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Escape Room Rumours – 22 May 2017

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Welcome to your weekly escape room rumour round up… Back to the usual weekly schedule but still plenty to keep you occupied.

This site is always on the look out for new games 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

No rest for the wicked – another busy week of updates.

  • West Midlands
  • North East England
    • The Strategy in Sunderland is opening its second game, the Vault
  • North West England
    • Playful Thinking, the conference on the intersection of Play and Learning will take place in July with Liz Cable running a session on creating escape rooms for higher education while Stephen Caspar and Daryl Peel from the University of Southampton will be running a workshop on creating educational escape rooms.
    • Cliffhanger Rooms has been nominated for the 2017 Cumbria Tourism awards in the category of best new business.
    • Rooms Quest isn’t taking bookings at the moment after issues with the landlord which means we lose their Jailbreak, Safe Haven and Platform 7 3/8ths rooms for a while. The website does show bookings for August so hopefully that means they’ll be reopening their doors eventually.
  • East of England
    • Lock House in Cambridge throws open its door this week with two new TRAP rooms – Egyptian and Cambridge.
  • South East England
    • It’s not often that a room opens before this site becomes aware of its existence but The Great Escape UK managed that feat by opening a couple of weeks ago. The Reading-based company has two rooms in its line up – Prison Break and Mad Scientist.
    • Locked in a Room are looking to launch in Milton Keynes this summer – no details of whether they’ll use the same rooms as elsewhere but the capacity suggests 8 rooms of 5-6 people.
    • Exciting Escapes announced that they’ll be opening a second site up in Basingstoke.
  • London
    • Fosters are running a popup escape room in London on Wednesday and Thursday this week. The website suggests that it will take place on the Time Run premises.
    • The Safecrackers: Blue Eyed Cats is opening at Namco Funscape Escape Room
    • Escape This Room closes London Bank Heist on Saturday 27th after three weeks.
  • South West England
  • Ireland
    • Incognito Escape Room are opening this week in Dublin with two games that, based on the descriptions, are NERD-designed. The Cabin in the Woods is a variant of Helter Skelter (coincidentally about to open in Kent) with Baker Street the second room (also available in Workington, Cumbria)

That’s all I’m aware of. If any of the above is incorrect or if you’re aware of other news, 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!

Seeing double?

Ever had the feeling of déja vu in an escape room? Chances are that it wasn’t because you’d already played the game but, if it was, you certainly wouldn’t be the only one. Slowly, cases are appearing where people sign up to play an escape room and then find out when they arrive that the story seems somewhat familiar and the puzzles are all too easy. It’s made particularly difficult for players who travel the world since they’re both more likely to encounter the same escape room franchised in two areas and also not recognise it as the same room because the localised version of the name is completely different.

With that in mind, this is an attempt to bring together all the current information about escape rooms that are duplicated in this country. Be warned: it will almost certainly not be correct at the time of writing with the odd room slipping through the net and, furthermore, by the time you get around to using the information, it’s perfectly possible that it will be even more out of date. It is at least a stake in the ground and as a community we can consider what the best route is to tracking these duplicate games.

Rooms repeated within the UK and Ireland

Obviously any brand with multiple venues is likely to have repeated rooms. Breakout Games in Aberdeen/Inverness, Breakout in Manchester/Liverpool/Cardiff, The Escape Room, Clue HQ, Escape Reality, the Panic Room, Escape Live and Escape all have games at multiple venues. Hopefully those should be pretty easy to spot for any escape room enthusiast.

You can add to that list Escape Rooms Belfast, Escape Rooms Derry and Escape Hour Edinburgh which might not be so obviously from the same stable. Similarly Escapism Chester, while not part of the same franchise group, has bought in its games from Escape, so you’ll see duplicate Area 51, Taken and Espionage across those sites.

The more interesting thing is where a room is repeated at a totally different company, possibly with an entirely generic name (Prison Break?) or even a different name. Here’s my list of known overlap:

  • TRAP games
    • The Tomb or Secret of the Tomb is a TRAP game licensed to Cambridge Escape Rooms and Escape Room Centre, Blackpool.
    • Egyptian from TRAP is available at both the Escape Room Centre, Blackpool and Lockhouse, Cambridge
  • NERD games
    • Helter Skelter is about to open in both Escape 60 in Kent and Incognito Escape Room in Dublin
    • The Baker Street Mystery is located in both Xscape Now in Telford and Lakes Escape in Workington
  • Mazebase games
    • Secret Agent can be played at No Exit in Bolton and Puzzlair in Bristol
    • The Poltergeist Room is available at No Exit in Bolton and Puzzlair in Bristol
    • The Tomb exists at both No Exit in Bolton and at Escape Rooms Cardiff
    • Finding Sherlock has made its ways to three venues: No Exit in Bolton, Escape Rooms Cardiff and Inside Out Escape in London
    • Lev Pasted is present on both sides of the country at Puzzlair in Bristol and Cryptic Escape in Norwich
    • John Monroe’s Detective Office is at Hint Hunt in London and was previously in Manchester’s Breakout
  • Others
    • ENIGMA at the Panic Room Harlow was previously at the Great Escape in Milton Keynes

Rooms repeated outside the UK/Ireland

As more of the enthusiast community head abroad, it becomes increasingly likely that you’ll find yourself in a room that is unique to the UK but you might encounter/have encountered elsewhere. Many of the rooms in the previously category also fit here – any Escape, The Escape Room, NERD design, TRAP or Mazebase rooms are likely to appear abroad, as well as any international company (e.g. Omescape and iLocked) but some less obvious occurrences:

