Virtual Escape Room Team Building
In a traditional Escape Room, your group is locked in a room and your goal is to find and solve clues, so you can escape before time is up. At first blush, the idea of Virtual Escape Room Team Building may seem impossible – how can your team escape a room together if you’re not actually together in the same room? Well, it turns out it IS possible virtually…
You could create your own Escape Room experience, but fair warning – creating an engaging virtual Escape Room takes a lot of creativity and thought to ensure the puzzles flow together so people don’t get stuck and are the perfect blend of not-too-hard and not-too easy! Once your Escape Room experience is designed, simply email these puzzles to teams at the game start time, connect teammates together in a Zoom virtual meeting (or other web conference) to work on puzzles together, and ask them to email you the escape codes before time is up.
How Our Online Escape Rooms Work
If this sounds like more time than you have to put into the experience, contract with a vendor to host an online Escape Room experience for your remote team. For our online Escape Rooms for team building, teammates prepare to “enter” a room by downloading an escape room app onto their own phone or tablet, and “meet” their teammates over a video conferencing platform to collaborate about their escape. At the game start time, everyone is allowed to access a virtual Escape Room, where they – just as you do in a live Escape Room – must find and solve puzzles in order to escape a series of “rooms” in an effort to escape before the countdown clock runs out. Just like a traditional Escape Room game, the online escape rooms we offer are themed, immersing remote players into the experience, so they’ll feel like they are really there.
Why Host A Virtual Escape Room For Your Remote Team?
There are a host of reasons why you should consider hosting a virtual Escape Room vs. the many other interesting virtual team building experiences out there. While many of those are entertaining, a virtual Escape Room team builder offers much more including opportunities for…
Because teams must collaborate to solve clues, they are not just passively being entertained as a group, they are all immersed in and involved in breaking out of the room together.
When teams first get into the virtual Escape Room, they may be bewildered. What is going on? Where do they start? It relates to real-world problem solving that everyone must figure out what to do together and the sense of shared victory they feel at the end is amazing.
Virtual Escape Rooms really test team dynamics and nowhere is that more visible than in how people communicate with one another. People must not only talk – they must also listen! Oftentimes someone on their team “gets it” and may either be shy about speaking up, or be ignored by the more boisterous on the team. It’s only when everyone practices good communication skills that the team can be successful.
You can purchase off-the-shelf games – we at Wildly Different have several to choose from. Or, you can have us create a custom virtual Escape Room that works for your goals and objectives. For instance, we have worked with pharmaceutical companies to create clues around training information about their drug and their goal is to escape the doctor’s office with an order before time is up. For others, it’s about incorporating messaging about their brand for their customers. Yes, there is a customization fee upfront, but the branded game can be run again and again with different groups, making it very affordable in the end. Working with an experienced virtual team building company will help you deliver a truly effective experience.
If you’re looking for an escape from the same-old virtual game, a virtual Escape Room, may just be the way to break out from the ordinary!