I’m not sure about the rest of the country, but Escape Games have been taking over Indianapolis with a pretty strong force. Everyone seems to be into them: youth groups, work retreats, date nights, girls night out…you get the idea. I read that these games originated in Asia and are based off video games where you have to explore your surroundings in order to escape. They sound so odd, at first, until you realize that it’s just figuring out series of puzzles and codes within an hour. Oh, and there’s a theme.
Breakout Indianapolis is located on the north side of town, close to Castleton (not to be confused with The Escape Room Indianapolis downtown where we totally lost someone). For my first “breakout”, I went with a group of previous co-workers for The Museum Heist adventure. I wasn’t sure what to expect–I just knew there was a room and we had to escape from it. Without giving too much away, we figured it out. Well, mostly other people figured it out and I walked around giving looks of approval. There’s so much going on at one time that it’s hard to follow everything. Spoiler alert: we broke out.
I went a second time with my house church for the Casino Royale room. I was pleased that it was a completely different set of puzzles, so my previous experience didn’t really help me complete things any faster. There were so many different pieces and so many people involved that I, once again, wasn’t really sure what I was doing, but offered lots of verbal affirmation. We broke out again.
Basically, I rock at these.
My initial takeaway? Escape rooms are fun for something different, but they seem to be lacking something. We were done in 40-something minutes, which was shorter than my drive there and back. I think the challenges need to be longer or the building needs to have a pizzeria attached for everyone to hang out afterwards. We had a Groupon (it’s still there!) for 1/2 price, but the usual price is $25 a person per each game, which seems like a pretty expensive 40 minute date night.
My other takeaway? People must be bored. I really think our lives full of commutes and deadlines and emails and bedtime routines lack a sense of adventure that we were intended to experience. We don’t have to solve many puzzles or combat unique challenges on a regular basis. We watch action movies in droves as a sort of vicarious living instead of working out our own epic tale. Based on the popularity of these games, I infer that they are tapping into something deeper than just a creative night out: a longing for a fascinating life.
But I haven’t figured out how to market that into a marketable, hour-long experience yet, so I’ll keep you posted.
Overall Rating: 3.5/5
Anyone else tried the new Escape Room craze?
I think you nailed it…long for a fascinating life. Truth be told, it is pretty fascinating when we take time to look and SEE (more than our phones/virtual lives)… Love this post!
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I haven’t gotten a chance to try the escape room craze yet–they haven’t made it to Dar es Salaam! But I think I’d like to try it. As long as its not scary. I’m a bit claustrophobic–I refuse to take a taxi alone because I don’t like the idea of being locked into a small vehicle! Regardless, I think you are spot on about our longing for adventure. We get bored by the everyday. Or forget to look for the adventure in the everyday. Of course, when life is “exciting” and “adventurous” and “challenging,” we often complain because it is hard. Demanding creatures, us humans. 🙂
Haha, it looks like your life has lots of adventure-not sure if you need the escape rooms 🙂 Thanks for sharing!
I’ve been wanting to try Escape the Room, but I think my friends were not crazy about the idea of sharing the room with a zombie. But they just look so fun! I agree that I think people are getting bored, but I just love that there are so many new fun and creative ways to stay busy and away from phones and screens!
Haha, we don’t have the zombie theme here! And yes, I would much rather be promoting team work and playing games together instead of being glued to my screen. Good point!
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HI Lindsay. Thanks for checking out my blog. I had a chance to read your recent posts…great job. Makes me sad though that you aren’t local to me. You seem like to kind of friend/nighbour I would love to invite to dinner (as long as you bring dessert). Great recipes and content.
Aww, that is so sweet! Thanks for sharing!
Never heard of it! Fun 🙂
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I’m curious now to do a breakout.
It’s definitely worth a try!
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