Why Are Escape Rooms So Popular


Escape rooms are one of the hottest forms of recreation around, popping up in major cities and small towns all over the world. The premise of an escape room, putting people in a locked room and having them perform certain tasks and solve problems in an effort to get out before the allotted time elapses.

Inspired by the famous “point and click” adventure games from the 80s, the first Real Escape Game (REG) was developed by Japanese Takao Kato in 2008 and it was based in Kyoto. A game creator and an avid manga fan, Kato told the press that he was “wondering why interesting things didn’t happen in my life, like they did in the books, […] I thought I could create my own adventure, a story, and then invite people to be a part of it.” The Escape Room had a single room and could be played by a team consisting of 5 or 6 players.

Escape rooms are much more than simple video games taking place in virtual reality. Rather than just staring at a computer screen we are actually doing something and taking part in intellectual or physical work.

Another reason for the popularity of escape rooms is our infinite love of games. Playing games and winning is followed by the feeling of reward and accomplishment. Take sports, for example. The strive to win has been in human nature all along. We enjoy being praised and rewarded for something.

Escape rooms also capitalize on the human desire for curiosity. We are born curious and it is in our blood to discover and solve mysteries. Having figured out the problem, we feel good about ourselves. That is why it is not surprising many people become escape room “addicts” and come back to solve more mysteries.

Escape rooms allow us to feel important and to be part of a team. Teamwork, a sense of confidence, and unsolved mysteries are some things that attract people very much. Escape rooms are good for anyone, regardless of sex, age or background and do not require specific knowledge or qualification.

Obviously, being part of what seemed like a computer game became a real hit and the Escape Room concept expanded all over the world. According to MarketWatch statistics, from 2010 and up to this day there are more than 2.800 permanent Escape Rooms worldwide. Furthermore, Escape Rooms prove to be a really good business, as the first one that opened in the Pacific Northwest U.S., had an investment of $7.000 and the gross in 2015 was over $600.000.

Most of us lead busy lives struggling to find time for work, studies, taking care of the kids and so on. Each of us has a bunch of responsibilities to deal with on a daily basis. Escape rooms, on the other hand, allow us to step out of our daily routine and experience what it is like to be a different person – a book or movie character, for example. The game only lasts about an hour but the unique and immersive experience of escape rooms brings people into a different reality.