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Escape Rooms Teach Great Business Lessons for Engaging Design

Escape Rooms Teach Great Business Lessons for Engaging Design

Design plays a critical role whether you work in business or the arts. Interestingly enough though, escape rooms are a great example of the two fields coming to use design as a major component for success. Hence, it might actually be a good idea to check out an escape room for ideas on how design is ...

Top Business Tips from Escape Room Entrepreneurs

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 ...

How to Propose and Plan Your New Team Building Idea

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 ...

Can the "Work is Work" Mindset Hinder Problem Solving?

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. ...

Does Gamification Mess Up Work-Life Balance?

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 ...

The Value of Entertainment Inside Work

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 ...

Puzzles as Metaphors for Buy-Ins

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 ...

Turning Make Believe Traps Into Tests of Leadership

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 ...

Roles Are More Than Just Fantasy

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 ...

Turning Friction into Friendship

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 ...

Secret Success of Team Building in Escape Rooms

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 ...

Defining Roles that Achieve Goals

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 ...

It All Starts with Gamification

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 ...

Escape Rooms and Office Rooms - Why They Are Alike

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 ...

Benefits of an Escape Room for Corporate Team Building

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 ...

We asked what is an Escape Room?

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 ...

Sydney Hills Business Chamber

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 ...

Reversing the Concept of an Escape Room

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 ...

Sponsorship - Hands Across the Water

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 ...

Escape Room GamesMaster in the making

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 ...

Indoor things to do - Escape Room

Indoor things to do – Escape Room

What to do when the weather turns cold? Elude Escape Rooms are the perfect thing to experience.  They are indoors, so not effected by the cold or rain.  We take a group of friends, family or colleagues and take you through an escape room experience like no other. Having been greeted at Reception you are briefed on ...

Relay for Life - Cancer Council

Relay for Life – Cancer Council

Elude Escape Rooms are sponsoring Relay for Life As a company we wanted to be able to give back to the community and support a well known charity.  The Cancer Council.  With so many families effected by cancer every day, we hope that one day soon they will be able to find a cure for this ...

Elude Escape Room Statistics

Elude Escape Room Statistics

Some Statistics from our Rooms for those interested. Not counting all of our testers who have completed our rooms, but we thank you wholeheartedly for assisting us to develop and improve our rooms. Perpetual Motion Perpetual Motion opened in November 2017. To date we have had 278 Escapees participate in Perpetual Motion.  Consisting of 70 Teams. 116 Escapee’s managed to ...

Is an Escape Room like a Panic Room?

Is an Escape Room like a Panic Room?

Different Between an Escape Room and a Panic Room A safe room or panic room is a fortified room that is installed in a private residence or business.  It provides a safe shelter or hiding place, for the inhabitants in the event of a break-in, home invasion, tornado, terror attack, or other threat. Safe rooms usually contain communications equipment, so ...

Commonly asked Questions about Escape Rooms

Commonly asked Questions about Escape Rooms

I get asked a lot of questions about Escape Rooms so I thought I would answer a few here. How Many Different Rooms are there? We currently have 2 different...

What is an Escape Room?

What is an Escape Room?

I get asked all the time… What is an Escape Room? An escape room is an interactive and physical adventure / puzzle room.  We take you and a group of family, friends or colleagues.  Put you into a themed scenario, where you have a mission to find the clues, solve puzzles, unlock the padlocks or doors ...

Framed - Taking Bookings Now

Framed – Taking Bookings Now

Grand Opening Easter Long Weekend We have been testing FRAMED now for the past week and have more testing planned. We believe it will be ready for customers on the long weekend of Easter.  Dates have been published on our website to book now. It has been incredibly rewarding putting this room together. Darren and I have put in ...

FRAMED Opening Soon

FRAMED Opening Soon

Framed Our second room Framed in coming together nicely, with the construction all completed.  Fit-out nearly finished.  It has been a busy few months.  We wanted to have this room open sooner however we did not want to compromise on attention to detail, immersion and that WOW factor. Darren and I have been hard at work putting ...

$50 Voucher for FRAMED Competition

$50 Voucher for FRAMED Competition

QUESTION If only 4-sided shapes count, then what code opens the padlock? ENTRY DETAILS For a chance to win one of 3 vouchers valued at $50 each: 1.   Visit this link and subscribe to our email updates before 28 February 2018. 2.   Enter your answer in the message box. Winning entries will be drawn on 1 March and notified ...

52 Ways Workshop

52 Ways Workshop

Best 1 Day workshop!!!! To top it off – it’s even FREE!! I met Dale Beaumont at a Sydney Hill Business Chamber event last year. Everything he spoke about resonated with me and Dale invited us to attend his 52 Ways Workshop.  Dale runs these a couple of times a year all around Australia.  So there is ...

GamesMaster for an hour!

GamesMaster for an hour!

Want to do what I do for an hour? GamesMaster an Escape Room! Elude have an exclusive offer available to room participants,.  If you want to come and watch the game you have already played and see your friends/family experience what you experienced. We already offer the same service to Corporate companies so that Team Leaders, Managers & ...

Advantages of Buzzshot

Advantages of Buzzshot

App for Escape Room Owners Buzzshot is a mobile app which links to a database of customers. The first step is to write a waiver which your escape room clients read to ensure they understand the rules of the game. To confirm acceptance the customer enters certain details which the Manager can customise.  All participants are ...

Benefits of Facebook

Benefits of Facebook

MARKETING With all new businesses getting known within the area is always a challenge.  Marketing is a major key factor.  We have found Social Media especially Facebook to be a great tool and asset to our business. Our first challenge has been educating people on what an Escape Room is.   Which Facebook has helped to us get ...

Working together to Escape

Working together to Escape

Tips on how we complete rooms! Darren and I have often been asked tips on how we complete rooms.  So we thought we would give you a few things that have worked well for us.  We are not saying this is the only way it has just helps us get through our 60+ rooms. We learnt very ...

Love this Business - other Escape Rooms not competitors

Love this Business – other Escape Rooms not competitors

I love being in the Escape Room business. When Darren and I decided we were going to do this as a business we started to speak with other owners as we were doing rooms.  We would ask them questions like; why they got into the business? Did they enjoy it?  How long did it take to ...

Sydney Hills Business Chamber

Sydney Hills Business Chamber

Darren and I wanted to say a huge thanks to 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 ...

Evolution of Elude Escape Rooms

Evolution of Elude Escape Rooms

Starting a new business has its challenges, let alone starting one that not many people have heard about before. Darren and Julia started Elude Escape Rooms in May this year whilst on an overseas trip to Europe visiting 7 countries (including locations such as Torquay, London, Leeds, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Amsterdam, Dusseldorf, Paris, Venice, Pisa, Florence, Rome, ...

How Game Symbolism and Simplicity Teach Problem Solving

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 solution. On the other hand, many of them also do so in a way that is ...

How Game Symbolism and Simplicity Teach Problem Solving

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 solution. On the other hand, many of them also do so in a way that is ...