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Here's What Happened When We Tried To Escape The Room

We had 20 minutes, a room full of clues, and no idea where to start.

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Last week, a special group of BuzzFeed agents assembled together to escape a Mission: Impossible-themed room in New York City.

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Escape the Room is a popular activity in New York City where groups of people have to find their way out of a locked room. They're given clues and a limited amount of time to find the code to escape.


Agent Yandoli made sure everyone was on task, kept a close eye on the time, and of course recorded the day's events.

Agent Poff used his imagination to try and piece opposite parts of the puzzle together.

Agent Scott took initiative and wasn't afraid to dive right in to the assignment head first.

Agent Ziegler was in charge of exploring alternative options and looked into unique clues that other agents were ignoring.

Agent Althouse helped direct other agents toward successful clues and pitched in when the going got tough.

Agent Lee was our secret weapon and used her critical thinking skills to come in the clutch.


And then with the timer set, we were off. There was no looking back.

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While we're about to guide you through our adventure, note that we're not going to compromise any other missions by disclosing important details about how to find the code and escape the room. That's for future agents to figure out!


Here are our final thoughts on the mission:

Agent Yandoli: "I was initially extremely nervous before we even arrived at the movie theater to escape the room, but when the clock started counting down and our group actually got to work, I became less nervous and felt more of an adrenaline rush. We had SUCH a good time figuring out the puzzles and putting clues together, it was great to see how all of our agents naturally fell into different roles and helped each other out. I wish we could do it again!"

Agent Poff: "For competitive people, the experience is great — you're up against the clock, and you can literally feel the adrenaline. We got off to a rough start though — the first clue didn't exactly work properly — but we sorted everything out and ultimately had a lot of fun. Mission: Impossible fans will definitely love the challenge."

Agent Scott: "I really wish there was some sort of reward or prize at the end, just so people can know that you killed that shit. I CAME TO PARTY AND I CAME TO WIN! It was a fun experience. 10/10 would recommend."

Agent Ziegler: "I've never done an escape room before so it was a pretty cool experience. There was enough going on in the room for each member of our team of 6 to contribute, so it really was a team effort. It was difficult to tell where to begin and we used a good chunk of time trying to figure that out. Once we did, it was smooth sailing (not really)!"

Agent Althouse: "The whole experience was awesome, so if the price is right you should totally do it!"

Agent Lee: "I had no idea what to expect going into it, but the entire experience was actually surprisingly fun and I would definitely recommend it to other groups. Figuring out how to get out of the room required a lot of teamwork (but wasn't in effect that difficult) and I think we all bonded more as a result."


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