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Escape Room: Real-life video game in Phoenix

Posted at 5:44 AM, Oct 05, 2015

Imagine you’re trapped inside a room and in order to escape – you must solve puzzles, crack codes, and find clues. That’s what people are voluntarily doing inside the Phoenix Escape Room.

The business has two rooms that are essentially interactive puzzles. Players have to answer riddles, crack codes and find clues – within 60 minutes – in order to escape.

The Escape Room is a worldwide trend that’s based off of a 1980’s video game.

Kaisi Balmer was hooked after playing just once and now helps run the Phoenix Escape Room.

“It's like a real life board game,” said Balmer. “It reminds of the board game clue.”

Inside the Phoenix business, customers can try to escape two rooms:

Rescue: A little girl was kidnapped. You are on a tactical response team to save her. During the hunt, you discover the little girl is tied to explosives.

Second: Farawell. Your grandfather has passed away. You stop by his home, for one last time, before it is demolished. You find a letter from him with instructions to find a prized family heirloom.

“It is great for corporations,” said Balmer. “Just to see how their employees work together, see how they communicate, see how they interact and see if they can think outside the box.”

“Last year there was only 50 Escape Rooms,” said Balmer. “As of today, there’s over 2,150 Escape Rooms throughout the country.”