Operation Outbreak: The Inspiration Behind Our Escape Rooms
How often, after finishing an episode of BBC’s Sherlock or binging a season of The Walking Dead, do you wish you could enter their world to see how you’d fare against Moriarty or walkers? Instead of going to acting school and auditioning for a role in one of these properties, you can visit Operation Outbreak in El Paso! Here, you can use your deduction skills to gather clues that will lead to your escape. Continue reading to learn more about where we drew our inspiration for our current escape rooms!
A Brief History of Sherlock Holmes
The character of Sherlock Holmes has been popular since his inception in 1887, much to the chagrin of his creator, Arthur Conan Doyle. In fact, Doyle famously killed the world’s most famous detective in 1893 in order to focus on more serious works. Although he planned for Holmes to remain dead, fans were greatly dismayed and perturbed by the sudden death of one of the most literary characters of all time. Pressure from his fans and publishers alike forced Doyle to bring Holmes back in the story “The Return of Sherlock Holmes” in 1904. And so, Sherlock has remained in the cultural mythos ever since. Even today, 131 years after Doyle’s first published Sherlock Holmes adventure (A Study in Scarlet), the detective and his trusty partner appear in a plethora of films, television shows, and even books!
Baker Street Mystery: Time to Test Your Deduction Skills
If you’ve ever read or seen anything involving Sherlock Holmes, you’re well aware of the detective’s particular deduction skills. With a simple glance, Holmes can ascertain a surplus of information. Arthur Conan Doyle was inspired by a physician friend of his who could tell what was ailing any patient by simply looking at them. Doyle took this visual information gathering technique and applied it to a detective character, and the rest is history! Sherlock Holmes famously lives in 221B Baker Street in London. This is the inspiration behind the name of our escape room, Baker Street Mystery. When you and your friends partake in this room, you’ll have to use your detective and deduction skills in order to gather as much information as possible, eventually decoding the underlying mystery and escaping.
The Zombie Outbreak That Continues to This Day
Zombies became culturally significant in 1968 with George A. Romero’s classic film “The Night of the Living Dead.” To this day, zombie movies, tv shows, and graphic novels continue to be released, enrapturing and frightening people of all ages. Although there have been thousands of incarnations of zombies, one thing tends to remain true from adaptation to adaptation: the zombies often come about due to a virus or infection. (Just look at 28 Days Later or World War Z.)
If you’re looking for a spookier escape room, consider our “Escape the Undead” room. You and your team will arrive at an abandoned military installation, seeking shelter. Before long, however, you notice a friend of yours has become infected. Now you and your team must work together to find a way to stop the infection from spreading. If you fail, your team will join the throngs of the living dead. Were you to succeed, you’ll live to see another day.
Be Your Own Hero at Operation Outbreak!
Perhaps we can’t transport ourselves into our favorite works of fiction. Operation Outbreak provides the second best option. If you’d like to put your skills to the test, contact Operation Outbreak! Out slots fill up fast so click through to our booking page to schedule your next adventure.