Escape rooms are popping up all over the place these days. There are tons of options in the Philadelphia area, with scenarios ranging from caves, offices, to zombies. For those of you who aren’t sure what exactly an “escape room” is, basically you’re locked in a room (with other people), and you have an hour to figure out clues that unlock doors, locks, boxes, etc. 

For my birthday this year, I decided to get a group together to do Escape the 1980s, down on Passyunk Ave. From what I could gather on the website, this escape room was a little different,  because instead of just one room to escape in an hour, there were four.

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Image via Escape the 1980s

Now, I don’t want to give anything away. If you’re here looking for clues on how to escape, you might as well stop reading. As much as I love reading spoilers for myself (and reading book endings first), I’m not going to do that to you. You have to go experience the adventure yourself.

What I can tell you is this: You’re stuck in a 1980s timewarp. Different toys, videos, posters, clothes, will remind you (if you’re in your late 20’s or older) of growing up. 

If you have someone in your group who is celebrating a birthday (or any other celebration), in our case, me, they will be the captain. The captain has to wear a ridiculous headband and wear a fanny pack, and gets to carry the walkie talkie (which allows you to communicate to ask for hints or how much time you had left). 

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The room is definitely escapable- so if you try it out, don’t get frustrated if you can’t figure out a clue.

I highly recommend going with as many people as you know. I went with a group of 7 of my friends, and 4 random people joined in. While it was fun, I think we would have worked faster and escaped the room quicker if we had all known each other and worked together better.

I definitely recommend trying this escape room out- it’s quirky, it’s fun, it’ll have you jazzercising, it’ll have you playing with cabbage patch dolls, and remembering how much fun the 80s really were.

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