The game that helps for teambuilding – Escape Game


What is an Escape Game? The very word Escape Game spells excitement, enthusiasm, eagerness and enjoyment among employees. All companies should host team building activities once in a while. One of the most effective team building techniques followed today by corporate is the ‘Escape Game”. The ‘Escape Game’ originated in 2006 where the players are locked in a room to play an adventure game. The players should solve a set of puzzles and escape within a certain span of time. This was the brain child of a group of system programmers in Silicon Valley, San Francisco.

Singapore has launched a high tech, 75 minute escape game under the label ‘LOSTSG’. Here the players are shut in a dark and scary room and have to solve mind blowing, abstract puzzles. They have to look out for clues for even a tiny clue could mean a chance to escape from the room. LOST SG is a mammoth space of 2500 sq ft with 5 different escape rooms which can accommodate about 12 players at a time in each of these rooms.

How you are supposed to use this in team building?

This is one of the most effective team building activities because everyone in a particular team is put through the same crisis and are all looking to come out of that crisis. These rooms ensure maximum mental involvement of the players.  This promotes creative and original thinking because the players keep looking for ways to escape from the room. The themes inside these rooms are often scary. Some have themes like ‘The Matrix’ in it.

Escape room Singapore as a team building activity sometimes show fantastic results. The often much-thought-of leader may not be the eventual puzzle solver. But it could be sudden brainwaves of the quieter, timid ones that prove detrimental in making the grand escape. So in a way, this helps in bringing out a lot of dormant skills which improve the morale of the employees and giving them a sense of importance. Sometimes employees even get a promotion, based on how they played in these escape rooms.

Often, the escape is made very difficult, the chances to escape being as low as 8%. But this does not discourage people from trying. Sometimes, they come back again and again, determined to make the escape the next time.

Escape Rooms have made a huge take off from when it started. There are about 2800 Escape Rooms in the world today and it has become a flourishing business. The players pay about 30$ each to be in this room for 50-75 minutes. Even if they don’t escape, they still have a good time. Not only employees of Corporate but also ordinary people who are looking to have some extraordinary activity come to these Escape Rooms just for some weekend fun or so. The highest rated escape rooms in Asia are in Singapore and even tourists have fun while here, in these escape rooms.

There is an online game which forms this sort of entertainment. However, the fun in playing it in real is a lot more fun than playing it on the computer.