Stuck at home? Here’s one way you can ‘escape’
WHEN Red Lock Escape Rooms owner Paul Harlin was advised his business would have to close due to COVID-19 restrictions, he had only put on his new manager a week before.
But like any resilient business owner, he quickly found a way to survive the lockdown.
“We are now offering live streamed remote escape room experiences,” he said.
“Players from all over the world can now join and play our games out of our Noosa store from the comfort of their own home.
“It brings friends and family together from all over the world, who can spend 60 minutes together in this immersive live streamed game.”
Players engage from their home computers and interact with the gamemaster, who is inside the actual escape room.
Players then guide the gamemaster’s movements to find clues, solve puzzles and hopefully escape.
Like many businesses, Red Lock Escape rooms struggled financially when the lockdowns begun.
Thankfully, Mr Harlin’s landlords in Noosa and the Sunshine Plaza were able to assist.
“It’s been really tough,” he said.
But the online games have allowed him to tap into an overseas market.
Currently, Red Lock is offering morning bookings to allow players from the USA to get involved, and they soon hope to offer games to UK players as well.
“Last weekend, we had a number of people playing from New York,” Mr Harlin said.
The State Government has advised business like Mr Harlin’s can reopen from June 12, but he expects the online escape rooms will continue to be popular.
“It gives players from around the world the chance to play other escape rooms,” he said.
“If you got relatives in other countries, you can play together.”
For more information on the online escape rooms go to the website.