'Escape the Room' game to open in Detroit

Posted at 3:39 PM, Mar 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-02 13:22:14-05

If someone locked you in a room and the way out was hidden in a number of puzzles, could you escape?

That's the concept for a new, action packed game in downtown Detroit.

The adventure franchise "Escape the Room" debuts this week and WXYZ got a first look.

It's like a treasure hunt to get out of a room in 60 minutes or less.

Creator Victor Blake said, "I just really love puzzles and games and I love people getting out and doing something physical."

Jerry Oden, a participant, explained, "You got to have a team."

The very first room has a lot of symbols -- and a confessional holds clues not sins.

The "key" is finding a key but that's just beginning.

"If you find a key and then like now there is five locks. Which one do you use? You're trying and twisting and you turn and it's not fitting. That makes it more interesting," said Oden.

"I'm rooting for you, everyone thinks I'm rooting against them. But, it's not an IQ test," said Blake. "Every once in awhile we leap with different clues, different teams get stuck at different points."

Staff watch in a surveillance room.

Blake added, "The leadership structure changes in an organic way."

They enjoy looking at the dynamics of the group which is why this is considered a great team building exercise.

"People come here to be Indiana Jones. To get that feeling of putting the amulet on the staff and putting it in the right place, the sun shines through and points to the symbol and that's what you get by coming here-- you get to be the main character in your own movie," Blake explained. 

Escape the Room opens Friday March 4th.

Regular business hours will be: Thursdays from 5 p.m. - 10 p.m., Fridays from 6 p.m. - 12 a.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from 12 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Tickets are $28 per person.

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