Conquering Escape Rooms Public Blog

Conquering Escape Rooms with Quick Cooperation

The idea of using escape rooms as team building activities is no longer unheard of these days. However, that doesn’t make them any less challenging and surprising for employee teams. A lot of these rooms can have puzzles that seem so different from the challenges in the workplace. How does one group quickly adapt and coordinate to face such unexpected,…
Julia Billyard
Brain Health Public Blog

Good Games for Good Thinking

While there is still a lot of research needed to really show how games improve your brain, there is certainly less doubt about their ability to do so. Thus, there is an increasing number of programs, apps and games being designed based on this research. The challenge now is to simply pick out the ones that have really made an…
Julia Billyard
Brain Health Public Blog

The Curious Case of Brain Health and Gaming

Without a doubt, there has been a long, ongoing conversation about how games affect our brain. Whether it’s the controversy over video games and child development, or the impact of escape room activities on employee skills, much debate and discussion has been had on the connection itself. However, why is this so? Why do games, in particular, seem to have…
Julia Billyard
Board Games Public Blog

Exciting Escape Room Games to Gift Your Holiday Introvert

Sometimes there are people in your life who really prefer staying indoors and use up too much energy going out (let alone join you for a fun, escape room escapade). Still, there’s no doubt that these friends of yours love games, love challenges and love adventure as long as they’re not forced to move around so much. Board games are…
Julia Billyard
Puzzles, Challenging and Fun Public Blog

Visual Design Tricks

Everyone knows at least one puzzle that was actually harder than it looked. However, that sort of trick is used to characterise a wide range of problem-solving challenges that appear simple at first glance but are actually very hard to solve. The Rubik’s cube is one of the most well-known examples. Surprisingly though, this trope sees heavy use in other…
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Escape Room Experiences Energise Teams Public Blog

How Escape Room Experiences Energise Employees

When it comes to relaxation and re-energising, there are people who think that involves just sitting around doing nothing at all. And sure, there can be a case for saying that such types of relaxation can really restore energy and make you more productive in the long run. It’s similar to the importance of sleeping. Why do something even more…
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Escape Rooms and problem solving Public Blog

How Game Symbolism and Simplicity Teach Problem Solving

There is really no doubt that escape room challenges can teach business teams how to solve problems together. However, it also helps to understand exactly how these rooms do that by taking a look at their design. Take their use of symbolism, for example. Many rooms with various themes often incorporate a clever use of symbols that point to a…
Julia Billyard
Thing to know Public Blog

Top Business Tips from Escape Room Entrepreneurs

Escape rooms are not just interesting avenues to challenge your employees’ teamwork skills. The business side of things can also be quite insightful. This comes from the fact that the market for this type of entertainment is still quite niche and trendy. That means there is no strong consensus on what always works. Many innovations and ideas about the escape…
Julia Billyard
Team Building in the workplace Public Blog

How to Propose and Plan Your New Team Building Idea

All right, suppose you have run a couple team building activities for your employees and the results have been more-or-less satisfying. Everyone had fun but at the same time, you built up good camaraderie and everyone had a better idea on how to work together. Despite that, you also think that there is always room for improvement and you want…
Julia Billyard
Team Building with Elude Escape Rooms Public Blog

Can the “Work is Work” Mindset Hinder Problem Solving?

The idea of using entertainment at work to boost productivity isn’t entirely new. Plenty of companies have already started, whether it’s via recreational spaces in the office, hosting team building activities in escape rooms or just relaxing restrictions on online browsing. Despite this, there are still those who have understandable reasons for going against this trend. The adage of “Work…
Julia Billyard
Work Life Balance Public Blog

Does Gamification Mess Up Work-Life Balance?

In a nutshell, gamification is understood as somehow combining the fun and engaging elements of games with tasks at work to help employees achieve more productivity. Whether it’s using escape rooms for team building activities, or task management tools with game design elements, it is a combination that seems clear to the common eye. However, some people might view this…
Julia Billyard
Entertaining Team Building Public Blog

The Value of Entertainment Inside Work

Many of the previous posts covered the idea that escape rooms are both entertaining while also being great activities that exercise the necessary teamwork and problem-solving skills of professionals. However, even the entertainment aspect can generate its own value for any business organisation. This has to do with the long and testy shift on the subject of fun times at…
Julia Billyard
Team Building Public Blog

Puzzles as Metaphors for Buy-Ins

In escape rooms, puzzles are the building blocks of their design, plus they are also the elements that obviously make them exciting and mind-challenging. However, there is also more to how these puzzles interact and these may even be a great way to simulate one of the most common yet most difficult challenges in the workplace: Getting buy-ins. In the…
Julia Billyard
Leadership Public Blog