  • No Exit Bolton’s games are all Mazebase designs
  • Most of Puzzlair’s games in Bristol are Mazebase
  • The Virus game in Manchester is based on a Mazebase design
  • Escape Rooms Cardiff’s games are all Mazebase designs
  • All of the Cambridge venue Lockhouse’s games are TRAP designs
  • All of Blackpool’s Escape Room Centre’s games are TRAP designs
  • KLB Escape room in Andover uses a NERD design for their game
  • Escape 60, with various locations opening in Kent, has bought in NERD designs for their games
  • Lakes Escape games are NERD designs
  • Cliffhanger Rooms in Cumbria have a couple of NERD games although their most recent game was designed in house.
  • Breakin Escapes in London are part of the Romanian company Breakout (name changed in the UK for obvious reasons) who sell their games to a variety of locations.
  • Escape Game Over in Derby offer games from the GAME OVER parent brand – but be aware that these game are sometimes sold without the GAME OVER brand.
  • Locked In North Wales bought their games in from Escape Room Franchise (aka Buy Escape Games)

Full list of duplicate games in UK/Ireland

If you want the full list of games available at multiple sites (including companies with venues in multiple cities) then read on:

  • Lock & Key (2 locations – 1 open): Breakout Games Aberdeen, Breakout Games Inverness
  • Black and White (2 locations – 1 open): Breakout Games Aberdeen, Breakout Games Inverness
  • Frankenstein (2 locations – 1 open): Breakout Games Aberdeen, Breakout Games InvernessPrison Break (4 locations – 4 open): The Escape Room Barrow, The Escape Room Manchester, The Escape Room Stoke, The Escape Room Preston
  • Room 13 (2 locations – 2 open): The Escape Room Barrow, The Escape Room Manchester
  • Major Plott’s Revenge (3 locations – 1 open): Escape Rooms Belfast, Escape Rooms Derry, Escape Hour
  • Dr Wilson’s Office (2 locations – 2 open): Escape Live Birmingham, Escape Live Essex
  • Room 13 (2 locations – 2 open): Escape Live Birmingham, Escape Live Essex
  • Bunker 38 (7 locations – 7 open): Clue HQ Birmingham, Clue HQ Brentwood, Clue HQ Glasgow, Clue HQ Leicester, Clue HQ Sunderland, Clue HQ Swindon, Clue HQ Warrington
  • Cell Block C (4 locations – 4 open): Clue HQ Birmingham, Clue HQ Glasgow, Clue HQ Leicester, Clue HQ Manchester
  • AI9 (2 locations – 2 open): Clue HQ Birmingham, Clue HQ Leicester
  • Detonation (4 locations – 4 open): Clue HQ Blackpool, Clue HQ Brentwood, Clue HQ Coventry, Clue HQ Manchester
  • Quarantined (2 locations – 2 open): Clue HQ Blackpool, Clue HQ Leicester
  • Taken (7 locations – 5 open): Escape Blackpool, Escapism Chester, Escape Edinburgh, Escape Hull, Escape Newcastle, Escape Stoke, Escape Peterborough
  • Da Vinci (8 locations – 7 open): Escape Blackpool, Escape Doncaster, Escape Edinburgh, Escape London, Escape Newcastle, Escape Stoke, Escape Clonakilty, Escape Dublin
  • Contagion (4 locations – 4 open): Escape Blackpool, Escape Haymarket, Escape Glasgow, Escape Hull
  • Egyptian (2 locations – 1 open): Escape Room Centre, Lock House
  • Secret of the Tomb (2 locations – 2 open): Escape Room Centre, Cambridge Escape Rooms
  • Secret Agent (2 locations – 2 open): No Exit, Puzzlair – Barton Rd
  • The Poltergeist Room (2 locations – 2 open): No Exit, Puzzlair – Barton Rd
  • The Tomb (2 locations – 2 open): No Exit, Escape Rooms Cardiff
  • Finding Sherlock (3 locations – 3 open): No Exit, Escape Rooms Cardiff, Inside Out Escape
  • Dungeon of Doom (3 locations – 3 open): Clue HQ Brentwood, Clue HQ Coventry, Clue HQ Warrington
  • Lady Chastity’s Reserve (3 locations – 3 open): Handmade Mysteries Brighton, Handmade Mysteries – South, Handmade Mysteries – East
