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Escape a Room, Build a Team, and Spend Quality Time Together All While Having Fun!

By Elisha Neubauer

Escape rooms have been gaining popularity over the years, even appearing in such mainstream television shows as The Big Bang Theory and Criminal Minds. For those in the Boston area who want to try their hand at this blossoming trend, Room Escapers launched in 2015 for just that reason.

Driven by the Boyer family, Room Escapers is a real-life, team-based physical adventure game. During play, teams hunt for clues in order to solve a series of puzzles and complete their mission, all within an hour's time.

"Escape games require players to work together, so it is an excellent team (or family) building adventure," explains Jeff Boyer, owner. "Games are thematic in a variety of fictional locations; for example, at our 112 Blackstone location we have a pirate themed room based on local Boston pirate history." Unlike most usual team sports activities, Room Escapers is a non-competitive game, allowing for team bonding and enriching.

The Rogues Armada pictured above.

In fact, the sole purpose of the activity is to work together in order to escape the room, hence the name. "The race is against the clock, not each other," says Boyer. "This brings a sense of unity between group members making it a great experience."

Adding to the popularity is the fact that anyone and everyone can participate in the activity. All team members are able to engage, interact, and contribute?leaving no one out. Not to mention, the room will give you plenty of things to talk about after you play. "The reason it is so much fun is that it is fully immersive," details Boyer. "Players are part of the story and are therefore fully involved, energized and focused on the mission."

He cites the time limit as creating a sense of urgency, making it all the more energetic and exciting. Unlike most escape rooms, which Boyer claims only aim for a 25% success rate, Room Escapers will nudge along the teams struggling, giving extra clues or adding additional time to the clock for those who are getting close. "We have had teams so involved that we have added up to 15 minutes of additional time and they don't even notice," says Boyer.

The facility currently offers private games for families, friends, and corporate events. They have hosted everything from birthday parties to bachelor/bachelorette parties and church, school, and sports team events. They've seen date nights and family get-togethers come through, as well as over 100 companies' team building events.

For those looking to add a little spice to their holiday season, Room Escapers has recently launched a limited-time, brand-new room activity with a holiday theme. As Boyer tells it, "Room Escapers is giving everyone the opportunity to sneak into Santa's Workshop find the Naughty List, and replace it with one that excludes your name."

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