However, mystery games are quite limiting and therefore the experience is merely on the surface. Escape room games provide a more immersive experience. Instead of playing merely a board game, the players try to figure out how to get out of the room through a series of clues. The games have taken off wildly in the past few years, but the origins of the games come from Asia.
Very First Escape Rooms
Elements of escape room games began to appear in the early 2000s, specifically in 2003 and 2004 when interactive theaters began to appear. Haunted houses, scavenger hunts, and other interactive group activities were the original inspiration for Takao Kato who created the first escape room game in Asia in 2007. SCRAP Co. was the first company that catered to this entertainment sector and became popular through its magazine circuit of the same name. By making the magazine free, Kato was able to appeal to all genres of people and interest soon expanded throughout Asia.
Beyond the Borders
Escape room games were exclusively only found in Asia from 2003 to 2012. The games involved heavy strategy to get out of the room, but had little fan fair along with them. It was not until the game expanded beyond Asia that it began to become more of an immersive experience with storylines and even costumes with some games.
The concept moved throughout Europe and into America, but it was a Swiss physics professor that took the experience to a much higher level. Gamers were already used to the idea of going into a room in hopes of escaping in a set amount of time, but the Swiss put their own spin on it with a puzzle configured room that produced a much more challenging experience.
What About Today?
The Escape room game concept has been integrated into most countries throughout the world and today, there are well over 8,000 escape room venues the world over. The format changes from company to company. Some maintain basic forms of escape rooms where the players attempt escape through clues while others make the experienced more involved with more challenging attributes such as intense puzzle experiences. No matter which you choose, however, the experience is always a joy.
Come to Berlin
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