WAPAKONETA — All local agents who are brave and fast enough to find the vaccine to stop the omega-strain virus from spreading at a local pharmaceutical laboratory development company in Wapakoneta are encouraged to explore the newly opened Escape Wapak.
At the start of the game, players will be greeted by an executive agent who will provide the details of the mission through a short video.
From there a set of four to eight agents will be locked in a laboratory where they will have an hour to complete the mission by solving various puzzles, clues and finding keys hidden in the various rooms.
The goal is to stop the omega-strain and get out the laboratory by finding the code to the door before the guards arrive within an hour.
The idea for this specific Escape Room game started as a way to integrate both the technology of playing a laser tag game and the theatrical performance of a haunted house.
“It’s like a live movie that you get to go into and play,” said Gary Adams, Wapak Escape room owner. “There’s a story line and you can actually walk through the environment and find things.”
What sets this Escape Room at the Wapa Theatre apart is from the time the participants arrive they are immediately immersed into the game.
“People are in character when you come in,” said Adams. “We want that when they get off the elevators and are up the stairs that they feel like they are in a game. Our plan is to incorporate more as we grow.”
Although Adams has not had an official grand opening, since the soft opening at the end of January he has had a huge turn out. Anywhere from 16-year-olds to 80-year-olds have participated and have enjoyed the experience, said Adams.
Whether the participants win or lose, Adams said that he just wants them to have fun. Anyone who feels claustrophobic or feels uncomfortable during the game can easily leave the game.
“We want them to enjoy the game because either way just the way the game plays you cant play it twice, said Adams. “We don’t want to make it super difficult and competitive. We don’t want people to feel like they don’t know what is happening.”
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