Room escape game opens in Richmond, B.C.
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A new game facility that locks participants in a room from which they must escape has opened in Richmond, B.C.
EXIT has four themed rooms: The Lost Ship, Ancient Egypt, Prison Escape and Laboratory Escape. Groups of anywhere from two to six people have 45 minutes to figure out how to get out by using critical thinking skills to solve challenges and riddles.
"You need some basic math, and you need teamwork, so it's not only thinking, it might be some action where you have to co-operate with a teammate."
The "real life escape room" business was inspired several years ago by "escape room" video games popularized in Japan, and has already taken off in the U.S., England, Switzerland, Japan, Taiwan, Malaysia, Thailand, and Mainland China.
Swiss company AdventureRooms has a similar facility in Kitchener, Ont., but EXIT is the first on Canada's West Coast.
"I've been in Canada for over 16 years, and I really think that, especially in British Columbia, we need more entertainment," he said, chuckling.
"I explored around the world and I found this idea, and I think that Canadians definitely enjoy this kind of experience, and so far what I've heard from my customers is positive."
Tang added he has already had franchise inquiries from San Francisco, Montreal and Toronto.
For more info, visit e-exit.ca.