Have You Tried Baltimore’s New “Escape Room” Game?

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The escape room trend started in San Francisco, where people are nutty enough to pay someone else to lock them in a room for 45 minutes.

But apparently it is fun, because escape rooms have begun popping up all around the country; now, finally, Baltimore has one, too. Here’s how it works: A group of 2-8 people are locked in a room and have 45 minutes to try to figure out how to escape. But it’s not an ordinary room; instead, it’s full of puzzles, clues, riddles, locks, and other tricks you have to figure out in order to break free.

Baltimore’s escape room, Escape 45, was started by a group of graduates from the University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins. “We went to one and it was just really fun. We thought it would be something great to have in Baltimore,” co-founder Ashraf Afzal told the Diamondback. “And we figured, why not just make it ourselves?”

So far, Escape 45 offers two puzzle rooms–The Lighthouse and The Jewel Heist–with three more on the way. So far, reviews have been very positive. Have you been, readers? If so, let us know how it was!



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  1. About “Escape 45”, i can’t even write about how awesome this experience might have been because the customer service was so terrible for booking that I won’t even get to go.

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