  • John Monroe (3 locations – 2 open): Puzzlair – Midland Rd, HintHunt, Breakout Manchester – High St
  • Lev Pasted (2 locations – 2 open): Puzzlair – Midland Rd, Cryptic Escape
  • Timelock (2 locations – 2 open): Locked in a Room Bristol, Locked in a Room London
  • Invisibility Gene (2 locations – 2 open): Locked in a Room Bristol, Locked in a Room London
  • Classified (3 locations – 2 open): Breakout Cardiff, Breakout Liverpool, Breakout Manchester – Great Northern
  • Sabotage (3 locations – 3 open): Breakout Cardiff, Breakout Liverpool, Breakout Manchester – Town Hall
  • Cursed Carnival (3 locations – 3 open): Breakout Cardiff, Breakout Chester, Breakout Liverpool
  • Disturbed (2 locations – 2 open): Breakout Cardiff, Breakout Chester
  • Jungala (5 locations – 4 open): Escape Reality Cardiff, Escape Reality Coventry, Escape Reality Glasgow, Escape Reality Leeds, Escape Reality Leicester
  • Enigmista (3 locations – 3 open): Escape Reality Cardiff, Escape Reality Glasgow, Escape Reality Leicester
  • Alcatraz (5 locations – 4 open): Escape Reality Cardiff, Escape Reality Coventry, Escape Reality Glasgow, Escape Reality Leeds, Escape Reality Leicester
  • Misery (2 locations – 2 open): Escape Reality Cardiff, Escape Reality Glasgow
  • The Heist (2 locations – 1 open): Escape Reality Cardiff, Escape Reality Coventry
  • Area 51 (5 locations – 5 open): Escapism Chester, Escape Doncaster, Escape Haymarket, Escape London, Escape Stoke
  • Espionage (3 locations – 3 open): Escapism Chester, Escape Livingston, Escape Dublin
  • Vacancy (2 locations – 2 open): Breakout Chester, Breakout Manchester – High St
  • Most Wanted (2 locations – 2 open): Breakout Chester, Breakout Manchester – High St
  • Identify (2 locations – 2 open): Breakout Chester, Breakout Manchester – High St
  • Sacrifice (2 locations – 2 open): Clue HQ Coventry, Clue HQ Warrington
  • Murder in Whitechapel (2 locations – 1 open): Escape Reality Coventry, Escape Reality Glasgow
  • The Diamond Heist (2 locations – 1 open): Escape Rooms Derry, Escape Hour
  • Escape Casino (3 locations – 3 open): Escape Haymarket, Escape Hull, Escape London
  • Helter Skelter (2 locations – 1 open): Escape 60, Incognito Escape Room
  • EMCU Trials (3 locations – 2 open): Escape Glasgow, Escape Hull, Escape Stoke
  • Blueprint (3 locations – 3 open): Tick Tock Unlock Glasgow, Tick Tock Unlock Leeds, Tick Tock Unlock Liverpool
  • The Hatch (3 locations – 3 open): Tick Tock Unlock Glasgow, Tick Tock Unlock Leeds, Tick Tock Unlock Manchester
  • The Panic Room (3 locations – 2 open): The Panic Room Gravesend 1, The Panic Room Gravesend 2, The Panic Room Harlow
  • The Witch House (2 locations – 1 open): The Panic Room Gravesend 1, The Panic Room Harlow
  • ENIGMA (2 locations – 1 open): The Panic Room Harlow, A Great Escape
  • 221B Baker Street (2 locations – 2 open): Escape Hull, Escape Peterborough
  • Outbreak (2 locations – 1 open): Secrets Beneath Jersey, Secrets Beneath Portsmouth
  • The Betrayal of Cluetankhamun (3 locations – 2 open): Clue HQ Leicester, Clue HQ Swindon, Clue HQ Warrington
  • The Vault (3 locations – 3 open): Clue HQ Leicester, Clue HQ Sunderland, Clue HQ Warrington
  • Teleporter (2 locations – 2 open): Clue HQ Leicester, Clue HQ Warrington
  • The Crystal Maze (2 locations – 1 open): The Crystal Maze, The Crystal Maze Manchester
  • The Mummy (2 locations – 2 open): The Escape Room Manchester, The Escape Room Preston
  • Spy Mission: Knight Order (2 locations – 2 open): The Escape Room Stoke, The Escape Room Preston
  • Da Vinci (2 locations – 2 open): WeEscape, WeEscape Dublin
  • Taken (2 locations – 2 open): WeEscape, WeEscape Dublin

