Escape Room Craze

By: NBC
By: NBC

Budapest, Hungary - A night of fun in Budapest involves locking yourself in a cellar with no easy way out. Escape room games have become the latest craze in the Hungarian capital.

Couples and teams of up to six people are locked in creepy rooms underground and put in a race against the clock to find their way out. The players start in a room full of clues, which open more rooms as the puzzles get solved, eventually leading to freedom, if they're clever enough. The game is monitored by game assistants who sometimes give hints if players ask.

The game usually takes about an hour. Themes vary across the different rooms and operators, including horror, fantasy and crime scenes.

The escape room game has spread across Hungary and is going to other European cities. Game rooms have opened in Berlin and Prague, and plans are underway for venues in Barcelona and Paris.


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