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America's first virtual escape room developed in Pasco County

Posted at 5:40 PM, May 21, 2020

TRINITY, Fla. — Rob and Alison Faiella were distraught when, like so many other businesses, they had to close their Trinity Escape Room because of the pandemic.

“We gambled, if you will, a lot of money, a lot of time, a lot of missed things with family and different things, and to have it just all go away through no fault of anybody’s is a horrible feeling," Rob said.

Rob also got laid off from his job as a computer programmer. But he used his skills to keep Rock Avenue Escape Room going.

“I jokingly said 'I suppose I could strap a GoPro to my head and have people call in from home,'" Rob said.

After some tweaks, they say they developed the first escape room in the country to offer a virtual game experience.

Rob, with two iPhones, strapped on his body, plays the mayor's role, guiding people through a small-town mystery.

“We have a missing person. Everybody that works here is a character in the story. I’m the mayor," Rob said.

People from around the world are playing.

A game on Thursday afternoon had a guy from Ecuador and a woman in Arizona.

“It’s different every game. Different interactions depending on the people," Rob said.

A family of four can play for about $50.

Rock Avenue Escape Room says the virtual version is so popular, they aren’t rushing for in-person games anytime soon.

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