Can your kids help the magical forest Wisp in time?
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Lost Mummy (Adventure!)
Kids School Parties
Unearth Egypt's ancient secrets in the Lost Mummy.
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Escape Quest (Time Travel)
Younger kids parties
Fix the time machine using relics from across the ages.
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How to Make an At-Home Escape Room Game?


Put on your wizard cap and get ready to transport your family and friends into a magical escape room adventure!

You don't need a wizard! All you need is some creativity and an at-home printable escape room game kit. Feeling overwhelmed? Don't fret. We are here to help you turn your home into an escape room. Just choose a theme from our wide selection of escape room games and when it arrives, open it carefully. Our high wizards often love to cast a few scary spells to throw you off the scent. Okay! That's not really true, but still, proceed with caution.

If you feel like taking it up a notch, you can always create your own custom escape room where you can make the puzzles, decorate and set the scene yourself. Whether you are a beginner or a professional escape room master, we have everything you need.

For those of you who are new to the world of escape rooms, here is a basic guide on how to set up your at-home escape room adventure.

1. Prerequisites for Setup

Alright, first things first. Like any successful quest, a successful game setup will require your organizing skills to make sure everything is in the right place. This could be a little overwhelming, especially if it's your first time, but that's why you are here!

You don't need weeks or months of preparation - just a few hours will do. And by the end of it, you will have an amazing game setup ready to amaze your friends and family.


Limit Play Time

Usually, an escape room has a time limit of one to two hours. But since you've never done this before, we recommend setting the time limit to 30 minutes. This will make it easier for you to set up and manage the game.

Schedule Your Design Time

Unless you've got Dr Strange's Eye of Agomotto handy, you'll need to find time to design and plan your escape room. So, plan how much time you are going to give to the design process. This will help you set realistic goals for yourself - escape rooms take time to make!

If you don't have time to design, don't worry. Get in touch with our high wizards, and they'll have you covered with their magical escape room kits, which you can print out and set up in no time.


2. Create A Storyline

DIYing an escape room isn't that easy! It requires time, concentration, creativity, and research. You need to create a storyline and construct puzzles that will fit the theme of your game.

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Nail Down on Theme and Characters

This may be the easiest and craziest part. Cherish it! Think about your favorite movie or book, and pick a theme that you would like your players to experience. Don't hesitate to go wild with your ideas; the sky's the limit.

And if you need any inspiration, here are some ideas:

  •   ? A 1920's Gatsby style murder mystery
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