19th January 2017
There is something wonderfully addictive about escape rooms. Like that first nibble on a Pringle, once you pop your escape room cherry, you just can’t stop. The escape game craze is at an all time high with a number of celebs joining the bandwagon including Obama, Chris Evans (Captain America) and Kristen Bell to name a few. Couple that with the confirmed revival of Crystal Maze on Channel 4 and the evidence is clear; people just love escape rooms. But, why do we love them? We decided to take a cheeky dive into escape room psychology and explore just that.
Let’s face it, 2016 was a bit of a stinker in many ways. An escape room experience has an added appeal for anyone looking for ways to escape; whether you have the Brexit and Trump blues or are still recovering from the loss of musical icons like Bowie and George Michael. It certainly is a great way to lift the weight of the world and float into the realms of another.
While you may have signed up to the gym this year in a bid to improve your health, have you factored in brain training? Escape games present a fresh set of challenges that is not only fun, but also good for our brains. Strategic games help improve cognitive function, improving memory and helping you to make smarter choices in other areas of your life.
Many experience a nervous energy when they enter an escape room, which manifests into an adrenaline rush and, hopefully, victorious glee. It’s so easy to get caught up in a digital existence, scrolling through social feeds or cemented into the sofa for a Netflix marathon. The emotions felt from truly experiencing something in a physical game takes people by surprise. Players often come out buzzing and raring to go again.
There are many laughter benefits, but laughing together with your friends or family is even better for you. Nothing quite beats the bonding power of a collective group mission as you explore the room to uncover the clues. Not all escape rooms are humorous, but Lady Chastity is renowned for her naughty rhetorics and our host Gabriel has a few tricks up his sleeve to get you giggling in no time.
There is no denying the influence of Crystal Maze when it hit our televisions in the 90s. It was an iconic moment in history and the trigger behind the escape room craze here in the UK. Chief game creator at Handmade Mysteries, Ben Tucker, remembers it fondly:
“I remember watching my first Crystal Maze show. It was like nothing I had ever seen before, and all I wanted to do was be in it – show all those dunderheads how it’s done! While what we create is very different in setting and theatrics, there is no doubt that Crystal Maze was a big influence for me.”
For those of us old enough to remember the televised birth of Crystal Maze, diving into a new escape room is akin to rolling in a ball pit full of crack. Thankfully, the television revival will lead to a new generation of escape game addicts like us.
There you have it. If you haven’t taken your first dive into escape game waters yet, then you have plenty of valid reasons to succumb to the talons of Lady Chastity, or checkout this huge directory of escape games to find one near you.