The Great Escape

A couple of weeks ago my wife and I and our best friends had to do battle against zombies. A few months before that we had to rescue a woman about to be electrocuted by a madman. And a few months before that we had to prevent an outbreak of a deadly chemical jay surely would’ve killed and injured scores of people.

Yeah, we live a pretty crazy life.

Although I’d love to tell you that we’re some sort of superheroes, I cannot. I can tell you, however, that we are damn good super sleuths.

The aforementioned scenarios are from some of our recent adventures at Escape Rooms in our area.

Haven’t heard of an Escape Room? Let me give you a primer:

An Escape Room is a place where you and a group of friends or family members work together to solve a long, complicated riddle. There’s always a scenario — someone needs rescuing, there’s a serial killer on the loose or aliens are attacking us — and your group has to put together a series of clues to save the day.

Sometimes those clues come in the form of puzzles, riddles or the like. Oftentimes, you have to use items in a room to get a combination to unlock a lock. Other times you have put items into an order to unlock a door, free a necessary item or escape the room. You’re given an hour to escape and you can often ask for a few free clues to help you navigate the room.

It’s a heckuva lot of fun and is not very expensive. You can usually find an online coupon for the rooms knocking the price down to about $20-25 per person.

We’ve become addicted to them and have quickly discovered the urge to try out all the best rooms in our area. We love the camaraderie and spirit of teamwork it fosters, as well as the laughs over our inevitable pitfalls and failures. We love the solving the puzzle — and we’re 4-4, so far — but even more we love the hour or two afterwards when we analyze the room and re-live our successes and failures over beer and food. It’s just too much fun.

So, the next time you’re looking to save mankind and not go broke doing it, seek out an Escape Room. It might be the best adventure you’ve had in a while.

Photo credit: David Kracht via Foter.com / CC BY-NC-SA

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