HOW ESCAPE ROOMS ARE DESIGNED

Do you love puzzles and survival challenges? If so, then escape room adventures are for you! Escape rooms present an exciting opportunity to live out a great adventure of being trapped in a room and having to work with teammates to free yourselves in 60 minutes or less. As you work towards this common goal, it can be a great team-building activity or just a chance to sharpen your wits. Have you ever wondered about the method behind the magic? Let’s dive deeper into the game to discover the design and scoring system behind escape rooms. 

How Escape Rooms Are Designed

Escape room design is a growing specialty that combines elements of story-telling, cinema, and engineering. The goal is to create an interactive environment and a cohesive story that engages and challenges players. Escape room consulting is a growing field that uses experts to weigh in on the challenges and sets of an escape room.

Escape room design usually begins with an over-arching story. The selection of a specific story is the backbone for creating the other elements necessary for a fun and exciting challenge. The plot can dictate the characters needed, the time period, and the physical setting. The goal is to create a believable scenario, and all of the little details should aid in the credibility of the tale. 

The room itself must be as authentic as possible. The participant should feel like he stepped into a real world in which this puzzle scenario is an actual possibility. The story line will guide the details of the room, and special attention is given to safety in selecting the props. Players typically have a more enjoyable experience when all of the details are consistent with the theme and plot of the room.

Last but not least, escape room design involves engaging puzzles for the players to solve. In an ideal scenario, these riddles advance the story of the room and can appeal to a wide range of player skill levels. The conundrum itself works best if it fits in with the story and setting for a more satisfying overall experience. Everything selected for the room should offer an interactive opportunity for participants. Additionally, the puzzles should work together cohesively throughout the challenge, and players should be able to complete them in 60 minutes or less.

How the Scoring System Works

Scoring systems can differ depending on the escape room itself. Many companies award a final score based on the time needed to escape from the room, if you were able to escape, and modifications based on the number of hints or clues needed to solve the puzzles. Different rooms or scenarios may also be graded on degree of difficulty, which can help you to select the appropriate puzzle for your group.

As you can see, there is a lot of planning and strategy development required when designing an escape room. Grab some friends and see if you can escape these intricately designed puzzles and survival challenges!

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