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Get locked up with your family

Why is an exit game such a great activity for families? Spending time together as a family, doing an activity together and having fun increases bonds, relieves tension and creates memories that can be a talking point for years to come. During an exit game you will be working together to escape the room as your time runs out. Families make perfect teams. You already know each others strengths, weaknesses and how everyone reacts under pressure. Are you up for the challenge?

Get everyone involved.

Often in family life, the daily grind of work, chores, school and homework means that everyone spends less quality time together. Grandparents can begin to feel left out as everyone else is too busy. Parents feel distance from their teenagers as they become more and more independent.

Going out as a family gives everyone a welcome break as well as a chance to spend quality time together. Everyone will have a vital role to play during the game, and afterwards will feel like a valued member of their group. Because the game involves mental challenges and logical thinking rather than physical activities, you don’t need to worry about grandparents being unable to join in. There are no scary elements to the exit game so younger family members won’t get frightened.

Choose a level of difficulty to suit everyone

Every game room has a different level of difficulty. If you or your family have never been to an exit game before you may be better starting at a lower level. Alternatively if you enjoy family nights with logic games and puzzles you can challenge yourselves with something a little harder. Think about who will be with you before deciding. Will they find it too challenging? Do they have good communication skills? If your teenagers spend time playing computer games they may have just the type of logical thinking needed to save the day.

Pick a story

Game rooms usually have a story line. You could be playing as thieves, scientists or time travellers with a special mission to carry out. Every room is different so you can choose a storyline that will interest everyone.

If you want to make the day even more special why not visit a local attraction or go out for a meal after your exit game. London has many cafes and restaurants where you can discuss your win, work out what went wrong and plan your next family challenge.

Why escape games are a great ice breaker

Getting to know a new team can be difficult, having new people around can make everyone act differently, especially if you are their boss. Even new team members can cause an upheaval if those already in the team are not completely secure in their job role. Taking them all to an escape game for team building will be a welcome alternative to other activities. If your company wants to try an escape game for team building, London has many venues to choose from.

During an escape game, you and your team will have one hour to find clues, solve puzzles and work out how to get out of the room. Because you only have 60 minutes, there is no time to waste. Everyone needs to get started straight away.

Solving the room needs teamwork and great communication from everyone. Because it’s such a different environment to the office, you may see a new side to your co-workers. Office politics will be forgotten as you all enter the totally immersive world of escape games.

People who are usually shy and find it hard to put their ideas forward may shine as a creative thinker.  People who like to lead and organise everyone may need to rely on others when they are out of their comfort zone.

You will also be able to see how well everyone works together under pressure as well as any signs of potential conflict within the group. Does everyone look to one person to lead the group and organise them? Are certain people happy to hang back and let everyone else do the work? Does everyone shout over each other without listening?

In order to escape the room you need logical thinking, creative problem solving and effective communication that includes talking and listening to others.

The game room is a great opportunity to work on these skills whilst enjoying the fun activities. Having fun together as a team is a great way for everyone to bond and get to know each other better. And nothing builds team morale more than a big win.

Knowing they have accomplished something as a team will give them confidence in themselves and their other team members. New members will feel part of the group, and have the chance to show their abilities to everyone.

An escape room is an ideal game for team building, as well as being a fun activity that everyone will enjoy.

Can escape games change your life?

You may be sceptical, but that’s ok. If you’ve never played an escape game before it’s hard to see why they would have any lasting effects. So, what’s involved in an escape game? London has many different venues, and every game has their own puzzles and clues to solve.

But what would happen if you applied the same skills you need to escape the room to challenges in your day to day life?

Choose your team.

In the escape room you need people who can work as a team to get out before your time is up. In real life, you need to surround yourself with people who want the same thing that you do. People who you can rely on to help you get where you all want to be. And they help you because you are helping them too. No one escapes alone and we all need to ask for help sometimes.

Be enthusiastic

Escape games are exciting and fun. Getting out of the room in time gives you a sense of achievement and confidence that stays with you long afterwards. Facing new challenges with excitement and a positive attitude increases your chances of success.

Don’t waste time.

Once you’re in the room you need to start searching for clues straight away to get to the next step. If you don’t, then it’s likely you won’t get out in time. There’s no time to procrastinate and the room won’t solve itself. Procrastination doesn’t work in real life either. The faster you can start something, the sooner you will finish.

Overcome challenges

The escape room is full of new challenges. Some may surprise you and others may seem too hard at first. But nothing in the room is impossible. When faced with a new challenge, break it down into separate pieces and work the puzzle out.