Escape Room Rumours – 15 May 2017

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Welcome to your weekly escape room rumour round up… Apologies for the gap last week – I was in Amsterdam last week at the Up the Game conference. The good news is that I didn’t stop collecting information, so it’s a bumper article this time round.

This site is always on the look out for new games 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

Another busy week!

  • International
    • Last week saw the second edition of Up the Game in the Netherlands, the international escape room conference. The UK was well represented with Stephanie Allen from Punch Drunk, Amy Strike and Gwyn Morfey from Fire Hazard, Nick Moran from Time Run, Sera Dodd from S² and the enthusiast Facebook group and Ken Ferguson (me!) from exitgames.co.uk/thelogicescapesme.com not to mention a bunch of attendees from the UK.
  • National
    • It’s not quite the reality TV fame that this site predicted back in January but Arsenal got in on the escape room act with a players vs ex-players challenge. Welbeck, Cech and Mertesacker took on Keown and Parlour. You’ll have to watch the video to find out who won but I can tell you that the game was put together by the mobile escape room company, Escape Game Events.
    • Another exciting news update – SCRAP Zelda is coming to London. For those who aren’t in the know, SCRAP was the first escape room company when it hit the ground in Japan back in 2007. Zelda is obviously the famous Nintendo video game series. Marry them up and you have something that really helps bring the industry in front of a new group of people. Be warned, though, this is a “ballroom game” with multiple teams competing simultaneously in a single room.
    • Escape Hunt have already announced that they’ll be opening a host of escape rooms across the country following their flotation on AIM. Well, the first of those appears to have been announced in Birmingham with this article in the local paper.
    • If you’ve herd of Camp Wildfire then you’ll know it brings a wide range of activities together for a weekend festival. Whether you want to try ice cream making, shooting, dodgeball, making nipple tassles or, and the reason for this site’s interest, escape rooms, they’ve got you covered.
  • East of England
  • Wales
    • The Escape Rooms Newport is opening its doors following a successful Kickstarter campaign with Torture Corp their first game
  • South West England
  • West Midlands
    • The latest Clue HQ game, Captain Riddle’s Forgotten Fortune, is opening at Clue HQ Birmingham
  • London
    • See the International and National sections for coverage of some London news.
    • Clue Trace opened their second game, Mission Critical
    • If you’re following this site’s predictions you might be excited to hear that another escape room kickstarter has launched. It’s still early days but it doesn’t look likely to make its target.
  • South East England
    • See the National section for coverage of Camp Wildfire.
    • The Macguffin Project opened their first game, The MacGuffin, last week and alongside that got a mention in the local paper
    • First mention of a new company in Ramsgate: Real Life Games are set to launch their game, Extinction, in June.
    • Another new game, Locked In, looks to be opening in Folkestone. No exact address yet but they do have a couple of games mentioned on their website.
    • Trapped Down South had only just opened in the Blue Water but things obviously didn’t go well (or possibly didn’t go at all) and they’ve already closed down after only a couple of weeks.
    • Escape 60 opened their first two games, Zombie Uprising and Helter Skelter
    • Alien Abduction and Cabin in the Woods open this week at the new Milton Keynes venue, Escaper MK
  • North West England
    • Workington based game, Lakes Escape, got a piece in their local Cumbrian paper.
    • Forsaken is opening at Breakout Manchester – High St. That makes it their twelfth different scenario in the city.
    • The Haunted Pirate Ship is opening at Cliffhanger Rooms bringing their total to three games
  • Yorkshire and the Humber
  • East Midlands
  • West Midlands
    • See the National section for coverage of Escape Hunt

That’s all I’m aware of. If any of the above is incorrect or if you’re aware of other news, 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 – 1 May 2017

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Welcome to your weekly escape room rumour round up… This site is always on the look out for new games 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

Another busy week!

  • National
    • If you’ve been reading carefully for a while you’ll have seen references to the Dorcaster Group and Escape Hunt – well this week the FT published an article covering their plans to float on the London Stock Exchange – the first escape room company to do so.
  • Yorkshire and the Humber
    • First mention of a new escape room coming to York. The Escapologist appears to be a combined escape room, bar and kitchen with steampunk vibes – now that’s a project and a half!
    • And another new company making its way to the area – The Escape Room Emporium is looking to open in Halifax and they’re apparently in the process of sorting out their logo.
    • Tick Tock Unlock Leeds are expanding with two new games: The Asylum and The Forgotten Tomb. They’ll also be adding some VR escape rooms to their offering.
    • Leeds is obviously booming with Locked In Games‘ also expanding and bringing four new games opening this week: Kiss of Death, American Die-ner, Hotel Heist and The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe.
  • South West England
    • 11th Hour Escape Rooms opened their second game, Victoria’s Last Challenge which sees you trying to find a mischievous aunt’s inheritance.
  • Wales
  • East of England
    • Rustic Riddles are opening next month in Norfolk with an outdoor escape game where you have to hunt down a potion to ward off invading trolls.
  • South East England
    • Kent Live ran a story covering the seven escape rooms you need to play in Kent.
    • Sad news with the first closure for a while: Mystery Room UK are closing their doors this month and no new bookings are being accepted.
  • North East England
    • Project Escape are opening on campus in Teesside University with their first game entitled The Magician’s Illusion
  • West Midlands
    • If you’re interested in zombie experience escape room crossovers then there’s a new one opening in West Brom. Zombie Infection: The Courthouse involves escape room elements and takes teams of up to 16.
  • London
    • Escape from the Room, the enthusiast-operated venture in Sutton have released their second game, Cabin in the Woods. They’re running two different options with the basic 60 minute game but also a longer 90 minute version.
    • City Mazes London are set to launch in Shoreditch with their first game, Professor’s Predicament. Four more rooms are due to follow over the summer with a total of four distinct games.
    • Escape This Room also launched in Shoreditch with their first game entitled the Bank Heist
  • North West England
    • Lakes Escape opened in Workington (up in Cumbria if you don’t know the town) with two games: Baker Street and Quest for the Throne
    • Escape and Conquer are a new blogging team operating in the North West and down to Birmingham. If you went to the Edinburgh unconference, you might even have met them.
    • More evidence of escape rooms hitting the curriculum with another school escape room.

That’s all I’m aware of. If any of the above is incorrect or if you’re aware of other news, 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 – 24 April 2017

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Welcome to your weekly escape room rumour round up… This site is always on the look out for new games 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

The start of May and a trawl through all the existing escape room venue websites means there are plenty of updates this time round:

