What is Pakotarinat?
We’re room escape business located in Espoo and Joensuu. We got into room escape business in 2015 autumn when we were building the first room escape games in Joensuu. After these we designed and built our own game, the Crime Mystery. Due to great popularity of the room, we started to design other rooms as well. Now we have two branches, one in Espoo and one in Joensuu, with three themes and pop up games.
You can find more info from our blog.
What are escape rooms?
To simplify, the main idea is that a group is locked inside a room, where you need to get out. There are different kind of puzzles built for you to solve, by either using your hands, logic and/or teamwork. The puzzles are always based around the theme of the room and puzzles are different in every room.
What are difficulty settings?
The purpose of difficulty settings is to match the difficulty of the room to meet the skills of the group. You don’t have to choose the difficulty setting before the game and you can change it while you are in the room. From the table below you can see some estimations of recommendable difficulty settings for different kinds of groups.
|2 persons||5 persons||8 persons|
|2 / 5||70 %||90 %||N / A|
|3 / 5||40 %||70 %||100 %|
|4 / 5||10 %||50 %||80 %|
|5 / 5||0 %||20 %||60 %|
|2 persons||5 persons||8 persons|
|2 / 5||100 %||100 %||N / A|
|3 / 5||80 %||100 %||100 %|
|4 / 5||60 %||80 %||100 %|
|5 / 5||30 %||60 %||100 %|
On the left side on the blue background you can see the difficulty settings from 2/5 to 5/5. On the violet background there are group sizes 2 persons, 5 persons and 8 persons. In these columns you can find estimated success rates for each difficulty setting.
In this table, first-timers means a group in which all the players are having their first escape room game. The table with the title “Experienced players” is a group of players who all have already played more than 5 escape room games. N/A – Not available means that there is no available difficulty setting of this setting.
Are there any age restrictions?
The rooms are built so that all ages can participate in the game. There isn’t any scary elements inside the rooms – the scariest object is a skull in Pirate ship, the type you see during the Halloween.
Our youngest player has been 4 years old, who was a little nervous at first, which I see from many adults as well. But when the game starts, she was eager to participate in the game.
Though every child is individual, so if your child is extremely sensitive, it may be too much to even lock him or her in a room. At this point, the adult’s behavior is most important. Adults should tell (and demonstrate) to the child, that this is a fun game, that he should not be afraid of. If the adult shows fear, it will reflect to the child as well.
On the other hand, the puzzles in the rooms are quite challenging so the recommended age for playing without parents is 16 years.
Is it possible to play in a wheelchair?
In Espoo, Pirateship and Bootlegger’s Curse are wheelchair accessible. We don’t have any stairs in these two games. However, some of the locks and items are located quite high so it’s necessary for other group members to pick them. The biggest challenge for wheelchair users may be the doors. Almost all our doors are 80 cm wide and one door is 78 cm wide. Most regular wheelchairs meet this width, but unfortunately most electric wheelchairs are wider than this. Please note that we don’t have an accessible toilet in our premises.
In Joensuu, Pirate Ship is accessible for wheelchair users. Please note that Joensuu branch doesn’t have an accessible toilet.
Tips for players
1. The idea of the game in short: We have built different kind of puzzles for you to solve inside the room. Whenever you finish one puzzle, you get a clue for the next one. You have one hour to finish all of them and get out of the room.
2. None of the puzzles require you to climb on anything, like chairs for example. There is no hidden objects in the ceiling or high places. Also, none of the puzzles requires you to break anything. Some objects has to be dissembled, but there is always a clue for this.
3. There are “Don’t touch” stickers inside the room on some objects. You are not allowed to touch the objects with stickers. You are encouraged to pick up, turn and move around all other objects. From this we get to the next tip…
4. Search the room as thoroughly as you can. There are hidden keys, clues and important objects in very hard to find places. Go through the room as thoroughly as you can. And again, from this we get to the next tip:
5. Communicate inside the group as much as possible. Whenever you find a clue or a key, tell it loudly to everybody: “Hey guys, I found a number 8 inside this hat. Do we need it for something, or is it here just to lead us off?” It sure is not there to lead you off 🙂
6. Remember to have fun! Room escape games are fun thing to do together. Forget about your everyday problems and immerse yourself for the adventure ahead of you! 🙂