One of the most successful genres to come out of mobile gaming has to be the glut of "escape the room" titles. These games have you trapped in a mystery-laden room, with only your wits to figure how to get out.
These games, "The Room"and its sequel especially, are mentally taxing and a great deal of fun. Well guess what? If you live near New York City, you can play this game for real. As in, without a phone or tablet. As in, you are physically in a mysterious and locked room. Cool, right?
The company is conveniently called Escape the Room and offers three different themed rooms to try out. Basically, you and a few friends enter the room and are given about 90 minutes to disarm all of the traps and puzzles and find freedom. If you succeed, you are branded a superbrain and get all of the accolades and glory you've earned. If you fail, you get to go home and sulk over a bag of fried Netflix.
A session costs about $28, but if you scour the Internet there are deals to be had. Now, if only Willy Wonka actually existed and could turn Candy Crush into a real live thing.
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