  • East Midlands
    • Break Escape have opened their second game, Boiling Point
    • Cryptology have opened their third game, Agents of Danger. This one’s a little different from most escape rooms in that you join your GM on a mission, are taken outdoors and end up in the caves beneath the city.
  • West Midlands
    • Escape Reality have announced plans for a fifth venue in the UK, adding Coventry to their existing Glasgow, Cardiff, Leicester and Leeds locations.
  • Scotland
  • South West England
    • Cornwall’s Great Escape Rooms have opened a new game, The Cold Case of the 1920s
    • Eureka Escape are opening their third game Murder on the Night Riviera
    • Clue HQ Swindon have opened with their first game being the standard Clue HQ offering of Bunker 38. The Betrayal of Cluetankhamun is due to follow soon.
    • Escape Dungeons are closing their temporary Easter game, Save The World
  • South East England
    • Great to see another school getting in on the escape room act using Breakout EDU’s kit.
    • Since the closure of A Great Escape, Milton Keynes has seemed like an obvious choice for a new escape room. That gap looks set to close next month with the arrival of Escaper MK, a new venue being set up in the city.
    • Secrets Beneath have long since been established in Jersey but they’re hopping over the sea to Portsmouth for a new version of their Outbreak game.
    • Those of you with long memories may remember the Trapped Up North venue in Manchester which closed down a couple of years ago. Well, the franchise is still going strong in the horror industry and they’re reopening two of their games in the Bluewater shopping centre under the name Trapped Down South. Jigsaw and Cabin Fever both open this week.
    • The Puzzle Room have a reputation for opening up games in existing sites, making use of local history – previous examples include Cromwell’s House and Suffolk Food Hall. This time round they’ve developed Codebreakers 1954 at the East Anglia Railway Museum.
    • Random-Rooms has been open on the Isle of Wight for quite a while so it may be surprising that it’s their fourth game that they’ve chosen to call “the Random Room”. They’ve eschewed story and theme in this game and gone straight for the simplest option – you’re trapped in a room, escape!
  • London
    • Lover’s of Lady Chastity will be delighted to know that Handmade Mysteries are finally opening a second game. After a long gestation period, Poppa Plock with pop out in Islington this week at a new venue, the Depot – clearly they’re sticking with their tried and test “room in a pub” approach.
    • Modern Fables are running a competition via Play Exit Games to win a game for up to five people at their new escape room.
  • Yorkshire and the Humber
    • Looks like there’s a project on at York University to create an escape room as part of a museum exhibition.
    • Enigma Rooms have branches in Sheffield and Doncaster already but apparently that’s not enough because they’ve chosen to open up a third location in Retford. For those of you whose geography knowledge of that area isn’t great, it’s pretty much due east of Sheffield.  You can’t be blamed if you don’t recognise Retford, though, as it’s only got a population of around 20,000. No details yet of the opening date.
    • Project Breakout is opening in Brighouse, West Yorkshire with their first game called The Antidote. Two more to follow – watch this space.
    • At their Doncaster venue, Enigma Rooms is opening a new game entitled the Heist.
  • Wales
    • It happened a while back but this site failed to notice – City Mazes Cardiff opened a new game, Pirates of the Bay
    • Zombie is opening at Zin Zan Escapes is opening in Cwmbram, just north of Newport. It’s a three game site with Zombie, the Imaginarium and Alpha & Omega making up their lineup.

That’s all I’m aware of. If any of the above is incorrect or if you’re aware of other news, 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 – 17 April 2017

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Welcome to your weekly escape room rumour round up… This site is always on the look out for new games 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

After last week’s bumper edition, just a few items to share this time round:

  • National
  • East Midlands
    • Escape Game Over opened their doors at the end of March bringing Escape from Jigsaw, Mission Impossible, Jack the Ripper and Forbidden Temple of Montezuma to the people of Derby.
  • North East England
    • Enigma Mobile is a new mobile escape room company that’s been working with Escape to produce a mobile gaming experience, Enigma, combining physical and mental challenges.
  • London
    • Escape Rooms Angel, the North London branch of the long-standing London Bridge outfit, open their doors this week with two games: The Dark Side of the Moon and Project DIVA
    • First inkling of a new venue in London – Escape This Room seems to be launching somewhere near Old Street. One game mentioned on their website but most is
  • Yorkshire and the Humber
    • This week’s prize for creating a truly original and punny name goes to Stuck in the Riddle who’ll be opening with three games in Huddersfield: The Cabin, Murder Mystery and The Dungeon
  • Northern Ireland (big thanks to Jackie from Exit Games Scotland for all the info here!)
    • Judging by the website, Escape Hour of Edinburgh and Belfast are expanding to Derry. No details yet on Escape Rooms Derry but the website suggests it will be opening in March so I’d assume it can’t be long before you can start booking.
    • Love Coffee is, unsurprisingly, a coffee shop, located just south west of Belfast in the town of Lurgan. They’ve opened their (unnamed) escape room which is bookable on Tuesdays.
    • It looks like Coleraine, up on the north coast, will be getting an escape room in the not too distant future. No website yet but Elementary Escape Rooms has appeared on Facebook.
  • Wales
    • Zin Zan Escapes is a new escape venue in the town of Cwmbran. If you’re not familiar with Welsh geography, that’s just north of Newport.

That’s all I’m aware of. If any of the above is incorrect or if you’re aware of other news, 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 – 10 April 2017

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Welcome to your weekly escape room rumour round up… This site is always on the look out for new games 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

After last week’s bumper edition, just a few items to share this time round:

