Zombie Escape Room tests survival skills with thrill


Meghan Joyce

Seniors Meghan Joyce and Calla Saunders hold up signs although they didn’t escape in time.

Meghan Joyce, Chief Visual Editor

When buying the tickets, I had to sign away my right to sue should I be bitten, hit with flying objects, fall, or die. The most shocking of those to me wasn’t even death, it was being bitten. If any of the other things were to occur, it would be a rare accident. If I was to be bitten, it could only be because someone was hired to bite me. But I suppose that when you’re buying tickets at the Big Thrill Factory’s “Trapped In A Room With A Zombie“, some consumption of flesh is to be expected.
Room escape adventures like this one take all the best parts of horror movies and game shows, bring them to life, and put you at the center of the action.
You and your dream team of up to 11 friends or strangers are locked in a room (in this case, with a zombie) and given an hour to escape. To do so, everyone must work together to find clues and solve logic puzzles. If anyone is touched by the zombie, they’re dead, but can still communicate with their teammates.
If your team can’t solve the final puzzle that unlocks the door, you’re all dead. It’s the ultimate experience in team building and adrenaline rushes.
I didn’t think that I would be afraid, but “Dr. Oxy” is no ordinary zombie; he is fast and has a nasty habit of rapidly charging at people in the room, forcing them into corners where he stares hatefully at them and strains against his chains to reach them. If he can’t reach, he is likely to give up and angrily slam his chains against the floor, which gave me a jolt every time. He definitely makes it hard to focus on noticing little details in the room and figuring out how they all connect.
Even so, the fear isn’t so much of Dr. Oxy as it is of the clock. Every five minutes, his chains get one foot longer, and the game gets that much harder.
Even though I wasn’t able to make it out alive in time, it was a thrilling experience that I would recommend to anyone looking for a unique, mentally challenging way to celebrate Halloween that also gives you a chance to test your leadership skills and how you hold up under pressure. Bring at least a few friends to stand a chance at survival.
Only 26% get out alive. So will your picture end up on the survivor wall, or the zombie wall?