“Escapism” is a vital element to our culture of recreation. It is why we read books, watch movies, and play video games. We engage in media that transports us from our everyday lives and vicariously live out an adventure or fantasy. An Escape Room goes one step further and lets you actually live out the scenario. Imagine if instead of reading about characters escaping from a clever trap, you and your friends got to escape from the trap yourselves. Some facilities will even model rooms after popular movies and works of fiction. If you and your party subscribe to a particular fandom, there is likely an available scenario that will let you live out a scene reminiscent of that universe. And while usually not mandatory, many facilities will let you dress up in costume, adding to the atmosphere and ambiance. In a sense, while the objective of an Escape Room is to “escape” by locating the exit, many find that at least for an evening the escape is also from their ordinary routine.