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Being locked up with a team of people in a high-stress situation doesn’t exactly scream ‘excellent social distancing’. Unfortunately, that’s the foundation of almost every escape game. Lockdown put an abrupt stop to the London trend for interactive ‘lock-in’ puzzles, and the industry had to find a way to adapt. By April, ‘online’ escape rooms had emerged, leaving us wondering: how the hell does that work?
Like most post-March entertainment, online escape rooms take place entirely through your screen. Even though it’s a novel concept, there are already a few variations of the genre. Some blend the code-cracking with a bit interactive theatre using Zoom, others use a digital version of an escape room that can be played through an avatar.
London escape rooms are gradually reopening, but unlike the virtual Zoom quiz boom, these online replacements seem to have stuck. Want to assemble a team and try one for yourself? Here are four online games that have proved themselves to be more than a lockdown fad.