The Hunger Games Escape Room at Cherry Hills Library is postponed until mid-December. Registration will open Dec. 5 and can be done online on the library’s website.
The library website says the escape room is like the 74th Hunger Games conclusion where two members from the same district may leave the game together. Participants must find clues, keys and codes to unlock boxes and escape the arena.
Players who are eliminated have to watch the other tributes as spectators and are not allowed to open locks or search for clues. The escape room is for adults and kids ages 12 and up. Registration is required.
The library’s escape room was originally scheduled for Monday, Nov. 14, and Tuesday, Nov. 15. Registration for escape rooms at the library tends to fill up fast and is on a first-come, first-served basis.
The Bust Out Escape Room has two locations in the Northeast Heights – one at 9440 San Mateo Blvd. and another at 7441 Paseo del Norte Blvd., Suite G. Both locations offer multiple themes and range in price and difficulty level.
Mason Lammers, who completed Doomsday The Bunker escape room at the San Mateo location, said the experience is intense.
“I got out with 20 seconds to spare,” Lammers said. “It’s one of the hardest escape rooms in New Mexico. It has a difficulty level of nine out of ten.”
Bust Out’s website says Doomsday The Bunker tasks a team of soldiers with saving the nation from World War III. “Your team will start the adventure in an abandoned bunker that holds a retired nuclear device that may destroy the threats,” the website says.
Participants have one hour to complete the escape room before it is destroyed. Doomsday The Bunker is not recommended for those trying an escape room for the first time and requires four to eight players at a cost of $28 per person.
“My favorite part was when you first enter into the bigger room,” Lammers said. “It’s all dark and you have to use teamwork and critical thinking in order to figure out how to turn on the lights in order to find the rest of the clues.”
Other themes at Bust Out Escape Room include Camp Crystal Lake, Da Vinci’s Secret, Area 53, Curse of the Mayan Temple, Escape Jumanji and Rattlesnake Bend.
A quick search on Google Maps shows there are seven different escape room locations in Albuquerque, including the two Bust Out locations.
According to the New Mexico Escape Room website, escape rooms originated in Kyoto, Japan, in July 2007 by a publishing company called SCRAP. The website says SCRAP started in a single room but now hosts thousands of players in a shared space for its Real Escape Game Event. According to the website, escape rooms can be found in more than 60 countries around the world.