Imagine that you are in a room. The room itself is a game full of smaller puzzles and clues that you have to solve to get out of, or escape, the room. This is commonly known as an escape game or escape room.

Why are escape rooms popular?

Escape rooms have become increasingly popular in the United States in the last few years. When escape rooms were first introduced, the common goal was to find a key to unlock the room and escape. However, like most things, as time has passed, these rooms have evolved. Now they are mainly about solving puzzles and adventure, and not so much about trying to get out of a locked room.

Also, if you’re not too keen on being “locked” in a room, all games have emergency exits, so you can leave at any time if you need to.

How long do they last?

Escape room games generally last 60 minutes. You are able to “escape” if you successfully solve the clues found within the room during the given time. If not, you still get out, but you don’t win the game. The win rate for most escape rooms, even the easy ones, is less than 50 percent. However, some games are designed with a 100 percent win rate while others have win rates as low as five percent.

Are they all the same?

Not at all. They have various themes from magical to outer space and from other countries to ancient worlds. Some escape rooms are designed to be scary, with themes like zombies or Jack the Ripper. But you can find out about what kind of adventure you will be playing before you reserve the room, so you will know exactly what you’re getting yourself and your friends into.

How many people do you need to take part?

These rooms are not designed for just one person. At least two people are required to play, and as many as ten people can play the game at one time.