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Rampage Room to Hold Grand Opening

by on August 15, 2019 3:50 PM

State College's first "break room" is set to open in the Nittany Mall, giving customers a chance to de-stress by smashing stuff.

Rampage Room will hold a grand opening starting at 10 a.m. Friday. In addition to satisfying appetites for destruction, the business also has a virtual reality arcade and escape room.

Break rooms have become increasingly popular across the country as a fun way to relieve tension and stress. Rampage Room will offer customers the opportunity to put on safety gear, choose a a tool of destruction such as a baseball bat or sledgehammer, then smash items from glasses and plates to garden gnomes to furniture and filing cabinets.

Packages include sessions of 10 to 30 minutes with options for different-sizes and number of items, with pricing ranging from $20-$65 per session. Patrons can also bring their own items to smash, which must first be inspected for health and safety regulations, for sessions of $1 per minute. Break room customers must be 18 or older.

Co-owners Nicole Snyder, a registered nurse and former U.S. Army medic, and Erik Wine, a psychiatric support professional, have both worked in the mental health field and said earlier this year that last fall they "decided to create a plan that removes the negative stigma around thinking that smashing and breaking things can’t be therapeutic."

Rampage Room also has special packages and a space for birthday parties, team building and corporate events. It will offer catering packages with food from several local restaurants. 

Friday's grand opening will include free food and drinks while supplies last and free T-shirts for the first 150 customers who book a session in-store. The T-shirt will entitle its wearer to 15% off all future sessions. The first 150 customers also will be entered into a drawing for $100 in "rage" or game credits.

The games are part of Rampage Room's VRcade, which has virtual reality game stations and a virtual reality escape room.

Participants in the VR escape room are still "locked" in a room and work together to solve puzzles to ultimately escape, buut there are no physical objects in the room and the game environment is virtual. Players are still able to see each other's avatars, interact and hand off virtual objects to each other. 

"Instead of a room with locked boxes, mathematical puzzles and hieroglyphics players are immersed into a make believe world that can be anything game designers can dream up... like using your problem-solving skills to escape from a futuristic space station," Wine said in June.

VRcade activities are open to ages 10 and older. The escape room is $35 per person and VR game sessions are priced by time, starting at $15 for 15 minutes.

Rampage Room is located in the former Rue 21 location between Macy's and Express. For online bookings and price information, visit rampageroomhv.com



Geoff Rushton is managing editor for StateCollege.com. Contact him at [email protected] or find him on Twitter at @geoffrushton.
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