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PanIQ Escape Room Provides A Thrilling, In-Person Experience

By Pamela Sosnowski

You're locked in an office rigged with explosives, and you have just one hour to escape before your sadistic boss returns. It sounds like the plot of a thriller or horror movie, but in fact it's one of the live escape games that participants can play at PanIQ Escape Room of San Francisco.

PanIQ Escape Room was founded by several young Hungarian entrepreneurs and now has locations all over the globe, which shows a trend towards putting down a mobile device for an hour or two and physically working with other people in person to help solve a problem.

"PanIQ Room San Francisco was the second location opened in the U.S." says Johanna Strausz, Social Media Manager of the company. "The first PanIQ Room opened its doors in March 2012 in Hungary, and it belongs to some of the first escape rooms in the world. Entering the U.S. market in 2014, PanIQ Room Hollywood opened with two themes, and after the great success of the first unit, we decided to open in every big cities in America."

Celebrities including Seth Rogan have played a PanIQ Room game, as well as nationally known corporate clients. The experiences that the rooms provide take away the real life worries of its players and gives them a chance to spend quality times together.

"Each escape room is built around a different story; the characteristics and style of the room are shaped with the help of accessories and interior design connected to the story," explains Strausz. "The point of the real-time adventure game based on the flow experience is that a team has to escape a group of locked rooms within a specified time period."

The San Francisco location offers three room scenarios, called Geek, Prison, and Psycho. In Geek, players work for a startup company and have to escape a locked-down office. Prison is a little more grim (and the most popular option, according to Strausz) with participants assuming they are on death row and have an hour to escape execution. Psycho is perhaps the most intense, as the room plays the role of a psycho's apartment.

Strausz explains that there are several reasons why PanIQ Escape Room stands out from other live escape game companies, most notably the rooms' designs. "(It) is the premium choice of location, sophisticated interior designs, the unique and diverse game plays and the strong online communication," she says. "(An) interesting fact is that role players, electrical engineers, physicists, chemists and magicians also take part in the designing and manufacturing of the games."

As one of the company's goals is to create team-building events, PanIQ Escape Room's opening in San Francisco has proven successful. Two to six players can participate in each game, with 12 as the minimum recommended age for children (16 for the Psycho room.) Players are asked to arrive 15 minutes early, and game reservations may be made online at

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Pamela Sosnowski is a freelance writer, social media manager, contributor for REBEAT...

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