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The Escape Game Announces Mall of America® Store Coming Summer 2017

Feb 8, 2017

Minneapolis is about to get a little more adventurous as America’s #1 Escape Room opens in the iconic Mall of America®!

As Tripadvisor’s #1 Escape Room in the nation, The Escape Game features rooms including Gold Rush, Prison Break, and Mission: Mars that immerse the players in a story where they can be the hero. Minneapolis will be joining Nashville, Chicago, Orlando, Pigeon Forge, and Austin as a city that features this amazing, interactive experience.

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Best Halloween Costumes to Wear to The Escape Game

Oct 31, 2016

Do you want a chance to win 20lbs of candy and a free escape experience? All you have to do is come to The Escape Game on Halloween in costume! But what’s the best costume to wear this year to the escape game? Try one of these on for size!

 

Eleven

Stranger Things, a show all about solving mysteries, has a ton of different characters who would be perfect for an escape game! Like Joyce Byers who uses Christmas lights to contact her son, or Nancy who ventures into the upside-down to try and help Barb escape. But ultimately the best character to dress up like is Eleven, the unpredictable and resilient child who escapes her father, the laws of science, and death! She’d be the perfect competitor for an escape game.

The Winchester Brothers

Supernatural is about two brothers uncovering a mystery about their family and stopping evil all throughout their journey. Sam and Dean are great character costumes for an escape room, because they always manage to *just* escape serious trouble!

Sheldon Cooper

Sheldon Cooper is a classic hilarious genius. Although he was not a part of the Big Bang Theory group who played an escape game on the show (and escaped in 6 minutes!), he could still make it out all on his own skill and intellect. Sheldon can get himself out of any puzzling scenario, and an escape game would be a cakewalk for him!

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift may not be an obvious choice, but think about it: she’s a songwriter than can use words to change the entire life of an ex-boyfriend. She knows the power of words leading to action, which is just the riddle-solving mentality that is required.

An Alien

Sometimes you need to get rid of everything you know to be true in order to conquer an escape room, and an alien is perfect for that! Rid yourself of all those earthly constructs like how walls can’t be doors, maps can’t be riddles, or a simple number can’t be the code to freedom. Aliens don’t think like us earthlings, so they will be able to get around what we’ve become so accustomed to.

These costumes are sure to inspire your inner escape artist! Not only do you get to dress up, but you enter to win a free escape experience and 20lbs of candy! To make this Halloween one to remember, book here!

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How Playing The Escape Game Can Make You Healthier, Happier and Smarter

Feb 10, 2016

Have you ever tried to double tap on text in a book? Is your phone the first thing you reach for when you open your eyes in the morning?

If you can relate to either of these moments, you might be an addict – a technology addict, that is. Don’t get us wrong: we love technology as much as the next person, but it’s easy to overdose on the benefits of today’s digital age. If you’re ready to give your eyes a break and interact with friends technology-free, The Escape Game Dallas is the attraction for you! Here’s a couple ways our games will change your life:

The Escape Game Dallas will make you healthier.

Well, for starters, you won’t be sitting at a desk, behind a computer screen, or in front of a television. You’ll actually be moving and actively engaging with the world around you. Don’t worry – we won’t ask you to run a marathon (you’re locked in a room, after all), but you’ll definitely get your adrenaline pumping and see your heart rate rise. 

The Escape Game Dallas will make you happier.

Imagine the relief and excitement you feel when you remember where you misplaced your keys. Now multiply that by 100. That’s how rewarding it feels when you break out of the room and complete your escape. Seriously. Most of our players report feeling pumped for the rest of the day (or even week) after they play The Escape Game Dallas. It’s not uncommon for players to return quickly with family and friends because they’re so eager to take take on their next experience.

The Escape Game Dallas will make you an escape genius.

Logic skills. Ingenuity. Common sense. Problem solving. Our wide variety of puzzles offer ways to test every type of intelligence, and these are the skills that really matter. Work out your brain in new ways and discover the hidden genius inside of you. Now, don’t get us wrong – we don’t recommend using The Escape Game as a study method for the SAT, GRE, or LSAT. But it’s definitely an opportunity to take a well-deserved break from the rigors of everyday life to test your smarts in a way that’s so fun, you’ll forget you’re even using your brain. 

It’s time to step back from the many stresses of day-to-day life. The Escape Game Dallas is your opportunity for a memorable, real-life interaction that you’ll be talking about for days. Book online to meet your new (healthy) addiction!

 

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Stuck? How to Rethink Your Escape

Nov 17, 2015

We’re all insane—at least, according to Albert Einstein, that is. Everyone is guilty of doing the same thing over and over again, and expecting different results. Don’t deny it! Remember the time your smartphone froze and you kept tapping the screen? Or that time you kept poking the remote control for your television, only to realize moments later that the battery was dead? Yeah, we’ve been there too.

