Escape Game in Schwabing is (currently) Munich’s youngest real-life room escape. They launched on June 1, 2015, and business has been booming ever since.
Real-life room escapes have grown in popularity in recent years. Based on point-and-click escape the room video games, the first real-life game (with an Agatha Christie theme) was born in Silicon Valley in 2006.
Now, there are around three thousand real-life escape rooms across the world. As a birthday gift to a friend, a group of us headed to Escape Game in Tengstraße a couple of weeks ago to play their classic – The Art of Stealing.
The idea is simple – you’re locked in a room and have an hour to solve various clues and escape. It’s a great idea for corporate team building, and an unusual way to spend an evening with friends. Between two and six people can play at any given time, and it’s very family-oriented – one person has to be over the age of 18, but otherwise you can challenge your kids’ brains for an hour one evening!
We hadn’t really considered that one of our party suffers from claustrophobia – and that spending an hour locked in a room with five others is perhaps not all that much fun for him, but thankfully our host Dimitri confirmed that the door’s not really locked – if we need to get out, we can get out.
In addition, the room is equipped with video cameras and loudspeakers – if you’re struggling, Dimitri is able to point you in the right direction.
The Art of Stealing is, as the name suggests, linked to finding a very valuable piece of art – in just 60 minutes, before the artist returns home. I won’t give anything away, but finding the painting isn’t as easy as turning the place upside down – there are codes to break, problems to solve and logic to be ignored.
Another team playing another room escape game needed just twenty minutes to solve their clues – we needed the full hour and a little bit of help from Dimitri. It was a fun, challenging and different way to spend an evening – and much harder than I thought it would be.
If you fancy an evening locked inside a room with friends or colleagues, book online here and let me know what you think!