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Behind the Scenes: Designing the Zoe Escape Room

Designing an escape room is no small feat. It requires careful planning, attention to detail, and a touch of creativity

July 26, 2023

Written by David Watermeier

Designing an escape room is no small feat. It requires careful planning, attention to detail, and a touch of creativity

Behind the Scenes: Designing the Zoe Escape Room

Designing an escape room is quite a challenge, requiring meticulous planning, attention to detail, and a glimpse of creativity to create an immersive and captivating experience for players. In this blog post, let's dive into the process of designing the Zoe Escape Room, a collaboration between Escape Room Era and Escapade Games.

The Zoe Escape Room: A Demonic Horror Experience

The Zoe Escape Room is a demonic horror-themed experience that promises to push players to their limits. This revamped version of the original Zoe room incorporates valuable feedback from players and the latest advancements in escape room design to create a heart-pounding, terrifying, and exciting adventure.

Brainstorming the Theme and Storyline

The design process began with the creative team at Escapade Games brainstorming ideas for the room's theme and storyline. Their aim was to create an experience that would keep players on the edge of their seats, fully immersed in a world of supernatural terror. After extensive discussions, they settled on a demonic horror concept, drawing inspiration from classic horror movies and folklore.

Crafting a Compelling Storyline

Once the theme was decided, the team focused on crafting a compelling storyline for the room. They wanted every action and puzzle to feel integral to the narrative, ensuring players would be fully engaged and invested in their mission. The storyline revolves around a mysterious, abandoned house that haunts the players' dreams. The irresistible force drawing them to the house becomes unbearable, and once they enter, they find themselves trapped and must confront their deepest fears to escape.

Creating the Perfect Atmosphere

Next, attention was turned to the physical design of the room. The goal was to create an atmosphere that would evoke a sense of dread and unease. Dark and creepy wallpaper adorned the walls, while practical effects like flickering lights, eerie sounds, and hidden compartments were strategically placed throughout the room. Every detail was meticulously planned to enhance immersion and heighten players' sense of unease.

Designing Challenging and Solvable Puzzles

Puzzles are a crucial aspect of any escape room, and designing them for the Zoe Escape Room was no exception. The challenge was to strike a balance between difficulty and solvability, ensuring players would feel a sense of accomplishment as they progressed. Elements of mythology and occult symbolism were incorporated into the puzzles, further enhancing the demonic horror theme. The flow of the puzzles was carefully considered to naturally guide players through the narrative and maintain the game's momentum.

Testing and Iteration

Testing and iteration played a vital role in the design process. The team conducted beta testing sessions, inviting a group of players to experience the room and provide feedback. Their valuable insights helped refine the puzzles, identify areas where guidance was needed, and ensure the overall experience was balanced and enjoyable.

Marketing the Zoe Escape Room

As the design process neared completion, efforts shifted to marketing the Zoe Escape Room. Escape Room Era and Escapade Games collaborated to create an enticing and mysterious promotional campaign. Teaser posters featuring eerie imagery were strategically placed around the city, generating curiosity and buzz among escape room enthusiasts. Social media posts, blog articles, and online advertisements were also utilized to build excitement and spread the word about the new and improved Zoe Escape Room.

The Grand Launch

Finally, the eagerly anticipated day of the room's official launch arrived. Players eagerly lined up, ready to face their fears and test their problem-solving skills. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive, with players praising the room's immersive atmosphere, challenging puzzles, and heart-pounding moments. The collaboration between Escape Room Era and Escapade Games had undeniably resulted in a terrifying and unforgettable experience.

The Conclusion: A Memorable Adventure

In conclusion, designing an escape room is a creative and iterative process that demands careful planning, attention to detail, and a commitment to delivering a memorable experience. The Zoe Escape Room stands as a testament to the dedication and passion of the teams at Escape Room Era and Escapade Games. As players continue to explore the room, they'll undoubtedly be captivated by the dark and chilling world meticulously crafted for them.

So, if you're a horror enthusiast seeking an escape room experience that will push your limits, head over to Escape Room Era and book your reservation for the Zoe Escape Room. Prepare to confront your deepest fears and embark on an unparalleled adventure. Are you brave enough to take on the challenge?



Escape Room Era has been providing premier family-friendly immersive and challenging escape room experiences for the novice or enthusiast since February 2017.

In these completely private live games, participants use their team building, deductive reasoning, and problem-solving skills to beat the clock.

Players must quickly work together to find clues, solve a series of puzzles and riddles, and crack codes to ultimately accomplish their assigned mission within one hour.

Whether players consist of co-workers, family, friends, or schoolmates, they’ll be bonded by their memorable experience at Escape Room Era.

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