(Buffalo, N.Y.) – Escape rooms are a new entertainment trend, which are part brain exercise and part physical adventure game.
In an escape room, people are locked in a room with other participants, who have to use elements of the room to solve a series of puzzles or find clues, to escape the room within 60 minutes.
“You would be amazed how resourceful people are. They’ll try to find anything they can use (to escape),” said Chirag Parikh, who recently opened the escape room Trapped in Tonawanda.
Parikh appeared on the Buffalo Review Feb. 22 to discuss the recent trend.
According to Market Watch, there are roughly 3,000 escape room businesses worldwide and in the Buffalo Niagara region at least six escape room centers have opened since October 2015.
“I know the concept has been around for a while, it originated in Silicon Valley,” said Parikh. “It’s a great bonding experience. Whether you’re going with family, friends or co-workers, whatever the case may be.
“I think Buffalo is definitely a little late to this party, but not by too much. I think the majority of escape rooms in this state have only opened within the last few years.”
Parikh said he isn’t concerned about there being too many of the gaming centers in the Buffalo market.
“The entire experience lasts an hour, so for someone who was really in love with the escape rooms, to visit all six escape rooms in the area would take them several weeks,” he said.
Parikh said he believes the interactive, 4-D games are a form of entertainment that can be enjoyed by people of all ages, because they can provide an escape.
“That’s why we watch movies, read books, play games; It’s a disconnect and I think it’s a great new way to do it.”
* Producers Brett Ballachino and Madison Marquardt contributed to this report.