By Rick Sallinger

LITTLETON, Colo. (CBS4)– Escape Rooms are rapidly growing in popularity. Escape rooms are rooms where visitors pay to find clues in order to get out.

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But the doors are closing at one Littleton business where the owner says there are now so many escape rooms in the Denver metro area that it’s reached a level of saturation.

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With sadness for its owners, the “Lights Out” Escape Room in Littleton is, unfortunately, living up to its name.

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“We’ve sunk a lot of blood sweat and tears into this venture,” Justin Goodchild said.

The theme at Lights Out is horror. The mission, to use the clues to get out of a room in an hour or less.

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One clue is to use letters to figure out a scary looking dummy’s favorite word. One of those letters was semi hidden around Granny Gloria’s neck.

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Goodchild said, “People enjoy they challenge they can do it with a group.”

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When Lights Out opened in April, it was the only one in Littleton. Now there are three. In fact there are more than 20 in the Denver metro area alone.

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Puzzah has two of those locations in Broomfield and lower downtown.

“Colorado has some of the highest density of escape rooms in the country,” said Puzzah spokesman Nick Lawson.

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The price for escape rooms generally runs about $25-$30 per person. When one goes into a room, it can be a step back in time; to use one’s brain rather than that of a computer.

Goodchild says he had high hopes for Lights Out but there are just too many now, “If you go by per capita, Colorado has the most in the country.”

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And soon there will even be an escape room on a screen new you. A movie called “Escape Room” is
due to open in 2019. Its trailer warns, “Find the clue or you will die.”

CBS4’s Rick Sallinger is a Peabody award winning reporter who has been with the station more than two decades doing hard news and investigative reporting. Follow him on Twitter @ricksallinger.

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