IMG_0594Inspired by Toshimitsu Takagi’s popular Escape The Room, Breakout Dayton has taken a page out of the popular video games and has turned it into a real-life interactive adventure.

I was ready to take on the challenge of finding my way out of the room within the hour limit.  I recently decided to go see what all the buzz has been about since the game’s launch.

Here are 5 feelings that I experienced during my successful run in Breakout Dayton’s “The Kidnapping.”

1.) Excitement

When I first heard about this unique concept, I was immediately intrigued.  Participating in a group up to ten people, you have to overcome difficult challenges in order to be successful and piece together puzzles that will unlock clues. During a session, you will access secret areas and crack codes that will ultimately allow you to escape out of the room. Simply put, Breakout forces you to think outside of the box. I have always loved playing games that were mentality stimulating, so going to Breakout Dayton was a thrill, for sure.

2.) Uncertainty

The beauty of these games is that individuals who have gone through the challenges vaguely mention that it was a thrilling experience and that’s about it.  It almost seemed to me like it had a Fight Club mentality to it.  The confidentiality aspect of what actually goes on inside the room intensifies once I arrived.  I was going into a game where I had no idea what was going to happen.  All I really knew is the some background info of the game itself, and my team has an hour to get out in order to be successful.

3.) Fear

The moment I had to sign a waiver is when I knew I was in for an unusual experience.  “What exactly was going to happen in there?” I asked myself.  After getting blindfolded, the uneasy feeling rushed through me as I began to walk into the room.  I had no control over the situation — a feeling that only intensified when the game master Tyler grabbed my hand and handcuffed me to a bedpost.  I had no clue that this was going to be part of the game.  I kept worrying what else was going to happen.  Was someone or something waiting when I took off the blindfold?  What if I didn’t finish on time?  What was going to happen?  I did want to fail.  The fear was more than what I bargained for.

4.) Calmness

A video played on a monitor inside the room, setting up the game.  As soon as the time started ticking, we took off our blindfolds and got to work.  I didn’t want to have fear overcome me because I knew that I wouldn’t get anything accomplished.  There were times when I felt that I was becoming frustrated from deciphering the clues and puzzles.  As the time ticked down, your heart rate and thought process both begin to race.  Taking deep breaths was important, becaue it cleared my mind and got me back into the game.   

5.) Eagerness

Imagine having to wait to open up presents on Christmas Day or waiting in line to pick up tickets to see your favorite musician.  You can’t wait for that moment to arrive.  When we started to realize that we were about to get out of the room, my hands began to shake with anticipation.  The nerves that were flying around in my stomach at the beginning had made way to enthusiasm.  I was ready to sprint out of the room to celebrate.

Now these are a few feelings that I experienced, but there were so many that I couldn’t include.  Regardless, Breakout Dayton’s “The Kidnapping” was a ton of fun.

Now the question is-can you get out within the hour? Go find out yourself.


WHAT: Breakout Dayton

WHERE: 8120 Washington Village Drive, Centerville.

HOURS: Vary by room availability. Reservations recommended.

INFO:Website | Facebook | Call (937) 401-8739


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