Once in a while, you may see the term “Adventure and Mystery Games” interspersed within the usual escape room lingo. To the average reader, these terms may seem interchangeable, but the truth is they’re not. Unfortunately, not everyone uses a strict definition of either end. So, what are an adventure and mystery games? How are they different from escape rooms? A lot of adventure and mystery games are escape rooms—or at least a variation of them.
Adventure and Mystery Games and Escape Rooms are similar. Both rely upon the premise of presenting the players with exciting challenges and obstacles, usually built around your escape from a locked room, with the key kept locked behind the final objective. Both of them can be incredibly immersive, with incredible set design and atmosphere that makes you feel like you’re truly on the scene.
The differences are mostly in the focus of the game. Many escape game enthusiasts draw the line at more traditional escape room challenges, favoring highly puzzle-oriented, complicated affairs with minimal tactile problems, and usually featuring a very complex puzzle as a finale. Adventure and Mystery Games, then, are less focused on puzzle difficulty, and more centered on cinematic immersion, bringing the experiences seen on the silver screen to life. These games usually feature more interactive sets, fewer or less challenging puzzles, and a faster sense of game flow than a typical Escape Room. They may or may not have all the hallmarks of a regular game, such as a strict time limit, clue system, or visually apparent locks.
For inexperienced players, the differences may seem small. Depending on who you ask, you may even get a different answer to the question, “Is this an adventure and mystery game or an escape game?” Broadly, the best definition is going to be your own. So get out there, play some games on the blurry edge of adventure, and see what you can come up with yourself.
For a team building activity, escape rooms are far more accessible than adventure and mystery games, accommodating more people and pulling out the same vibe with the limitations of time.
The Great Escape takes corporate bookings each month for team building and corporate entertainment. Our clients use our escape rooms as a way of relieving their work stress by playing their brains out in one hour. Escape rooms at The Great Escape use adventure and mystery-themed games for team building to give staff groups a real hands-on experience to encourage them to work as a team and give them a shared experience they will talk about for weeks to come.
So, if you’re looking at escape rooms as a team building idea for your friends, family or work colleagues and are struggling to find one, look no further than The Great Escape.