Make new goals

Whilst the goal of the escape room is clear, it’s not always immediately clear how you will get there. There are clues to find and steps to follow on the way. Just as you may have a clear goal in mind for life or work, the ‘getting there’ part may seem confusing. Just the same as working through an escape game, break every goal down into smaller challenges. Each small step or puzzle will take you closer to where you want to be.

We always need more problem solvers, good communicators and people who can keep their head in a crisis. The skills honed in an escape game can be applied to real life. When you approach life’s challenges with enthusiasm, observation, team work and good communication there’s very little you can’t achieve.

Five reasons to take your teen to an escape room

When you have teenagers it can be hard to find activities you can enjoy as a family. Whilst there are plenty of things to do in London, an escape room is a family friendly, fun and challenging activity that gets everyone involved. Read on for more reasons to try an escape room.

Improve your communication

Do your teenagers talk to you in grunt? Do they spend hours on the phone to friends but you barely get three words? It isn’t you. Sometimes they just don’t have anything to say. Other times, it may be hard to find the right words. Conversation is a skill that needs to be learned like any other. During an exit game you will be working as a team to escape the room. You will need to listen to each other, as well as discuss clues to escape.

Family time away from home

Getting out of the house together is good for families. At home there are too many distractions. There are always jobs, chores and homework to do which get in the way of quality family time. An exit game is a family friendly activity where you can bond as you solve puzzles and look for clues together.

Time away from computer games

Do you worry about the amount of time they are spending on computer games? Too much screen time? An hour in an locked room game will appeal to their overactive imagination. There will be no time for boredom or complaining as you are immersed in the mystery and excitement of the game room.

Let them surprise you

Whilst all parents are told that screen time is the enemy, many games actually help develop skills in problem solving and observation. Do they play computer games with friends? They’ve been honing their communication and teamwork skills. The emotional rollercoaster of winning or losing in a game could make them work well under pressure.

Raise their self esteem

Teenagers often only see the things they aren’t good at, they often feel they aren’t good enough at anything. Low self esteem is very common. In an escape game, everyone in the team has a chance to play their part and show their skills. Everyone is valuable in finding the clues and solving the puzzles. The rooms aren’t easy to solve but whether you end up escaping or not, there will have been many smaller wins along the way. These all help to build confidence and self esteem.

There aren’t many opportunities for people to discover new skills and try them out in real life, whilst in a safe environment. An escape room is a place where you can do just that.

 

Exit Games – the ultimate compatibility test?

It may seem an unusual choice for a date, however playing an exit game with a potential partner can be more revealing than you think.  During an exit game you have to work together to solve puzzles and logical problems against the clock. So how can this give you insight into your future relationship? Read on to find out.

Are you intellectually matched?

An escape game involves common sense and logical thinking. Having lots of qualifications doesn’t necessarily mean someone has good reasoning skills. Most people prefer to have a partner who is easy to talk to, that won’t be the case if you are constantly explaining things. Those who think the same way are likely to be more compatible as a couple.

How well do you work together?

Great communication is not only key to escaping the room, it’s also essential in any relationship. Do you listen to what the other person has to say before giving your own ideas?

Do you listen to each other when discussing the problem? Do you take turns or do you feel the need to be in charge? There is a big difference between taking the lead and being bossy and you may want to consider how your actions come across. Some people prefer their partner to take the lead, for others it could set off alarm bells.

Do they expect you to do all the work?

There is a difference between not minding if someone else takes the lead, and expecting them to do all the work. There could be many reasons for just sitting back and not taking any interest, but whatever they are it could mean that you aren’t a perfect match.

Are they easily angered or frustrated?

As the clock counts down, the tension will start to mount. If they begin to get angry or raise their voice when you miss a clue or can’t get the puzzle right it could suggest they have anger issues. Alternatively if you feel yourself getting tense and they diffuse the situation and remind you that it’s fun, they may be someone you should spend more time with.

Test their sense of fun and adventure

Do they keep their sense of humour as time ticks away? Are they enjoying the challenge and getting into the spirit of the game? Enjoying games and activities as a couple not only shows that you both enjoy the same things, they help you to bond and make your relationship stronger.

Once you have finished your exit game, London has many bars and restaurants where you can enjoy the rest of your date.

 

Why pay to be locked in a room?

