ELLSWORTH – A new business opened its doors in Ellsworth, but instead of selling merchandise, it is selling an experience.
It is not a typical day on the green. This game of golf is in a simulation room, where people can come in to practice without being outside. It’s just one of many live gaming experiences that the new business, Rush Hour Gaming offers.
“You can come in and play,” said Danielle Nelson, the owner, “You actually play as if you’re on the course.”
People can rent or bring in their own clubs for an hour. The game uses senors to to track a player’s movement. This is a great opportunity for people who want to not just have fun, but learn how to play golf. They can create a user name, which keeps a record of someone’s game history.
“We also have a new putting green,” said Nelson, “If you don’t want to play on the simulator or (are) waiting for your turn, you can use that as well.”
If that is not enough, people can put themselves to the test in one of the escape rooms. Instead of using a remote control or gaming console, this is a physical interactive mission where participants are trying to solve a series of puzzle to escape. But they only have an hour.
“We try to keep our rooms a secret until you go into the room to do the challenge because it just gives a little more excitement and stimulation for when you do the challenge,” she said.
Because of the complexity, people might need a team, each room requires players to find clues. But they should not worry, the door is not actually locked.
“We shut the doors and try to give you the feel that we lock you in,” said Nelson, “But with this room, in order to win the challenge – you need to get a code to put into this box. The green light will come on, letting you know that you won the challenge.”
Not all rooms requires people to escape, some requires participants to retrieve special items such as the Gold Ball Trophy.
“We really work hard so that our rooms are created where teamwork can happen,” said Nelson.