What I Learned From Doing 8 Escape Rooms in 10 Hours

Believe it or not, there are lessons to be learned from escape room marathons. When EscapeRoomers J and K booked 12 escape rooms across 2 days for the Budapest Blitz, we questioned the sanity of such an idea. Afterall, Budapest is a wonderful city. Why were we committing ourselves to spending 12 hours out of the 36-hour trip locked inside a series of rooms?

Here is how Day 1 was laid out.

Luckily, this was Budapest, with a great concentration of escape rooms, all within a walkable area. None of the escape rooms were more than 20 minutes away from the next destination. We tried to add in breaks between for coffee/lunch/meals. We booked the last room for 7:30 p.m. because I anticipated we’d be exhausted after. In reality, we weren’t. In fact, our fastest time was our last room, getting out in under 30 minutes. (See the specifics below).

Instead of feeling exhausted, we felt a little exhilarated after each room. However, I did notice our scavenging skills got a little bit weaker as time went on. We don’t really like scavenger/search-type rooms, but there is a little bit of that in most rooms. After our 3rd or 4th room of the day, I noticed we weren’t doing full searches of each room, relying instead on finding the puzzles and locks, and determining what we had to do to open them. This really wasn’t a problem for most of the rooms, but I think that is where we ended up asking for a hint in certain rooms.

Would I do it again? You betcha! It was a lot of fun, and actually, it was a pretty good way to see the city. Granted, we’d both been to Budapest multiple times. My first trip there was in 1997! And I’d been at least 5 times since. So we didn’t miss out on some of the traditional tourist sights as we’d seen most of them before. Strangely, I think I left this trip with a more positive impression of the city as compared to previous trips. We saw a lot, walked a lot, wandered quite a bit, and talked to a lot of locals (employees and owners of the escape rooms).

Overall, if you enjoy escape rooms, I recommend trying to do a few in a row to see how you enjoy it. Budapest is a great city for it, with lots of rooms in a convenient area, and costs much lower than you’d find in North American and Western Europe. Have you done an escape room blitz?

By the Numbers – Day 1:

  • Escape Times: 36 minutes; 37 minutes; 35 minutes; 38 minutes; 48 minutes; 47 minutes; 50 minutes; and 29 minutes.
  • Escape Time Average: 40 minutes/room.
  • Average hints taken: 1.5/room. (Mystique really screwed us up, with about 5 unprompted and unwanted hints that we couldn’t unhear).
  • Rooms with 0 hints: 3.
  • Rooms with 1 hint: 3.
  • Total Cost: 62,000 HUF (about $220)
  • Average Cost/Room: 7,750 HUF (about $28)
  • Cost/Escape Room Time: (11,625 HUF/hour, or about $41/hour)
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3 thoughts on “What I Learned From Doing 8 Escape Rooms in 10 Hours

  1. Hi there, we’re from Lockmeifyoucan and have done the same for Australian cities (Sydney and Melbourne) on an occasional basis. Australian cities are pretty big (much like in the US I suppose) and we’ve also found that a fair bit of planning is required in terms of transportation between rooms. One of the things we do these days when planning a marathon is making sure that our accommodation is centrally situated in a city or close to public transport.

    Like you guys, we also tend to find that the brain ‘warms up’ after game 1 or 2 and the pace progressively gets quicker. For this reason, we tend to book rooms from easier outlets at the start of the day to get into the right mindset. One of the biggest lessons we learnt at an early marathon is not to drink beer over lunch before another game. 😀 Caffeine, yes. Beer, no. Drink water between rooms and don’t forget to go to the toilet!

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