Escape rooms are the perfect, immersive experience packed with thrill, mystery and competitiveness. They are a popular choice for team building activities with co-workers, family fun, special events or some friendly rivalry. And what could be more appealing to your adventurous side than a great escape room logo?
You probably have an idea of your own in mind, but let’s go through some inspirational solutions and design tips to help you create the best escape room logo.
Lock and key escape room logos
Locks, keys, and keyholes are a common design inspiration for escape games. Let’s go through some of them that utilize often-used symbols in a creative and authentic way.
1.Green Key Escape
The design inspiration here is quite literal - the name of the escape room is Green Key Escape, and that is reflected in the logo design. But the logo itself is beautifully designed and has an archaic and mystic feel. The typography is also well-chosen, and the design altogether gives you an idea of what to expect: a mystery-themed room experience.
Design by EDIFÉ
The logo used for Escape Art displays a human arm peeking from a lock, grabbing the key. It is exactly what a live escape room experience is—reaching out to the key.
Another unused concept is representing both the name of the escape room company and the lock symbol. The lock is made out of two Ts because the escape room is called Think Tank.
Design by Brittany
Decode Detroit did a great job of combining an open lock with the letter “D”. Even though it’s an image used in many logo templates for escape rooms, this franchise managed to give it a personal touch.
Similarly to the locks and keys, doors that are slightly ajar also signify an escape, or a mystery waiting on the other side. Here are some examples of applying this symbol successfully in a logo.
This unused design combines a key and a door to form the letter “E”, as in escape.
Design by Monday Creations
This design solution for Opendoor Escape Room in Italy has a mysterious font and an open door casting light out of it. It looks almost like a watercolor sketch, which makes it authentic.
Design by Luca Capretti
This design has a similar concept but the door is used as a negative space. And it’s an animated logo, which makes it a more engaging one. The only problem is that using it on print materials, such as gift cards, or social media that doesn’t support GIFs might be limiting.
Design by Rebecca MacDonald
New Mexico Escape Room too used an open door, but here it forms the letter O. There is also an interesting frame around the logo.
Labyrinth escape room logos
Labyrinths are also a common symbol used in escape room logos since they signify using logic to get out of some sort of a confined space.
This design for Treasure Hunt combines a mark with a logo inside, and the letters T and H are highlighted with another color.
Design by Agata Dondzik
In this logo for The Game, the name of the brand is inscribed inside a pyramid, which has a labyrinth inside. According to the designer, he came up with this solution to represent the actual scenarios in the escape room games. His idea was to achieve a mysterious and ancient style, which is why he used jungle-green and antique gold.
11.Lock and Labyrinth
A risky approach that is very effective when done well, is to combine two or more elements. In this example, the designer combined a lock with a labyrinth outside of it, signifying that you have to go through the labyrinth to find the way out of the room. And a big plus is that the labyrinth is accurate and there’s really one way out. So that makes this logo especially fun and engaging.
Design by Stefan Kitanović
Memphis Escape Rooms also has a maze-inspired logo design, but it’s more abstract. It feels like a complex blueprint of a building, which is definitely effective for an establishment that offers escape games.
Cube escape room logos
Cubes are another common thread, so we’ve compiled a few logos that have a cube-shaped logo or use this figure as an element in their design.
This logo, created for Embassy of Game, combines a Chinese puzzle signifying mystery, with a cube shape.
The Escape Cube logo also uses the same method but with contrasting colors, a more realistic look, and the name of the company inscribed into the maze and cube.
Design by Andrea Maxwell
15.Unnamed cube design
Another game room logo uses a cube shape, but here it’s combined with a lock, keyhole, and a puzzle piece.
Design by Doris Gray
16.Houdini’s Room Escape
And this unused idea for Houdini’s Room Escape is the letter H inside of a cube. Just like Houdini, who managed to get out of boxes and get to a mesmerizing effect for his audience.
Design by Gretchen Cobaugh
Typography and other symbols
You can also use typography to create wordmarks or even create your own typeface. You can combine text with an icon or character as well.
Mind Trapped Escape Room combines a flat icon with typography reminiscent of that often used in noir and mystery films.
Another interesting method is to create the illusion of movement with typography. Escape room games are often dynamic, so combining the text with shapes, shadows, and lines can create a captivating and excitement-inducing logo.
Escape the Room successfully manages to recreate a claustrophobic hallway or stairs.
The Institute of Wonder isn’t exactly an escape room. It is an immersive, outdoors, mystery-solving walk through Copenhagen. While the logo itself is great—combining two human faces looking upwards and forming the letter W, the whole branding tells a complete story. Make sure to check out this amazing branding concept by Petr Kudlacek.
If you want your potential customers to immediately know you’re offering a specific experience straight from the logo, you can use typography in a very effective way. Escapepolis, for example, uses a typeface that reminds of a cyberpunk/retro vibe, so one can expect a theme right away.
Exit Room Prague includes the exit symbol as well as buttons for opening a vintage safe in the place of the Os in its logo.
22 & 23.Puzzle Out
Puzzle Out also combined a symbol with typography, but formed a key out of the first letters of the words.
The same company opted out of using another design, combining a puzzle piece with a light bulb.
Design by Shahed Syed
Mission Break Out in London uses a wax letter stamp as a base for its logo, to relate to the theme that players are issued to go on a mission by the Queen.
Flat icons are still popular, so you can also decide on a custom icon design or use a royalty-free icon pack. We wouldn’t advise that since authenticity is always attention-grabbing and valued.
Here we have 16 different logo ideas for a non-existent escape room. The designer used a few symbols connected to the escape room experience, such as a lock and key, a maze, a puzzle, but also an icon connected to the name, which is the escape button on a keyboard.
Design by Anna-Rose Schenerman
This icon combines a keyhole with an hourglass clock, reflecting that time is of the essence in escape room games.
Design by Doris Gray
Escape Rooms Prague also has a logo based on the hourglass clock idea but combined with a keyhole shape.
28.Light bulb, lock and key
A similar method can be seen in the example below, but instead of a keyhole and clock, here we have a combination of a key and a lightbulb, the symbol of ideas and logic.
Design by Emily Holt
If your escape room theme is somehow connected to a famous fictional character, or maybe one you’ve invented yourself, you can use that in your logo.
This design for a non-existent company uses Cthulhu, a fictional deity created by H. P. Lovecraft, famous for his cosmic chaos and horror short stories. If Disney animations taught us anything, it’s that dark and lime green is connected to villains. Combined with the custom typeface, this makes a logo that screams “Danger”.
Design by Aigu Sainz
The character that is linked to mystery and thrill most of all, is of course, Sherlock Holmes. The official escape room of the Sherlock BBC series and its creator Steven Moffat is called The Game is Now. Its logo is simply a silhouette of Sherlock and Watson escaping.
Do you feel inspired to create your own escape room logo? You can always dig deeper and learn more about logo design, or brainstorm a completely unique idea by focusing on what makes your company unique and different for fans of thrill and challenges.
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