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D.O.A. Room Escape tests nerves in Addison

ADDISON – Interactive, real-life room escape games have been popular in Asia and Europe for years, and now they can be experienced in Addison thanks to the creative team behind D.O.A. Room Escape.

D.O.A. (Dead or Alive) Room Escape is the brainchild of John Bennett and Kristin Mellon, according to the news release, which describes the two as expert virtual room-escape gamers.

They’ve devised an experience in which up to 12 people locked in a room must strategize as a team to decipher clues, decrypt codes and interpret riddles by examining a variety of visual props to unlock a series of padlocks. The final one opens the door to their escape. It all happens within a one-hour time limit and is open to ages 12 and older.

The couple said D.O.A. Room Escape is the only room escape game based on history specifically tied to Chicago.

“Our niche is that our room escapes are based on real historical facts, so not only do you walk away with the real-life room escape experience, but you learn about historical events in the process,” Bennett said in the release.

Before entering the rooms, potential escapees are given a history briefing by the game master about the subject or specific events on which the room is based.

Since opening last year, the first theme of D.O.A.’s two escape rooms has been H.H. Holmes, called the U.S.’s first known serial killer. His killing labyrinth, disguised as a hotel during the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair, was split into two escape rooms: The Hotel and The Basement, the latter a more gruesome, imagined replica of the location inside the hotel where Holmes tortured and killed his victims.

In April 2015, The Hotel was replaced by a new theme: The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre and The Garage, the location of the infamous massacre at 2122 N. Clark St. in Chicago.

D.O.A. Room Escape hosts all groups – from corporate outings to birthday parties – with an on-site party room and catering available from Corky’s Catering. Personalized clues can be customized into the game such as marriage proposals or birth announcements.

Tickets can be booked online at www.doaroomescape.com. The promo code SNL10 is good for a 10 percent discount.

Benefits of participating in room escape games include the development of team-building skills and improving strategy capabilities, according to Bennett and Mellon, who note that 35 percent of their business is drawn from corporate clients.

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