Turning Make Believe Traps Into Tests of Leadership

For the most part. It is actually not that hard to see how casual games, like escape room challenges can be used to test teams of working professionals. Also teach them how to better coordinate (no matter what their job may be). On the other hand, would it be also safe to say that these challenges can further test the…
Julia Billyard
More than a fantasy Public Blog

Roles Are More Than Just Fantasy

All team building activities are expected to enhance the skills of employees when it comes to defining goals and understanding how their roles play into achieving them. However, sometimes it can be difficult for newer employees when they have trouble understanding even the very basics of their role. This is often evident in individuals who are in need of more…
Julia Billyard
Team Building Solid Teams Public Blog

Turning Friction into Friendship

In a workplace setting, friction is a natural occurrence. However, one of the things that make it difficult is that often goes unnoticed. A team building activity with an escape room is an excellent opportunity to detect subtle conflicts between employees, break the ice for newbies and overall lead to better team unity. But to truly see the advantages of…
Julia Billyard
Secrets to Success Public Blog

Secret Success of Team Building in Escape Rooms

Building a team around the Escape room is an ever-evolving trend that involves role-playing games, in case you didn’t know! Yes, you heard it right. You enter a themed room with a task to solve the room’s mystery within the stipulated time. When you solve the mystery or time runs out, the experience is over. Venue for your Experience Elude…
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Achieve Goals with Escape Rooms Public Blog

Defining Roles that Achieve Goals

Would it surprise you to know that both games and real-life workplaces emphasize the importance of roles? As stated in a previous post. You can see the similarities if you simply take off the aesthetics differentiating a play environment from the one at work. Whether it is escape rooms, role-playing games or sports, many of these avenues of recreation inherently…
Julia Billyard
What is Gamification Public Blog

It All Starts with Gamification

While you can consider the modern escape room as the new ‘fun house,’ their effectiveness as a team building exercise should not be overlooked in light of rising gamification across many workplaces. The core concept of gamification is that games are inherently more engaging. Most people assume that it’s because games are light and enjoyable. That is only partly true.…
Julia Billyard
Team Building & Leadership Training Public Blog

Escape Rooms and Office Rooms – Why They Are Alike

Escape rooms are one of the newer forms of urban attractions in the 21st century. They can be considered as the modern descendant of the interactive theater and fun house while blending elements from the puzzle mystery genre of video games. With that said, it might be hard to believe that such attractions have something in common with the real-life…
Julia Billyard
Public Blog

Benefits of an Escape Room for Corporate Team Building

Are you an entrepreneur or manager looking for new and effective trends to boost your business? Are you striving to make a productive and co-operative team? An escape room is the ultimate solution to your problem. Using escape rooms for team-building is a relatively new trend.  It is becoming very popular with companies due to the long term benefits. An…
Julia Billyard
Escape Room Fun Public Blog

We asked what is an Escape Room?

We encouraged people to provide their interpretation on what an Escape Room was! We have collated the information and put it together for you. What is an escape room? An Escape Room is a puzzle induced adventure room where participants try to discover how to escape before the time runs out. It is like a treasure hunting game where you…
Julia Billyard
Public Blog

Sydney Hills Business Chamber

First year in trading A year later Darren and I have renewed our membership for the Sydney Hills Business Chamber.  We joined the Chamber before we even had an office to work from.  We knew that Escape Rooms was a relatively new concept in Australia.  So we thought it would be a good idea to join early to start the…
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Reverse Escape Room Experience Public Blog

Reversing the Concept of an Escape Room

Elude Escape Rooms & Hands Across the Water Elude Escape Rooms have reversed the concept of an Escape Room and made some gorgeous Treasure Chests incorporating a 15-20 min escape the box experience. We are offering to all of our customers, to test your skills and see if you can Beat the Box.  We have these setup in our reception…
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Public Blog

Sponsorship – Hands Across the Water

Leadership Darren and Julia had the pleasure of hearing Peter Baines speak on Leadership a couple of years ago and heard his story of being involved in the Tsunami Disaster Victim Identification Team.  Peter was so inspiring, leaving a very successful career to take up the opportunity to help underprivileged children in Thailand that had lost their families in the…
Julia Billyard
Escape Room GamesMaster Public Blog

Escape Room GamesMaster in the making

One very happy Birthday Boy! We had the pleasure of having one of our repeat customers Luke come back as a GamesMaster for some of his family's game organised by his wonderful mother Belinda as a very special treat for Luke'e Birthday. We asked Luke if he would write a few words about his experience with us and this is…
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