How to Create an Escape Room Kiosk with Bookeo

escape room kiosk

In this article, we’re going to cover how to create an escape room kiosk using the online booking system Bookeo and the kiosk software KioskSimple.

Why use an Escape Room Kiosk?

The benefits of using an escape room kiosk include…

  • Self-service lowers the burden on your staff
  • Better customer service without increasing headcount
  • Shorten customer wait times

Bookeo makes it easy for businesses, like escape rooms, to take online reservations over the web.

We’re going to leverage the Bookeo web-based booking system to allow your customers to book your escape room directly from your conveniently located escape room kiosk.

Getting Started with Bookeo

Bookeo created the following escape room booking demo using their online booking system.

For the purpose of this article, we’ll use their demo website and run it in KioskSimple.

Setting up Bookeo is beyond the scope of this article, but the process is straightforward.  They also offer a free trial when you’re ready to get started.

Once you setup your Bookeo account you’ll be able to embed their booking webpage directly in your existing website using the Bookeo widget.

This way the look and feel of the booking system matches your website.

For now, let’s proceed using the escape room booking demo.

bookeo escape room kiosk demo
A demo escape room booking system using Bookeo

Securing Your Escape Room Kiosk with KioskSimple

In order to secure your escape room kiosk, you’ll need the kiosk software KioskSimple.

KioskSimple ensures that your escape room kiosk is always up and running and prevents malicious user tampering.

Setting up KioskSimple is as easy as downloading the free trial and entering the webpage where you embedded the Bookeo widget into the KioskSimple configuration wizard.

KioskSimple Wizard Escape Room Kiosk

Press Continue to save your changes then close the configuration tool.

Now start KioskSimple in Test Mode and you’re ready to test drive your escape room kiosk.

KioskSimple Startup Mode Escape Room Kiosk

When you’re ready to exit, press ESC and enter the default password of “kiosksimple”.  Then select the option to “Close KioskSimple” and you’ll be back at the Windows desktop.

Selecting a Kiosk

Kiosks are available in a variety of shapes and sizes.  Since KioskSimple runs on Microsoft Windows, it’s important your kiosk is running Windows 7 or newer.

For the purpose of your escape room kiosk we’ll consider a tablet kiosk and a full-sized freestanding kiosk.

Tablet Kiosk Pros

  • Cheaper
  • Flexible mounting options (tablet, wall, floor stand)

Tablet Kiosk Cons

  • Due to its smaller size it lacks the presence and ability to grab attention of a larger freestanding kiosk

Freestanding Kiosk Pros

  • Grabs attention with its larger form factor
  • Visible above crowds

Freestanding Kiosk Cons

  • Costly
  • Takes up more floor space

ArmorActive makes a robust tablet kiosk enclosure for the Microsoft Surface Pro 3.

ArmorActive Escape Room Kiosk
Microsoft Surface enclosure by ArmorActive

Olea Kiosks makes a wide range of kiosks that are perfect for your escape room kiosk.

Olea escape room kiosk
Metropolis kiosk by Olea

Next Steps

If you have any questions about how to setup your escape room kiosk, please contact us today for assistance.

We’re always happy to hold your hand through the process and help you select the right kiosk or tablet for your needs.

Andrew Savala
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Author: Andrew Savala

Andrew Savala is the CEO of RedSwimmer, with a background in designing and deploying complex payment kiosk systems. Andrew offers high-value, strategic consulting services to companies looking to develop their payment kiosks.