KELOWNA – The door locks behind you and the clock starts counting down.
You are trapped in a dimly lit room and an eery soundtrack begins to play in the background. For the next 45 minutes you and your team search frantically for clues as you try to escape Kelowna's newest and perhaps most thrilling attraction.
Owners Tony and Linda Murran of Kelowna brought the game, called Exit, to the Okanagan after visiting one in Richmond.
“It’s spreading very fast,” Linda says. “It’s very fun, very exciting. It keeps people captivated.”
Murran says since opening to the public last Wednesday they have been surprised at the immediate interest from the public.
“We’ve been packed, actually,” she says. "It's been very busy and we've had nothing but positive reviews from the people."
The game is designed for a minimum of two players and a maximum of six and each team has 45 minutes to get out the final door.
Murran says less than one per cent of teams are successful their first attempt.
“It’s quite difficult,” she says. “We’ve had a lot of players who are completely new to the concept… who come back to try again or try another room."
Murran says they plan to switch up the puzzles and clues every six months and even introduce new themes to keep it fresh for locals and returning tourists.
Currently there are four themes to choose from, each with multiple rooms players have to access through a series of puzzles. There is a Mannequin room, a Black Ops room, Mystic Jungle and Ninja House.
She says their target audience ranges from younger teens to seniors, and there are no special skills required — except bravery.
“It’s not a math game,” she says “It’s more about thinking outside the box and working as a team.”
Exit Kelowna is located at 2453 Highway 97N and open 3 p.m. to midnight on weekdays and noon to midnight on weekends. The cost is $25 per person with a 15 per cent discount for corporate bookings. Walk-ins are welcome but Murran recommends larger groups book ahead.
For more information visit the Exit Kelowna website or Facebook page.
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