11 life hacking how to make a great escape room and get maximum profit

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Escape rooms exist are not a first year. This entertainment industry continues to grow every year, gathering more and more people around it. People likes this immersive experience, which means opening their ER continues to be a profitable business.

However, now exit games have become much more difficult than they were at the very beginning. This fact makes them more expensive and difficult to create than they were at the very beginning of their appearance in the entertainment market. But nevertheless, there are several life hacks, relying on which, you will save a decent amount and create a competitive, interesting game.

Pick up a room without windows

If for offices and shops the lack of windows is often a minus, for an escape room this is rather a plus - the windows are not needed, since there is an extra noise coming from there. In addition, the windows are often sealed, as the view outside the windows can disturb the immersion. Thus, a room without windows, which is also usually cheaper to rent, is ideal for an escape room. The main thing is that it complies with sanitary standards, it should be dry and clean.

Larger locations are better than smaller ones.

Even if you are planning to open just one game for financial reasons, it is better to choose a room in which it will be possible to make some more games over time than to spend time and money on finding, designing and hiring employees for a new place.

It's no secret that almost always escape game is a one-time entertainment. Therefore, to make it interesting for people to come to you again, it is better to have a place to create new games.

Make a connected story

The plot should give players motivation and explain why they should do this or that action. Without a plot, players will simply perform an incoherent set of tasks that will not be stored in their memory and are unlikely to cause any emotions.

Choose such a plot for escape room, for which it is easier to find a scenery and props

The most beneficial in this regard are the plots in which you can use the decorations in the spirit of the modern era or a little earlier (20-40 years ago). A very large amount of furniture for such games can be easily found at you home, at your friends, to buy at a flea market, or even to obtained completely free of charge at a dump.

Exit games “Mad Vet” and “Room 1408” were created with this kind of decorations and props. This approach allowed saving at least 10,000 euros, than if a new furniture was bought or made to order.

Suggest something new

It is clear that a story about a maniac or an escape from prison will not surprise anyone. But everything old can easily become new and unique if you contribute something of your own. The original presentation of the plot, high-quality acting performance or surprisingly realistic design - all this can make a new, unique project from the most hackneyed plot.

Make an escape room a dynamic

Players do not have to constantly solve scanwords or sudoku for an entire hour. Tasks in the exit game should be diverse and seamlessly alternate with each other. Here, the players thought a little, there they used physical force, here they searched for something here. This will not let visitors get bored, which is very important, because they came to have fun.

Reduce costs where possible

Escape rooms with electronic riddles are interesting and entertaining. But if you are not an engineer or do not have the ability to hire an engineer to create and maintain these kinds of puzzles, it makes sense to come up with mechanical, logical puzzles, sports tasks. Also suitable riddles with chemical interaction (safe!), ciphers, code locks.

Such puzzles can be easily created by a beginner with a manuals in an Internet. It's are inexpensive to maintain and replace in case of breakage. With skillful use, they can replace expensive to create and maintain electronics devices.

Do not use fragile props

Any game item that can easily to fail or break is not suitable for ER.

In the case of breakage, the exception is quite cheap consumables, which should break down according to the story.

Glass in the exit room is unacceptable - if it breaks, there is a big risk that players will get hurt. This is a minus to the reputation.

Have a financial pillow

In the process of creating an escape room, as in any business, at one point something can go wrong. The project creation time may be lengthened, costly repairs or equipment will be required. All this increases the project budget. If you do not have a financial pillow in force majeure, you will not be able to cover the costs incurred. As a result, you will spend money on creating an ER, which will never open.

Do not neglect marketing

Start advertising your escape room worth when you are just starting to create it. Try to get as many people as possible to know that you are opening soon an interesting project that is definitely worth a visit. Attract first visitors by a discounts and interesting offers.

Come up with an easy and memorable name for your brand.

