Escape Room Buffalo set to open for business

NORTH TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WIVB) – Puzzle-lovers will soon be able to enjoy a new, interactive game experience in western New York. Escape Room Buffalo is set to open its first real-life room escape game at its Oliver Street facility on Wednesday.

The game is part brain teaser, part physical adventure game, and all of it promises to be a whole lot of fun. Groups of three to eight people get “locked” in the room, and must work together solve a series of puzzles and find clues to eventually unlock the final door, all before the sixty minute time limit expires.

The first game to open at Escape Room Buffalo will have an “Escape the Brewery” theme. By December, there will be three different rooms open at that site. Each themed room will be open for a few months at a time, before the managers change the theme and change the puzzles.

Michael Gersitz and Jessical Farrell, the managers of Escape Room Buffalo, have only had the building on Oliver Street for a few weeks. They had to build walls in the former store, and build the puzzles, with a lot of planning and attention to detail needed to complete the game design.

Gersitz says there are about 3,000 escape room businesses world-wide now, and the game continues to grow in popularity. The games are based on “escape the room” video games in which the player is locked inside a room and must explore their surroundings in order to escape. Adventure board games and movies also serve as inspirations for the real-life interactive puzzles.

You can learn more about what to expect from the experience, and about how to buy tickets, online at escaperoomwny.com

Tickets for a one hour experience cost about $27 per person, including tax.

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