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January 06, 2017

'90s-themed game could be opening in Philly

A new GoFundMe page is trying to make it happen by spring 2017

A new GoFundMe page is asking Philadelphians to contribute to a small-business idea. The entrepreneurs, who identify themselves as Pebbles and James on the crowdfunding site, want to open a new room escape game in the city by spring 2017.

They're aware that room escape games, where players are locked in a room for an hour and have to solve clues to leave, are everywhere. "We KNOW," states the site, but the duo still believes its concept is worth an investment.

Why? Mainly because it's '90s-themed. There's already an '80s-themed game in East Passyunk, but that decade can hardly compete with the era that gave us "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," the catchphrase "wassup" and a clone army of boy bands.

Anyone who grew up in the 1990s knows it had the best TV shows, music, fashion and celebrity drama.

"I still have my 'Jagged Little Pill' Alanis Morissette album on cassette," James states in a get-to-know-us video on the GoFundMe page.

Both James and Pebbles are local entertainers, doing everything from hosting karaoke to performing comedy shows.  

Their plan for the "Escape the '90s" game includes three interconnected rooms that focus on entertainment and cultural events from the decade.

While other room escapes tend to focus on creating complicated puzzles, their game will focus more on giving players a completely immersive experience.

The goal is to raise $10,000 and have the game operating by March 1. If there's no '90s-themed room escape by June 1, the duo states that "absolutely everyone who has made a contribution will get refunded."