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Horror-themed escape games open for business in Saskatoon

Deadlock Escape opened on the August long weekend in Saskatoon and is calling all challengers to take part in its horror-themed escape games.
Deadlock Escape opened on the August long weekend in Saskatoon and is calling all challengers to take part in its horror-themed escape games. Neil Fisher / Global News

SASKATOON – Deadlock Escape opened its doors Saturday, locking its first set of willing customers in a room to try and find their way out. Groups work to piece together clues using all five senses in order to break out of the horror-themed rooms within the hour.

The owner and operator of the business, Adrian Wendling, says online reviews are positive so far and people are coming out of rooms smiling.

He first tried out an escape game in Las Vegas and has been playing them ever since.

“It’s interactive, it’s a great way to just escape the world for an hour and I really wanted to just bring that home to Saskatoon and get other people involved,” said Wendling.

“You get to socially interact with other people and you really get to use your brain power.”

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Wendling says these types of games are growing in popularity across Canada.

“The wave is hitting Canada now, more than anything, a few in Alberta, a lot in BC and it’s found its way over here to Saskatoon,” said Wendling.

Deadlock Escape is open seven days a week and has a second and third scenario in the works. Participants always have a way to contact trained staff in case of an emergency.

In the future, Wendling wants to expand the business by applying more technology and puzzles for children.

Carly Robinson contributed to this story