The League Table: end of October 2014

Graph on a computer screenIt’s not clear where the October data has gone on the above graph, but this site shows October the respect it deserves. This is the seventh instalment of an occasional feature to act as a status report on the exit games in the UK and Ireland. On its own it means little, but repeated sufficiently many times it could be the basis of a survey of growth over time.

The Census

Category Number in the UK Number in Ireland
Exit game sites known to have opened 25 2
Exit game sites known to be open 22 2
Exit game sites known to have closed temporarily
(but “temporary” has been over six months now)
1 0
Exit game sites apparently not taking bookings and listed as “for sale” in the UK/Ireland 1 0
Exit game sites known to have closed permanently 1 0
Exit game sites showing convincing evidence of being under construction 6 0
Exit game sites showing unconvincing evidence of being under construction 3 0
Exit game projects abandoned before opening 1 0

The term opened should be understood to include “sold tickets”, even if it is unclear whether any of those tickets may have been redeemed for played games, and the definition of site should be understood to include outdoor sites and component parts of larger attractions that are played in the same way as conventional exit games. The new “abandoned before opening” category refers to Puzzlescape of Manchester, which never got beyond a rudimentary web site at a domain which has now expired.

The Report Card

Site name Number of exit rooms Number of different games Number of TripAdvisor reviews Number of 5/5 TripAdvisor reviews Local TripAdvisor ranking
Agent November 1 1 12 11 112
Bath Escape 2 2 18 17 9
Breakout Manchester 4 4 138 125 1
Cipher 1 1
Clue HQ 2 2 172 163 1
clueQuest 4 2 762 716 1
Cryptopia 1 1 26 23 10
Cyantist 1 1
Escape Edinburgh 3 2 180 164 2
Escape Glasgow 2 1 30 30 1
Escape Hunt 10 3 25 24 30
Escape Land 1 1 64 52 46
Escape Rooms 2 2 62 50 40
ESCAP3D Belfast 1 1 105 83 14
ESCAP3D Dublin 1 1 7 4 178
Ex(c)iting Game 2 2 40 27 13
GR8escape York 1 1
HintHunt 5 2 1043 963 3
Jailbreak! 1 1
Keyhunter 3 3 51 30 9
Locked In Games 2 2
Make A Break 1 1 44 29 29
Puzzlair 2 2 76 73 1
The Gr8 Escape 2 2 24 21 4
Tick Tock Unlock 1 1 156 148 1
XIT 3 3 8 5 85

This needs to be taken with a heavy pinch of salt. This site supports all the exit games that exist and will not make claims that any particular one is superior to any other particular one. Please note that the TripAdvisor rankings represent a wide variety of locations and cannot be directly compared against each other. In fact, it’s probably pushing it even to compare the TripAdvisor rankings of two exit game sites in the same city.

It’s worth celebrating that six exit games have got to number one in their respective cities, which is hugely impressive. Some sites have moved up, others have moved down; if anything, reviewers are seeming to be more exacting in their reviews and requiring more to award a 5/5 than they were even a few months ago, so sites that can make the final push to the very top slot are especially praiseworthy.

This month, this site makes an estimate with its usual level of confidence that the number of people who have played at least one exit game in the UK or Ireland by the end of October is now 89,000. Does this seem low considering the ongoing, continued expansion? Well, if someone plays more than one game at the same site, this figure still only counts them once, though that site would surely count them several times. As usual, this number is only really meaningful in context of this site’s previous estimates, none of which have ever been particularly confident.

The figure also reflects the state of play at the end of October 31st, with regard to Escape of Newcastle which opened today, November 1st. While there were three site openings in the UK in October – or, should we say, three successful site openings and sadly one abortive one – two of them were so late in the month that their effect will only really be felt in November and onwards. Escape Quest of Macclesfield will open mid-month, too, perhaps one or two other long-running slow burners and maybe we’ll be delighted to be caught by surprise by something completely unexpected.

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