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Is An Escape Room A Good First Date?


An escape room is a game in which players are locked in a room and must solve a series of mysteries and riddles in order to escape within a set time limit (Mostly 60 minutes). The puzzles in an escape room game can range from math problems and riddles to finding hidden objects and deciphering codes. Escape rooms are typically designed with a particular theme or storyline, such as a murder mystery, a bank heist, or a medieval castle.

Escape rooms can be enjoyed with friends, families, and coworkers. They tend to be done in larger groups as they require teamwork and communication to solve the puzzles and escape the room, but who says you can’t show how much of a boss you are and do it with just two people?

First dates can be daunting but escaping a room with someone you’ve just met can be super exciting! Or super weird….

Here is a list of pros and cons for when you’re deciding if an escape room is a good idea for that first date!

Pros Of Escape Rooms As A First Date Idea (And Second Date If You're Lucky!)

1. Personality Insight

One of the pros of doing an escape room on a first date is that it can be a great opportunity to get to know each other’s personalities in a relatively short amount of time. When you’re working together to solve puzzles and escape the room, you’ll likely have to communicate, cooperate, and problem-solve together.

These tasks can reveal a lot about each other’s personality traits, such as communication style, problem-solving approach, leadership tendencies, and how you handle stress and pressure. Are they a great listener? Are they very analytical and detail-oriented? How do they handle challenges? Perhaps they’re leading rather than following? All of these are good escape room personality types to look out for!

2. Non-Traditional

One of the things that make doing an escape room on a first date unique and exciting is that it’s a non-traditional activity. Instead of going to a restaurant or seeing a movie, you’re doing something that’s more interactive and engaging. Most escape rooms are a unique and adventurous activity that can add a fun and exciting element to a first date, which if you’re lucky, may lead to a second date, or even a third date!

Because it’s a relatively new form of entertainment, it’s likely that neither you nor your date has done one before, which can create a sense of novelty and anticipation. Additionally, the teamwork and communication required in an escape room date can help you to bond over a shared sense of accomplishment and build a connection with your date.

3. Impress Potential

Choosing an escape room for a first date is a great way to impress your date! It shows that you’re up for trying something new and exciting and that you’re creative and adventurous.

If you’re good at solving puzzles or taking charge, you’ll have a chance to show off those skills and maybe even impress your date with your brain power. Plus, working together to escape the room is a fun way to bond and share a sense of accomplishment, which can leave a lasting impression on your date. You can always make your time together even longer by going out on a dinner date afterward to talk about how awesome you both were!

4. Low-Pressure Fun

Going to an escape room for a first date can be a really chill option and a lot of fun! Even if the date doesn’t work out, you’ll still have a fun time trying to escape the room together.

The cool thing about an escape room date is that it’s an activity that you both do together, so you don’t have to stress about making small talk or keeping the conversation going. You can just focus on having fun and working together to solve the puzzles. And if things don’t click, you can still leave feeling like you accomplished something together.

Cons Of Escape Rooms As a First Date Idea

1. Little Alone Time

Ok so you are kind of alone for an hour, but that hour is spent rushing around trying to solve clues and puzzles. So there isn’t much time to just talk to each other about your likes and interests. Instead, you might be shouting at each other across a dimly lit, horror-themed escape room trying to find a key to unlock a cage with a skeleton in it. Sounds like a good time to me!

So maybe go out before or after the room for a coffee or some food to talk about yourselves and find out more about each other.

2. Pressure

Doing an escape room on a first date can add a lot of pressure to the experience. Even more so if you’re on a blind date… There is a time limit for completing the puzzles and escaping the room, which can create a sense of urgency and stress.

This pressure to solve the puzzles quickly and escape before the time runs out can be overwhelming, especially if you’re trying to make a good impression on your date. This sense of importance can make the date feel less enjoyable and more like a competition. Maybe save an escape room for a double date in the future so the pressure feels more spread out through a larger group of people.

3. Awkwardness

The puzzle-solving aspect of an escape room date can require a lot of communication and teamwork. If you and your date don’t work well together or have trouble communicating effectively, it can make the experience more challenging and potentially awkward.

Sometimes in an escape room, one person might be really good at solving the puzzles or taking charge, which can create a bit of an imbalance in the dynamic between you and your date. If one of you feels like you’re being overshadowed or ignored, it can make the experience feel a bit awkward and unbalanced.

4. Physical Restrictions

When it comes to physical limitations in an escape room, some puzzles or challenges may require crawling, climbing, or other physical activity. If one of you has a physical disability, a health condition, or just isn’t super fit, some of the challenges in an escape room might be too tough or uncomfortable to complete. This could mean less fun and enjoyment for both of you, and could even cause some frustration or disappointment.

It’s important to keep this in mind when considering an escape room as a first-date venture and to choose an activity that suits both your physical abilities and limitations.

Overall, we think that escape rooms are an amazing first-date idea. They are so much fun and you can enjoy them with another person! Escape rooms are a stand-out experience, so why not have a stand-out first date? It’s a fun activity that you can use to create great memories from the get-go in your relationship.

Our suggestion would be that you should catch up for a coffee or something simple before the room and maybe have a dinner date after the room too! It removes all the awkwardness from your dinner as you’ll have conversation topics from your escape experience to talk about.

You want to make an impression on a first date, so we think this is the perfect way to do so! If you’ve never had the joy of doing a variety of escape games, why not do them with someone else for the first time, so you can experience the fun together?