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New Puzzle Room Tahoe offers unique escape room experience

Fans of the live-action, puzzle-solving entertainment trend known as escape rooms will now have increasing opportunities to test their logic and crack codes with the addition of Puzzle Room Tahoe, a business that opened its doors on South Shore in late October.

Featuring two different themes — and a third expected in approximately two weeks — Puzzle Room Tahoe joins Trapped in Tahoe, which opened in May 2016, in offering escape room fun to the basin.

Puzzle Room Tahoe owners Phil Frayssinoux and Jordan Slotnick brought the immersive, riddle-focused experience to Stateline after the success of their first business — Puzzle Room Reno, which made its debut roughly three years ago.

"We wanted to expand in South Lake Tahoe. It's always been one of my favorite cities in the area. It's a perfect location, so we wanted to make it happen," Frayssinoux noted.

Puzzle Room Tahoe currently offers rooms that range in difficulty: Valley of the Kings, an Egyptian-themed experience in which puzzle-solvers must navigate the clues hidden in a pyramid to decipher a mystery, is the easier of the two; Below Ground, the more challenging option, traps patrons in a coal mine and tasks them with diffusing a bomb.

A third theme, Lost Cabin, is expected to open mid- to late December. This room, which is ranked between Valley of the Kings and Below Ground in terms of difficulty, sets guests on a mission to find a lost uncle who disappeared from a cabin in the woods.

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Each of the themes also is found at Puzzle Room Tahoe's Reno affiliate, and according to Frayssinoux the company has approximately nine themes under its umbrella — which leaves open the opportunity to change the rooms every few months.

But there's something different about Puzzle Room Tahoe that sets it apart: There are two identical rooms (both Below Ground), meaning parties can compete for fastest time (and, of course, bragging rights).

"It's absolutely new, and I've never seen it anywhere else before. It's great for team building, birthday parties, bachelor parties — and it's done in a friendly manner, but it adds more stress and motivation, too," said Frayssinoux.

"Lots of people have come just to compete, and it's fun to see them race against each other. It's a unique product, and we get people who come from Reno who heard about it."

The other unique aspect of Puzzle Room Tahoe is its location: As the company shares space with Xhale Bar & Lounge — and the two operate on opposite business hours — it allows the escape room business to offer customizable bachelor and bachelorette parties filled with surprises.

Puzzle Room Tahoe rooms are open to groups of three to six people, who are given an hour to complete the chosen assignment. It costs $29 to participate, and is recommended for ages 12 and up (while younger children are permitted, it helps to have an adult present).

Receive 20 percent off entry with the code "PRT20" when purchasing tickets online.

Learn more about the business at http://www.puzzleroomtahoe.com or call 775-589-2929. Puzzle Room Tahoe is located on the basement level of 27 U.S. 50 in Stateline.