You can’t spend five minutes on social media nowadays without seeing someone that you know expressing their delight at beating an escape room. Whether it’s a mystery, adventure or horror-themed room, there is just something about the physical excitement and thrill of having to use your wits to escape from a locked room that people of all ages love.

If you haven’t yet tried an escape room, it can be difficult to comprehend why others play this type of game over and over again.

Why would anyone want to be locked in a room with others and have to solve a series of puzzles or clues just to be allowed out? Plus, pay for the pleasure!

Is it for an adrenaline fix? Is it because of a need to solve a goal? Or perhaps people just want to prove they can?

Let’s take a closer look.

  1. Escape rooms provide a challenge

For those that are stuck in a monotonous job that they could do with their eyes closed, the appeal of an escape room is in the challenge. Most people like to be pushed outside their comfort zones occasionally, and an escape room provides the perfect opportunity for them to do this.

One of the key elements of an escape room is that you have to solve some sort of puzzle or clue to move on to the next part of the game. This can be incredibly exciting and motivating for people who are not used to being challenged either mentally or physically.

  1. Escape rooms make a great date night

If you are bored with the usual drinks, dinner, and cinema date night formula, then why not mix it up a bit and try an escape room. Not only will this demonstrate what a fun person you are, but it also allows you to get to know each other in a very small space of time.

Not able to visit your nearest escape room facility at the moment? You can still enjoy all the excitement of the game by creating a home escape room. Yes, that is a real thing and is perfect for those who want to enjoy the thrill of an escape room without having to leave the comfort of their own home.

  1. Escape rooms provide escapism

Let’s face it; sometimes, you just have an overwhelming urge to escape from reality and have your mind and body taken elsewhere for a few hours. Some like to read a good book; others go for a long run and some visit escape rooms.

It is almost impossible to be worrying about money or work or your relationship if you are fighting against the clock to get out of a locked room!

  1. Escape rooms trigger nostalgia

If you were lucky enough to be around when Crystal Maze first hit our screens in the 90s, you will be all too familiar with the nervous feeling in the pit of your stomach that you experienced as the contestants battled to complete a challenge and win a crystal before the timer ran out.

An escape room has the same effect but magnified by about a thousand as you are the one competing against the clock.

  1. Escape rooms can combat depression

If you struggle with stress, anxiety or depression, taking part in an escape room can help to alleviate your symptoms.

How exactly?

It’s a bit scientific, but, when your mind solves a puzzle or works out a clue, dopamine is released. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that stimulates the nervous system and is known as a “pleasure-giving” hormone. When this chemical is released into your body, you can expect to experience an elevated mood, increased motivation, and an overall feeling of calm.

Therefore, when you finally do escape from the room in question, you will feel mentally relaxed, content and maybe even have a more optimistic outlook on life.

  1. Escape rooms improve your teamwork skills

Being able to work as part of a team is vital for all aspects of life, yet many people struggle with this basic task. Fortunately, if you are more of a lone ranger than a team player, taking part in an escape room can help you to improve upon both your teamwork and social interaction skills.

Whether you choose to go with friends, family or as part of a work team building event, you can’t help but come out the other end with a stronger social connection.

  1. Escape rooms provide a break from technology

Although people are using technological devices more than ever before, there is also a growing feeling among many that taking a break from online platforms such as social media would be no bad thing. In fact, with nomophobia, a fear of going without your smartphone, become increasingly widespread, there has never been a better time to engage in a scree-free activity such as an escape room.

The beauty of an escape room is that everyone has to participate. There is no watching from afar and letting others do all the hard work. Each member of a team needs to do their bit.

  1. Escape rooms are fun

Simple but true. The vast majority of people take part in an escape room because they want to have fun. Whether you favour a terrifying and bloody zombie-themed room, a fun and adventurous superhero one or even a nail-biting kidnap scenario, the one key feature of all escape rooms is that they provide a few hours of pure and unadulterated fun.

  1. Escape rooms are all-inclusive

Although you legally have to be a minimum of 10 years of age to take part in an escape room due to the nature of the activity, pretty much anyone over this age can take part. Therefore, you can go with your teenager, with your spouse, with your friends or even with your grandparents if they fancy a challenge.

Most escape rooms offer three levels of difficulty: beginner, intermediate and advanced. This means that whether you are a first-time or a seasoned pro, you are guaranteed to be able to enjoy your escape experience.

Are you ready to try an escape room for yourself? Unless you are too scared . . .

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