Are You Ready to Escape?

Do you like mystery? Or, a good brain teaser? Work well under pressure? Looking for a physical and mental challenge? We all have a competitive side, and who doesn’t like to win? Grab some friends and hit one of the newest entertainment crazes… escape games.

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If you haven’t seen or been to one of the escape games, they are basically rooms where you pit your wits against the riddles of the room and try to escape in an hour. They teach teamwork, problem-solving, and creativity. If you’ve dreamed of intrigue and thrilling adventures, then this game is right for you.

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Escape games have been popping up all over the country and Kentucky. Here’s a link to the top 10 escape rooms in Kentucky.

Top 10 Escape Rooms in Kentucky

And for my Louisvillians here’s a link to the top 5 escape rooms in Louisville.

Top 5 Escape Rooms in Louisville

My first escape experience was at The Escape Game at the Island in Pigeon Forge, TN. I escaped a room called “Gold Rush.” The description reads: “For nearly two centuries, the hope of gold has lured people to the hills of Northern California. No one was captivated more than Clyde Hamilton, a greedy gold prospector who loved to gamble. Clyde made too many bets with the wrong crowd and now he’s missing. You’ve been tipped off to where he stashed his gold…But so has the mob. Finders keepers.” My mom, my best friend, and I successfully escaped by collecting all the gold just in the nick of time. The game included three rooms that truly brought the outdoors indoor.  It felt as if we were on a movie set with realistic trees, shrubbery, and props. The realness of the set added a lot to the enjoyment.

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We had such a great time, we also escaped an Egyptian themed game called The Tomb in Pigeon Forge.  There, we had a guide follow us as we descended into a tomb and used our flashlights to hunt clues – until the lights went out, and we had to solve the puzzle to reach the next step on our journey.

We were hooked.  We are officially escape junkies.

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I escaped an Atlantis-themed room in Myrtle Beach, and most recently a submarine-themed room in my own hometown of Pikeville, KY! “The Deep,” part of the Epic Escape Game, allowed my team to save humanity by launching a nuclear weapon successfully to repair Mariana’s Trench.  Pikeville’s game also has rooms that focus on the history of our town with “The Feud” and “Buried Alive” (based on the true story of Octavia Hatcher).  I can’t wait to go back! Escape centers have multiple rooms from which to choose with varying themes and levels of difficulty.

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To escape – choose your team wisely.  Ask friends and family to accompany you that you can get along with and that complement your own skills. Listen to others. No one has all the answers.  Use your team members to your advantage. Brainstorm. Everyone should contribute and talk out loud because one person might trigger someone else to discover a solution. Pay attention. Be observant. Look everywhere for clues. You never know when something small will end up being a big key to your escape.

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The next time you’re looking for something different to get into on a Saturday night, get ready to escape.