The name of the game is “Escape Room”, where a team of people signs up to enter a themed room, and must find clues and solve puzzles to complete a given mission and find the key to escape. Puzzlescape is a cool new venue in Hudson, MA offering creative experiences in this popular new entertainment genre .
The venue currently offers two themed experiences for people to enjoy – Watson’s Revenge (a Sherlock Holmes theme) and The 13th Floor (a conspiracy themed room). They are planning to expand to offer more rooms in the near future.
The room setting will vary on the experience you choose. It may appear at first glance like a well-decorated office; or an apartment; or a Victorian House. The timer is set, the rules are shown via a brief video presentation, the door is shut, then it’s go time. Then, the group tears it apart, looking for clues.
You may find locked boxes — where to find the combination? Books — will one contain a hidden message? Broken clocks — should you pay attention to the time it’s stopped on? Flashlights, teapots, magnets, portraits, lamps, vases, sticky notes, cogs, board games, playing cards. And in them or on them or under them are clues and riddles and puzzles whose answers lead to a letter that means a number that points to another locked box.
The thrills unfold as you solve each puzzle. Open a box - find a key or a clue. It takes true teamwork, and lots of trial and error. If you get stuck, teams can ask for up to 3 clues throughout the game. The added rush of the timer ticking really makes for an exhilarating hour of entertainment.
A team photo is taken at the end of the game to remember your most excellent adventure.
It's very easy to see why the escape room trend is so popular. It couples social connections and physical interactions with intellectual stimulation; all wrapped up in a bit of a thrill.
This activity would be great for a group of friends, family outings, corporate or team-building events, a teen birthday party, or a fun date.
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