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:
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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.