THE HISTORY OF ESCAPE ROOMS
The concept of escape rooms began with first-person adventure video games. Players interacted with their surroundings by clicking on-screen objects. Video games like Myst and Crimson Room allowed players to control their environment with just a mouse and a few simple commands. Certain elements of these point-and-click adventure games–interacting with hidden elements in your surroundings. Solving puzzles, goal-oriented plotlines–became key features in what later became known as “escape rooms.”
The first documented escape room was created by a Japanese company called SCRAP in 2007. Players were ushered into a themed room where in order to escape, they had to solve a series of puzzles and riddles in a set period of time. Before long, escape rooms became popular, permanent fixtures in Japan and spread to China and the rest of Asia. Around this time, the first escape room in Europe opened in Hungary. Throughout the next five years, more and more permanent escape rooms populated Europe and Asia.
Escape rooms were introduced in the United States around 2012. The Escape Game–that’s us!–began building their first escape room in 2013. The founders of The Escape Game sought to create more impressive escape room locations than the ones currently in the United States, which were often lackluster rooms filled with just boxes, furniture, and puzzles on pieces of paper. They envisioned building high-caliber live escape rooms that could rival even the best ones in Asia and Europe. They opened up their first escape room location in Nashville, Tennessee in 2014 and have since become the #1-ranked escape room on TripAdvisor in every city they’re in – find an escape game location near you! To this day, The Escape Game aims to create, design, and build the most challenging and immersive escape rooms out there.