The door to the operating room slams close behind you. It rattles briefly and then locks, sealing you inside.
The Regina Asylum closed 20 years ago due to malpractice, but it seems to have reopened under the authority of the mad Dr. Magnus. One wall is covered in nonsensical ramblings, and another has four anatomy paintings hanging on it. The clues are vague, but they might just be enough to help you escape the room.
That is when you start hearing voices.
It may sound like the beginning of a horror movie, but this is the scenario you are given when you try to solve the puzzles of The Asylum at Escape Manor, at 1975 Broad Street. The Asylum is one of two current puzzle rooms inside Escape Manor, with the larger one being Prison Break.
Each room can hold between two to eight people inside, with a recommendation of six or less. As the puzzles are fairly challenging, it is best to bring as many people as you can. If your group is less than six people, you might be teamed up with another group to solve the puzzles together. Private rooms however, can be arranged.
While The Asylum focuses on the mad Dr. Magnus and the condemned Regina Asylum, Prison Break’s focus is as it sounds, to escape a prison cell. Falsely accused for a crime you didn’t commit, you have 45 minutes to break out before you are executed. While it may seem impossible, you heard a guard mention that somebody has broken out of the cell once before. Is it possible they left clues behind?
Two more escape rooms will open at Escape Manor this October – Wine Cellar, set to open October 3rd, and Apocalypse, scheduled to open on Halloween. The scenario behind Wine Cellar is still a secret, but Apocalypse revolves around fleeing for your life after a plague turns everybody into zombies.
Four times as large as the normal room, the recommendation for Apocalypse is ten to fifteen people. It also gives participants an hour to solve the puzzles instead of the normal 45 minutes.
Entry into Escape Manor is $22/ per person plus tax, with the exception of Apocalypse, which is $27/person plus tax.
The Manor is licensed for those who want to drink or eat something before or after their escape, and catering from DoubleTree’s By Hilton’s complete menu can be provided for larger groups or events. People of all ages are welcome to visit Escape Manor, although some of the rooms are creepy and might not be suitable for younger children. It is a perfect alternative for bachelor parties, team outings, birthday parties, corporate events or even proposals.
The Manor is open Monday to Thursday from 5 p.m. to 11:15 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 12:15 a.m. and on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 11:15 p.m. For more information, visit their website.
There are two more escape rooms in Regina as well. Key Quest Escape Room is found inside Laser Quest at 10 Hesse Bay and Escape Club at 1115 Rose Street. All three escape rooms offer different challenges, puzzles and time limits. They vary from getting out of detention early, to finding plane tickets to your dream vacation to escaping a magic genie’s lamp.
Do you think you have what it takes to escape?