Is pervasive boredom all around you? Don’t you know how to spend your free time? Are you bored with monotonousness and endless repetitiveness ? Would you like to try out something completely new? Well … I’ve also been asking myself the same questions and hopefully more and more places start offering us unique kinds of entertainment, as well as great possibilities to have a nice afternoon. So called Escape Rooms have become quite popular for some time. They can move us to various corners of the globe, both the real world and the fantasy one. What does it really mean for an average mortal?
As their name suggests, Escape Rooms are the rooms from which you’re supposed to find the way out in one hour time. As I’ve already mentioned before, the rooms may be decorated according to different themes, from wild west to outer space, from ancient Egypt to the castle of famous Dracula … every kind under the sun. In every room you will find various clues, riddles and codes, which theoretically should help you find the way out.
How did this adventure look like in my case? Well, it was my first time … one of many which we experience in our lives. Generally speaking I had a certain vision of what might have happened in such a place, nevertheless a few things really surprised me. Let’s start from the beginning! We had chosen one of many venues in Katowice, which offered us participation in elaborately prepared mysteries and riddles just like from movies about famous Hercule Poirot. The place was situated in the center of Katowice, Stawowa Street 3/6. At the outset, our group was greeted by the host and divided into two teams. The first one was sent to ancient Egypt, and the second one to the castle of Dracula. For obvious, reasons I can’t reveal you everything, as it would seriously undermine the above mentioned friendly host’s business. So I’ll try to present everything in short. I was in the team which was literally sent to the world of ancient Egypt. The room was perfectly decorated with the sand beneath our feet and paintings on the walls, which looked like the original interiors of the Egyptian pyramids, and could certainly be associated with famous Pharaohs. Before entering this extraordinary chamber, we were given some instructions how to move around the room and we were told the introduction to our game story. Namely, during our holiday stay in Egypt, one of us … in fact a person calling for adrenaline … talked us into leaving a boring and predictable guided tour around the ancient pyramid and going sightseeing on our own. While admiring beautiful hieroglyphs in close, one of us … and certainly a clumsy person, pulled down on the lever and we all got stuck in a small room (PS. Slightly more detailed introduction is available on the Escape Room Katowice web page, so I haven’t revealed you too much information!). At the very beginning we were all very excited about the game, we were discovering various trunks, books and building blocks which were supposed to lead us to find the key opening the door and let us free to the real world again. While entering the room I had a thought ‘Great … it can’t be too difficult, can it?’, however my way of thinking was verified quite fast … and I was colloquially speaking knocked down a peg or two! After finding the obvious clues … we were left out and forgotten together with a heap of various padlocks which could be opened in different ways with the use of simple keys or complicated codes to increase the rush of adrenaline. The first half an hour would go by in no time, and unfortunately we got stuck … Egypt wouldn’t be Egypt without mobile phones … so we decided to call our host and a very close friend of Pharaoh … and we asked him for the first clue. The clock with red digits (a little bit like a time bomb) reminded us of passing time and we started making regular calls from Egypt to Poland as they occurred to be rather necessary … of course, we explained it to ourselves as so called homesickness. What can I say? We failed with putting building blocks together, they were of different shapes which made our task more difficult. The building blocks were supposed to help us find the key to open the door. While struggling with previously mentioned building blocks, I imagined a chimpanzee being prized for putting the blocks in the right holes. Unfortunately, we didn’t manage to get out of the room within an hour and we were beaten by the team from the Dracula chamber. But seriously … girls from my team were just awesome and did extremely well, they broke the codes, solved intricate mysteries and mathematical riddles. They also dug carefully the whole desert … and that’s not a small achievement!
This kind of entertainment is great and truly motivates to think creatively. I’d recommend it to all kinds of adventurers! You can also be like Indiana Jones … it’s enough to take a group of friends and visit one of the chosen Escape Rooms! I’ve already tried it out … and you? What are you waiting for?
See you around!
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Photo with masks by Escape Room Katowice
Comments: 28 replies added
Always love escape rooms, I think they are an awesome idea and thing to do! Haven't done one in a while and this blog post made me want to do another, thanks for sharing!
It's something nice to do once in a while for a change! :) Hope you'll find time to visit one soon. :)
Super fun! I did one of these with my work and personalities really come out.
Yes, they really do come out. :)
I have never done one of these YET but I hear so many great things about them. I hear that they are so much fun. Many teachers create Escape Room activities in the classroom that coincides with curriculum and the kids LOVE them.
Oh, I'm a teacher ... and you gave me an idea for a superb lesson. :) Thanks for sharing your comment! :)
I’ve been wanting to try one of these. But now I’m sold!
You'll definitely enjoy such a place :)
I think you have to be with the right group of people. My husband and I would flight in this experience
Yes, I also have some competitive friends who need to win every time ... it makes the game even harder! :)
I have always wanted to try this but no one around me is willing to come along. ❥ tanvii.com
You could try it out for your b'day or another occasion ... maybe your friends would be more willing to participate then in such a game! :)
I love Escape rooms! One the best things you can do on a night out with friends.
I agree, each time you visit such a place you can experience something totally new. :)
Escape rooms are the best. My family is planning on doing one for my sister's birthday and I cannot wait.
I hope you'll have a great time with your family and that your sister will never forget this b'day! :)
Have never tried it.. but will try it for sure...
Oh you should definitely give it a try! :)
Sounds like a fun time with friends who love adventure as much as I do! :)
I think this kind of leisure activity is mainly for people who love adventure! :)
The escape room sounds really fun and team-building. I have never been to anything like that before, but I know many people from my job would benefit from this type of activity (me included).
It's really team-building as you can check how well you can cooperate with certain people in your group. :)
I have heard so much about these escape rooms and have been curious. I think I may find one and book it for a night of fun. Nailil www.thirtyminusone.com
You should try it out, it's real fun and it's great to do something different from time to time! :)
I've always wanted to try one of these. Maybe I will get the courage one day since there always seems to be a groupon deal for a few in my area.
Don't hesitate and if you can make use of groupon it's even better! :) I also paid little money for my escape room, but it was fun! :)
I love escape rooms. SO Darcee & I did one here in New Orleans that was the Voodoo Rooms. It was my first time and we almost made it out with 2 clues left when time ran out. But I was totally amazed not only with the decor but how you get sucked into the adventure like a kid becoming Indiana Jones as you put it. The second one we did was a group in San Diego and it was a Mexican Mayan Ruins so it was definitely something out of an adventure book. Doing one in an Egyptian pyramid...that may be the next one for me too! Very cool!
Actually, I'm going to visit another escape room on Friday, but I don't know the theme yet. I'm glad your experiences were so positive and I hope you'll enjoy the next visits. :)