So much to do locked in a room

Like video games or movies, you are transported somewhere else, but unlike those forms of entertainment, escape rooms allow you to be the protagonist of your own adventure. ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE

Some seek an escape from the daily grind through Netflix, yoga or retail therapy. My escapist pleasure of choice is more literal. For the past few years, I have spent many weekends exploring ruined temples, trespassing into science labs, solving murder mysteries or travelling through time - all thanks to Singapore's many escape rooms.

The uninitiated may have a vague impression of these as dim, claustrophobic lairs - no thanks to the horror films that have used them as a plot point - or something only reality-avoiding nerds could enjoy. Yet the beauty of escape rooms is that they combine meaningful socialising with intellectual thrills and pure escapism.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on January 27, 2019, with the headline 'So much to do locked in a room'. Subscribe