Escape room to open on the campus of CMU

Central Michigan University is ready to launch its escape room.

Escape rooms are one of the more popular trends in interactive entertainment that has emerged these past several years.

The group activity immerses participants in a live-action series of riddles, locking the group inside a room and challenging them with interrelated puzzles. Groups must solve the puzzles, and typically within an hour’s time, in order to get out, or escape, the room.

While perhaps not the best game for a claustrophobic, escape rooms encourage participants to work together to solve the riddles as a team. As they’ve grown in popularity, escape rooms have gotten more and more creative in the stories they tell, and often quite elaborate.

Capitalizing on the trend, there was even the Hollywood thriller Escape Room that premiered earlier this year.

Now the faculty, staff, and students of three Central Michigan University colleges have joined together to create their own escape room. Members of the Arts and Media, Liberal Arts and Social Studies, and Science and Engineering departments have banded together as part of the school’s Critical Engagements program to create a post-apocalyptic escape room based on the award-winning novel Station Eleven by author Emily St. John Mandel.

Titled Survival is Insufficient, this year’s iteration of the CMU Escape Room will run the weekends of March 29-31 and April 5-7. Groups must be a minimum of six people or a maximum of ten to participate.

Time slots run each day from 10 to 11 a.m., 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., 3:15 to 4:15 p.m., 5 to 6 p.m., and 6:45 to 7:45 p.m.

The CMU Escape Room is available to faculty, staff, students, and members of the community. It is located in Room 312A in Anspach Hall on the campus of Central Michigan University.

Registration and more information is available online.

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