BOYNTON BEACH —
By way of an entrepreneurial Boynton Beach resident, an international escape room franchise is opening the first business of its kind in the city.
Michael Watts, a realtor and instructional coach for a Boynton charter school, will open Novus Escape Room with his business partner, Aldo Trevino.
Escape rooms are a popular family-friendly game where players go into a certain themed-room and attempt to get out of the room by solving several puzzles in a certain amount of time. Boynton’s will be $29 per person.
Trevino works in the food and beverage industry and had interest in opening a business. He and Watts thought about wha would be interesting and came up with the escape room idea, Watts said.
They explored escape rooms across South Florida and in Orlando to come up with a business plan. The two hope to open in Casa Costa on Federal Highway in May.
Novus will be the first escape room in Boynton, and is one of two character-based escape rooms in the country. The other is in Kansas City and is also part of Novus. Outside of the country, Novus is known as Breakout with locations in Canada, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Myanmar and South Korea.
The escape room will have three games: The Greatest Murder of Westwood, Chamber of Hocus and Project Fallout.
Each player is assigned a certain character that will come with an advantage. Watts recommends between four and six players for each game.
“This (company) is the first character-based escape room in entire world,” Watts said. “The difference is as players play a traditional escape room they’d just go in and solve puzzles and clues. But for ours they take on a character role that gives them a certain ability to assist them in escape.”
For example, the lock master character will be given information before entering the room on how to open certain locks and puzzles.
Watts and Trevino hope the Boynton location will be successful enough to expand the business and are looking at Miami or Orlando.