Can you get out?
Escape rooms — a global entertainment phenomenon involving tests of brain power — have unlocked a new way to have fun in Fresno and Clovis.
Escape rooms work this way: A team of people remain in a room for one hour trying to find clues and solve puzzles. Their goal is to complete a mission and “escape.”
“It’s almost like being in a live video game,” says Jana Wilkerson, owner of The Great Escape in Clovis.
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In one of Wilkerson’s games — Mafia Bomb Squad — members of the Mafia have hidden a bomb in a 1920s speakeasy. Team members must solve puzzles in order to find and disarm the explosive.
Wilkerson’s other game is called Zombie Lab. A costumed character playing a zombie is on a chain that gets longer every five minutes, allowing him to chase team members as they figure out clues and puzzles. Most escape rooms don’t have characters in costume.
Morgan Schreiber, who provides customer support at Fresno Escape Room, says escape rooms reflect the popularity of physical and digital games but “take that to another level.”
Fresno Escape Room offers two games: Pipe Works — set in an underground industrial city that’s losing power — and The Crimson Storm, involving prisoners aboard a magical ship during a powerful storm.
A Google search shows four other escape rooms in the Fresno-Clovis area: Breakout Fresno, Xcape Room Fresno, Mind Games Clovis and Unlocks Escape Rooms in Clovis.