  • West Midlands
  • East England
    • A new venue is set to open at East Anglia Railway Museum at the end of this month. Codebreakers 1954 comes from the brains behind the games at Oliver Cromwell’s House and the Suffolk Food Hall.
  • Scotland
    • Not really new news but they were forgotten in last week’s bumper update (sorry!): Escape Rooms Scotland Stirling opened in late March with two games: Velocity and Castle Alba.
  • South West England
    • First mention for Devon Escape, a new venue opening in Newton Abbott, just a short distance from Torquay. No further details on opening times or games at the moment.
  • South East England
    • Trapped Down South is a new escape venue from the House of the Dead company. You may recognise them from a couple of years ago when they were active in Manchester and provided the source material for possibly the most famous UK escape room review ever. You’ll be pleased to hear they’re bringing back the same three games that were available up north.
    • The Isle of Wight already has one escape room venue but apparently that’s not enough with Park of the Dead joining in on the fun. Two games on offer here: Z-Lab and “Game B” with the latter taking place in the same space but with different codes and puzzles.
    • It’s not clear where it’s based exactly, but Popup Escape have a pin in Canterbury on their map so for now they’re being treated as located in SE England. Not very much on their website other than a suggestion that they’ve got an inflatable cube for a venue.
  • North West England
    • A new Crystal Maze/escape room crossover, Crack the Maze, has been announced for Bolton. Current plans are to have a traditional escape room experience as well as a Crystal Labyrinth Experience which will see players take on Skill, Physical and Mental challenges to gain time in a crystal dome.
    • Cumbria has just a couple of escape rooms but that’s set to change with Lakes Escape due to open in the not too distant future. Two games are on the card, The Baker Street Experience and Quest for the Throne.
    • Mission Exit have just started beta testing of their first game, Paper Chase.
  • Wales
    • They’re already open in Swansea with plans afoot for Reading but in the next couple of months, expect to see The Escape Game Carmarthen open its doors, with a Motel-themed game.

That’s all I’m aware of. If any of the above is incorrect or if you’re aware of other news, 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 – 3 April 2017

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Apologies for the silence over the last couple of months. Things got a bit busy but I’m starting to to catch up now. It turns out that during the time, the exit game industry didn’t stop, so this is a massive update – over 50 different items!

As ever, this site is on the look out for new games 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

  • East Midlands
    • Escapologic opened their 7th game at the Nottingham site – Heistakes – which, according to their website, contains an actual bank vault!
    • Clue HQ Leicester opened two games The Vault and Teleporter
    • Room Escapes is aiming to open up physical and VR based escape rooms.
  • West Midlands
    • Immersive Events, based in Shrewsbury have been running ad hoc escape type events for a while but have just launched their first regularly scheduled escape games.
    • Escape Time opened in Sutton Coldfield with two games The Bank Heist and Sam’s Saloon Bar
    • … and their local paper came along to check them out.
    • Mapcar Exit Coventry opened The Mad Scientist
    • Escape Stoke opened Area 51
    • Old news but it looks like Birmingham University are getting in on the escape room act with a mini-escape room to kickstart their students’ year.
  • South East England
    • ctrl-alt-esc have launched their website for a new Margate game.
    • Escape 60 launched a website suggesting a new game is coming to Folkestone. They’re not planning on stopping there though with plans for expansion across the whole of Kent, including Ashford.
    • Canterbury may already have two venues but it’s getting another one with the historic Escape in the Towers opening last month with their Crime and Punishment Lab game.
    • Ashford is obviously a prime target for an escape room because the Pressure Point Escape Rooms website also launched indicating that they’ll be opening in the town before long.
    • Escape Game Brighton moved venues within the two, closing down Murder at Brighton Pier and Laboratory of a Madman and opening up sequels to each of those games. There was also suggestion that the new venue has room for a couple more games. Watch this space!
    • The Panic Room Gravesend 1 closed The Lab – Experiment 626 and opened Million Dollar Date Night and Old Father Time. Plenty of expansion going on in their brand so keep your eyes peeled for even more games in the future.
    • Escape Hub opened in Maidstone with Agents Undetected and, last week, The Laughing Lair joining the fold.
    • Breaking the Law is opening this week at Exciting Escapes in Southampton.
    • The Escape Game have announced their intention to open in Reading.
  • Scotland
    • Tick Tock Escape Games opened their doors in Aberdeen with three games – Zombie, Ghost and Gangster
    • The Locked Door also opened in Aberdeen with the game The Heist
    • Escape Rooms Scotland opened their fourth venue in Stirling with two brand new games Velocity and Castle Alba
    • Abertay University’s Digital Graduate Show has mention of an escape room as part of their celebrations.
  • South West England
    • Co-decode is a new venue opening in Swindon. Date to be confirmed but they’re aiming to open in May or June.
    • And in the same town the Clue HQ franchise are opening another location with Bunker 38 and Cluetankhamun in their initial offering – currently planned for April.
    • Eden Escape closed Alien Rescue after a short run.
    • Mission Escape in Exeter closed Sensory Objective and replaced it with a jungle themed Maioc Crisis
    • Escape Rooms Plymouth opened Rescue Cid and HMP Clink
  • North East England
    • The Strategy opened up in Sunderland in early February with a single game, the Vault, and further games in the pipeline.
    • Never Give Up opened King Tut’s Tomb in Newcastle – a particularly interesting game because it appears to be part escape room, part Crystal Maze experience.
    • Cluedini, a kickstarter-backed escape room, opened their first game, Blitz.
  • Other
    • Holiday Lettings put out a top 15 UK escape games list. While most enthusiasts will disagree with some entries on that list, it’s notable in that they’ve included at least one relatively obscure venue that is much-loved by enthusiasts.
    • Breakout Education is a company that specialises in educational escape rooms with a specific focus on Maths.
    • One of the students at Leeds Trinity University, with help from Liz Cable, did some investigation on accessibility in connection with escape rooms.
    • Escapement launched their website and look to be opening in Margate.
  • London
    • Handmade Mysteries are opening a venue in Islington for their new game Poppa Plock
    • Breakout Rooms have a very placeholderish website but the address seems to suggest a game will be opening in Watford.
    • Inside Out Escape opened CSI London, their second game
    • Modern Fables opened up in South Bermondsey with their self-made game, The Escapist
    • Adventox opened up with two copies of two rooms. Alcatraz: No Way Out is a prison break game while Mission X sees you up against terrorists to defend the Capital.
    • Escapemobile closed Houdini’s Last Trick at the end of the Vault Festival – expect this game to be going on tour around the country.
  • Yorkshire and the Humber
    • Facility 43 is a zombie experience with escape game overtones – time will tell whether it’s enough escape room to be added to this site’s directory.
    • Liberty Escapes are running an ambitious crowdfunding campaign for a new venue in Harrogate.
    • Tick Tock Unlock are opening up a VR escape experience as well as releasing two new games.
    • Escape Hull opened three new games: EMCU Trials, Escape Casino and a locally-inspired game, The Darker Side of Hull
    • Look Key Escape opened Escape from Wonderland
    • ParaPark, the original European escape room, opened last month with 9th Gateway – one of their original games in Budapest.
    • Escape Reality Leeds opened in Leeds with Jungala, Alcatraz, Nosferatu, The Iron Kingdom, Down the Rabbit Hole, Machina, Apocalypse
  • North West England
  • Wales
    • Tenby’s Great Escape‘s website launched with a plan to open in the Summer.
    • The Escape Game have announced their intention to open in Camarthen
    • There are very vague early plans for an escape room in Caernarfon as part of a Porth Mawr redevelopment. Yes, that’s a link to a google search to a document that has a passing reference to it… I said it was vague and early.
  • East of England

