Origin of Escape Room Games


It seems the whole world has got caught up in the excitement of escape rooms. It is the phenomenon which has taken over the globe, based on so-called escape the room video games like `Tomb Raider` and Takagism, the popular online game from Japan. It was in 2007 that Takao Kato, from the Japanese publishing firm `SCRAP Co` in Kyoto, designed the REG or Real Escape Game. The concept first proved to be a huge hit in Asia. Escape room games, held in permanent locations, were all the rage in Taiwan, Singapore and Mainland China. However, it would not be too long before they spread to different corners of the world.

It was in 2012 that a friend of Takao Kato, named Kazuya Iwata, took an REG to the United States. It was in the city by the bay, San Francisco, where Americans were first introduced to the excitement of a Real Escape Game. It was not too long before the first homegrown American escape room company opened for business. Its name was Puzzle Break and it was set up in Seattle Washington in 2013.

There are now permanent escape room games all over Europe, Australasia, North and South America, Canada and Israel. It is estimated there are more than 2,800 escape room sites across the world. Its popularity has spread from students to corporate employees on a team building exercise. Not to mention stag and hen parties or friends looking for a fun adventure on a day out. The thrill of completing an escape room game before the time runs out has even extended to world leaders. It has been reported that last Christmas Eve, departing US President Barack Obama attempted an escape room game in Hawaii and completed it just in time.

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