On first look, a locked room game doesn’t seem like the greatest way to spend an hour, however in the UK, especially London, playing a locked room game is a growing trend. Sometimes also called escape games or exit games, they may involve solving a mystery, finding clues, completing puzzles or solving riddles in order to escape from the room. All rooms have a time limit to escape and an exciting story to share.

Your role in the room may be a thief, a scientist or time traveller. Every room is different and you won’t know what awaits you until you’re locked in.

Why do people do this?

All different types of people are attracted to games like this. Everyone can get involved and try to escape.

Many gamers enjoy exit games because, after trying out games online they want to test their skills in a real life experience, and play with others as a social event. The amount of rooms you can escape from becomes a game in itself, and those with a competitive spirit can go on to try harder and more challenging rooms.

Anyone who enjoys puzzles, board games and riddles will love using their skills in a real life situation where every second counts. If your family enjoy having a games night, they will love a locked room game where you are playing against the clock.

An escape game is more than just puzzles and clues. It’s a fully immersive experience where everyone can be a hero. It’s impossible not to get caught up in the excitement of the story as you play.

Unlike games in the USA where you play the game with strangers, here, you can choose who to be locked in with. So you can challenge your friends and family, find out their hidden talents and how well they work under pressure. You will want to choose your group carefully, because you have to work well together as a team and good communication is essential.

We all know someone who is great at puzzles, why not put their skills to the ultimate test?

Not everyone escapes the room in time, some are harder than others. This just makes the sense of achievement and camaraderie even greater when you win.

If you want to try a locked room game, London has a variety to choose from with new games and experiences opening all the time. So what are you waiting for?

Reasons to try an escape game

Never tried an escape game? London has a growing number of them. But if you haven’t tried one before, you might not know what to expect. Which is all part of the fun! Here’s our list of reasons why you should try an escape game.

It’s a fun, family friendly activity

Ever heard the phrase, ‘those who play together stay together?’ Playing games and having fun with those you love strengthens family bonds and gives everyone a release from their day to day routine. Many team games, such as lazer tag are very physical and so aren’t suitable for everyone. With escape games, everyone has a role to play and age is no barrier. Whilst you work together to look for clues and solve puzzles, you’ll be having fun and making great memories.

It’s a fun activity to do with friends

Quality time with friends is just as important as spending time with family. If you want an activity which doesn’t involve drinking or sport then as escape game is ideal.

The escape room is a completely immersive experience. Working against the clock to solve the game, you won’t have time to think about work or your daily stresses. You’ll be too busy having fun.

Test your gaming skills in a real life situation.

Are you great at puzzles? Do you enjoy playing computer games? That sense of accomplishment from finishing a level or winning a game is hard to beat.

During an escape game you will face challenges that will test your gaming skills to the max. You’ll need logic, reasoning, common sense and great communication skills.

With new games being developed all the time there will always be a new mystery to solve. Instead of playing online with your friends why not invite them along for a real life challenge?

Shake your work colleagues free from the daily grind

Most after work activities involve talking about work. If you enjoy spending time with your work colleagues but are tired of office gossip why not suggest an outing with a difference. You already work well as a team so why not put your other skills to the test.

It’s also a great icebreaker if you want to get to know your colleagues better.

It’s only an hour

If you’re still unsure and worried that you won’t enjoy yourself, remember that you will only be spending an hour in the room. If you want to leave before your time is up, that’s fine. However, we’re certain that you will have 60 minutes of sheer fun and excitement whilst you spend time with your family or friends.

If you want to try an escape game, London has plenty of venues to choose from, all with a new adventure.

Fun things to do in London

Are you looking for an exciting new activity to do with friends? Why not try a live escape game? London is at the heart of this rapidly growing trend where bigger and better challenges are being designed all the time. An escape game is where a group of friends or family join together to solve riddles, puzzles and mysteries whilst locked in a room for 60 minutes.

Working against the clock you will have to work as a team, finding clues and using your collective skills of problem solving, logic and reasoning to gain your freedom before your time runs out. Every game room is different. But every one will challenge your mental skills and common sense.

Depending on the story behind the game, there may be a mystery to solve or unexpected plot twists to add to the excitement. As the clock counts down, the pressure mounts, and there is always something to surprise you. They also vary in difficulty, so whether you are new to escape games or a seasoned veteran looking for a new challenge, you can find one to suit you.

These fully immersive games are designed for between 2 to 5 players and they are suitable for all ages. Because it’s a live game, every second and every decision counts. Some live games cater for larger groups, or you may be able to play against friends as two teams to see who can finish first. Whilst some games work better with larger groups, others are designed to work just as well with only two players. So you can take a friend or a date and work as a couple.

