Escape New Haven takes interactive gaming to new level

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Two Yale graduates are taking interactive gaming to a whole new level Thursday when they go live with Escape New Haven.

The key is to get out of a room in 60 minutes after working through a series of clues. So far there are three roomscapes and groups of up to nine people.

“You come to our venue, we sign you in, we put you in the workshop,” said co-founder Ethan Torrent. “We have three themed scenarios. We have the workshop, the studio, and the library. We put you into one of those scenarios, which you sign up for in advance, and we close the door behind you. There is an emergency exit, you’re not locked in, but we close the door behind you and we say ‘you have 60 minutes to escape, go.”

“There’s all kind of puzzles we put in the room that challenge your senses in a lot of different ways,” said co-founder Max Sutter. “There are lighting effects, there are things you have to listen for.”

“In the library there are a lot of objects to interact with,” said Sutter. “You have to figure out what the objects are trying to teach you, and where the keys are hidden, and where the combinations are hidden.”

“If there’s strange lighting, it’s trying to tell you something,” said Torrent.

Monitors are standing by to help you if you get stuck.

By the way, they take your cell phones away when you enter.

Click here to sign up.

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