Puzzah Takes Puzzle Gaming Off the Screen and Into Real-Life LoDo

The mad composer's voice cuts in over the intercom, taunting us. He's placed a time bomb somewhere backstage at the performing arts center, and I and two other detectives have just an hour to find and disarm it. A clock in the corner of the room ticks down the time as we scour the room for clues, anything that might help us survive.

It sounds like a scene from a video game, but we're nowhere near a TV. Instead, the mystery is unfolding at Puzzah, a new business in LoDo offering an unusual twist on the live escape-the-room games just beginning to establish themselves on America's shores.

As the name suggests, live escape-the-room games are a type of problem-solving challenge in which players attempt to piece together a way out of a locked chamber. The games originated in Asia and Europe, and are increasing in number and popularity in the United States; Puzzah, which opens on Halloween with its first room, "Tick Tock," is the second venue in metro Denver, after Centennial's Clue Room. A third business, Trapped in a Room With a Zombie, is scheduled to open its doors in November.

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Adam Roy is a contributor of Westword, a former editor at Outside and Matador Network, his writing has also appeared in Paste, High Country News and other online and print publications nationally and abroad.
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