Sound a little claustrophobic?
Tic Toc is the brainchild of the Lawrence family, who develop each escape room's puzzles themselves.
The family describes itself as a "mix of personalities and skills that make a balanced team."
Tic Toc held a blogger night, and I was lucky enough to join a few of my favorite local writers in trying to escape "The Green Room." The scenario is that you are a music group who needs to get on stage in one hour, but you are locked in the green room. This room requires a minimum of three people. There can be up to eight players, but it isn't that big so five or six should probably be your goal if you are going with a group of friends.
I can't reveal much about the puzzles in "The Green Room," but I can tell you the pitfalls we ran into and how to, hopefully, avoid them:
- Before you go, familiarize yourself with a traditional combination lock like the ones you used to use in high school. There will likely be at least one in the room you end up in.
- Ask for help. If you have a question or want to know if you are on the right track, go to the intercom and push the button to ask the front desk. They have an eye on you and can help guide you if you are completely stuck.
- Some keypad locks will lock you out if you enter the wrong combination. This is what cost us getting out in the one hour time period. We were locked out from trying the wrong combo when we finally figured out the right one.
At this time, there is one other escape option at Tic Toc - "Night at the Mausoleum," which is a little more spooky than the "Green Room." The game is for two to four players.
Overall, the adrenaline of being an escape room and the brain power it takes to try to get out equals a pretty fun way to spend a date night. Just in time for the holidays, Tic Toc will open its third escape room - "A Very Tacky Christmas." Owners say the room scenario will be that Santa is stuck in the chimney and you have one hour to help him out so he can get back on track with the gifting.