The tv show has two new teams each week – one red and one blue, with each team made of three complete strangers who have never met before. Each team enters their corresponding room – either the red or blue room which are completely identical rooms, with the exception of the wall colour. Each week, there’s a new theme room – barber shops, bars, study rooms and a restaurant are some of the examples that have been seen so far.
Both teams get one hour to escape and must solve five puzzles within the room in order to win a $25,000 USD prize. If either the red or blue team wants a hint (called a codebreaker), a certain amount is deducted from the overall cash prize.
The idea for the show developed when a Science Channel producer- Riaz Patel, experienced an electrical blackout while in New York City a few years ago. The team behind Race to Escape designed their puzzles in a way that would guide players to the next step through extensive testing of the puzzles individually and by testing the puzzles in the actual escape room.
“Individual challenges were tested eight to 10 times, then assigned to certain rooms, at which point, the room “was tested five times from start to finish just to make sure that we didn’t have any issues,” Patel says.” – MentalFloss.com
Combined with the challenges, the producers of the show have also placed red herrings in the room – items that you would expect to find in a normal setting of a room such as books in a study room but aren’t actually relevant to solving the puzzles at hand. After an episode is filmed in a themed escape room for Race to Escape, all of the items on the set are removed and a new theme is built within a week ready for the next group of contestants to tackle.
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