Designing Escape the Room Adventure Games in E-Learning #198

Escape the Room Games #198: Challenge | Recap

Escape rooms are adventure games where a group of players are locked in room (real world or digital) and tasked with solving a series of puzzles and challenges in order to unlock a door that leads to their escape. Sounds like some e-learning courses you've probably taken, right? Well, this week we're making a game out of it!

Challenge of the Week

This week, your challenge is to share an interactive demo based on the popular escape the room games. You can choose any theme you like for your game.

The thing with EtR games is that they can go from tricky to frustrating quickly. Try to find ways to integrate hints, clues, and even cheats into your interaction. This will help your fellow challengers as well as your humble curator when he’s recapping your amazing examples.


We’ve seen some cool examples of escape games in the community. Here are a few you should check out to learn what's possible: 

Share Your E-Learning Work

  • Comments: Use the comments section below to share a link to your published example and blog post.
  • Forums: Start  your own thread and share a link to your published example..
  • Personal blog:  If you have a blog, please consider writing about your challenges. We’ll link back to your posts so the great work you’re sharing gets even more exposure.
  • Twitter: If you share your demos on Twitter, try using #ELHChallenge so your tweeps can track your e-learning coolness.

Last Week’s Challenge:

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Wishing you a break-out week, E-Learning Heroes!

New to the E-Learning Challenges?

The weekly e-learning challenges are ongoing opportunities to learn, share, and build your e-learning portfolios. You can jump into any or all of the previous challenges anytime you want. I’ll update the recap posts to include your demos.

Bonnie Jeansonne
James Addoms
James Addoms

Thanks, Jackie for the kind words - I always enjoy your entries in the challenges and I'm thrilled you checked it out! I started noodling on this on Friday morning and procrastinated on a current - but less fun! - project over the weekend. The intro alone started to balloon out of control as I found more background images and thought of more people I wanted to include. ;) I also started without music during what was supposed to be a 5-second intro and decided I had to include a song that Indiana Jones fans may remember from one of the films. I had a friend of mine go through it quickly and I had to give hints - and I almost decided to code in hint pop-ups conditionally based on what items had been picked up - but I had to call it done at some point. I may revisit as a portfolio piece ... Expand

Jodi M. Sansone Amsterdam Vacation Drama Download: I've only done one escape room so I think I captured the spirit of this challenge, even though I hate being trapped. My submission is based on a debate I had with friends on vacation last week--would you store your passport in a hotel safe? I say no--tape it to your body. This was fun to build--I tried to give it a different look and feel than I normally use. And I leveraged a marker technique Tom and David showed a couple weeks ago in a Live session (the one that used the Peloton bike). It definitely works better with a mouse because I use a hover to show my clues--if you are looking at it on a phone, press the screen to find the clues. Please let me know if you find any glitches enteri... Expand

Chris Hodgson
Josh Petermann
Eran Adi Cioban