The origin of “escape games” is believed to have started in the text of John Wilson’s 1988 book Behind Closed Doors but the game was initially popularized in Japan as a video game. Since it’s start, it has been transformed and re-imagined into real-life game simulations reinterpreted in cities across the world. The inspiration behind the Pittsburgh edition came from a family visit to Budapest where co-founder, Joe Deasy and his ambitious and adventure-seeking cousins decided to test their skills in a tourist attraction unlike anything else. They visited the Hungarian version of the Escape Room where they were instantly hooked, returning later that day to take on the second room. Excited by the unique, interactive and mentally engaging type of team building activity, Joe decided to apply his creativity, game knowledge, and entrepreneurship experience to take on the Pittsburgh version of this steadily expanding interactive and educational game concept .
Featuring FOUR unique games, Carnegie’s Millions, Tomb Explorer, Dr. Stein’s Laboratory and Prison Escape, teams will be tested to use their surroundings, cleverness, and problem solving skills to escape the room by hunting for clues, gadgets, and ultimately, the key to unlock your room!
This project could not have been completed without the generous help of Ondich Electric.
Check out the Today Show trying their luck at “Escape The Room NYC”