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Ain’t No Fooling Here!

Not only are we back, but it’s also our 4 year anniversary!! We thank everyone for their continued support to keep local businesses like ours alive during these times. Celebrate our birthday with us by booking a game, writing a review, or even just liking our posts – every little bit helps!

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Temporary Closure

We are devastated to say that due to the new order from the state to move back a step in Phase 3, we have had to temporarily close our doors again. We are unsure how long the shut down will be this time, but will post updates as soon as we have them. Meanwhile, gift vouchers can be purchased any time on our website and still make a great holiday gift:

We thank you all for your support of our small business and wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season.

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Don’t Miss Our Black Friday & Small Business Saturday Sale!

This 2 day sale will be our biggest discount of the year, so be sure to mark your calendars! In celebration of Black Friday and Small Business Saturday, we will be offering 25% off all gift certificates on 11/27 and 11/28 ONLY with the promo code HOLIDAYS2020. Gift certificates can be purchased from the convenience of your couch (or wherever you like to surf those interwebs) and will activate on December 1st.

Support your local businesses & communities by shopping, playing and eating local this holiday season. We need your support now more than ever to continue to bring quality entertainment to the Cape.

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New Schedule Begins Today

Even though summer is ending, our escape rooms on the Cape are open all year long! Check out our new schedule and book your adventure today!

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Mission: Homeland Escape Room Retiring Soon!

This game is retiring on September 30th to make room for a seasonal holiday game from our friends at Upside Down Escape Games in Taunton, so be sure to play it while you still can!

Mission Homeland is one of our more challenging games and is only here for one more month! Do you have what it takes to stop the double agent by thwarting his nuclear attack? Find out more about this game by clicking here.

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Reopening Wednesday July 1st! New Restrictions Apply

Riddle’s Really Rad Reopening (good luck saying that 5 times fast…) is almost here! We’ve got extended hours all summer long to help you beat the heat with one of our 5 unique adventures. The best part? All of our games are now PRIVATE! Stranger danger isn’t an issue here! In fact, we are requiring all groups to book in advance so we can make sure you don’t even run into any strangers in the lobby. How’s that for social distancing? In addition, masks are mandatory for ALL PLAYERS. Don’t worry, we will be wearing them too! We have also increased the amount of time in between games so we have plenty of time to safely and properly sanitize the room for the next group. There will also be sanitizer stations and extra soap available for you to wash your hands before and after your game.

Our summer hours will be 12pm-8pm Sunday-Thursday and 12pm-10pm Friday-Saturday. You can check out our new game schedule and make your reservation using the button below.

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Coronavirus Closing – Effective 3/15/2020

To Our Friends,

We understand and share your concerns about the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and are taking steps to minimize any potential contact and spread by closing March 15 for two weeks. We will continue to monitor the situation and heed the recommendations of health officials. Our number one goal at Riddle has always been the safety of our staff and customers and we feel at this time, though we are saddened to do so, that closing is the responsible thing to do.

When gathering in groups is once again safe, we look forward to welcoming you all back to Riddle for some fun and excitement with your friends and family. In the meantime, please practice social distancing. Even if you are young and healthy, taking a step back will help prevent further spread to those at high risk, like our grandparents and parents. It’s easy, being on the Cape, to think: this won’t happen here, but it is and we need to do all we can to flatten the curve.

Be safe and be well.

Your friends at Riddle


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A Brief History of Escape Rooms

We’re continually asked 2 questions: 1) What’s an escape room (which we covered in a previous blog post), and 2) Where the heck did this escape room phenomenon come from?

While the escape room concept is new to Cape Cod, they’ve actually been around for about a decade.

Not surprising, the concept began online where gamers had to escape a virtual room by solving clues and puzzles. Crimson Room was probably the most well-known and popular.

The virtual game evolved into the live action version in the early 2000’s when SCRAP, a Japanese publishing house, opened The Real Escape Game in 2007. The story goes that 35 year-old Takao Kato was sitting in a class in 2006, looked over a friend’s shoulder and saw her playing a game on her computer. The game involved pointing and clicking her mouse around a virtual room to reveal clues needed to unlock the front door. Takao, who had been looking to create a new event experience, was intrigued. A year later, he launched the Real Escape Game.

Real Escape Games spread quickly with rooms proliferating throughout Asia. In 2012, SCRAP brought the first Real Escape Game to the U.S. with a launch in San Francisco. The phenomenon has since mushroomed across the country. By some numbers, there are roughly 600 escape rooms in the States, mostly in metropolitan cities like New York, Vegas and New Orleans. And now, Mashpee, Cape Cod!

In Japan, they’ve even taken the experience out of a single room, holding Real Escape Games in venues like ruined hospitals, stadiums and amusement parks. That got us thinking…could an “Escape the Beach” be in our future?!

Want to see what all of the hype is about? Live in the Cape Cod area? Why not book an escape room with the Cape’s only escape room experience.

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Be sure to check back on the Riddle blog and follow us on Facebook for updates!

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