Escape games are a fun, safe, hour-long adventure in which in which players like you and your friends, family or coworkers, become active participants in an immersive storyline and must work as a team to solve a multitude of intriguing problems and discover the final clue to “escape” before time runs out! Inspired by popular escape-the-room video games, it’s a beat-the-clock adventure that relies on the cunning of you and your teammates. Simply put, escape rooms are more fun than playing Candy Crush on your phone for the zillionth time, more exciting than going to the movies, and a lot more intellectually stimulating than playing laser tag or paintball. The first escape room opened in the United States in 2012 and now there are over 1,750 locations. What explains the surge in popularity in such a short time span? According to Scott Nicholson, a professor of game design and development at Wilfrid Laurier University, “players eager to look at something other than a glowing screen are flocking to games in the physical world for face-to-face engagement opportunities.”
Escape Ashland opened its first game “The Audition” in 2017 by a local Ashland family who discovered their first escape game while on vacation and decided to bring this unique form of entertainment to Ashland. Designed by a team of local carpenters, electricians, OSF artisans, our games are perfect for all ages and physical abilities and require no prior experience or knowledge. Escape Ashland has become the go-to activity for visiting families, school groups and those seeking a memorable way to celebrate a special occasions.
Our games, “The Audition” and “The Ramblin Rogue Saloon,” are light-hearted, accessible to all and success focused. Our exceptional game hosts ensure that each group leaves feeling challenged and connected in an unforgettable way. Our third experience, “The Scottish Play,” will be opening summer 2019.