This will be your best Zoom call yet.

By Andrea Romano
May 18, 2020

We all need a little escape — sometimes, literally.

While the idea of going out with your friends to a real escape room is pretty much out of the question while stay-at-home orders are in effect in many parts of the country, you can still have fun in a safe, socially distanced way by visiting a virtual escape room over Zoom, Mashable reported.

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The Grimm Escape is an online escape room that allows you and your friends to solve puzzles over Zoom, according to Apartment Therapy. The game itself is a fantasy storybook-themed game (as in, the Brother’s Grimm) that takes place in an enchanted forest. To play, teams of at least three people have 90 minutes to solve all their puzzles in order to “lift” a curse and finally leave the forest, with the guidance of a “fairy godparent,” who is the Zoom’s live host, Apartment Therapy reported.

The host shares their screen in order to give clues and set challenges for teams, and teams can see and chat with each other over the video conferencing app, according to Mashable.

The Grimm Escape was created by PuzzleBreak, a Seattle-based escape room company. “In our physical rooms, some teams, it’s every man for themselves. Some teams — 'you two split up and go over there,'” PuzzleBreak co-founder Nate Martin told Mashable. “In the virtual space, time and time again — and we didn’t predict this — we are seeing united groups. And that’s something we can’t count on in the physical space because everyone will experience it differently.”

Much like virtual museums, virtual hikes in a national park, and virtual tours of popular destinations around the world, this virtual escape room is just one way people can still connect with friends and achieve some sense of normality in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. While it may seem like our lives are an endless stream of Zoom meetings these days, this is practically guaranteed to be way more challenging and fun than your daily work check-in.

If only all Zoom meetings could be this way.

Prices for playing the game begin at $25 per session. For more information or to make a booking, visit the PuzzleBreak website.