Traditional escape room philosophy is to, well, escape the room. In most rooms, however, there is more to accomplish than merely escaping four walls. Some room scenarios involve time travel, saving the planet, disarming a bomb, or of course, stealing a diamond. The mission for players is to work together and pool brain power to accomplish the goal and beat the room.
For escape room owners, their mission is immersion. How does an owner create good puzzles while embedding them in an equally engaging story and convincing set? The excellence of one of these aspects often comes at the cost of another. This is where the practical challenge of escape room philosophy becomes daunting.
Having good input from a lot of people is one of the keys to pulling it off. The more people and feedback the creators involve in the emerging scenario, the more perspectives and ways of thinking will reflect themselves. The result is a more universal appeal.
Escape in more ways than one
The rewards of a good escape scenario are immense, not just for the owner but also for the player. For one well-spent hour, a player can escape into a game where he or she physically moves and acts in real time and space, with other people. Not in cyberspace with faceless teammates, where the internet truncates space. Not sitting on a couch, poised over a board game where action cards truncate time.
No, friends, in an escape room, time and space cease to be the two big limiting factors in our cluttered mortal livelihood. Time and space become allies to our recreation and enjoyment. Not to mention the new friendships that can form in the process when you play with awesome strangers! Worth the $26? We think so.
PS– This post is not meant to diss online gaming or board gaming:) We are fans of both, especially board games! This post simply highlights how escape rooms are unique and differ from other forms of gaming entertainment.