What is the story behind escape rooms? Where did they come from?
An escape room is an adventure game whereby you come with your friends, family, co-workers, teammates…or get matched up with complete strangers, if you don’t mind! The group needs to find clues, solve puzzles and attempt to escape the room within a set period of time, in our case, one hour. At 11th Hour Escape, you are truly immersed in the scenario and physically handle the clues and puzzles while using your brains and teammates to solve the room.
How did you get started in the industry?
My husband, Cap, and I experienced one in another city about a year-and-a-half ago, and I couldn’t stop thinking about it. I can’t look at ordinary objects without thinking about how they could be made into a puzzle! Plus, Cap has a talent for making the physical space immersive to the theme. We’ve always been entrepreneurs AND game people, so it was a natural fit for us.
What typically draws people to experience an escape room?
People are always looking for something different to do for date night, birthday parties, bachelor(ette) parties, or just fun with their friends, and escape rooms provide that! Visitors from out of town Google “fun things to do” within a city and find us. In fact, we’ve heard that some people now plan their vacations around cities that have an escape room, so we’re happy to put Corpus on that map. Another very big draw of escape rooms is for team building. Companies, large and small, are bringing their staff members, because it is such a great way to build camaraderie, use critical thinking, be challenged, and, just laugh together!
What are some typical reactions people have afterwards?
Whether they escape the room or not, people are generally smiling, laughing, talking about this clue or that, thanking us for a great time! Oh, and asking when our next room will be open, because they can’t wait to do it again. We have the best job in the world!
How challenging is the escape room?
We’ve had customers tell us it is challenging but do-able. Plus, 11th Hour Escape is unique because we offer 3 levels of difficulty for every room we create: Easy for those who are new to escape rooms, Medium for those with some experience, and Difficult for those who consider themselves experts. People want to be challenged but not be overwhelmed.
What does the future hold for 11th Hour Escape? How many rooms in Corpus Christi?
We’re so excited by the warm welcome the community has given 11th Hour and are open to how God leads. We currently have Pirate Captives open and are actively working on our second room, Anti-Gravity. We do see the benefit of additional rooms beyond those so that larger groups can be accommodated at the same time, so that’s a possibility if the community expresses interest.
4455 S. Padre Island Drive, #105
Corpus Christi, Texas 78411