The Locked Room
A fantastic way for groups to have fun
Bigoa Machar & Kennedy Enns, Arts Editor & Staff Writer
You have board games, video games and board game cafes and now you can play a board game in real life. In our own attempt to be like Mr. Green and Professor Plum, some of the Reflector staff went to the Locked Room’s newest location to see if we could escape, and we did with only two minutes to spare.
In operation since August 2014, The Locked Room’s newest location in the southeast Calgary features four different escape rooms, The Sinister Study, Hipster Hangover, The Lair of the Minotaur and The Great Train Heist.
Some rooms are more difficult than others with the “easiest” room boasting a 50 per cent escape rate and the northeast location’s Dead Meat, a cannibal themed room having only eight per cent. Each room features an assortment of puzzles and clues and you’re given one hour to escape and find the one way out. So whether you’re a beginner at locked rooms or the real life version of Sherlock Holmes, there’s a room made for you and your friend’s skill level.
Rooms have logic, mathematical and word puzzles as well as puzzles you can only figure out my interacting with the room itself. Puzzles are almost impossible to solve on your own making teamwork and good communication a necessity. I mean, would Scooby Doo and the gang ever solve any of their mysteries on their own? Of course not, so while you may not have the hippy van, you definitely have the squad to do so.
While the majority of the time is spent yelling at your friends or desperately trying to figure out the various riddles, The Locked Room is a cheap way for you and your friends to all hang out and do something. Perfect for team building, birthday parties or just another excuse to get together.
Get anywhere from two to ten of your friends and see if you can find the cure to the zombie apocalypse, or rob a train or escape a pirate ship together. Rooms cost $24.95 per person and there are three locations for the Locked Room in Calgary. For more information about The Locked Room or to book a room for yourself, visit www.thelockedroom.ca