Sneak Peek: The Mysteries of Alchemy

When Jachin of Modern Treasure Hunt contacted us to beta test a few of his puzzles, we were so excited! We knew him through the community of puzzle lovers and designers and from our interactions with him, we expected something wonderful because of this passion for game design – and he did not disappoint. The… Read more →

Hints in Escape Rooms and Alternate Reality Games

We design both escape games and mail-order alternate reality games. In both, providing hints is essential to smooth gameplay. Our Guidelines for Creating Hints in Escape Games Hints must be straightforward. People are using hints because they feel stuck. We’ve been in situations where we ask for a hint and get a riddle back or… Read more →

Super Soakers – Fun Facts

Remember dousing your friends and family with a Super Soaker?  The creator, Lonnie Johnson was a NASA engineer who came up with the idea while testing a new type of  valve in his bathroom sink.  Water shot across the room and he thought it might make a good water gun.   Success didn’t come right away.  It… Read more →

Hawthorne Effect In Play Testing: Game Design Diaries

Let’s jump right in: The Hawthorne Effect causes people to behave differently when they know they’re being observed. A Little History The Hawthorne Effect was named after a study at an electric plant, Hawthorne Works, in the early 1920s. Researchers wanted to determine how lighting impacted productivity and found that all lighting changes increased productivity…. Read more →

We Love Rave Reviews! New Escape Game Reviews

There’s a certain amount of breath-holding when we submit a game for review. Although our team has designed over ten escape games and we’d consider ourselves seasoned escape game designers, a new game always holds the unknown when presented to escape game reviewers. We’re happy to announce two more rave reviews – whew!!!! A huge… Read more →

Behind the Scenes in Developing a Solve The Mystery Game

We had the pleasure of chatting with the ESCAPETHEROOMers. Hold onto your hats as we discuss our wild ride of launching the Society of Curiosities mystery game in the midst of a Pandemic! Fun Fact: We had been researching the game box subscription market for two years and began planning our game in November of… Read more →