Trapped: Escape Fort Nisqually is a high energy suspense game torn from the pages of history that challenges you and your friends to explore a trapper’s hidden secrets as you uncover clues, solve puzzles, unlock your way to freedom, and escape without being caught.
Team members sift through documents and artifacts in one of the Fort’s historic buildings racing against the clock to piece together the information they’ll need to unlock the door and reemerge into the 21st century.
Trapped can accommodate 8 people per game and lasts approximately 1 hour.
“The game was an enormous hit last year and we look forward to welcoming new players beginning in January,” said event coordinator Allison Campbell. “It’s a perfect night out for anyone who loves history, puzzles, or just getting off the couch and trying something new.”
Interested in booking a special game of Trapped for your group? Call Allison at (253) 404-3970 x5012 or email at [email protected]
The game was developed in partnership with Labyrinth Escape Games, a Portland enterprise owned by a former museum volunteer, Andrew Lind. During his high school years, Lind participated in the Fort’s apprentice interpreter program. His background and hands-on experience made him a natural partner in the game’s creation.
“Trapped: Escape Fort Nisqually” is a high energy, hour long suspense game in which as many as eight players find clues and solve puzzles to escape from a room in one of Fort Nisqually’s historic structures, Trapped is based on actual events that occurred at the original Fort in 1853. Puzzles are drawn from primary source documents in the museum’s archives. Participants play by candlelight and are immersed in a 19th century environment.
Metro Parks Tacoma’s goal in producing the escape room was to create an innovative educational experience that engaged new audiences. The goal was to create an attraction that would draw people who either had never visited the living history museum, or hadn’t visited in a long time. As it turned out, a survey of 2017 players showed that 51 percent had never been to Fort Nisqually.
“Trapped: Escape Fort Nisqually” received five stars in online reviews from players who came to Fort Nisqually from as far away as Pullman and San Francisco. They included people who played in period costume, or as families, and some to celebrate birthdays or as part of a team-building activity. “I loved how it felt as though we’d stepped back in time. It was a magical night,” one player wrote.
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