Escape Room Ratings & Filters: What Do They Mean?

Thu, 31 Oct, 2019

Escape room ratings are the best way to get exactly what you’re looking for in an escape experience. There are filters available on aggregator websites, travel guide platforms and sometimes on the escape room company’s website that you can utilize to refine your search.

Here is how and when you should use escape room ratings to your benefit!

What is an Escape Room Rating?

Escape room ratings are used as a preference filter for interested players. You can specify any of the following in your rating search: 

  • Location
  • Age limitations
  • Genre
  • Theme
  • Fear or difficulty score
  • Overall popularity

How Should They Be Used? 

Ratings can be really useful if you want to guarantee picking a room that you know you’ll enjoy. If you decide to use ‘overall popularity’ as a search filter on an escape room aggregator website or travel guide platforms such as TripAdvisor, you’ll see all the top-ranked rooms in your city regardless of age limitations, theme and difficulty etc.

Escape game players love to win and share their winning selfies on social media, so it’s only natural that players will recommend the experiences they were able to complete in the given time. This means that the most popular rooms are usually hassle-free, straightforward and relatively simple to complete.

If you aren’t bothered about popularity and are looking for a difficult, bizarre or unique experience; then you can raise the age limitation settings or the fear and difficulty score and select the most hardcore room available. These rooms are most likely to be a challenge – but if that’s your thing, go for it!

When Ratings Should Be Used

You should check room ratings at your own discretion – it’s completely up to you. But if you’re planning a visit with your family or with a group of children, checking room ratings is definitely recommended so you won’t be left disappointed with a room that isn’t suitable for your group.

Being misled about the room’s theme or picking a theme that doesn’t relate to the age of players in your group can ruin your experience.

The rules at system_db Dubai, for example, are the following: School of Magic, Da Vinci and the Mission Belvedere rooms are suitable for all ages. For children under 10, an accompanying person is required. The Nun and The Unknown are only suitable for 14-year-olds and above, and they must be accompanied by an adult. Teenagers of 16 and above are welcome to play on their own.

So, if you’re in a group where there might be an issue with age or you have any other specifications, check before you book!