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Winter is coming and you know what that means…rainy days, cold nights and weekends in.
Regardless of whether you’re a winter lover or dread the prospect, finding new activities that you can do in the comfort of your own home is crucial to avert winter boredom and keep the family engaged.
We’re all familiar with the usual suspects; board games, video games and TV are regulars on the winter home entertainment circuit, but have you heard of escape rooms that you can play at home from the comfort and safety of your living room?
An Intro to Escape Rooms
Once reserved mainly for enthusiasts and those ‘in the know’, escape rooms have gone mainstream. There are now over 1,500 escape rooms in the UK and well over 50,000 worldwide.
Escape rooms became popular through the mid-2000s. Today, there’s even a Red Bull-sponsored escape room world championship in Shoreditch that had teams from 23 countries compete in 2019!
For those that don’t know, escape rooms ‘lock’ players in a room that they have to escape before a timer runs out. To escape, the players must solve a series of clues, puzzles and challenges. There’s usually a narrative or story too; common themes include espionage, crime, fantasy, sci-fi or even famous films and TV ranging from Doctor Who to Harry Potter.
Escape rooms combine interactive puzzles and challenges with an immersive role-play environment.
Of course, players can take things as seriously or casually as they like and you’re never truly locked in the room.
Escape Rooms at Home
The latest development in escape rooms are escape room games that you can play from the comfort of your own home.
This is where Epic Escapes comes in. Their Escape Room In A Box (3 Game Bundle) provides you with everything you need to enjoy escape rooms from the sofa, dining room table, kitchen or wherever you want to set it up. There are 3 games – each one is 100% reusable and suits 3 to 6 players. Each game contains storylines, high-quality puzzles, consumables and tips in case you get stuck.
The games included in their 3 Game Bundle are as follows:
Crime – Difficulty: Easy
On a dark night, you’re twiddling your thumbs in your friend’s living room. You hear a sinister knock at the door and tentatively open it. The people standing there aren’t the type you’d invite in for a cup of tea…you wonder whether your friend is all you think he is. You end up locking yourself in their secret escape room, but you have limited oxygen. Can you escape in time?!
Piracy – Difficulty: Moderate
Aboard a creaking vessel sailing through the Indian Ocean, you grow increasingly suspicious of your supposed payload. As tensions seem to simmer, your new captain – the old one went mysteriously missing – invites you into the bridge. Before you can react, you are sealed inside and the ship changes course. Can you find the hidden exit and put a stop to this piracy?!
Hijack – Difficulty: Hard
A tip-off brings you, a top-secret espionage unit, to a dilapidated house on the outskirts of suburbia. You know that somewhere, a plane is due to be hijacked. Your tip-off is on the money – this is the hijacker’s HQ. As you investigate, you accidentally trip their security system. Can you piece together the hijackers’ plans and foil the hijacking in time?!
Family Friendly Escapes
Whilst the themes of the escape rooms are built for immersion and excitement, they’re 100% family-friendly and suitable for players of all ages (young children must be supervised due to small parts).
Part of the fun is that you can take them as seriously or as casually as you like. Some players stop mid-way through saving the world for a cuppa and others go full-on with the pirate fancy dress, theme tunes and smoke machines.
Since the games can be played multiple times, you can host parties, challenge others to beat your times or even run a family leaderboard.
More Than a Board Game
Escape room games that you can play at home are more than board games. They’re much more immersive and exciting.
There is some overlap, e.g. the use of objects and items that guide you through the game, but altogether, escape rooms are a totally fresh concept to most people. As well as being fun, escape rooms engage people and challenge their problem-solving skills. They build teamwork and get the brain in thinking mode.
Some people are really surprised as to how good they are and how much they enjoy it, but Epic Escapes escape rooms are no pushover! Who do you think is the 007 or Ethan Hunt in your family? Your mission, if you choose to accept it…
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