That’s all I’m aware of. If any of the above is incorrect or if you’re aware of other news, 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 – 6 February 2017

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Welcome to February and another rumour round up… This site is always on the look out for new games 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 slightly quieter week this time with just a few updates:

  • General
    • Interesting blog post about a group of students who designed an escape room game as part of their studies. The designers have promised they’ll write up a full spoiler-laden post at some point so expect to see it here at some point.
    • One of the team behind the Eden Escape project was interviewed on BBC Cornwall Radio. Yes, that’s South West England, but there are references to Time Run and the Crystal Maze, so perhaps of wider interest.
    • Aftermath: the Game seems to be an escape room style experience that comes to your home or office. The website has only just come online so I can’t give you any more details.
  • West Midlands
    • Immersive Events, a Shrewsbury-based company, have a long history of putting on prison related games. After a mass escape game last year, it looks like they’re now turning their eyes to smaller scale and regular escape rooms. With the games being based in an actual prison, and given the company name, you’ve got to think that Cell Escape is going to be heavy on the realism!
  • Scotland
  • Yorkshire and the Humber
  • North West England

That’s all I’m aware of. If any of the above is incorrect or if you’re aware of other news, 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!

Locked up in London

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It’s been a while since this site turned its eyes towards the capital and in that time a bunch of rooms have appeared on the scene. Whether you’re north or south of the Thames, in the centre or the suburbs, prefer small venues or huge ones, we’ve got you covered. Read on to find about games in Camden, Romford, Bromley, Waterloo, Mile End and Highbury.

1) Inside Out Escape opened up in late September of last year and after a quiet start they exploded with an attractive Groupon offer that makes it almost impossible to book rooms in the short term.  For now, they’ve just got a single room which appear to be one of the Mazebase.hu games.  Whether you see that as a positive, with its tried and tested game, or a negative with its corporate polish spreading across the globe, is a matter of taste. The game itself costs £65 to £147 based on numbers which can range from 2-6 players.

The mystery is set around the disappearance of Sherlock Holmes. Dr. Watson and his team get a letter from Holmes himself who left many clues and riddles inside the room that will lead the players to locate Sherlock, who has been kidnapped by his master villain, Dr. Moriarty. Only the sharpest minded players can solve the twisted puzzles of the famous detective.
At the end of the game the players can reveal the hideout of Dr. Moriarty, where he keeps Sherlock kidnapped.

Note that this game also appears to be present in Escape Rooms Cardiff and Bolton’s No Exit!

2) Escapemobile are running a semi-temporary game at the Vault Festival for the next three months. Houdini’s Last Trick admits up to four players for £9 each.

The game sets audiences the task of escaping from a challenge designed by the Great Houdini himself. They must escape handcuffs, chains and straitjackets by solving a variety of magic and illusion themed puzzles; from finding a secret message hidden in playing cards to cracking the combination to a locked trunk.

3) Operation Escape opened up down in Bromley in mid-October with a single escape room, the Ops Room. Based around a World War II theme, the game can handle 2-6 players and costs £45-95 depending on numbers.

The story behind the game is told in the form of a telegram: TO BIGGIN HILL RAF SQUADRON DECODERS. URGENT. IMMINENT AIR ATTACK. ENTER AIR CONTROL OPS ROOM. WARNING. ROOM LOCKS ON ENTRY. YOU HAVE 60 MINUTES TO DECIPHER ENEMY CODE AND STOP ATTACK.

4) Breakin’ Escape is probably the most exciting entrant to the escape scene in London since, well, ever. Six new rooms imported from the Romanian company Breakout (no prizes for guessing why there’s been a name change for this franchise). The Romanian games are all themed around films but changes weren’t limited to the company name and the individual room names have also been modified to prevent any risk of infringement. All games take 3-6 players and cost £17-22 per person depending on numbers and day.

