Escape rooms: What are they?

Updated: Dec 24, 2021

Escape rooms can often be known as a 'Exit Game', 'Puzzle Room' or 'Escape Game'. They're all rooms that are typically themed with a back story and decorated in a way that makes the scenario more believable. We will talk about scenario's & Genres a little later.

Essentially, the basic concept of an escape room, is an interactive game in which teams of players search for clues, solve puzzles and complete a variety of themed tasks in order to complete the game objective.

Most Escape room experiences take the objective literally, with your main objective to escape the room your team is in, for example, a prison game, the objective to escape the prison makes perfect sense.

However, take our Contained Liverpool Escape Room as an example. When playing our Exorcist escape room, the objective is not to escape, the objective is to perform an exorcism on the possessed child and rid her of the demon.

In order to do so, you need to solve a series of puzzles along the way to learn about the possession and how to defeat the demon.

As the game progresses, you are rewarded with information and also tools you will need to successfully banish the demon, such as a 2000 year old holy cross.

Therefor, its not always about escaping as such and is more about winning/achieving the end game.

What happens if you don't escape/win?

Each escape room company does this part different, but most commonly, if you don't escape or 'win' the game, usually the games master (the staff member looking after your team), will enter the game once your time is up and will give you a run down on the mistakes you made and will explain the puzzles you either didn't solve or didn't get up to.

Now, in our opinion, this is the best way to finish an experience for those who don't escape/win.

However, we have visited some escape room companies and failed the game, and we where basically escorted out of the game with