Claustrophobia is considered to be one of the most common fears and almost no one enjoys being locked in a small confined space. Nothing is a better motivator for teamwork than locking people in a room and letting them try to figure a way to get out. Escape rooms offer groups of coworkers, club members and friends a way to learn each person’s strengths and weaknesses in a fun and safe environment.
An escape room is a game which challenges participants both physically and intellectually. Your team will use various tools and elements in the room to plan and execute your escape. You will have a set amount of time to solve a series of puzzles and riddles that will lead you to a way out of the rooms. Some escape experiences are comprised of several rooms and some contain a single room. Your escape room is likely to have a theme such as a prison break or a classic mystery. There are cameras in the room and a staff member will watch you the whole time.
What Kind of Challenges Can We Expect?
You can expect the puzzles you will solve to be challenging and that escaping the room will take the full time that you are allotted. The object of the game is to unlock a box with a key in it that will get you out of the room. You will not be allowed to use smartphones during the game. While you are trying to escape, you should never try to force anything open.
When you first enter the room, you will probably see a bunch of random objects that may not seem immediately related to one another. Clues may be on paintings on the wall or inside of books on the shelves. There is also certain to be a red herring or two designed to throw you off. There will generally be a series of locks and doors to open before finding the final key that will release you from the room.
The clues you will look for may require you to use observational powers and intuition, where as other clues may require more quantifiable knowledge of math, science and literature. Putting the clues together will rely on your ability to solve problems as a team. It is a great way for a manager to assess the skills and abilities of each team member. If you have a larger group, you may want to break down into smaller teams to solve certain challenges. It is also a good idea not to overthink things when you are in the room.
Who Can Play?
Both children and adults can enjoy an escape room, but when you make your reservation, you will want to tell the person you talk to the ages of everyone in your party. If anyone in your party needs special accommodations, you will want to let the staff member you talk to know what those special needs are in advance.
Experiential learning is making a major comeback in both schools and corporations, and escape rooms are just one of such experiences from which you and your team can learn. Whether you are a group of five or 25, you are sure to have fun and learn a lot about one another in an escape room.