No need to make it harder for people to remember you and your product. Come up with something positive, bright and easy. Long, tricky name will be difficult for people to remember. Thus, you yourself will create difficulties in promoting an escape room.

Knowing these simple and easy-to-use tips can help you make a good, high-quality entertainment product. And if you are not confident in your abilities and are afraid to make irreparable mistakes, I will always be happy to help you. Just email me to me@super-escape-room.com or any way you can.

With respect, Vladimir Kalugin.


Click on the picture and go to the page with a detailed story about the escape room creation:

The story of the creation of the escape room “Apocalypse”. Alicante, Spain.

The story about creation of a high-tech escape game "Apocalypse"

Creepy "Mad Vet" escape room.

 Nice, France

A story from which you will learn how to save 10,000 euros on decorations.
And how to build the most atmospheric escape room in Nice.

Mystic escape game
"Room 1408".
Nice, France

An exciting story from the escape room construction about the hotel in which strange things happen. 

Creation of "Edison - The Machine of Spirits" escape room.

Ashdod, Israel

An epic story with photos about how the real escape game is built.
With the sending of scenery and electronics from the RF.

Creation of the "Matrix" escape room. Dusseldorf, Germany

The biggest escape room that I built. Read the construction report at the link below.

Escape room: “There is someone In this house…” construction story — from an empty room to the first game.

The story of creation the creepy performance escape room about an abandoned house.

How to make a fearful and interesting horror ...

Photo report about escape room for children.

Frankfurt am Main, Germany

Photo from the process of building a children's escape room "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory." WITHOUT sending decorations and electronics from the RF.

How the Mossad escape room was built. Ashdod, Izrael

Detailed photoreport about creation process of the escape room "Mossad - Shadow Wars" in Israel.

Portable escape game- "Hackers Attack"

Montreal, Canada

The story of the creation of a portable game that fits in several boxes. It is created for carrying out games at office or at the customer's house.

Escape room creation services

Experience in the escape games industry since 2014.

Scenario for an escape room

The scenario, which describes the puzzles and the plot, is the main document for the escape room construction.
If you intend to make the escape room by yourself, you need this document. For many years I have been writing scenarios for a escape game of various formats:

- Classic escape rooms

- Outdoor escape games

- Mobile escape rooms

- Portable escape rooms

- Tourist escape games

- Gamification of excursions and museums

- Escape room for advertising a main business

Portative escape room

Portable quest games that fit in multiple boxes. Easily fit in the back seat of a car. Props and riddles are made using unique gameplay models so that the impressions of the players are as positive as possible.

The quest contains more props and is a complete replacement for the classic quest room in the new version.

Escape room construction services

Construction of escape rooms anywhere in the world. You get a unique product created by all the rules of game design. The construction process is as open and understandable as possible. Creating an escape room for any task and any format including the most non-standard solutions:

- Escape games with actors

- Real-life escape rooms

- Escape games in a bus or container

- Portable escape rooms

- Outdoor escape games

Making props for an escape rooms

Production of photorealistic body parts and corpses entirely in full size silicone. Human-made corpses for an escape room, arms, legs, fingers, organs.

If you make a horror game, silicone premium props will be a great decoration for your escape room.

- Whole body

- Legs, feet

- Hands, wrists, fingers

- Heads, eyes and organs

Thank you for visiting my site

Ordering a script or building a escape room from me you get:
Builder with 3 years of experience building a escape games;
Engineer with an experience of working with electronics for more than 8 years;
Designer and decorator who will perform the creation of all the necessary objects of entourage for your escape room;
The scriptwriter who writes not only an interesting script with unusual puzzles, but also thinks how to save you money.

Sincerely, Vladimir Kalugin

Game development services in the USA, Canada, Asia, Australia, Germany, Italy, Spain, France, England, India, Sweden, Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland, Portugal, New Zeland, Japan, Israel. 
Escape room design and scenario game, blueprint escape room, escape room puzzle.