ASK THE EXPERT
“An escape room at its core is like playing a video game in real life.”
Q: For those who aren’t familiar, what is Puzzle Break?
Nate: Puzzle Break was the very /rst American escape room company. Teams of players are put in a room full of clues and pu00les, and have to work together to /nd the clues and solve the pu00les to escape the room before time runs out.
Q: What’s your background?
Nate: 1 used to make video games2 1 worked for 3icrosoft and Electronic Arts. An escape room at its core is like playing a video game in real life.
Q: What’s the best part about owning Puzzle Break?
Nate: 1 can have direct, immediate feedback on the fun that 1’m creating for our players.
Q: You opened a new location in Belltown earlier this year. What’s great nearby?
Nate: This location has given me the opportunity to rediscover 5ike 5lace 3arket as a local6it’s easy to forget that there are incredible local vendors selling everything under the sun. 1 enjoy the row of Tom 7ouglas restaurants, each better than the last2 we’re just so blessed to have a world8class chef. Also, 9inerama is better than ever.
Q: What advice can you give to those looking to crack the code of your games?
Nate: Get ready to communicate. 1t doesn’t matter how good you are at pu00les, if you’re not good at sharing information, that’s going to be a problem. :orget your expectations, and don’t be afraid to get stuck6just work calmly to get through it with your team.