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Picture this: You’re in a room along with 1-9 other people. Maybe you’re with your friends, family, or coworkers; maybe you’re here with your significant other; maybe you’re in this with a bunch of people you’ve never met. The clock is ticking: You have 60 minutes to escape. You look around the room — a locked tool chest; strange markings on the wall; books with their pages torn out… What does it all mean? You can only hope that by working together, solving puzzle after puzzle, you and your teammates will find the way.
The room escape genre of entertainment has existed in the virtual world for decades, from the cult hit Myst (1993) on Mac OS to the wildly popular Flash game The Crimson Room (2004). In 2007, a Japanese company was the first to turn the video game concept into a live action activity venue; since then, room escape has swept through Asia, Europe, and the United States, attaining wild popularity in New York as recently as 2014. The premise is simple: You and your team find yourselves in a room, and you have to get out. But it isn’t so easy — you won’t find success until you solve a series of puzzles (visual, aural, kinetic, and more)… and you only have 60 minutes to do it. Those few who escape (only about 25% on average) win eternal glory — and, if they escape exceptionally quickly, a place on our leader board. Those who don’t… well, it stings a little bit to lose, but you’ll have such a good time that you’ll want to come back for more.
Room escape is a lot of things: a mental challenge, an hour of immersion, a fun thing to do with friends, and a way to meet like-minded strangers. Mostly, it pushes you to be creative — to think outside the box. After all, if you wanted to think inside the box, you’d just spend your evening at another happy hour, right?
Escape Rhode Island is located on the second floor of 385 S Main St. in Providence, RI. Directions here.
Each of our two games can be played on Thursday and Friday evenings and on weekends. Large groups (up to 18 or 28) can book our full venue outside of those times. Every few months, one scenario is retired permanently, and a new one takes its place. So try ’em while they last! Click here to book a spot.
Escape Rhode Island was founded by Ethan Carlson and Escape Industries (Max Sutter and Ethan Rodriguez-Torrent). Our operators are the incredible humans May Tomic, Ryan Pease, Kevin Girard, and Diz Foster. Read more about us on our team page.
Right now, we only take advance bookings. Tickets are $28 for adults and $22 for students, active military and children. You can choose to book an entire room, or to just book a portion of the tickets and leave your other teammates to chance. (To book the entire venue for a large group, please get in touch via our contact page.) Each game accommodates a different number of players, and one game is permanently retired every few months, so choose wisely. To get more info about the games we're currently running, see our games page.
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