Solve and Split escape room opens in Cleveland
The clock on the right says there is five minutes left. You are holding the very last clues in your hands, trying to solve them before it is too late. Four minutes left. You turn the papers to the side and see the hidden message. Smiling, you walk over and punch the numbers into the keypad by the door. You have escaped.
In October, the first escape room in Cleveland called Solve and Split opened to the public, piquing the interest of college-aged students.
Escape rooms are designed to push groups of people to work together under a time limit to solve their way through a room of puzzles until they find the code to escape the room they are trapped in.
For the sake of safety, no one is truly trapped in the room, but during the game, you are supposed to only leave when you solve all of the clues.
Currently, the room available at Solve and Split is called "The Halfling House."
Guests only have 60 minutes in the room to help "Pothar steal the powerful emerald back from the wizard Grendar."
After successfully solving several puzzles, guests can recapture the emerald and escape out of the room.
Owner of Solve and Split Jason Ownbey said it often surprises him what different people can figure out.
“The rooms are great for students in general, but it's particularly good for college students because it teaches them analytics and problem-solving while getting up, moving and having fun,” Ownbey said.
According to Ownbey the business is doing fairly well so far and is getting busier every day, with a second room currently under construction.
“The escape room is just a fun, alternate way to spend an evening other than just watching a movie,” Ownbey said.
Sophomore political science major Leanne Gough said she likes the idea of having an educational yet fun opportunity for students to get off campus.
“I think that it will be a very profitable business in a place like Cleveland that has a limited number of fun activities available for college students,” Gough said.
Sophomore art major Makayla Litteral said having fun things to do in Cleveland is an exciting and safe activity for Lee students to do.
"If there is free time in college, it's nice to have something fun to do with friends that is safe," Litteral said. "Having [an escape room] like this open up in Cleveland is amazing for Lee students."
The rooms are available for all ages to try for $25 a person.
For more information on pricing and availability visit Solve and Split’s website.