In Blackwing’s Cave, Knightsbane city is under attack. Dr. Drakker, the evil genius has escaped from prison and has sworn vengeance on his nemesis, the city’s hero, Blackwing. He has released all of the other prisoners from Alistair Penitentiary and has tracked down the location of Blackwing’s secret cave. Using his engineering skills he has set numerous traps for the hero by planting various devices in his cave only to be entertained by his torment. The fallen hero of Knightsbane city must now face his greatest challenge yet by defeating Dr. Drakker once more and bringing him to justice. As Blackwing’s sidekicks you will need to help him throughout all the mad puzzles prepared by his arch nemesis and escape the cave before the time runs out!

In Sherlock’s Despair it’s 21 October 1891 and you’re in London. Newspapers announce the death of one of the greatest detectives that has ever lived… Sherlock was working for the past months on the most important case in his career. He had become isolated and he had lost touch with the outside world. He was last seen on a dark alley in Westminster…the next day, a body was brought in to the King’s Hill Hospital morgue matching his description. It is your duty now, as Sherlock’s faithful assistant, to go into his office and unravel the mystery surrounding his death by solving his last case, but be careful, the one behind Sherlock’s murder may now be after you…

Over in the Flying Dutchman, from the depths of the sea a ship rises with a skeletal figure spearheading its bow, striking fear into the hearts of the bravest of sailors. The dreaded ship, The Flying Dutchman makes sail once again, led by its fierce captain. Davy Jones once was a man, but he was cursed by the woman he loved to roam the seas and ferry the souls of the damned to the other side for eternity. A most precious artifact has been stolen from his ship, and now he wants it back. You were one of the pirates that stole from Jones’ locker, but you were left behind when the Dutchman’s crew discovered you. Now you must find your way within the ship and manage to escape before the time runs out and you become part of Davy Jones’ undead crew… forever!

In War on Horizon Alpha, with the expansion of the human race on other planets, an oppressive regime has risen to power and instated a dictatorship on the Colonial Republic, the dreaded Alpha One faction. You and your team are part of a rebel alliance trying to overthrow the regime and reinstate democracy. A massive assault will take place on the Horizon Alpha space station, serving as the Alpha One headquarters, which aims to destroy it, thus sparking a revolution on all planets. Your mission is to infiltrate the station and deactivate the shields in time so that the assault may be successful. Without the shields down, the entire offensive will become a suicide mission. Good luck, you are the galaxy’s only hope!

Meanwhile in Butcher’s Lair, Dr. Vladimir Knifesblade, your friendly university professor seemed like a really nice person. You and your friends always enjoyed his lectures on human anatomy so when he invited you all to his house for a dinner party you never hesitated and accepted the invitation. Once you arrived at his house, though, the door was open so you went it. Nobody seemed to be home so you went down into the basement hearing some weird noises… The door slammed shut behind you and there was no way to move but forward…into the Doctor’s secret laboratory, where it looks like your group might be on the menu…

Finally, in Heist Plan: The Garage, you are part of a gang of street racers planning a major heist in New York City. Your goal is to hit the 5 major banks in Manhattan in one night, under the cover of an illegal street race where you will be participating with two of your tuned up cars. Everything was set for tonight but all your plans went haywire when one of your rival gangs broke into your garage, stole one of your cars and wrecked the other one. Now you have only one hour to fix the engine of your broken car, find the car park where they have taken you second car and steal it back and then make it in time to the race and finish the job. Do you think your crew has what it takes?

5) Clue Adventures welcomed their first customers in mid-October to play the Book of Secrets. It’s an interesting company in that the man behind it is a magician and the game itself is themed around magic. 2-6 players can play for a cost of between £56 and £144 depending on numbers.

In the story, on New Year’s Eve 1999 Master Magician Alistair Wilson literally disappeared never to be seen again. His former London flat is due to be demolished in one hour. Can you solve the mystery discover how and why he vanished and find his book?

6) Room Lockdown opened in late November with two games and more planned.

In Prison Break, you and your teammates are locked in a maximum security prison and are awaiting your execution. You were framed by a notorious serial killer and you are now facing charges for a murder you did not commit. There have been multiple attempts to escape from this maximum security prison but many people have failed and most inmates were either shot or recaptured while others disappeared without a trace, giving hope to inmates that there are ways to escape! The Warden and prison guards are holding an important meeting, you have sixty minutes to escape from the Prison and free yourself before they return.

The story behind the Curse of King Anum is as follows:  October 1906 a team of archaeologists start the excavation of King Anum deep within the pyramids of Egypt. In the process an evil curse is released and the whole team of archaeologists die! No one ever since has even got close to the cursed Tomb of King Anum Rumour has it that the archaeologists were in fact looking for a hidden treasure deep within the tomb – a red coloured stone believed to be the heart of King Anum It was believed to bring much wealth but once separated from King Anum, the curse is released, in a race against time your task is to make it out of the pyramid alive! The heart is in the chest of King Anum now a Mummy locked within the tomb

Possessed Doll has one of the longest intros I’ve ever seen, so I’ll give you but an excerpt. The story builds on a series of mysterious fires that took place in the same location, killing the occupants of the building.

According to the site, there’s also a zombie game on its way. Watch this space.


All that not enough? Well, sneak preview: expect Adventox, End Game and Modern Fables to join their ranks in the next month or two.