You are dropped right into the heart of the gold rush, or attempting to escape prison. Maybe you prefer to solve a heist, or become special ops in a mysterious market.
These are all options if you want to escape life for an hour and put your mind to the test.
These are scenarios offered at The Escape Game at the Battery in Atlanta.
If you have never tried an escape room, trust me when I say it is a ton of fun.
This is how it works: You select the escape room you want, then essentially work your way through multiple challenges, solving puzzles and bending your brain along the way. Everything around you is a potential clue. Or not. That is something you have to figure out once you start the game. Essentially, every answer leads to another question.
I was recently invited to come to the newly opened Escape Game at the Battery in Atlanta for a review. Having already tried escape rooms before—my daughter held her 12th birthday party at one—I knew it would be a blast, so I jumped at the chance.
In this case, I was assigned a room with five other women who were also there for a review.
We were put into the gold rush room and immediately went to work trying to solve the puzzles and work through each challenge. Even getting started was a little bewildering, because you really are not told how to begin. Well, we figured out our first step, and then worked our way from clue to clue, through one room to the next, and getting help when we needed it most (you are given three opportunities for clues from the people who work at the Escape Game). There were times when I was not sure we would make it out in the hour allotted, but we did. Each of us added something to the solutions—truly working together as a team. And, in the end, we made it out with more than three minutes to spare.
The experience was a blast, and one I would recommend to others wholeheartedly.
The fact that I want to bring my entire family back to try another challenge together should be confirmation enough that you should go, too.
As I mentioned, it takes an hour, and you can set up your reservation online. It costs $35 each and there are group rates if you can convince enough of your friends to go along with you!
(Note to readers: As mentioned, I was invited to review the Escape Game. I was not otherwise compensated and, as always, my opinion remains my own.)