You will need your wits about you in the game room, so if you’re looking for an activity which doesn’t involve bars and drinking this is ideal.  Of course there are plenty of bars nearby to visit afterwards to celebrate your escape if you wish.

There are no age limit to playing, so if your family are visiting you in London for the weekend an escape game will make a great alternative to shopping and visiting art galleries. It’s also a great ice breaker if you haven’t seen them for a while. You will have something to talk about for the rest of their visit instead of the weather!

Whether you are looking for an after work activity or something different for the weekend, an escape game in London makes a great alternative.

Fact vs Fiction: The Truth About An Escape Room

Whether it’s Saw I – the first in an acclaimed franchise – cult movies such as Battle Royale, or Sony’s appropriately-titled Escape Room (which is scheduled for release on Halloween 2016), some version of an escape room has often featured as the setting for horror movies.

But while these films have brought escape rooms to the public’s attention, they’ve also put them in a somewhat negative light. Unfortunately, their association with the horror genre often makes people think escape rooms are scary or even downright dangerous. And yet, this couldn’t be further from the truth!

Thankfully, we’re here to set the record straight. Read on to find out the truth about what goes on in an escape room.

It’s Loads Of Fun
Many escape room-type films go heavy on a sense of fear and panic, because this is what makes for a riveting movie experience. But movies are just that: make believe. They simply aren’t an accurate representation of reality.

Our London escape room is just pure fun. It’s a place to test your wits and bond with your friends or colleagues while you race against the clock.

Exciting? Yes.

An adrenaline rush? You bet.

But, scary? Most definitely not!

It’s Perfectly Safe
Movies about escape rooms often feature the characters performing physical challenges that put their health and safety at risk. But once again, while this makes for great drama and tension on the silver screen, it just isn’t true of real life escape rooms.

Sure, you’ll need access to all your brainpower to find the right clues and solve the puzzles in time. But you can rest assured an escape room is for you, even if you haven’t hit the gym in awhile.

You’re Free To Leave At Any Time
Let’s face it.

When the object of a game involves trying to get out of a locked room, it can be hard not to feel at least a twinge of claustrophobia. To make matters worse, films often depict escape rooms as places of confinement, where doors are visibly locked or hidden and you’re not allowed to leave unless you complete your task.

But in reality, nothing goes on in an escape room that could cause you to feel anxious or to panic. In fact, you’re free to leave at any time, even if you’ve just started your adventure. Whether you suddenly feel unwell or simply can’t continue the game, just contact the gamekeeper and you’ll be out in the blink of an eye.

Still not sure whether our escape room is right for you? Do you need more information or have any questions or concerns? Click here to get in touch with us today.

Why escape games are ideal for team building.

If you’re looking for a team building activity with a difference, why not try an escape game?

Do you want to unite a group of workers? Boost morale? Improve communication skills? Get them to solve issues together, as a team? In our London based game rooms you can do all this, and take part in a fun and entertaining activity.

If you haven’t heard of escape games before, you soon will. They are growing in popularity.

During a game, a group of people are locked in a room and given tasks and puzzles to solve. These puzzles are designed to challenge their mental skills of logic, inventiveness and creativity. Everyone in the room has to work together, communicating and collaborating on every task. They have 60 minutes to complete all the puzzles in order to escape from the room.

There are different levels of difficulty and each game room has a different back story making it fun and entertaining.

So how is this effective team building?

The best type of team activities are task related. Tasks that depend on input from all group members for success will increase group cohesion. Because the activity is against the clock, everyone has to focus, there is no time for the minor conflicts that can cause divisions within teams.

In the escape room, any office hierarchy is meaningless. As you work together, you may see management in a new light, a problem solver rather than a distant boss. That quiet person who doesn’t usually have the confidence to share ideas may have a flair for puzzles and thinking outside the box. As everyone works together on these tasks they will be able to identify their team strengths. They will need to adapt as the game progresses, make decisions and work together as a group.

Because everyone’s input is needed to solve the game, everyone gets a chance to shine and show their skills.

Escaping the room not only makes you feel like you’ve achieved something, it makes you feel you’ve achieved something as a group. Creating a team spirit that will follow you back to the workplace and building team morale. Newer members of the team will have a talking point when getting to know their new colleagues. Shared experiences such as this can create a mutual respect between co-workers who have little in common.

If you are looking for an entertaining activity for team building in London, look no further. Based in Dalston we are easy to get to via excellent transport links from the City.