JXN Escape Room (916 Foley St.) was the second escape room in the state and first in Jackson when it opened. Recently, the couple opened a second location, ENTER/LOCKED (6718 Old Canton Road, Ridgeland).
"We design all our games in house," Sistrunk says. He says their creative process consists of choosing a theme and then, with the help of friends and employees, figuring out puzzles to go along with it.
"We almost always argue on the details," Sistrunk says, "but it just takes one idea to get us going."
"We've had a great reaction from the community," Sistrunk says. "Our goal is that everyone gets to solve a part of the puzzle and have a fun time."
He says most of the escape-room participants are from the Jackson metro area, with about 70 percent being new players. But some drive from Louisiana or beyond to play at JXN Escape Room. Sistrunk describes the world as a "niche community," where everyone pretty much knows each other: "Once people have played the rooms in their area, they go out and find more," he says.
He says he and Krakowska have played more than 60 escape games in multiple states and even in Europe, and that they try to make their rooms unique by planting Easter eggs inside each one.
"We try to make them so that it's personal and very interactive," Sistrunk says.
"We make them challenging, but not so hard that it's impossible," Sistrunk says.
He says they often have businesses come play for corporate team building, but the majority of players are friends and family, millennial age and up. The rooms are catered to adults, but kids accompanied by adults are also welcome to play.
Sistrunk adds that the obsession with shows like "CSI" have perpetuated the escape room trend, but mostly that people are just looking for something different to do on a Friday night.
"It's a chance for them to get out of their daily routine and be a character and solve a live puzzle," he says.
For more information, visit jxnescaperoom.com and enterlocked.com or find the businesses on Facebook.