Live Action Escapes

by Tom Lally

You may have heard of this, Escape the Room, or any of the numerous companies offering similar games, which have really taken off in the last year or two.  The premise is fairly simple.  A group of people are locked in a room, and you need to solve a series of puzzles, riddles, and brain teasers if you want to escape before time runs out.  You don’t need any special knowledge, but it does take logic, creativity, and attention to detail.  I did one recently in Worcester, and we had so much fun that we just booked another round.

Although it was my first one so I have no basis for comparison, they claimed to do things a little differently.  For one, we were handcuffed to the wall, in a room that was about as big as your average dining room.  We weren’t actually trapped, because the handcuff was attached to the wall by a carabiner, which we could easily undo in case of an emergency.  I actually liked the dynamic that it created, with our limited mobility.  It helped to make sure that everyone was involved, because at some point your group would be figuring out something that only you could reach.  And we had to communicate well, since whoever had an epiphany or discovery was usually not the one who could reach that particular challenge.

And it certainly was challenging.  We really struggled with the second or third clue, which ruined any slim chance we may have had to finish in time.  For a little while I didn’t think we would get any further, but once we did figure it out, we handled the rest of it fairly well.  In fact, the clock ran out with just one puzzle left to solve, and the very friendly staff allowed us the 5 or so minutes we needed to complete it.  Even though it wasn’t an official ‘Escape,’ we left with a sense of accomplishment at having been able to figure everything out.

We had a lot of fun and it was certainly different from any other fun activity we could have chosen.  It made me use my brain in ways I don’t normally, which is always a good thing.  Hopefully we have a little more success next time.


The author of this article is Tom Lally, Wealth Manager Assistant at US Wealth Management.