Where to play Exit Games

Call them exit games, escape games, locked room games or something else, but get together with a team of your friends, solve the clues and get out of the room within the time limit.


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Escape Room Rumours – 11 June 2018

Welcome to your weekly fix of UK and Irish escape room news covering everything that this site has discovered in the last seven days!

Exit Games is always on the look-out for new rooms or venues that are opening, references in the media or anything else that might be of interest to the readers, so please do send an email if you spot anything of interest. That applies to owners too – feel free to send me your news for inclusion here. Don’t be shy!

I’m a bit behind on room openings, so if you’ve got some spare time, feel free to check the listings for your area and message me with any new games! Obviously, if you have any new venues then so much the better!

On to the news

That’s all I’m aware of. If any of the above is incorrect or if you’re aware of other news, significant discounts or competitions, then let me know via email or in the comments below and I’ll include updates in the next edition.

Thanks for reading!

Prepare to register for DASH 10 in London

The tenth DASH puzzle hunt will happen in London on Saturday 22nd September. DASH stands for “Different Areas, Same Hunt”; part of the attraction is that the same event will also be run in cities across the United States, in Europe and in Australia on the same day, so competition is more global still than it has been in previous years. At this time, this year’s line-up features 16 locations in the US, four in Europe (London, Enschede and Amsterdam in the Netherlands, and Nicosia in Cyprus) and one in Australia (Melbourne). Other locations might yet be added later; Boston has hosted every DASH to date but hasn’t yet found a host.

In DASH, teams of typically 3-5 players solve maybe 8-9 puzzles as quickly as possible over the course of, perhaps, 5-8 hours. You travel (generally walk) from puzzle location to location, enjoying the journey and hopefully the weather. The travel is not timed, so you can take whatever comfort breaks, meals and other pauses you like between puzzles, though there’s an overall time limit for practicality. The cost is a flat US$60 per team around the world. Each team is required to bring a smartphone running iOS or a recent version of Android; much of the administration will be performed by an app called ClueKeeper. Bring your own pencils, scissors, tape, clipboards, lemonade, magic wands, marked decks of cards, pentagons and so on.

DASH has historically tended to concentrate on word and picture puzzles, rather than logic puzzles, with a focus on pattern recognition and some codebreaking here and there along the way. Some puzzles may draw on previous ones; there may well be a metapuzzle to tie everything together at the end. The DASH style is to have an overarching story running through the event, though there aren’t many clues as to this year’s theme yet. Take a look at past years’ puzzles from DASHes 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1 to get a feel for the form and difficulty level.

DASH tries very hard to be accessible and family-friendly:

  • It’s possible to register for the more difficult Expert Puzzles at the very start of the hunt, though clear guidance is given as to which level of difficulty will suit you best;
  • It’s always possible to take hints on each puzzle if they’re required (indeed, the software keeps rolling hints along on a timed schedule even if you don’t ask for them) and there’s never a worse punishment than a missed scoring opportunity for not solving a puzzle;
  • The puzzles are often designed so that everybody in the team should be able to contribute to each puzzle, because feeling “we solved this together between us” is fun;
  • In practice, there really is an ethos of offering as many hints as are required in order to get people through as many puzzles as possible and making sure people are having fun at all times.

It has only been confirmed relatively recently that some superstars have stepped up to the mark to keep the streak of DASH happening in London every year alive. Organise your team now as registration for London is expected to open at 2pm, UK time, on Saturday 9th June. Previous years have had space for around 25 teams in London and last year there appeared to be only three slots left after 12 hours. As puzzle events become more and more popular, I would expect DASH to sell out more and more quickly still, unless it proves possible to host more teams.

More information may well be posted at the London Twitter feed, or send questions to the London organisers. (If you’re less interested in playing and more interested in helping out, or if all the teams’ places have been filled, you can also volunteer to help, and maybe even playtest the puzzles if you’re really quick – so if the 22nd September date doesn’t work for you, this might be your chance.)

Escape Room Rumours – 4 June 2018

Welcome to your weekly fortnightly (sorry – busy!) fix of UK and Irish escape room news covering everything that this site has discovered in the last seven days!

Exit Games is always on the look-out for new rooms or venues that are opening, references in the media or anything else that might be of interest to the readers, so please do send an email if you spot anything of interest. That applies to owners too – feel free to send me your news for inclusion here. Don’t be shy!

On to the news

That’s all I’m aware of. If any of the above is incorrect or if you’re aware of other news, significant discounts or competitions, then let me know via email or in the comments below and I’ll include updates in the next edition.

Thanks for reading!

Escape Room Rumours – 21 May 2018

Welcome to your almost weekly fix of UK and Irish escape room news covering everything that this site has discovered in the last seven twenty’one days! Apologies – I’ve been off to Up the Game in the Netherlands.

Exit Games is always on the lookout for new rooms or venues that are opening, references in the media or anything else that might be of interest to readers, so please do send an email if you spot anything of interest. That applies to owners too – feel free to send me your news for inclusion here. Don’t be shy!

On to the news

That’s all I’m aware of. If any of the above is incorrect or if you’re aware of other news, significant discounts or competitions, then let me know via email or in the comments below and I’ll include updates in the next edition.

Thanks for reading!

Escape Room Rumours – 30 April 2018

Welcome to your “weekly” fix of UK and Irish escape room news covering everything that this site has discovered in the last seven fourteen days!

Exit Games is always on the look-out for new rooms or venues that are opening, references in the media or anything else that might be of interest to the readers, so please do send an email if you spot anything of interest. That applies to owners too – feel free to send me your news for inclusion here. Don’t be shy!

