Trapped Columbus describes itself as Central Ohio’s only interactive theater that specializes in escape games. There are three different immersive escapes, each with their own theme and storyline. You’re basically locked in a room with friends or strangers, and must rely on your wits to escape within the time limit. What makes Trapped Columbus unique is the actors, the theme, and the non-linear puzzle design of each experience, making different minds come together to figure a way out. Most of the experiences have less than a 38% success rate.
My buddy Matt and I recently experienced the MUTATED! escape game at Trapped Columbus, and I have to say that it was quite interesting. We had fun, but there were some trying moments as well. Immediately when you walk in, you are greeted with a scene of flickering lights, blood, and thematic pieces strewn throughout the room. A zombie awakens from the corner and comes running at you full-force. Sometimes, the zombie would slam on something really loudly and jar you back to the reality you’re facing for the time increment of one hour. Other times, the zombie would walk away slowly, working on freeing one of her arms that will later catch you if you’re not paying attention to her, and when she sees you’re not watching her, she comes running to scare the shit out of you. Once you’re touched, you’re infected, and you have to sit out.
The puzzle aspect of the game was fun, and interesting, but difficult, especially at first, considering if you’ve never done one of these games, you have to take some time to get your wits about you because it can be difficult to gather all of the pieces and to figure out how to unlock the locks and safe. Once you find four ingredients within the room that can be used to cure the disease, then you can be let out. Sadly, our team failed, but we were mere minutes away from cracking the final code. The most frustrating part about the experience is that there’s a total of eight people in the room, and many of them simply did not try and they stood in the way. When a zombie is reaching within inches of you, it can be frustrating. I think if Trapped Columbus limited it to six people per room, then it would have greatly improved the experience. But honestly, overall it is something I am glad I had the chance to experience, and will gladly do again.
4310 North High Street
Columbus, OH, United States