- by Elliott Bailey
- Filed under At home dates, Cheap dates, Love language: Gifts, Love language: Time, Top 10.
Transform your living room into an escape room for game night!
Escape Room games place players in a ‘locked room’ which they try to escape from. To succeed at this challenge they’ll need to find clues, solve mysteries, and have a lot of fun!
Usually these escape rooms are elaborate adventure experiences, run as a professional business, but you can design your own to play at home. It’s great for chilling with friends, family or your soulmate.
Check out this escape room Pinterest board to get inspired!
If hacking together a bunch of puzzles isn’t your thing just grab one of the printable escape room kits below. You can just download the pdf, print the puzzles out, and you’re ready to play. They also have a themed Spotify playlist to set the mood (although, one of them is Zombie themed, which isn’t usually what people see as ‘romantic’).
Overall they’re a great date night since you’re doing a challenge together.
Trust me: tackling a joint challenge brings you together faster than Bear Grills and a perilous situation.
(Don’t believe me? Check out how one couple used ‘Rebel Revolt’ from Lock Paper Scissors for an exciting date night in!)
An alternate idea is to use one of the kid’s escape room kits for a family date. They’re more for kids but you can run it together with them and make a day of it.
Here’s the best games from the Lock Paper Scissors website:
If you love crafting puzzles then you might prefer creating a full DIY escape room. You’ll need around 10 hours to plan & prep one of these but it’s totally fun.
Don’t worry – it doesn’t have to cost big $$ like the pros. Here’re a few puzzles you can easily make using props from around your home or a quick trip to the shops.
Note: If you’re after a more detailed guide check out my Blueprint for creating your 1st escape room.
If you’re going to DIY an escape game including a lock or combination puzzle is a must. There’re heaps of cheap ways of designing one of these:
All of these require your players to use some imagination but you’re doing this to have fun with mates – not run a business. If you’re concerned about it not feeling authentic enough just put a bit of effort into a great theme and story. E.g. grab some props from a thrift shop, add mood lighting with some candles, or jam some mojo in using a custom Spotify playlist etc…
Group games, that get everyone involved, add a ton of laughs to your escape room. Try these:
Basically every escape room on the planet uses ciphers. They’re fun, cheap to make, and add a lot of gameplay time as players try to solve them.
The only issue is making them too hard. Remember, you’re designing a fun game – not math class. Here’re some easy ciphers that are actually doable in a 60 min DIY game at home: