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Written by Escape Rooms 4 March 19th, 2019

It’s No Puzzle Why Escape Rooms Are Taking FEC’s to New Heights

On the surface, an escape room doesn’t sound like fun: participants pay money to get locked in a room. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Escape rooms are puzzles, with pieces, riddles, and storylines that create challenging scenarios for groups of customers to solve their way out of a room or several rooms, depending on the escape room theme.. If we factor in the quality time spent hanging out with friends, showing off puzzle-solving skills, the adrenaline rush powered by a high-stakes game and a great photo-op, and you have a recipe for a successful American pastime. According to Room Escape Artist, there were only 22 escape rooms in the U.S. in 2014. By 2017, escape rooms grew to just under 2,000 facilities. Escape rooms are like small adventures. Participants get a feeling like they are a character in a movie from themed rooms such as Escape From Alcatraz, Misery, or Hostile movie.

 

Alcatraz themed escape room by Arc Studios

 

Escape rooms require a different approach and Arc Studios delivers amazing rooms that are customized for entertainment facilities, and provide operations and marketing support to help maximize sales revenue. Unlike other vendors, Arc Studios wide selection of rooms ranging from a hair-raising jail escape in “Alcatraz”, to a Mission Impossible snatch and grab in “The Heist”, or unlocking a map to a bountiful treasure in “Tortuga Pirates”. These are just a few of the 25 rooms and counting that are available.

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Hostile themed escape room by Arc Studios

 

There are many vendors out there, and deciding on the right vendor can be overwhelming and cloudy. Arc Studios is setting the tone and the cream of the crop for escape room installations. Many vendors offer very few rooms to choose from. Their rooms range from one extreme to another with very inexpensive and simple DIY rooms, basic themes, all locks and keys, cheap furniture and fixtures, and low-level game experiences that leave customers walking away with less to be desired. There are other vendors with rooms costing $70K to $100K per room that are overly complex, contain very poor storylines, leaving customers walking away dissatisfied. Then you get the franchises, which includes start-up fees, ongoing royalties, separate booking systems, and Point-of-Sales. This can be an enormous change for FEC’s, making it more challenging to operationalize effectively. Arc Studios is here to help make the escape room installation experience smooth, with less interruption to your existing operation. Purchasing an escape room is a big step and with Arc Studios experience working with FEC’s, makes the transition to adding a new attraction that much easier. Here are reasons to add an Escape Room attraction to your family entertainment center:

Benefits of Escape Rooms

Customers Health & Enjoyment

This might be obvious, but the most important aspect of an escape room is that customers truly enjoy the experience. Escape rooms are puzzles, with pieces and clues that offer challenging scenarios that allow groups of friends, family, and strangers to work together to solve their way out of a fun scenario.

Attracts Businesses

Escape rooms are perfect for any team building, group outing, or corporate event for an FEC. Businesses are using escape rooms to break away, build better team chemistry, and have some fun outside the office. When more businesses bring their employees, they then share their experiences on social media, through word-of-mouth, and become your best brand ambassadors.

Hosting Parties

Whether it is a corporate holiday party, birthday party, kids on school break during the winter or summer, or even a wedding party, escape rooms are ideal for any group event and party. Escape rooms offer a great experience for your customers and more entertainment to keep them returning to your FEC time and time again.

Great Support

Arc Studios process starts with a team of expert designers, architects, and operators who collaborate with you to pick the right room based on your business goals, the market, and competition.

Easy to Manage

Arc Studios provides the support and training by operators with their own facilities and assistance in hiring the right Game Master for great customer service and experience to help you easily manage your new escape room entertainment venture.

Expert Management

Arc Studios understands purchasing a new attraction is a big step and you need someone who can walk in your shoes and understand your business. Escape Reality offers a comprehensive end-to-end solution and the largest portfolio around.

Professional Installers

Installation of room props and themes by professional installers who know the ins-and-outs of the escape room business.

Cost Effective Builds

A cost-effective, uninterrupted construction process is provided for your escape room build and provide documents and information needed to pull permits and get bids from local contractors.

Interested in maximizing your customer attraction space with an escape room.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost to do an escape room?

Most games cost $25 to $30 per person for a one-hour game and typically allow 10 to 12 players at a time. For family entertainment center owners, the chief costs are employee payroll to manage the rooms and the one-time expense of building the room out.

Are all escape rooms scary?

It is a real-life team game: locked in a room with a theme, you have to follow a series of tracks and puzzles in order to escape in the allotted time. For most people, this is definitely a scary scenario. But customers actually pay to be put into one of these rooms with unpleasant ambiance. This is what makes escape rooms so great, the experience is exciting for the customers and in some themed rooms, can be scary.

How many escape rooms are there in the World?

In 2014, there were 22 escape room companies in the United States. That number has grown to 2,000 worldwide.

How long is the escape room?

Generally, after arriving at the escape room, you are given a briefing on the rules and then s storyline, this process may take up to 15 minutes. Actual game-play lasts for a maximum of 60-70 minutes depending on the room, but your team may escape faster, depending on player skills, teamwork, and problem-solving abilities.

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