Like Pokemon Go, Escape the Pyramid makes a fun game real
Anyone who has tried Pokemon Go (is there anyone who hasn’t?) knows the fun of seeing a video game come to life.
That’s why people are crazy about live ‘room escape’ experiences that recreate the video game “The Room,” where users unlock doors using clues and puzzles. While there are Room Escape businesses all over the world, you only have to travel to Guinda Street in Palo Alto to try one for yourself.
A school project launches a summer job
When Leo showed a video of the game at a Nueva event and was swarmed by kids who wanted to try it, he decided to launch it as a summer enterprise.
“My parents wanted me to work over the summer,” Leo said. “I did the math and realized that I could make much more money running Escape the Pyramid than I could working in another kind of job.”
How Escape the Pyramid works
Using an online booking system, clients reserve Escape the Pyramid for a specific time and date. When they arrive, Leo greets them in the persona of a explorer who is excavating an pyramid in ancient Egypt, pith helmet and all.
He explains that the group has been trapped in the room and they have one hour to solve the puzzles and before the pyramid collapses.
How hard is it to escape the pyramid’? Um, really hard
Without giving too much away, Leo explained that the puzzles in his game are interlocking and crossword skills come in handy.
The success rate so far gives a hint as to how challenging Leo has made his game: less than half of the groups so far have made it out before running out time.
Help! Clues are available
Similar to other room escape experiences in San Francisco and other cities, Leo watches the groups through a camera to see how they are doing and offers clues every 15 minutes in case people get stuck or confused.
Reservations available through Labor Day
Leo plans to continue running Escape the Pyramid until school starts again this fall, and may offer it on the weekends if there is enough interest.
The only problem? His parents might need their garage back. “They said if I keep making money, they are going charge me rent,” he said. Sounds like the first puzzle for this budding entrepreneur to solve…
Photos of Escape the Room by Teri Vershel
How to visit
- Location: Escape the Pyramid is located at 381 Guinda Street, Palo Alto
- Suggested age: middle school and older
- Cost: $40 per group
- Make a reservation here