Trinidad and Tobago will soon have a new option for entertainment and team-building in the form of Escape Rooms.
It's being brought to T&T by Question Mark Entertainment and Bmobile.
What are Escape Rooms?
An escape room is a physical adventure game in which players solve a series of puzzles using clues, hints and strategy to complete the objectives at hand.
Players are given a set time limit to unveil the secret plot which is hidden within the rooms.
Inspired by “escape-the-room”–style video games, the games inside these rooms are set in a variety of fictional locations, such as: prison cells, dungeons and space stations.
Picture you and 10 other people are locked in a room. Words, numbers and pictures are scrawled on the walls, objects scattered.
A disembodied voice announces there are 60 minutes remaining to escape. A frenzy sets in as people ransack the room, looking for clues leading to the key that will open the door that just locked behind you.
Before you know it, the voice blares out: "10 minutes have passed".
Part game, part theatre, part team-building exercise, 'Escape Rooms' have been taking off around the world since 2010 and the growth has been explosive, going from zero to 2,800 worldwide in the last seven years. It's now a US$100 million industry.
Question Mark Entertainment's launch on Thursday night, set the stage for its “Escape The Movies” Escape Room.
"We wanted to create experience where people had a choice to do something different," CEO Simon Baptiste said.
There will be three scenario escape rooms - 'The Junkyard', 'Temple of Treasures' and 'Tick Tock'.
"We have strategically created these scenarios where you get into room with friends and you have that challenge to pursue. Once you do it, it's a hell of a lot of fun," said Baptiste.
And it will have a local flavour. The Junkyard for example, will swap Hollywood's vampires and other demons, for the more local folklore like Douens and La Diablesse.
But while it's fun, it can also be used for team-building exercises.
"Companies can book rooms for day or half day and have a true opportunity to analyse what went right or wrong and how people work together or are decisive in their actions. It is a good opportunity to see how people work together as a team," Baptiste said.
Bmobile is a major sponsor and Camille Campbell, TSTT's Chief Marketing Officer echoed similar sentiments, that while it is a great lot of fun, students, families, friends, professionals and strangers will have opportunities to work together.
"Participants will have to think outside the box. It will help develop analytic capabilities," Campbell said.
The rooms will be located at 4 Alexandra Street in St Clair and will officially open on July 28th.
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