The First Escape from a Room

Escape games are now more popular than ever - but how come?

We from Scavenger Escape did some investigating.


The origins of escape games unexpectedly go back to the digital world of point and click adventures. The first widely popular predecessor occurred in 2004: the online game Crimson Room by Japanese developer Toshimitsu Takagi, that already included the most important elements: Playing in first person-perspective, you find yourself locked in a room and need to find a key in order to escape.  


The transition from the digital to the real world also succeeded in Japan for the first time - Takao Kato (SCRAP Entertainment Inc.) opened his Real Escape Game, that already included time limits, in 2007. It was the beginning of a global success: In the early 2010s escape rooms could already be found in Australia, Singapur, San Francisco and Budapest. 

Golden Age

Today escape rooms are not a rarity anymore, the website World of Escapes lists thousands of rooms all around the globe, three hundred alone in Austria. Scavenger Escape Vienna may be a small spot among the over hundred escape games in Vienna, but with our notorious escape room Gangsta’s Cage we are second on the list, thanks to you!

Into the Future

The pandemic naturally caused great problems for escape rooms. We, like many others, answered by broadening the variety of our escape games. With our Vienna City Center Treasure Hunt and our Secret Agent Treasure Hunt we have designed two new exciting adventures for playing outside. In postpandemic times also a wonderful alternative for the warm seasons! Alas, the crisis has given us the opportunity to grow and develop.

Did we manage to attract your attention? Do you want to see for yourself if we deserve the second place in the ranking? Your booking is just a click away! If you’d rather let others try, you can also buy a gift card with a personal message.