There’s nothing a player can do to make a room “more fun” than it was designed to be. If you’re not enjoying the adventure, chances are it isn’t you; it’s the room.
While there are many top-notch, stellar escape rooms across the country, there are also some not-so-great escape rooms too. Just because two venues offer escape games for similar prices, doesn’t mean they’ll provide similar experiences. “$30 dollars can get you into a really bad game or a really good game,” says Mike Linquist, the co-owner of Imagine Escape Games.
So what exactly can you expect from a high-quality escape room vs. a poor-quality escape room?
The main elements of an escape room are puzzle design, scenic design, and the overall “feel” or “flow” of the room. In a high-quality escape room, each element complements the other, immersing players in the story-world.
High-quality escape rooms have compelling storylines where the puzzles are thoughtfully incorporated into the flow. Low-quality rooms have locks and puzzles galore, but they seem random or unrelated to the story. The details throughout a great escape room should immerse you in the story, making for a memorable adventure with your family, friends, or co-workers.
Low-quality rooms often include red herrings –elements placed in the room purely to distract players and waste their time. The owners of high-quality escape rooms avoid intentionally frustrating players and consider customer satisfaction a top priority.
Well-designed rooms are “unbreakable,” meaning there’s nothing a player can do to compromise decoding a clue. (You only have to play once to know how essential it is for an escape room to be “unbreakable!”)
At Imagine Escape Games, expect high-quality games every time. A truly great escape room deserves a truly great story, and the husband and wife business duo behind Imagine Escape Games make great storytelling a priority as they personally design each room.
Don’t let a bad experience at a poor-quality escape room make you think that’s what they’re all like. Read up on reviews and awards for escape rooms near you, and chose one that does escape rooms justice!