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Looking for a challenging and fun experience? Then The Great Escape Room may just be up your alley. Part of a growing sensation that’s been sweeping across the nation, (Perhaps even further?) escape rooms are simple in concept, but not in practice. Each room is typically centered around a theme, this particular location had a Library and a Game room, and each has a story to go along with it. And then, well, you have to escape it by finding clues and solving puzzles under a certain time limit. Now, it doesn’t seem like it would be a whole lot of fun, but it really is, which is probably why they’ve grown in popularity recently.

I, along with a group of friends, which I’d recommend unless you can get along and work with strangers easily, was in the Game Room for the hour. I wasn’t allowed to take pictures of the actual room, but it was simple in set up, but not design. Clues were everywhere, hidden and in plain sight. The story went as follows: Moriarty, Sherlock’s arch nemesis, had stolen a deadly poison and we had to solve the puzzles in his game room to find the antidote before the time ran out. Simple, but effective. Once the clock started, we were off, each spreading out across the room in a frantic search for clues to help solve the puzzles. Soon the air was filled with cries of elation as they were found and then quieted as we tried to solve the puzzles, each one seemingly harder than the last. Time moves deceptively fast in there and before we knew it it was running out, but we managed to squeak by and escape one of the hardest rooms they have. That feeling of accomplishment trumped the frustration we all felt throughout, and was totally worth it.

The Great Escape Room, and ones like it, probably aren’t for everyone. If you get easily frustrated and aren’t really into solving puzzles, then this isn’t for you. If it is, then don’t fret too much over the difficulty. There was a game master in the room with us the whole time and we were allowed three clues to help us on our way. So if you get stuck, you aren’t at a total loss.

If you are in the mood for a challenge and want to try something different, or just want to work on your teamwork (I heard these are popular in corporate team building circles…) then give The Great Escape Room a try.

 

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