On to the news

That’s all I’m aware of. If any of the above is incorrect or if you’re aware of other news, significant discounts or competitions, then let me know via email or in the comments below and I’ll include updates in the next edition.

Thanks for reading!

Escape Room Rumours – 16 April 2018

Welcome to your weekly fix of UK and Irish escape room news covering everything that this site has discovered in the last seven days!

Exit Games is always on the look-out for new rooms or venues that are opening, references in the media or anything else that might be of interest to the readers, so please do send an email if you spot anything of interest. That applies to owners too – feel free to send me your news for inclusion here. Don’t be shy!

On to the news

A quiet week this week as I didn’t have much time to crawl the web for every escape room reference.

That’s all I’m aware of. If any of the above is incorrect or if you’re aware of other news, significant discounts or competitions, then let me know via email or in the comments below and I’ll include updates in the next edition.

Thanks for reading!

Escape Room Rumours – 9 April 2018

Welcome to your weekly fix of UK and Irish escape room news covering everything that this site has discovered in the last seven days!

Exit Games is always on the look-out for new rooms or venues that are opening, references in the media or anything else that might be of interest to the readers, so please do send an email if you spot anything of interest. That applies to owners too – feel free to send me your news for inclusion here. Don’t be shy!

On to the news

That’s all I’m aware of. If any of the above is incorrect or if you’re aware of other news, significant discounts or competitions, then let me know via email or in the comments below and I’ll include updates in the next edition.

Thanks for reading!

Midnight Madness comes to London

Here’s a guest blog post on something that’s not strictly escape-room related but will likely have a significant crossover.

A puzzle hunt will take place overnight in London starting at 8pm on Saturday 19th May and it may well be the most spectacular one London has ever seen. It has a name, and a pedigree, that will thrill the hearts and tweak the bowstrings of every puzzle hunt history fan: Midnight Madness.

The history of puzzle hunts sees fact inspire fiction then fiction inspire fact in turn. Undoubtedly one of the highest-profile works of fiction was a 1980 Disney film, Midnight Madness, which depicted teams of college students on an outrageous, big-scale rally where the directions and instructions for successive legs of the rally could only be found by solving clues and performing physical tasks. Several people saw the movie and decided to bring the activity to life, often adopting the Midnight Madness title directly. The Wikipedia page for the film mentions several of these real-life events as the film’s legacy; some of these events have stood the test of time, some have not.

The most celebrated series of factual events to bear the Midnight Madness name is a series of charity fundraising events that have taken place in New York from time to time. As the site says, “Midnight Madness raises funds for the New York City children’s charity Good Shepherd Services to help at-risk youth achieve their potential. Midnight Madness is open to everyone who can form a team and raise the targeted funds for GSS. Midnight Madness 2015 raised $3.1 million to support the construction of a new community center in East New York, featuring a counseling room named after the muse of this year’s game, Audrey Munson. This year’s teams came from financial institutions in the tri-state area and Europe, and one west-coast tech startup.

This version of Midnight Madness is associated with (sometimes by name) Goldman Sachs, with many of the teams being made up of its employees. The most distinguishing features of it are that the teams of ten players are each expected to make a charity donation of US$50,000 or more in order to play, and that such massive donations earn you a place within a game where hundreds of thousands of dollars are spent on incredibly high-concept, large-scale, big-budget toys to play with. The 2012 event was discussed in an article at Quartz, with a couple of example puzzles, the 2013 event made the New York Times and Bloomberg has a video about the 2015 event. If you have any interest in the genre at all, these pieces are musts to demonstrate just what might be possible if you throw sufficient money around.

Hopefully you can see why it’s exciting that an event with a similar name and pedigree is coming to London. It’s on a slightly smaller scale, but this line from the web page may set your expectations: “The average charitable donation to date is £10,000.” If the event is set to raise several hundreds of thousands of pounds for charity, one might expect a lot of money to be spent on making it a spectacular game to play. You would expect most of the teams to be sponsored by extremely successful institutions, but well-heeled privateer entries would be just as welcome – and many extremely strong puzzle solvers have found similar success by turning their attention to areas of the world of work that the job market rewards highly.

For the rest of us, the event is calling for volunteers, and the associated charity has a page with a little more information about how these volunteers might be used over the course of the event. Fingers crossed that this is the start of something very, very, very big!

Escape Room Rumours – 2 April 2018

Welcome to your weekly fix of UK and Irish escape room news covering everything that this site has discovered in the last seven days!

Exit Games is always on the look-out for new rooms or venues that are opening, references in the media or anything else that might be of interest to the readers, so please do send an email if you spot anything of interest. That applies to owners too – feel free to send me your news for inclusion here. Don’t be shy!

On to the news

That’s all I’m aware of. If any of the above is incorrect or if you’re aware of other news, significant discounts or competitions, then let me know via email or in the comments below and I’ll include updates in the next edition.

Thanks for reading!

Escape Room Rumours – 26 March 2018

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Welcome to your weekly fix of UK and Irish escape room news covering everything that this site has discovered in the last seven days!

Exit Games is always on the look-out for new rooms or venues that are opening, references in the media or anything else that might be of interest to the readers, so please do send an email if you spot anything of interest. That applies to owners too – feel free to send me your news for inclusion here. Don’t be shy!

On to the news

That’s all I’m aware of. If any of the above is incorrect or if you’re aware of other news, significant discounts or competitions, then let me know via email or in the comments below and I’ll include updates in the next edition.

Thanks for reading!