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Room puzzles are great escapes

They’re cropping up all over the country, and Houston has no shortage of room-escape, puzzle-solving missions for families, colleagues and friends. Room escapes require you and your teammates — usually working with a facilitator — to figure out clues and find your way out of a room where you are “trapped.” It’s a real-life adventure and unique entertainment for young and old.

Escape the Room  (832-786-8822); houston@escapetheroom.com)

This spot offers three adventure settings: an apartment, outer space and a 1980s-infused rec room. Participants get one hour to solve the clues and earn their freedom. Escape the Room invites all ages to participate (if you want to come on your own or with a friend, you can book tickets in a room with availability, otherwise, buy all 10 tickets for your group only). Book online; tickets are $28 each plus a service fee. Escape the Room is at 3303 Louisiana St., #220, Houston, with adventure sessions available from 4 p.m. to about 10:30 p.m.

FUN FACT: Questlove, Tina Fey and Kendall Jenner have been here.

Houston Escape Room (832-786-9323; info@houstonescaperoomcom;

Downtown, at 100 Jackson St., Ste. 120.) With adventure titles like “Grandma’s Codebreaker,” “Mo’s Safehouse” and “The Scarlet Scam,” participants have an hour to find artifacts, figure out clues and collaborate together for a successful ending. Minimum team is four people, tickets are $25 each. All ages are welcome, minors must be with adults and kids under 2 get in free.

FUN FACT: Finish successfully and you may get a group photo on the website leaderboard.

Room Escape Time (832-390-0511; info@roomescapetime.com; 917 Franklin St., Ste. 150, Houston)

This one offers one adventure that has a zombie chained to a wall. Woah. Kids under 14 can participate, but must be accompanied by an adult. Showtimes vary, see the website for details. Tickets are sold online and are $28 plus a service fee.

FUN FACT: Room Escape Time has a mobile lab that can come to you, with 2-5 participants “trapped” inside for three minutes at a time.  It comes complete with “lab accident” creature of your choice.

These are just a few of the room-escape amusement sites in the city. They are a great way to build teams, use some brainpower and have some fun!

Susan Shalhoub |PlumEditorial.com

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