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Sep17

Virtual Escapes: The Safer Staycation

At first, virtual escape rooms can seem a bit counterintuitive. Escape rooms are inherently destinations; clues built into the very walls, designed to draw attention to the fact that your party is very consciously stuck… in a room. They are gathering spaces for friends and family to focus on a shared narrative, to challenge themselves […]
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Mar28

The Rebus!

Did you know that a REBUS is a great example of today’s code? It is a pictogram word play cipher Escape Rooms have all kinds of ciphers and this is jut one type. Just try any of your local escape rooms near you and you will see all kinds of codes and puzzles. Code of […]
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Mar24

The Caesar Cipher

Did you know that Sleep Bunny is a great example of today’s code? It is a Shift Cipher with a shift of 9. Escape Rooms have all kinds of ciphers and this is jut one type. Just try any of your local escape rooms near you and you will see all kinds of codes and […]
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Mar19

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Support Local Businesses During a Pandemic

These are wild times here in Seattle, and around the world. People are understandably fearful. We are worried about our health and the health of our friends and family. And while we here at Hourglass Escapes share in that anxiety, we also have another fear: Unemployment.  What really freaks us out about the current pandemic […]
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Mar07

Escape Rooms and Pop Culture

Escape rooms in pop culture Escape rooms were once a strange and unheard-of past time, but then they began to pop up in popular culture. The first time most people heard of them was in an episode of Big Bang Theory, but then it popped up in other shows like Two broke girls, Modern Family […]
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Dec30

Seattle Escape Room Year in Review

2019 was a banner year, both for Escape Rooms around the globe, and specifically for us here at Hourglass. We are proud to say that this year we achieved many new milestones and continued to push the boundaries for the kind of experience an Escape Room can offer. So without further ado, we present to […]
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Dec08

Five things to do with your family in Seattle over the holidays

So your family is in town for the holidays and it’s great! But after the presents are opened and the eggnog drunk, there’s still a few days to kill before you drop everyone back off at the airport. Not only that, but winter has finally hit and everything lies under a blanket of sleet and […]
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Nov25

Time for a change aka 70 min Escape Rooms

Standardization is a weird thing. In sports there are clear rules: a baseball game lasts nine innings. Football marches on for four quarters, and soccer ping-pongs up and down the field for ninety minutes. These are long standing standards that we accept without second guessing. Even in a relatively recent phenomenon like Escape Rooms, we […]
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Nov25

Escape the Holidays with your Family

Raise your hand if you’ve ever been in this situation: It’s Thanksgiving and your entire family is in town to celebrate and it’s your task to prepare a meal that everyone can enjoy, including your vegan aunt, her nut allergic kids, and your uncle who just discovered Keto. That’s nothing compared to your task of finding […]
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Nov25

United Escapes of Seattle Passport

Announcing the United Escapes of Seattle Passport Program! Hourglass Escapes has recently teamed-up with twelve different Escape Rooms all around the greater Seattle area to create the United Escapes of Seattle passport program.  Here’s the idea: Come into Hourglass Escapes and for $10 you’ll receive an Escape Room passport. Then, for every room you attempt […]
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