TAMPA- Mike and Haley Linquist created Imagine Escape Games, a space with timed, interactive, multiplayer rooms for players to escape from using codes and clues.

The couple opened the amusement center last year. Their passion for creating memorable experiences for people is what inspired them to build escape rooms. Phones are not allowed in the rooms, so people can connect with each other.

“It’s basically a sixty minute, timed, live-action puzzle game that you do with your friends and family,” said Mike Linquist. “It’s just something that we just started doing and it turns out… it’s so much fun for us and we’re passionate about it.”

The rooms are unique because they are part of a connected storyline. They also vary in difficulty and can be booked for private parties.

The Linquists said their commitment to customer service is why their Google review rating is so high, with 600 five-star reviews and counting.

“Anytime someone walks in the door, we want to make sure they have the best time,” said Haley Linquist, “because if you have the best time, it means the world to me.”

The company announced that a new escape room is expected in November.

This feature aired on a PBS affiliate station as well.

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