At The Escape Game, trying to enter the same (i.e. wrong) combination code or trying to force the same (i.e. unfitting) puzzle pieces over and over again only wastes your time. Yet, when teams are stuck and don’t know how to move forward, we’ve noticed they tend to focus on the same problem as the clock ticks away.

Insane? Well, we weren’t the ones who said so!

Tips to Break Out of The Escape Game Dallas

 

To win The Escape Game Dallas, it’s important to keep the momentum going. After all, you’re racing against the clock! Here are a few tips in case you get stuck in the middle of a room—and by “stuck,” we mean in addition to the fact that you’re trapped inside.

Search for Uneven Features

Does a patch of carpet look unusual? Does a painting look like it contains a subliminal message? Does that tiny hole in the wall not belong? Look for unusual features in the room to guide your progress forward! And don’t forget—sometimes the most important clues are right below your nose and feet!

Retrace Your Steps

There’s a reason Scooby Doo, Nancy Drew, Sherlock Holmes and other famous investigators retraced their steps in their stories—because it works. If you get stuck, try retracing your steps to make sure your team didn’t overlook anything. Then come back and approach the solution from another angle. You’ll be surprised at the various ways clues can go together!

Give Someone Else a Try

At this point in the game, you may find that your team has split into smaller groups to complete the mission. A few people might gather by a board to solve a math challenge while others figure out how to assemble pieces of a contraption. Before using one of your free hints, make sure everyone in the room has had the opportunity to solve the challenge. You never know how someone’s unique perspective could be the missing piece you needed!

Ready to put these tips to the test? Book The Escape Game today. Reserve your room online.

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Innocent Newbie Mistakes to Avoid at The Escape Game Dallas

Oct 27, 2015

Studies have shown that one of the most important factors in your happiness is the number of Escape Games you can successfully break out of. Relax, we’re kidding! But we totally understand how badly you want to make it out of your room, and we can’t help but cheer you on!

Believe it or not, when it comes to escaping, there is a fine art to making mistakes. However, teams often come out of their rooms with precious insight about ways they could have be more efficient in their escape adventure. So what if you could avoid some of their most common (and time-consuming) mistakes altogether? To save you some time and make you look like an expert escape artist, let’s go over a couple of the most frequent mistakes we see teams make at The Escape Game. In no particular order, here we go:

1. Not looking close enough. 

We know what you’re thinking – you just wanted to take a good look at the whole room and admire our interior design skills. Completely understandable! But don’t forget, some of the most important clues are the smallest. You may have to rethink your approach and dig a little deeper into your surroundings. Don’t be afraid to really look closely at your surroundings, and search down low and up high as well (just don’t forget the rule about standing on furniture!) Remember: sometimes, the beauty is in the detail.

2. Waiting too long to ask for a clue.

Afraid you might get stuck and not know what your next move should be during your escape? Don’t worry – your team will start the game with three free clues that you can use at any point throughout the game! Where does the mistake come in, then? Often times, teams know that they’re stuck but decide to wait it out in case they need their free clues later in the game. While this is a fair point, we recommend asking for a clue if you notice that a few minutes go by without any progress or new leads. Keep the momentum going, every second counts!

3. Putting all your eggs in one basket.

We totally get it – when you find a new clue, it’s natural for everyone to want to come check it out and offer their insight! There’s nothing wrong with this instinct at all, but after everyone has had a second to contribute, we recommend leaving just one or two people working on that task. That way, everyone else in your team is free to search the rest of the room or continue on the things you were already working on. By having different people solving different clues simultaneously, you increase your team’s productivity and efficiency, which really increases your likelihood of escaping.

4. Forgetting about a clue.

Believe it or not, this happens! Sometimes, you might find a clue, key, or combination early in the game when you don’t actually need to use it until later. When the time comes to use the precious info, sometimes the whole team has already forgotten you even had it! We recommend keeping all clue components in one central place in the room, so you know exactly where to go looking when you realize you need something from twenty minutes ago.

5. Not communicating clues to the rest of your team. 

This final mistake is pretty similar to number four, but it happens just as often so we decided it deserved a spot of its own. Sometimes, one person in the team will find a clue or combination, but they keep the information to themselves or only tell some of their teammates. Then, later in the game when your team needs that combination, not everyone knows about it! Your teammates who were left in the dark earlier might think you’re missing valuable information, when really, they just didn’t know what you found! Make sure to communicate anything that seems promising to all your teammates, so that everyone is on the same page moving forward.

By avoiding these mistakes, you will have a smooth first experience at The Escape Game Dallas. Do you think your team is ready to take on the challenge? Book your experience online today – good luck!

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