The trend of Room Escape Kickstarters – do they more often succeed or fail?

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Kickstarter is a website used by people who have an idea in mind yet they don’t have the funds to propel the dream into reality just yet. At first one would think it would be a great place for people to gain funds to help them establish a room escape facility or develop a different version of a room escape game that could be played out in the real world. However I have found three recent Kickstarters, one has failed to reach their target and the other two Kickstarters don’t seem to be anywhere near their funding goal yet. In addition, this topic reminds me of the recently closed Lock and Lol who initially had a Kickstarter but didn’t reach the funding goal they set either.

The first Kickstarter that hasn’t reached the funding target set for them yet is Educational Real Life Escape Room – a collapsible and movable escape room that would be transported around the Netherlands to help students learn about different cultures. The other Kickstarter belongs to TeamEscape Oslo, a team trying to develop Norway’s first room escape place.

Educational Real Life Escape Room [ends Nov 15th] –  Kickstarter Link
TeamEscape Oslo [ends Nov 18th] – Kickstarter link

I was curious so I decided to do a sample google search to find out about other successful or unsuccessful Kickstarters related to real life room escapes. Here are some of the statistics I gathered below:

Successful Kickstarters
– Sherlocked – Mystery Game Room – €6,052/€4,000 funded on Jun 21st 2014 – Kickstarter Link
– Escape Hunt Amsterdam – €2,875/€2,500 funded on Sep 19th 2014 – Kickstarter Link
– It’s A Trap! A Room Escape Adventure – $8,730/$8,000 funded on Sep 22rd 2014 – Kickstarter Link
– Build Riddle Room 2: The Starship – $20,071/$20,000 funded on Oct 16th 2014 – Kickstarter Link

Unsuccessful Kickstarters
– Labyrinth: A Real Life Escape – $318/$10,000 unsuccessful on Dec 4th 2013 – Kickstarter Link
– Room – Ultimate ‘REAL-LIFE’ Escape – $937/$150,000 unsuccessful on Aug 8th 2014 – Kickstarter Link
– The Invisible Room: Live Escape – £314/£8,918 unsuccessful on Aug 17th 2014 – Kickstarter Link
– A/Maze: Montreal Escape Game – $921/$10,000 unsuccessful on Nov 1st 2014 – Kickstarter Link

There seems to be a mixed success of successful and unsuccessful Kickstarters at the moment but I think the other two Kickstarters mentioned earlier – Educational Real Life Escape Room and TeamEscape Oslo won’t meet their funding goals in time unfortunately.

Has anyone seen other successful or unsuccessful Kickstarters for a room escape place? Any thoughts or comments are welcomed! 🙂

PS. One other thing – Mystery Room Escape and HiddenMaze are hosting Escape Game @ Plaza Pelangi in Malaysia this week on November 8th with 300, 000 square feet of space to play in.

+ Essa recommends visiting the Intervirals forums! 🙂


Room Escape Reviews
This week’s reviews of room escape outlets from around the world.

Pomona, California: Review of Real Escape Game SF – The Crazy Last Will of Dr. Mad –

London, England: Review of Escape Rooms in London –

Manchester, England: Review of Breakout Manchester –

Quebec, Canada: Some information regarding A\maze: Montreal Escape Game –


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15 thoughts on “The trend of Room Escape Kickstarters – do they more often succeed or fail?

  1. Chris M. Dickson November 4, 2014 at 9:06 pm Reply

    Ahh, very very good! I was planning to make a post very similar to yours but you have beaten me to it. I know of one site that had a funding campaign on Indiegogo, didn’t make it but seems like it’s going to come to fruition after all.

    • E. November 5, 2014 at 6:03 pm Reply

      I was originally going to just write about A/Maze Montreal but their Kickstarter campaign finished before I could get around to writing about it. Then the Kickstarters for Educational Real Life Escape Room popped up soon afterwards, followed by TeamEscape Oslo so I felt it was the right time to just blog about. What’s the name of the funding campaign on Indiegogo?

      Essa 🙂

  2. Chris M. Dickson November 5, 2014 at 8:17 pm Reply

    QuestRoom at – will probably write some more about it today.

  3. Chris M. Dickson November 5, 2014 at 8:24 pm Reply

    There are other crowdfunding sites still; I’ve just learned of one called Pozible where there is, among many other things, a street games festival in Melbourne seeking funding. The most relevant quote: “we’ll be featuring new games and experiences by local artists and designers – including a bespoke puzzle adventure experience by the team from Escape Room Melbourne, designed just for Fresh Air!” Sounds delightful and I hope it can make it.

    • E. November 7, 2014 at 6:42 pm Reply

      The pozible street games festival sounds very interesting especially if they have a puzzle designed by the Escape Room Melbourne team. Another street type festival I recently found about was called Come out and play San Francisco – – which is a festival for public games and play.

      • Chris M. Dickson November 8, 2014 at 5:28 am

        Yeah… there was a company that put on similar events in London in the UK for a while, and another in Bristol. Neither made it, very sadly.

      • E. November 8, 2014 at 6:46 pm

        That’s unfortunate 😦 Hopefully other festivals in the future will be more successful. Also just about to read your article on Kickstarters right now. 😀

  4. David November 10, 2014 at 7:12 pm Reply

    Hi all! The kickstarter with the movable educational escape room in the Netherlands is my project. Some remarks about why we are unsuccesful: we just discovered kickstarter and are in the initial stages of our escape room. We thought it would be great to get some experience on kickstarter. Once we have better outlined our plans we will run another kickstarter campaign in which we will be more active in reaching out to interested parties, like serious gaming forums and, who knows, this place.

    • E. November 11, 2014 at 5:34 pm Reply

      Hey David,
      It’s great to hear you haven’t given up on your idea of an educational escape room because it sounds like an incredible idea! More than happy to do another blog if you launch a second kickstarter. Please keep in touch and let me know how it goes.

      Essa 🙂

  5. Mary Jane November 11, 2014 at 12:40 am Reply

    It’s a pitty that “TeamEscape Oslo” advertise by lying that thay are first in Norway. In fact there are 2 other that started earlier and already operate. One in Oslo and one in Bergen

    • E. November 11, 2014 at 5:40 pm Reply

      Hey Mary Jane,
      Perhaps TeamEscape Oslo were unable to find those other two room escape places and assumed they were indeed first to setup. It’s a tricky thing – I’ve also seen quite a few places claiming to be the first to setup when they haven’t really. First just sounds best, I guess?

      Essa 🙂

      • Mary Jane November 12, 2014 at 3:49 am

        Hi Essa,
        Oh yes, it does sound best 🙂 I’ve however seen comments on that on their facebook profile but they have been removing them so they certainly know. I believe there should be some respect and honesty towards investors.
        Mary Jane

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  7. Vsevolod April 16, 2015 at 1:28 am Reply
    • Essa April 18, 2015 at 11:32 pm Reply

      Congratulations on meeting your goal for escape room crowd funding!

      Essa 🙂

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