Locked together in a room, you have to work to find your way. You are not alone. You have a team.
Put your heads together. Find clues. Solve puzzles.
Look for the keys to unlock clues and doors. Mastermind your way into another room. As the door unlocks, you sigh with relief, only to find another locked door.
The clock is ticking. You only have 60 minutes. Can you solve the mystery?
There are different scenarios at Escapology in Orlando, FL. Whether you get Shanghaied, have to find the antidote, or solve murders in a Western setting, Escapology promotes team work. Gather friends, family, or coworkers, composing a team of between two and six people, and try to find your way out of the third room before the hour is up.
Claw your way around the room, writing down anything that looks of consequence. Something may seem insignificant at first, but it may be the missing piece of the puzzle later. Letter combinations, codes, music notes, math and more may be used in finding the answer.
Leave nothing left unturned. There are secrets hidden within the walls, under furniture and in not so obvious spaces. Logic and reason collide with hide and go seek in the Escapology rooms.
Solve a murder mystery on the luxurious Budapest Express. Explore ancient ruins in the Lost City and find the artifact. Track down the gunslingers in the Arizona Shootout.
In the Cuban Crisis, there’s 60 minutes counting down to a nuclear war, and you have to save the world. What if you only had 60 minutes to find the vaccine before it’s too late? What would you do if you woke up aboard a Chinese junk?
As the clock counts down, the pressure is building. Even the smallest team member can find the biggest clues, as Escapology promotes thinking outside the confines of the box. Instead of getting stressed out by watching the seconds count down, open your mind to the possibilities of what the clues might mean.
If you get stumped, you can ask for help from an expert. Even the smartest people might have to ask for a little help, and that’s what team work is all about. This is the perfect team building experience, as nothing brings people closer together than the fear of not making it.
Play one game, or make a day of it and play them all. Put on costumes to get into the role if that helps. Write notes on the board, but don’t write on your expert helper; the introductory video actually warns against doing that.
There’s a general panic of being locked into a room, combined with the pressure of the clock counting down, so this is a great stress test. It may be surprising to learn which team member works best under pressure, but it is even more fun when the naysayers get involved in solving the dilemma.
Against all odds, the team pulls together to solve the crisis at Escapology. Not everyone is able to see the writing on the walls, as special gadgets may be needed to figure out clues. Spin the dial, open the locks to find what may be necessary to solve the problem.
Don’t forget to backtrack. Something in the first room may be needed in the last room. Keep track of anything that stands out, and see if you can solve the mystery before the end of the hour.
If not, it’s not the end of the world. Or is it? Play and see…
Marisa Williams earned her Master’s in Writing from the Johns Hopkins University and is the author of more than 100 independent books.