In just about every UK city you can find at least one escape room these days. What was once seen as a off beat hobby has now turned into big business and a lot of companies have been quick to capitalise on this. The trend began in eastern Europe around ten years ago, and many people on weekends away soon realised that it is a great way to spend an hour or so.
If you aren’t aware of them, an escape room is a game where teams of people are locked in a room for 60 minutes, having to solve a set of clues and solve puzzles in order to escape. Naturally you don’t actually get locked in the room forever, although your pride may be somewhat dented if you fail in your task.
Teams of up to six people have to frantically put together clues, read maps, look for hidden objects, and do all manner of other different things in a relatively short period of time in order to escape, and a good escape room can really get the adrenalin flowing.
Many of the rooms that you will find in the UK in cities such as Edinburgh, London, York, Leeds, Manchester and Bristol have different themes. For example the one in York has a spy school room, a New York cop style room and even a space themed room.
Although not cheap (an experience can cost up to £20 per person), taking part is great fun, whether you are competing along side your family, work colleagues or as part of a hen or stag event. Plus, you do not have to be a genius to solve the room, and most of the time a bit of effective team work will help you win the day. Another useful thing is that many of these rooms have a monitor which displays clues as you go about your tasks. So if you are going off in the completely wrong direction, the staff can send you a message and put you back on track again.
This new craze shows no sign of going away any time soon, and with new rooms opening up all of the time, if you haven’t tried one out yet, I would highly recommend it.
You will need to book well in advance, because they do tend to be booked very easy in many cities due to the popularity of it right now, but if you are a fan of mystery, intrigue, puzzle solving and team work, then what could be better?