8 Reasons Escape Rooms Make Amazing Gifts

Looking for the perfect holiday gift this season? Give them an experience they won’t forget!

Blog post by EXIT GAME

1. Amazing Last-Minute Gift Idea

For all the procrastinators who have waited until Christmas Eve to buy a Christmas present, the escape room gift card will save your day.

2. Experiences over Things

There has been a recent trend of people valuing experiences over things. Maybe it is a generational phenomenon– millenials are portrayed in the media to have this characteristic. Or maybe this has always been the case with people, but it’s only now being talked about more. Perhaps this is a good thing for humanity, to escape the need to accumulate material items. Either way, experiences (or the memories of them) will last a lifetime, whereas the shelf life of a “thing” is fleeting. Giving an escape room as a gift is an exciting experience that can be shared with friends.

3. Unique/ Never Received This Gift Before / Memorable!

Given that escape rooms only emerged in the last few years, gifting them as presents probably does not occur to many people. Although gift cards, in general, are ultra-popular, you won’t find an escape room gift card (at least not yet) at your local grocery store. If you want to stand out as unique, give the gift of escape.

4. Never Played an Escape Room In for a big surprise!

Similar to the previous point, but this deserves its own mention. Not only will you be giving a super unique gift, but you will simultaneously be introducing a newbie into the escape universe. There has yet to be a human being found that doesn’t like escape rooms (truth, does not require source). Your gamble here will pay super big dividends once your giftee discovers that you’ve introduced them to their new biggest passion in life.

That look you give when you find out you are going to an escape room

5. Easy Gift / Technically an E-commerce purchase

Technology (high five to the internet) has made it easy for you to gift this experience. Although you can buy a gift voucher online and the person can redeem it online, they WILL eventually have to visit a physical location to fully experience the gift.

6. A “Flexible” Gift

An escape room can be a great gift whether you know the person really well or not (like a secret Santa or white elephant exchange). The person you know well will think, “wow, what a thoughtful gift!” While the stranger will think, “cool, I’ve always wanted to try an escape room!” Additionally– the person receiving the escape room gift voucher: 1) Can redeem it whenever they want (no expiration); 2)Play any game (offered at location). 3)Can use for a large or smaller group. Example, 10 tickets can be used for 1 game and 10 people; or, 2 people could play all 5 games (2×5= 10 tickets); or some combination in between.

7. Double the Excitement

Happiness when they get the gift. Another dose of happiness when they actually use it. Definitely a two-fer. Best bang for your buck holiday or birthday gift idea.

8. They Might Invite You!

Selfish reason, but hey! It’s almost like buying yourself a gift, but not as obvious.

ANNOUNCEMENT – Clue Quest Valentine’s Escape Game – Play From Home

CLUE QUEST

Valentine’s Special: Mechanics of the Heart

  •  Hide a personalized message into the game
  •  Remind your friends or love how much they mean to you
  •  Fewest printed pages
  •  Aligns perfectly with Valentine’s Day
  •  It brings you closer to those you love

Mission Brief

New to Print+Cut+Escape, and a first for any play at home escape game, hide a personalised message into the game to remind your friends or significant others how much they mean to you, and teach MM7 about the heart in the process! Mechanics of the Heart shows love to our planet with the fewest printed pages, while not compromising on the volume of puzzles. The timing of this new mission aligns perfectly with Valentine’s Day, but its story and how it brings you closer to those you love will stand the test of time.

Story

Mr. and Mrs. Q’s helpful and reliable reconnaissance droid, MM7, is starting to ask questions all robots inevitably ask, “What is Love?” and “How do you know you’re loved?” You’ll be tasked to help MM7 decipher the complex and puzzling ways of love in our world in order to help focus him on our daily mission to save the world from the villainous network of the Evil Professor.

ESCAPE ROOMS – Edaqa’s Room: Carnival – Online

  • Title: Edaqa’s Room: Carnival
  • Homepage: https://edaqasroom.com/game/carnival
  • Quick Description: A Puzzling adventure at the Carnival.
  • Flavour Text: The Carnival is coming and you’re definitely going! Rumour has it that a secret society is hiding there, luring potential members with puzzles spread over the fair grounds. Come; show your mettle; beat the carnies at their own games.
  • Game Style: Similar to a point-and-click adventure, though less story and more puzzles.
  • Multiplayer: 2-4 players in cooperative multiplayer. Solo play also works, but team play is encouraged. There is no technical player limit, though beyond four it gets busy.
  • Regular Price: $12.50
  • Players: 1-4, though multiplay is preferred to solo play
  • Requirements: Firefox, Chrome, or newest Edge browser
  • Playtime: Teams averaged around 90 minutes. There is no game timer: players may take as long as they like, even leave and come back.
  • Release Date: November 13, 2020

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ANNOUNCEMENT- The Scarab’s Curse – Online

Clue Chase has just revealed their latest breakthrough escape room product, “The Scarab’s Curse”.

The Scarab’s Curse is the latest offering from the Manhattan-based game company. Having specialized in in-person entertainment for the last five years, Covid presented Clue Chase with a unique challenge. How can the fun and excitement of an escape room be translated into a game that can be played remotely, while in isolation?

Clue Chase’s in-house team of game designers have spent the last eight months dedicated to solving this puzzle, and they are very pleased with what they’ve come up with. The transition to an online-only environment for this game has allowed them to present information to players in entirely new ways – utilizing the Unity engine to present video game elements, and a myriad of webpages, real and fake, for the players to delve into in order to solve the mystery.

The game takes place on the set of 1939 Hollywood’s latest blockbuster, “The Scarab’s Curse”. The lead actress has just been found murdered, and the producers believe a member of the crew may be to blame. In order to prevent public panic and a possible PR disaster, the producers have locked down the studio and hired a P.I. firm, which is where you come in. You and your team will take on the role of these private investigators,dig through the studio lot for clues, learn everything you can about the cast and crew, and apply that knowledge to solving the murder.

“The Scarab’s Curse” can be played with a team of up to four players, the total cost of the game is $40 (just $10 per player)! The game can be played remotely, using a client such as Zoom, or in person, with your pod or family. It should take roughly one hour to complete, and a system of clues is available to help players who may feel stuck. Only one person in your group needs to purchase access to the game, as that player will receive a set of codes to share with the other members of their team, enabling them to play. Access to a laptop or desktop, preferably with the Chrome browser, is also required. 

For more information about the Scarab’s Curse, or their in person escape rooms, which have recently reopened, please refer to their website at https://cluechase.com