A few weeks ago, Andy and I went to an Escape Room in Providence with two other couples. I had heard a little about escape rooms but didn't know all that much. I knew it would be a fun night out with friends, so I was all for it. Andy was excited too, once he got over his anxiety about parking in a city :)
We went to Escape Rhode Island, which is in a very unassuming building on a nice street in Providence. We went in and met our friends and went through the little orientation where they tell you all the rules! My only concern was that it would be scary and that someone would jump out at me (I'm a big baby when it comes to those things). It turns out that I had nothing to worry about. While there are rooms that are meant to be scary, we weren't doing one of those!
I won't give too much away, but what happens is that you have an hour to solve puzzles inside the room. The room we did actually had several rooms, which you unlocked by completing the challenges. Some of the things we had to do involved chess, morse code and a lot of combination locks.
We made really good time getting through the rooms and had so much fun, although there were a few tense moments when we all had to remember and execute the game "Simon." You definitely need to listen to one another and use peoples strengths.
It was a great way to spend an hour with friends and we loved it so much we immediately bought a Groupon to try out another escape room! I also found out that I have some really smart friends :)
I would definitely recommend having enough people in your party to fill a room, since it might have been a little more difficult and less fun with strangers. Our room needed 6 people but some are larger for groups of 8-10. I know a few of my friends have done Escape Rooms for work as team building exercises, which I think is such a great idea. It would also be fun as a family, as long as you had older kids, since these puzzles were definitely not easy!
Have you ever done an Escape Room? What did you think?