With video games being the most popular kind of gaming by far, many people are surprised by how quickly the escape room craze is catching on in cities around the country. Escape rooms are pre-designed challenges where multiple people work together in a closed space to make a grand escape by following clues and solving puzzles along the way. Just when you think all gamers are lazy and would rather control everything with a joystick, up comes this new form of offline gaming that has many people excited to give it a try for the first time. With that said, here are some of the reasons why these venues are taking the amusement and entertainment industry by storm:
New Locations Popping Up Throughout the U.S.
With companies like Breakout Games establishing hundreds of locations in and around an abundance of major cities, it makes sense that so many people are catching on. Each location offers its own unique challenge, so there’s also the lure of wanting to complete new escapes in rooms you haven’t yet visited. Since your experience in Dallas wouldn’t be the same as the challenge you’d face in a Washington DC escape room, there is also an incentive for players to travel to new locations.
Satisfying the Craving for Real World
Adventure Many people are stuck within the confines of digital social media and gaming platforms, so it’s easy to see why so many gamers are gravitating towards an offline alternative that provides the opportunity for actual adventure versus just watching the action on a screen. The complex nature of escape rooms also means that the obstacles you’ll face are much more complicated than simply playing a conventional offline game such as sports or board games. These venues are providing tangible socialization, going beyond chat interfaces and giving players the opportunity to meet like-minded individuals during their visits.
Teamwork and Intellectual Challenges
People enjoy working together towards a common goal, as there tends to be a greater sense of fulfillment than doing something by yourself. Escape rooms capitalize on this concept by letting groups collaborate to plan and execute their escapes using only the resources and clues available within the room itself. Thus, there’s really no option for cheating and the only way to pull off a successful escape is to have all team members firing on all cylinders. As such, this has become a very popular activity for groups of students and families who want to put their teamwork capabilities to the test.
Building on the Virtual Gaming Framework
Even as virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) continues to make waves in the mainstream, there is another side to gaming that is also on the rise – the offline arena. Although traditional amusement parks and arcades aren’t seeing a huge boost in popularity, unique concepts like escape rooms are creating a whole new sector of gaming that will most likely be further improved upon via integrated VR and AR capabilities in the near future.