Ready for an adventure solving a “real life” puzzle?
Escape Quest, a new game house, has opened on West Main Street in Riverhead, offering teams of guests the chance to solve their way out of a puzzle.
Teams work together to pool their powers of deduction to turn clues into answers, assembling the pieces of an elaborate puzzle in the hope of finding its solution.
Escape Quest offers four different escape room experiences. One is for kids ages eight to 12 and three others for teens and adults.
The current games are Explorer’s Adventure for kids, Mysterious Mansion, Poseidon’s Jewel and Cannibal Lair. Participants get one hour to try to solve the puzzle and win their escape.
The new gaming adventure is a family affair — owned by Saulius Trucinksas and Yulia Menshova, of Flanders, and Aleksey and Natalia Shtenger of Middle Island. The two married couples are friends and business partners. Trucinksas and Aleksey Shtenger own a construction company together. Together, they painstakingly built the rooms over the last year and a half and constructed the sets within them, crafted with life-like detail.
Escape games are popular in Europe, Shtenger said. The idea to create one on the East End was his wife’s idea.
“She noticed there were no games like this around here,” he said.
Each games consist of two rooms. Games will be changed up every six months in the hope of bringing in repeat customers, Trucinksas said.
Escape Quest celebrated its grand opening today with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by the Riverhead Town Board.
Councilwoman Jodi Giglio said she once played an escape game in Baltimore, Maryland and her whole family loved it.
“It was so much fun,” Giglio said.
She eyed up the room in the Mysterious Mansion game and quickly zeroed in on several clues that helped her decipher a bigger clue, proving herself an able detective as she demonstrated for her colleagues.
Admission is $30 per person, $20 for kids 12 and under. All games are private, limited to you and your teammates, Shtenger said.
Escape Quest, located at 120 W. Main St., is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 4 to 10 p.m., Friday from 2 to 10 p.m., Saturday 12 noon to 11 p.m. and Sunday 12 noon to 10 p.m. Book online at their website or call 631-381-0169.
RiverheadLOCAL photos by Denise Civiletti