Local Entrepreneur Creates Her Own Escape Games

By Yvelette Stines on October 20th, 2016 / Comments

Jennifer Bismack has a deep affection for games.  The Toledo, Ohio native, now living in Michigan, always enjoyed hosting game nights and bringing friends and families together for good times. When she tried an escape room she enjoyed the concept. An escape room is an adventure game where players are locked in a room and have to use what is in the room to solve a series of puzzles and escape within the allocated time.  As Bismack continued to participate in escape rooms, her creative juices started flowing. She also realized that many of the escape rooms were very similar and “pre-packaged.” This made it difficult for participants to really solve the mystery.  

She took matters into her own hands and decided to create her own games giving participants a challenge, a chance at escaping, and a lot of unforgettable fun.

“I knew that people needed something that was challenging and that would also offer them a real chance at escaping the room,” she said.

Bismack passionately came up with concepts and created her own escape rooms.

“I decided that my rooms were going to be designed by me; with input from focus groups and other escape room aficionados. I came up with clue cards where people have to complete missions within the room once they uncover a hidden clue card,” she said. “Once they complete the missions they will receive a clue from me to help them with a puzzle or riddle they may be stuck on. The clue cards and analysis are what make us unique.”

Her vision became a reality last year when she opened Game of Clues Escape Room in Novi, Michigan. She quickly outgrew her space. This Friday, October 21, 2016 she will have the grand opening and ribbon cutting at her new larger space.  This is a 2200 square foot facility that will initially launch with two escape rooms at 3711 Elizabeth Lake Road in Waterford, Michigan.

With her expertise she created the following rooms so attendees will have the best experience.  In the “Lost” escape room, participants have lost their dog. Someone found the dog and wants to keep the animal. The participants’ goal is to break into the house where the dog is being kept, solve puzzles and riddles to be able to unlock the cage, and free their dog and escape.

In the Game of Clues second room, participants travel back in time to the 1980’s where they will have to solve puzzles and riddles to get the code to the time machine to make it back to today (2016). Participants will enjoy the best 80s music and play with favorite 1980’s retro toys including original Nintendo games in order to receive clues.

There is another room expected to launch in 2017. Once the third room opens Game of Clues will be able to accommodate 30-40 people between the three rooms.

The cost per game is $25.00 per person. For groups of 8 or more rooms can be closed for private parties and groups.  Game of Clues also rents space for business who want to hold staff meetings. Reservations can be made 24 hours a day on the website at www.gameofclues.com or by calling 734-807-1585 after 3 pm.

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Yvelette Stines

Yvelette is an author and freelance writer. Her blog Calming Corners helps readers stay calm and healthy. Follow her at @YveletteStines + @CalmingCorners.