Last week, a special group of BuzzFeed agents assembled together to escape a Mission: Impossible-themed room in New York City.
Our team of six carefully selected individuals was faced with the complicated task of finding the code to exit this iron-clad door.
We only had 20 minutes and minimal clues.
Meet the agents:
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.
Before entering the room, our group of agents listened carefully to the instructions we were given.
And then with the timer set, we were off. There was no looking back.
First, we listened to the recording devices given to us to see if there were any important messages.
Agent Lee got right to work on an electronic puzzle while Agents Althouse and Ziegler tried to hack into the computer system.
We checked out all of the file folders that were full of information about other [fictional] agents.
"Maybe something on that wall is important?" Agent Althouse mused.
"Yes! Let's check it out!" Agents Yandoli and Poff agreed.
The minutes were flying by and we weren't getting any closer to finding the secret code.
HOW CAN WE GET INTO THIS SAFE???
OK, we're in the safe. NOW WHAT DO WE DO WITH THIS INTEL???
Just as we were about to give up hope, Agents Lee and Althouse had a revelation.
After some confusion, we managed to figure out the final puzzle with about a minute left.
Agent Lee broke the code and had this *very* important information in her hands. Thankfully, Agent Scott pointed her in the right direction.
Time was running out. Agent Lee typed the code into the keypad, but it didn't unlock. The second time around, Agent Ziegler gave it a shot...
...And with only 28 seconds on the clock, the door opened! Teamwork makes the dream work, people.
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."