Chances are you’ve heard of escape rooms. After all, they’ve become quite popular throughout the United States, especially in the past few years and we’re sure your friends are all talking about them. Still, if you’ve never participated in one before, you probably have a few questions. You might be wondering: what is an escape room anyway? How does it work and what’s the big deal about them?

Don’t worry, we’ve got answers for you here. As the premier escape room venue in the Philadelphia area, we here at Expedition Escape have quite a bit of experience with escape rooms and we love teaching newbies about them. So without further ado, here’s what you should know about this unique activity:

So, what exactly is an Escape Room?

An Escape Room Is A 60-Minute Real-Life Adventure Game.

You and your team will assemble in a themed room and will have one hour to complete your mission and “escape” the room. A successful escape will require you to find hidden clues and solve challenging puzzles throughout the room. So take a look underneath the rug or sift through the books on the shelves, and take a closer look at all those paintings on the wall. You may find a string of numbers you need for a combination lock or a good old-fashioned key for a padlock. Everywhere you look is a potential clue to get out of an escape room or riddle waiting to be solved. But hurry, the clock starts ticking the moment you enter the escape room!

Beating an escape room requires teamwork, speed, creativity, and patience. Escape rooms are perfect for family vacations, corporate team-building, or just having fun with your friends. Escape rooms are amazing experiences to share with people, as you work together to discover clues to get out of an escape room, crack puzzles, and accomplish your ultimate goal (solving an escape room). Even if you don’t actually get out of the room, the whole team will have a blast and make memories that you will share for a long time. It’s great to bring a large group to an escape game, but you can also have a wonderful time by yourself! You can be put in any escape game location with strangers who will quickly become teammates. Some people even make friends for life with strangers in escape rooms!

What makes the best escape games so popular? Escape rooms are a whole new way of experiencing storytelling. By combining a social activity with interactive adventures and challenging puzzles, escape game players are immersed in an entirely different world with storylines that feel like Hollywood blockbusters. No wonder they’re so addicting.

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How do I play an Escape Room?

Before you start to play, you will have the option to choose from one of many adventures.

Each escape game room has its own unique mission. You get to choose your own experience by selecting the adventure you want to challenge yourself to complete. Maybe you are trying to prove that you are the true heir to the throne, or searching for your grandfather’s secret chocolate recipe, or trying to return home from your space voyage. Once you step into the escape room, you will be instantly transported into a different world, as your surroundings match the theme of your adventure. Perhaps you find yourself standing in a medieval castle, or inside your grandfather’s candy shop, or in the control center of your spaceship complete with high-tech screens and controls. These immersive worlds help you feel like you’re actually living out the story of your adventure. Once you step into the escape game room, your Expedition Guide, the escape room staff member who will help you throughout the game, will make sure that you are clear on what an escape room is, the safety rules, and answer any initial questions you have. Then, you will watch a video that explains your adventure and your mission in full. Once the video ends, your one-hour timer starts counting down! From then on, you’ll be directly interacting with the objects and props in the room to uncover all the clues to complete your mission and get out of the escape room.

Don’t worry, you won’t be left totally alone in the escape room! You and your team will be helped through your mission by your Game Guide, who will be monitoring your game through cameras and microphones in the room. If you want to use one of your three clues, your Game Guide is the one who will give it to you. Your Game Guide also may volunteer a few extra tips to escape the room throughout your adventure. Escape rooms are meant to be challenging, yet fun and crackable.

Are you really locked in an Escape Room?

We know what you’re thinking because we get asked this all the time: Are you really locked in a room? If you need to leave the room at any point during the game, you’re always welcome to step out. What happens if you don’t escape in time? If you don’t escape in time, that’s okay! Whether you complete your mission in time or not, your Expedition Guide will meet you at the end of the game and open the room if you haven’t escaped yet. While it is exciting to be able to successfully escape, escape rooms are still lots of fun for groups who don’t manage to make it out during their first attempt–it gives them a goal to work towards the next time they come and play!

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What makes Expedition Escape the best?

There are now close to ten thousand escape rooms worldwide! You can play an escape room in such far-flung places as England, Thailand, and Korea. While the proliferation of escape rooms makes finding one near you very easy, not all escape rooms are made equally. Escape rooms differ in overall quality and presentation.

Expedition Escape is the top escape room company in the Greater Philadelphia area on TripAdvisor, with 8 out of the top 10 “Room Escape Games” in the country. Each location is also rated #1 of “Fun and Games” in its city. We believe this is because of the quality of the design and construction of our games.

AT EXPEDITION ESCAPE, EACH AND EVERY ONE OF OUR UNIQUE ROOMS IS DESIGNED AND CONSTRUCTED BY OUR DEDICATED OWNERS, MARISA AND SKYLAR.

Marisa and Skylar strive to provide the best experience possible. We make sure that our puzzles truly make you think and that our rooms feel like you’ve stepped into another world. We’ve now personally player over 500 individual escape rooms. We’re constantly looking at where the industry is headed and how we need to keep up. We continually push ourselves to design better escape rooms with each game we create.

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THE HISTORY OF ESCAPE ROOMS

The concept of escape rooms began with first-person adventure video games where players interacted with their surroundings by clicking on-screen objects. Video games like Myst and Crimson Room allowed players to control their environment with just a mouse and a few simple commands. Certain elements of these point-and-click adventure games–interacting with hidden elements in your surroundings, solving puzzles, goal-oriented plotlines–became key features in what later became known as “escape rooms.”

The first documented escape room was created by a Japanese company called SCRAP in 2007. Players were ushered into a themed room where in order to escape, they had to solve a series of puzzles and riddles in a set period of time. Before long, escape rooms became popular, permanent fixtures in Japan and spread to China and the rest of Asia. Around this time, the first escape room in Europe opened in Hungary. Throughout the next five years, more and more permanent escape rooms populated Europe and Asia.

Escape rooms were introduced in the United States around 2012. Expedition Escape–that’s us!–began building their first escape room in 2016. The founders and owners of Expedition Escape, Marisa and Skylar, sought to create more impressive escape room locations than the ones currently in the United States, which were often lackluster rooms filled with just boxes, furniture, and puzzles on pieces of paper. They envisioned building high-caliber live escape rooms that could rival even the best ones in Asia and Europe. They opened up their first escape room location in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania in 2016 and have since become the #1-ranked escape room in the Greater Philadelphia Area – go an on adventure today! To this day, Expedition Escape aims to create, design, and build the most challenging and immersive escape rooms out there.