A Brief History Of Exit Rooms

A lot of people wonder where this whole escape game craze has started. While there are several theories, they all agree that live versions orginate from computer games. The first game where the player was trapped in a room and had to escape was John Wilson’s 1988 text adventure: Behind Closed Doors. The term ‘escape the room’ came from Mystery Of Time And Space, an online graphic adventure game created by Jan Albartus in 2001. The genre was further popularized in 2004 by the Japanese “Crimson Room” game by Toshimitsu Takagi.

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