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Amaze Columbus Offers Locally-Themed Escape Games

Randi Walle Randi Walle Amaze Columbus Offers Locally-Themed Escape GamesAll photos by Randi Walle.
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Locked in a room, handcuffed, with sixty minutes to escape. Puzzled and confused about how you ended up as captives, your companions and you search the room for any clues that would lead to your freedom. Do the roman numerals scratched into the wall mean anything? What is inside the locked box, and how do you open it? So many questions, so little time.

With three unique, Columbus-inspired escape games, Amaze Columbus puts your critical thinking skills to the test. By solving puzzles, finding clues, and following your instincts, you just might make it out in time. Your reward? A round of applause and a congratulatory group photo.

Owners Doug and Chandra Endel opened Amaze Columbus mid-March. After visiting an escape game in Nashville, the Endels decided they wanted to bring that experience to Columbus. They crafted advanced and tech-centric puzzles that are unique and specific to each of their three rooms. There is no one-answer-fits-all aspect, so creative thinking is a must. The rooms are built for one to ten participants at a time, with enough activities that no one is left standing around. A larger group might provide a more diverse approach, while a smaller group might provide a more collaborative experience.

The three rooms are centered around real-life scenarios one might encounter in Columbus, such as Gallery Hop, Fashion Week Columbus, and a Buckeyes Game. While the rooms are suspenseful because participants are working against the clock, they are not scary or anxiety-inducing. There are no small spaces or zombies or people hiding to jump out when you least expect it.

Each group is assigned an Escapologist who monitors them via cameras and intercom, and they are able to offer assistance if the group gets hung up on an element. The group can collectively decide and request a clue at three separate times throughout the game, and the Escapologist is always ready to help. Doug offers advice for first time escapers: “Don’t be afraid to think outside the box, but don’t think too much!”

In addition to the escape games, Amaze Columbus has a boardroom available for participants to utilize before or after a game. This is a great amenity for corporate team-building experiences as well as birthday parties. The additional cost of the boardroom depends on the number of people in the group and if the group wants someone to lead their team-building experience.

For more information, visit amazecolumbus.com

For a special 20% off discount, Columbus Underground readers can use the code ‘underground20’ during their online booking.

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