New entertainment trend debuts in Bend
Escape Room challenges participants mentally, not physically
By Stephen Hamway, Dec 21, 2015
At first glance, the two rooms that have been meticulously prepared at the Bend Escape Room don’t look like anything special.
There are no physical obstacles or barriers in the rooms beyond a few locked cabinets and drawers.
Brian Lacertosa, partner in BCR Developments LLC, the parent company of Bend Escape Room, said the unassuming appearance of the rooms is part of the mystery.
“You have no clue what to do in this room,” Lacertosa said. “It’s going to take you 10 minutes before you get your first (clue).”
Bend Escape Room, scheduled to open today in a 1,730-square-foot building on NE Marshall Avenue, is the first activity of its kind in Central Oregon, and it’s one that defies easy description. Lacertosa described escape room games as being like a scavenger hunt mixed with a live version of the board game Clue. The only challenges in the room are mental, rather than physical.
Customers choose between two scenarios — one involving a missing secret agent, while the other involves a kidnapped girl — and reserve a 90-minute time slot at a cost of $25 per person. The staff walks visitors through a series of ground rules, briefs them on the scenario they’ve selected, and guides the group into the room they’ve selected. Participants spend 60 minutes in the room, and orientation and other activities take 30 minutes.
“And we close the door, wish you good luck, and it’s up to you to figure it all out,” Lacertosa said.