Anna and Jim Rose stand in the Hungover room, with their youngest of their three children, 10-month-old Isadora. (Despite it’s name, the game-play is alcohol-free.) Jim built the newest chamber in their famiily-owned business from scratch.
By Laura Hayden
North Central News readers can start the New Year literally escaping everything from the humdrum to the high stresses of their lives at escape game room venues in Windsor Locks.
Escape game rooms have become a popular pastime in the U.S., following their proliferation worldwide through the 2010s. These cooperative thinking adventures usually consists of a team of four to ten players who discover clues, solve puzzles and accomplish tasks in one or more themed rooms in order to progress and accomplish a specific goal in a limited amount of time – usually around one hour.. The goal is most often to escape from the site of the game.
Escape in Your Spare Time
One of the many new attractions at the newly renovated Spare Time (the former Bradley Bowl), located at 129 Ella Grasso Turnpike, is the escape room experience. Patrons can book either an alien or zombie-themed room online at https://sparetimewindsorlocks.resova.us/. According to the website, the rooms, which can accommodate eight players, remain available for booking until filled to capacity. Guests under the age of 13 must be an accompanied by an adult.
One Escape Led to Adventurescape
Back in 2015, a first visit to an escape game room in Middletown changed Jim and Anna Rose’s lives. “We loved the challenge and couldn’t stop talking about the possibilities,” says Anna. Two years later they opened their family-owned business, Adventurescape Premium Escape Rooms, across the street from Bradley International Airport at One Corporate Drive, Suite 102. To date Adventurescape offers an array of multi-themed rooms” which, incorporate logic puzzles and special effects as well as a puzzles paint bar.
Through each escape room, “observation is key. . .You may notice the clock stopped at midnight, a picture hanging askew, or a shoe print left behind,” says Jim. The solution to getting out of each room (though no room is ever truly locked) is in the details. A room guide is also on hand to drop a hint or two, when needed.
Jim and Anna felt their rooms could be more fun than the barebones room they solved years ago, or a corporate model, by adding a touch of local history to the narrative of a chamber. Thus, Adventurescape’s Sherlock Homes Room is based on a story in Connecticut paranormal investigator Ed Warren’s book Graveyard: True Hauntings from an Old New England Cemetery. The narrative features the “White Lady” ghost, one of the state’s most documented spirits, believed to haunt Union Cemetery. (Warren died in 2006.) While historically intriguing, Jim rates the fear level of this adventure room “non-scary.
”The Raiders of the Lost Room adventure, which can take on two to twenty players on a multi-room excursion, has ties to Newgate Prison in East Granby. Hungover – the newest game at Adventurescape – is recommended for players over 18, though no drinking of alcohol takes place in the actual game.
Adventurescape rooms are recommended for ages 10 and up. However, Jim says children as young as 6 have actively participated. Groups with children under the age of 12 must book as a private event and participants under the age of 18 must provide a waiver (available on the adventurescape) signed by a parent or guardian. For more information or to book a room go to https://www.adventurescaperoom.com/.
Little Isadora checks out a clue or two in the Sherlock Holmes room.