What is an Escape Room?

What is an Escape Room?

Posted 02 July, 2020 at 19:00

Author Roy Castleman on behalf of Twinwoods Adventure


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You may have heard them, and seen ads popping up for escape room experiences, but what exactly is an escape room, also known as an escape game, what do you have to do and how do you take part? We answer these questions and give you an insight into this phenomenon.

Firstly understanding the objective, and that is ultimately to escape the room (or in some cases rooms.) Sounds easy, however it is not straightforward and you will be faced with a series of challenges in order to achieve the ultimate goal. Those of you who have seen the ‘Saw’ franchise will understand how the game works, although unlike the horror films, failure doesn’t lead to your demise.

With every escape room or escape game, there is a theme and a story line, and gaining a greater understanding and paying attention to this can somewhat help to making your escape good, themes are anything from war themed, such as Twinwood Adventure’s Morse Code, games set in the future, prison escapes, panic rooms and so on. Although each escape room is unique in its own right, the principal of escaping is very much the same, solve the clues, overcome the challenges and get out.

Although no two escape rooms are the same, you will find that the way of solving each one similar, and what is important is playing to the strengths to the individuals in your team. There will be various puzzles to solve, some of these may be mathematical, where some could be cryptic or even challenges, whether it involves grey matter or physical prowess, each will lead you one step towards the solution. What should also be noted is that many escape rooms have multiple ways of escaping, in the form of different clues and puzzles which will ultimately lead to the same end solution. It is vital to look everywhere, search everything and leave no stone unturned. And although there may be the odd red herring thrown in, keep stock of everything you find, it may turn out to be useful later on.

Most escape rooms also have a set time limit in which to escape, so even if you play the room once, you may want to try again to beat your score or even compete against other teams of friends or colleagues. What must be said, once you have participated in an escape room adventure, you will be left wanting for more.

For more information on Twinwoods Adventure or to book an escape room for yourself please click HERE

Reviews:  See what our customers thought below or watch our video to see their instant reactions!

Such good fun being able to experience an escape room in a totally different way - this appealed to my video gaming side because we were in charge of a real life ‘avatar’ who we were directing around the room. It actually added a whole new level to the escape. Great fun and well worth it! - Anthony

Loved how the essence of the escape rooms was brought into a the digital world and how you are able to direct a person from anywhere you may be, to unravel the mysteries of the game. Unique experience. Totally recommended. - Joel

If I'm honest, I wasn't convinced the remote escape room would work for me. I like being hands on, getting in and having a good look around. Turns out, adding the avatar led to a whole new level of excitement. Not only were we following the clues but we were guiding him from 3 different sitting rooms. This a brilliant escape room experience but it was also a much needed way to connect with much missed friends. Highly recommended. - Jude

A brilliant way to spend lockdown with mates. I've always been a fan of escape rooms, so this was a very novel way to experience one. Good clues, a fun theme and a humorous "trooper' made this really enjoyable. The future of entertainment? - Zak

We had our own voice-controlled soldier! What a way to spend some time with friends during lockdown - it was fun directing our "trooper" remotely, and as a team.

Probably at least as fun as getting to the venue and taking the challenge in person. It even ended in a live jump off the building via video. Thanks to the team for setting up this innovation! - Julian

What a great Escape! Our team had a mix of first timers and more experienced players from the UK and Ireland. The playing instructions were easy for everyone to follow and it didn’t take long before we were in full flow on the mission at hand. Our designated Avatar facilitated and supported endless demands, moments of confusion, triumph and dead ends; They became an extended part of our team, willing us on and celebrating our escape within the allotted 60 minutes! The absolute cherry on the cake was the unexpected virtual jump from the top of Twinwoods Adventure - Incredible! Buzzing and high, the laptop lid closed and it was back to the reality of our front rooms but wearing a grin from ear to ear - The escape was real. - Libby

I was a bit sceptical about doing this as I thought it could get confusing, but once we were set up on Zoom, the host made everything clear and it turned out to be a breeze and a good laugh. Good escape from the daily boredom at the moment, and would be fun to do anyway! - Tobias 

For more information on Twinwoods Adventure or to book an escape room for yourself please click HERE

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