Did you know that there are about 2,300 escape rooms in the U.S. and that number continues to grow?
Do you enjoy a good escape room and wondering about creating an escape room in your home but not sure how?
This article will give you a complete guide to creating one right in your home. Read on to see how easy, exciting, and fun bringing an escape room home can be.
Come up with a Story
You’ll want to first come up with a story behind why the players are part of the escape room.
First, think about who will be playing it whether it’s an adult, teen or child. Determine how long you’d like the game to last.
Usually, escape rooms are 30 minutes to an hour, but you can make it as long or as short as you’d like.
If it’s with kids, you’ll want to keep it shorter and think about how many players are involved.
Coming up with the theme and ideas, think about your favorite books, games, or escape rooms you’ve attended.
Keep the story simple for your first escape room DIY.
Have a goal in mind as well, and if the goal isn’t being reached you can add urgency to the game.
What Will Happen If They Don’t Complete the Game?
Another thing to keep in mind is they need to have a reason to reach their goal.
Think of something negative that you’ll tell them will happen if they don’t complete it.
Your story could be something like trapped in a time machine and if they don’t get out they’ll be stuck in the past forever.
Or, a detective who has gone crazy in the middle of the investigation so if you don’t solve the puzzle, more will suffer.
When you have your storyline down, it’s time to choose objects that will be part of your game.
Make sure that the objects align with the theme.
For example, if you’re doing a Pyramid theme you could have a tomb opening where they could find hieroglyphics, and a hieroglyphics decoder, etc.
You can get creative as well where it’s a traditional escape room, they’re locked in with locks you bought from the store.
You could hide the code in newspapers, papers, etc. You can also hide money boxes that contain the key to a lock.
Another option is to have a board with clues hung up on it.
For example, you could have the hieroglyphics hung up on the board, and they’d have to find the hieroglyphics decoder around the room.
Creating an Escape Room in Your Home
Remember, it’s the first time you’ll be creating an escape room, so it doesn’t have to be elaborate or a crazy storyline.
Work with what room you have in your home, and if possible lock them in for a true escape room experience.
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