It appears the the movie industry has a big influence on both companies, and they represents two things that I want to see more of in the Room Escape world; stronger sets and theming and local influence.
Stronger Sets & Theming
The set design, theming, and internal logic of a game matters. As more room escapes emerge, this is going to become a make or break challenge for room designers.
The ugly, repetitious, and less interesting games will fade away fast.
The more room escape game designers can draw upon the local history, architecture, industry, and character, the better.
I love that Chicago’s D.O.A. Room Escape has themed a game on the serial killer H.H. Holmes; the mass murderer who operated in 1890’s Chicago.
The apparent uniqueness of these games have bumped both regions up on my travel list.