What is an Escape Game?

The White House is under attack, and you’re trapped inside. The President was escorted to a safe bunker, and secret service agents are neutralized.

But wait, it gets worse.

The rebels have launched a series of missiles that can only be disarmed inside the Oval Office. And only you can disarm them. Time starts now.

This is an escape game: an immersive game in which teammates have 60 minutes to solve puzzles and crack codes in order to escape a room and, in this case, save the world.

What used to be an online brainteaser first came to life in Japan in 2007. Since then, the real-life escape game has spread to cities across Japan, China, the United States, and more with over a million participants.

Each themed room features props and decorations that transport players into an alternate reality. The “Crisis at 1600” room, for example, is furnished with real-life replicas you would find in the Oval Office, such as the White House seal or the Resolute desk, to amplify the guest experience.

“Online escape games are a lot of fun,” says corporate sales manager Jennifer Cinque. “The difference is online you’re clicking to move the items, while in our real rooms you are actually moving the items. The biggest difference is in the experience itself.”

Escape games reel in puzzle lovers, riddle enthusiasts, adrenaline junkies, and more. But the rooms are a one-of-a-kind experience for any age group and audience, whether they’re looking for a corporate team-building activity or just a fun family outing.

Our goal is to bring an alternative form of entertainment to the Orlando area,” says escape artist Natasha Montes. “We pride ourselves on being the most immersive escape game here with features like themed lighting, sound, and special effects that make you feel like you’re really there.”