Escape Room Worker helps poor players with wild sneaking skills

Our escape room hero in Metal Gear Solid V.

Picture: Breakout Games / Konami / TikTok / Kotaku

There are so many games that focus on stealth, but so few opportunities for most of us to ever get to perform such actions in real life, at least without breaking the law. While it’s probably for the best, an escape room worker has discovered the perfect reason to use such skills in real life, and she’s not even killing anyone. She is incredible.

The TikTok account for Breakout Games—a chain of escape rooms in the United States—explodes. After hitting one million subscribers, the feed is dominated by one staff member, who regularly records herself performing secret missions to sneak into live games without being spotted by players. While we don’t know her name, we have serious respect for her skills, and today we pay tribute.

Breakout Games has over 30 locations in the western half of the states, with the kind of themed rooms you’d expect from such a place. There’s Runaway Train, Submarine Survival, a Mystery Mansion, that sort of thing, each with a set of challenges to be completed by a team of players working together to find secrets, solve clues, unlock doors and do better. Except, for this to work, sometimes a message may be required.

Now, while it’s normal for many escape rooms to give hints, perhaps allowing players to radio for a limited number of clues from staff – or even require direct intervention— The Breakout Games TikTok account is showing something far more impressive. The unnamed blonde-haired employee breaks into the rooms, performs his derring-do acts, and then leaves before anyone in the group of players notices anyone joining them. And she films it all.

Oh, and best of all, her trademark is to complete her invisible escapades by SLAMMING the door when she leaves, absolutely freaking out anyone who didn’t know she’d ever been there.

Often these daring sneaks are carried out because a group is stuck and this extraordinaire wants them to move on without knowing they were helped. However, sometimes she has to sneak out of a difficult situation. They are also great.

All the techniques we’ve learned from decades of gaming Metal Gear Solid, Thiefand Splint cell is it. In a hostage themed room, where all the players are blindfolded, we’re obviously in “your vision is based on sound” territory. That should apparently make sneaking somewhat easier, except the problem is that an important key has been dropped in the middle of the room, and neither player can find it. So our hero’s task is to make them stumble upon it for themselves, without being stumbled upon herself. And it’s close.

This one blows my mind. It is a small room and the guests are all alone there. There’s nowhere to hide, nothing to hide behind, and it seems like wishful thinking that she would complete her goal of closing a secret door that was accidentally opened before it should have. The players saw her and kept quiet out of politeness, right? But then comes her signature door SLAM on exit and they all scream! (Other reasons to scream: the accompanying song.)

A recurring theme in these amazing plays is how well the staff is able to not only push the players forward, but make them feel like their momentum is their own achievement. Check out how a guest is hailed by another party member as a “genius” for discovering a book that our player character just hovered over the floor as high as she could:

To Thief fans, here’s the perfect reason why some of the guests have suggested, “Hmph, must have been rats.”

The more we watch these, the more we invest in her actions, and her fear of being caught. Once again in the blindfolded hostage room, just check out the narrow gap she has to pass through without alerting anyone. (And then, of course, her very conscious attempt to get noticed.)

You know that bit in the games where you throw the item to distract the enemy? Yes:

And yes, we all have the same question: Does it ever go wrong? Yes. Yes it does. Very.

If you’re wondering or worried that posting footage of people who aren’t aware they’re being filmed might be a bit ethically dubious, in-room staff get guests’ permission before posting videos. As revealed by this equally tense… let’s say cutscene, the moment the company boss found out about the TikTok account reveals:

Unknown Breakout Games Employee: we salute you. You are Garrett. You are Corvo. You are Hose.

Bonus: the things escape room employees see and hear during games are absolutely WILD.

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