The Escape Game

Great news for the Hong Kong hipster looking for new, interesting and creative plan for the weekend – a group of 5 young entrepreneurs has set up a breaking-ground business of haunted houses, escape room puzzle which quickly becomes the hottest topic in town.

A team of 3-5 is grounded and locked up in a room and given 45 minutes to crack the code and decipher riddles for the way out of the room. The brain racking mysterious simulation is designed by a genuine with IQ level of 145 and member of the high-IQ society, MENSA club. With 5 different themes and scenario, these locked up rooms feature with elements like handcuff, blindfold and other surprises. During the 45 minutes, you might be asked to walk in the dark to find out the light source or to deduce clues from objects and pictures to get to the next steps. One thing leads to another revealing more mystery and discovery, the limited time constraint gives another boost to your adrenaline level.

Originally a popular online game on iPhone, the founder came to the idea of a real life simulation of the lock-up room because of the boredom and stress he found in the busy metropolitan. “Hong Kong  people need an escape, and the game inspires that to get out of the situation, one can only rely on oneself and you can do it, if you want bad enough,” said Wan, one of the co-founders. Hoping to provide new entertainment and expand the creative industry in Hong Kong, the group of five wishes to give more colors to the black and white monotonous life here in the city.

The game has received very positive feedback since the inception in late 2012, and it is now opening n2 more new rooms in Causeway Bay and Tsim Sha Shui. Visitors may have to book up to a week in advance to secure a slot owing to the high popularity. For those who wants to try their wit or have a taste of what prison-break is like, now you have your chance, call to book at 2332 0334 or visit their website, www.freeinghk.com . Acceptable forms of payment: cash or credit cards. Short on cash? Why don’t you apply for a credit card and liberate yourself from cash shortage? It will give you the flexibility of paying back at the end of the month.

Freeing HK, Room 415, Pakpolee Commercial Center, 1A-1K Sai Yeung Choi St S, Mong Kok; freeinghk.com. Opens daily, midday-midnight; opening promotion $98 per person, peak hour $145 per person, book online.