May 28, 2017

For Live Action Escapes, unlocking success is no longer a mystery

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Giselle Rivera-Flores / For Worcester Sun

Live Action Escapes on Exchange Street is expanding.

“Uncle Henry is on vacation. He left behind a series of encrypted notes for his grandson, Mason,” says, Amanda Paquin, your host for the evening. “Help Mason unlock the clues to find Henry’s Gold!”

Before closing the door, the co-owner of Live Action Escapes lays out the rules of the game: “You have 45 minutes to solve the puzzles inside and escape the room.”

It sounds like the beginning of an Indiana Jones movie, with a plot twist that leaves the characters in the midst of a life-and-death situation. Instead it is a night at Worcester’s second escape-the-room game complex, with up to 10 daring people who paid $25 each to be locked in a riddle-filled room.

Giselle Rivera-Flores / For Worcester Sun

It;s easy to find your way in to Live Action Escapes. Getting out? Not so much.

The clues and your collective cunning are the only way out.

Escape rooms — a growing entertainment business — attempt to breathe interactive life back into a world dominated by touchscreens, emojicons and digital communication.

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