So Rhode Island Featured Story
By Ashley Barrow
Escape rooms have been taking off in Rhode Island over the last year. The trend began in Japan just a couple of years back and swiftly stretched around the world. Now, East Greenwich is getting in on the brain-bending action with Rhode Island Riddle Room.
For the uninitiated, escape rooms are a team-based immersive experience where you have 60 minutes to solve interactive puzzles and riddles to win the game and “escape.” Teamwork is the only way to win, and as the clock counts down the time you have to discover the clues and solve the mysteries, tension and excitement begins to mount.
Byron Delmonico, one of the founders of the RI Riddle Room hopes that visitors will be creative in how they solve themed puzzles. “My business partner, Kara Zanni, wanted to appeal to creativity,” he says. They’ve also decided to honor local legends and urban myths with their escape rooms. “One of the games, called Murder Mystery takes place in the Ladd School [in Exeter]. We chose to stick to Rhode Island history.”
The RI Riddle Room appeals to folks who are tired of the same old thing, and seems to be clicking with visitors. “Reactions have exceed expectations,” Byron says. “People feel that they are really living in the escape room.”
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