Dive into the paranormal or stop an evil doctor as an FBI agent in Lock, Clock and Peril Escape Rooms

BY DANNY KELLY
danny@theitem.com
Posted 12/13/18

If you're looking for something new and fun, yet challenging, to do in Sumter, then look no further than Lock, Clock and Peril Escape Rooms.

Located at 5535-A Broad St., the escape room is owned by Paul and Tanya Foster, who are husband and wife. …

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Dive into the paranormal or stop an evil doctor as an FBI agent in Lock, Clock and Peril Escape Rooms

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If you're looking for something new and fun, yet challenging, to do in Sumter, then look no further than Lock, Clock and Peril Escape Rooms.

Located at 5535-A Broad St., the escape room is owned by Paul and Tanya Foster, who are husband and wife. Escape rooms are a physical, social adventure where participants have to solve a series of puzzles, clues and riddles as a team that follow a plot or theme that leads to a key or a way to unlock the door and escape the room in a certain amount of time. The Fosters' rooms opened on Sept. 6.

"We love doing them," Tanya Foster said of escape rooms. "We wanted to bring something unique to Sumter."

The Fosters have owned Sound FX for 11 years, which is next door to Lock, Clock and Peril, and decided to make the empty room next door into an escape room.

"People enjoy doing the puzzles," Tanya Foster said. "They solve them a lot. We start the leader board over every two months, and the best scores are at the bottom."

Lock, Clock and Peril has two escape rooms that are currently operating - Paranormal Investigator, which is a level-seven escape room, and Undercover Agent, which is a level-eight escape room. Escape rooms are rated on a scale of one to 10 with one being the easiest and 10 being the hardest.

"In the Paranormal Investigator room, you have to find haunted items that paranormal society wants to study," Tanya Foster said. "You have one hour to get out before the ghosts keep you trapped in the house forever.

"In the Undercover Agent room, you're an FBI agent, and there's an evil doctor who does experiments on people and animals," she said. "You have one hour to collect evidence and find the secret lab before he returns."

Guests can use as many clues as they want, but if they use more than three, they cannot get on the leader board; however, they can still get bonus items.

The Fosters are currently working on a third escape room called Tomb Raiders. In an Egyptian tomb, guests will be archaeologists looking for artifacts when they suddenly become trapped in the tomb and only have an hour to find their way out. The room should be ready in roughly five months.

The Fosters set up all the decor and electronics in the escape rooms themselves.

Tanya Foster said she has encountered a few confused customers who thought they were locksmiths or ran another type of business than they do.

"People sometimes don't know what we are," she said. "I've gotten phone calls about changing locks and putting in a panic room."

Tanya Foster says their busiest nights are Friday nights with about six bookings on average, with Saturdays trailing close behind with about five.