Escape rooms have existed for about a decade now, serving as a great tourist attraction, an effective team-building activity, and a general form of fun entertainment. Currently, the Escape Room Directory lists 2,120 escape rooms - in some form or another - in 59 different countries across the globe. While many people know by now what an escape room is, what they don’t know are the details and surroundings of how they are made. What goes into making an escape room and what makes them successful or unsuccessful? Well, let’s find out!
What goes into making an escape room?
Escape room creators pour every ounce of love, creativity, and passion into all aspects of creating their escape rooms. They use technology and techniques, both new and old, in order to add as much dynamic and surprise as possible and to bring the rooms to life.
Technology and techniques may include magnetic locks, infrared sensors, LED lights, and the like. In some instances, there appears to be absolutely no technology on the inside of the room, but behind the scenes, technology may be what is making the room operate. For example, there are some escape rooms that contain a behind-the-scenes control room with a motherboard of controls which operate all of the magnetic locks, infrared sensors, LED lights, and other hidden mechanisms. Inside the escape room, though, everything is extremely low-tech, or not technological at all, as players must deal with old furniture, miscellaneous props, or even pen and paper. Some escape rooms contain complex props that are not supposed to be touched, while others encourage you to touch as much as you want in order to perhaps discover even more hidden clues.
Overall, most creators will attest that making an escape room is pretty difficult. At the same time though, it doesn’t require very much space or money. Time, dedication, and passion is all that is required to create a successful escape room.
Qualities of successful escape rooms:
One of the most fundamental goals of all escape rooms is to try and get people to interact with the physical space and whatever is within that space in as many different ways as possible. Furthermore, it is the primary goal of most escape rooms to provide the players with as much fun, excitement, and surprise as possible. If this is achieved, the mission is accomplished!