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How Escape Rooms Make the Perfect Settings for Horror Games

Halloween has just passed, and with it, the season for horror games. But for many people, that is not enough. They want to be scared all year long. They can't get enough of the feeling of their heart racing, the goosebumps on their skin, and the adrenaline rush that comes with being scared.
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Well, for those people, we've got some good news. You don't have to wait for Halloween to come around to enjoy a good horror game. In fact, you can create your own scares with a DIY escape room.

Escape rooms are the perfect setting for a horror game. They're full of suspense, tension, and, sometimes, real scares. And with the right game design, you can create an unforgettable experience for your friends and family.

Instead of being flat puzzle games, people are getting creative and doing more than just finding hidden clues or a way to open giant globes. Escape rooms boast stories, themes, and even multiple levels. The stories have been simple and centered around the escape room theme for a long time, but that is changing. Now, people are beginning to expand the storytelling and combine it with puzzles, much like horror games already do.

What makes escape rooms the perfect setting for horror games is that they already have the suspenseful feeling that many people crave. People are confined to one room and have to solve a series of puzzles to escape. This creates a sense of urgency and a feeling of being trapped, which is perfect for a horror game.

In addition, escape rooms are designed to be challenging. They are not easy games that you can beat in a few minutes. They are meant to take hours and sometimes even multiple sessions to complete. This allows for a more immersive experience and gives you plenty of time to set up scares.

Escape room games are much like their real-life counterparts, and today we're going to take a closer look at how they make perfect settings for horror games.

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How to Use Escape Rooms for Horror Games

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If you want to create a truly horrifying experience, then you need to set the scene. And what better way to do that than with an escape room?

Escape rooms are perfect for horror games because they are designed to be suspenseful and challenging. They are also usually set in creepy locations, such as abandoned warehouses or haunted mansions. This adds to the atmosphere and makes the game more believable.

In addition, most escape rooms are designed for multiple people. This means that you can have friends or family help you solve the puzzles and add to the scare factor.

Use 'Stories Untold' as an Example to Setup Your Own Scary Escape Room

Stories Untold is a game where a series of tales take place in different small rooms. Set up your escape room and make it just as creepy as the game.

Each room has its theme to reflect the story unfolding through the puzzles and their mechanics. Add in some spooky sound effects, and you've got yourself a diabolical escape room.

You can use any theme you want for your escape room. But if you're looking for some inspiration, here are a few ideas:

  • ● An abandoned house that is said to be haunted
  • ● A laboratory where diabolical experiments are conducted
  • ● A dungeon where a madman keeps his victims

Get creative with your setting and make it as scary as you can. Then, add in some puzzles that fit the theme and are challenging to solve.

For instance, the first story can be about a family that moves into a new house. The catch is that the house is haunted. To make the game more challenging, you can add puzzles that require the players to find hidden clues or figure out how to open locked doors.

As the game progresses, the puzzles can become more difficult, and the scares can become more intense. But if you design it well, your escape room will be an unforgettable experience for all who play.

Try to implement environmental puzzles in a fuller escape room game where the player can move around. For example, in the second story, the player is in a laboratory. To progress, they may need to walk through a dark hallway and find the right combination of chemicals to open a door.

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Use Horror Mechanics to Create a Truly Terrifying Experience

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Nothing is more suspenseful than not knowing what's going to happen next. This is why you should use horror mechanics in your escape room.

One way to do this is to use jump scares. For example, have a door slam shut when the player tries to open it, or have a ghostly figure appear in a mirror. Just be sure to use them sparingly so that they are effective.

Another way to create suspense is to make the players feel like they are being watched. This can be done by hiding cameras in the room or by having someone follow them around.

Lights going out or putting together a light source as part of a puzzle to keep something at bay would be terrifying. The opportunities are endless when it comes to using horror mechanics in your escape room. Just use your imagination and have fun with it.

Make Your Own Scary Escape Room Today

The two genres were made for each other. If you're looking to create a truly horrifying experience, then an escape room is the perfect way to do it. Use the tips and ideas in this article to get started on your diabolical escape room. And don't forget to have fun with it. After all, that's what escape rooms are all about.!

If you need help picking the right supplies for your escape room, be sure to check out our escape room kits. We have everything you need to get started, including props, puzzles, and more.

Happy escape rooming!
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