Top Tips To Not Panic in a Scary VR Escape Room
VR escape rooms are, of course, meant to be fun. But they’re also designed to get your adrenaline pumping — and that’s part of the joy. They’re immersive experiences that engage your senses and fire up your imagination — but some can be more scary than others. VR horror games are a thrilling activity for anyone who loves scary films. However, even if you’re a zombie movie connoisseur, the all-encompassing nature of horror escape rooms takes the fear factor up a notch.
So if you’re a little wary of your VR escape room adventure, here are some top tips to keep you cool, calm, and collected.
Know what you’ve signed up for
VR escape rooms are designed to be mysterious, so you don’t want to know all the twists and turns. However, having a general idea of the game you’ve signed up for can help you feel more at ease on the day.
At Omescape, we provide in-depth descriptions of our VR escape rooms and VR shooting games, so you can get a taste of the experience ahead. You’ll find video trailers, and difficulty ratings, as well as recommended minimum ages.
Huxley, our post-apocalyptic steampunk VR escape room, for example, has a difficulty rating of three and is best for those aged 12 and up. Meanwhile, Jumpers has a difficulty rating of four and is more suited to those aged 14+.
The same goes for our VR shooting games. As a zombie-themed experience, Rotten Apple includes strong horror elements — including bucket loads of suspense and tension — and is best suited to those who enjoy scary films. Although it’s suitable for ages 12 and up, we generally recommend that those sensitive to horror refrain.
Fortunately, we have plenty of other VR escape rooms and games that offer just as much excitement, without the horror theme. Why not try our Lunarscape Breakdown VR escape room — a cosmic space adventure — or Temple Quest, where your task is to collect diamonds? Both are part of our 40-minute mix-and-match VEX Play sessions.
Whichever VR escape room you go for, it’s best to dress in comfortable clothes that you can easily move around in — remember your trainers or flat shoes, too. In high-octane situations, restrictive or uncomfortable clothing can cause stress and reduce your enjoyment of the game.
Listen to the safety briefing
When you arrive at your escape room venue, you and your group will be given a full safety briefing. It’s important to take note of this to ensure the horror VR game runs smoothly and there are no accidents or injuries.
Paying attention to the safety briefing (and remembering it during scary moments of the game) can also help reduce panic. It acts as a reminder that you’re in good hands and, no matter how real the VR game feels, it’s just that — a game!
During a VR escape room at Omescape, you can have peace of mind knowing there are trained Games Masters on hand throughout the experience
Don’t be tempted to run away
One of the key mentions in a VR escape room safety briefing is to avoid running. It’s common for the flight reflex to kick in when faced with scary situations but just try to take a moment to gather your thoughts before turning on your heel.
The physical space around you will be different to what you can see through your VR headset, so speeding off could result in tripping or falling, and more panic.
VR escape rooms are best played in pairs or groups, and teamwork is essential in keeping everyone calm and happy. Remember to communicate effectively with your team and try to stick together.
It’s no wonder that scary VR games are becoming increasingly popular. While they might feel tense at times, horror games, in particular, offer a safe way to experience the adrenaline of danger. Another reason many of us love horror games is the offer of pure escapism — whether it’s boarding a pirate ship in The Corsair’s Curse or catching ghouls in Ghost Patrol, both horror escape rooms and shooting games let our imaginations roam free.
With all of this said, the main thing to remember if you start to panic during your VR escape room is that it’s a fun game. If a visual element makes you jump, laugh it off. If a sound startles you, make a sound back!
Book a scary VR escape room in London
A VR escape room game can be a great activity for friends, colleagues, and families. For those who enjoy the thrill of horror, scary escape rooms offer a real adrenaline rush. If you’re searching for the best horror escape rooms in London, look no further than Omescape, where you can enjoy challenges, puzzles, and a dash of spine-tingling fear.