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New to Armchair Escapist? Or new to escape rooms in general? Here’s what you need to know.

What is an escape room?

The traditional escape room sees you and some friends locked in a room together, where your goal is to escape within 60 minutes.

To do this, you need to work together to follow clues, solve puzzles and crack codes. You’ll interact with a range of analogue, electronic and digital elements in order to make your way out.

You’re usually monitored with CCTV by a Games Master (GM) who’ll also offer you clues if you’re stuck.

Whether or not you escape, the experience is usually rounded off with a team photo.

It’s arguably the most fun you can have with your clothes on. And though I’ve no evidence to support this, I’d imagine it’s in the top five things you can do with your clothes off too.

What is Armchair Escapist?

Armchair Escapist is a place for escape room fans and aspiring designers alike to be entertained and inspired.

For escape room fans, you can expect to see a host of tips and tricks that’ll maximise your experience and give you the best chance of success.

For aspiring escape room designers, you’ll find reviews of puzzle types, design tips and downloadable escape experiences that you can replicate at home, in the office or classroom.

Here you’ll also find reviews of escape rooms situated in Wales, UK, as well as reviews of portable escape room experiences that can be played at home.

Where do I go from here?

If you’re looking for an escape room to play, check out my list of Welsh escape rooms.

If you’re looking for some tips on escaping, check out these top tips to escape room success.

Fancy playing some FREE puzzles? Look no further – here are some freebies for you.