The League Table: end of April 2015

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This is the thirteenth 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 by now hopefully it can be part of the basis of a survey of growth over time.

The Census

Category Number in the UK Number in Ireland
Exit game locations known to have opened 57 5
Exit game locations known to be open 53 4
Exit game locations in various states of temporary closure 2 1
Exit game locations known to have closed permanently 2 0
Exit game locations showing convincing evidence of being under construction 6 0
Exit game locations showing unconvincing evidence of being under construction 5 0
Exit game projects abandoned before opening 2 0

The term opened should be understood to include “sold tickets”, even when it is unclear whether any of those tickets may have been redeemed for played games; the definition of location should be understood to include outdoor locations, pop-up/mobile locations and component parts of larger attractions that are played in the same way as conventional exit games.

This month’s count includes a location that opened in December but which this site did not find out about until a week or so ago, which is why the wording states “known to have opened”. There might be others open that haven’t made it onto this site’s radar, but hopefully not. There is at least one location where this site is unsure if it has opened or not – but as there is no obvious, conclusive social media push and there has been no response to e-mail, this site is erring on the side of “not open yet”. Two more sites are expected to open on May 1st and so have not been included in these figures but will be included in next month’s figures.

The Report Card

Site name Number of rooms The reviews
Site name Total number Different games Find reviews Quantity Quality
Adventure Rooms 1 1 TripAdvisor Few Brilliant reviews
Agent November 2 2 TripAdvisor Some Brilliant reviews
AK Escape Room 1 1 (TripAdvisor) No Early reviews
Bath Escape 2 2 TripAdvisor Some Brilliant reviews
Breakout Games Aberdeen 3 2 TripAdvisor Few Brilliant reviews
Breakout Liverpool 3 3 TripAdvisor Few Excellent reviews
Breakout Manchester 7 6 TripAdvisor Loads of Brilliant reviews
Can You Escape 1 1 TripAdvisor Some Brilliant reviews
Cipher 1 1 TripAdvisor No Early reviews
Clue Finders 2 1 TripAdvisor Some Brilliant reviews
Clue HQ Blackpool 1 1 TripAdvisor Some Brilliant reviews
Clue HQ Warrington 3 3 TripAdvisor Loads of Brilliant reviews
clueQuest 4 2 TripAdvisor Tonnes of Brilliant reviews
Crack The Code Sheffield 1 1 TripAdvisor Few Brilliant reviews
Cryptopia 1 1 TripAdvisor Few Brilliant reviews
Cyantist 1 1 TripAdvisor Few Brilliant reviews
ESCAP3D Belfast 1 1 TripAdvisor Many Excellent reviews
ESCAP3D Dublin 2 1 TripAdvisor Few Superior reviews
Escape Dublin 1 1 TripAdvisor No Early reviews
Escape Edinburgh 3 3 TripAdvisor Loads of Brilliant reviews
Escape Glasgow 3 2 TripAdvisor Many Brilliant reviews
Escape Hour 2 1 TripAdvisor Some Brilliant reviews
Escape Hunt 10 3 TripAdvisor Many Excellent reviews
Escape Land 1 1 TripAdvisor Many Brilliant reviews
Escape Live 2 2 TripAdvisor Some Brilliant reviews
Escape Newcastle 2 1 TripAdvisor Some Brilliant reviews
Escape Plan Live 4 4 (TripAdvisor) No Early reviews
Escape Quest 2 2 TripAdvisor Some Brilliant reviews
Escape Rooms 2 2 TripAdvisor Many Excellent reviews
Escape Rooms Plymouth 1 1 TripAdvisor Many Brilliant reviews
Ex(c)iting Game 2 2 TripAdvisor Some Excellent reviews
Exit Newcastle 1 1 TripAdvisor Few Brilliant reviews
Exit Strategy 1 1 TripAdvisor Few Brilliant reviews
gamEscape 1 1 TripAdvisor No Early reviews
GR8escape York 2 2 TripAdvisor Some Brilliant reviews
HintHunt 5 2 TripAdvisor Tonnes of Brilliant reviews
Jailbreak! 1 1 (TripAdvisor) No Specific reviews
Keyhunter 3 3 TripAdvisor Some Superior reviews
Lady Chastity’s Reserve 1 1 TripAdvisor Very few Early reviews
Lock’d 2 2 TripAdvisor Some Brilliant reviews
Locked In Games 2 2 TripAdvisor Many Brilliant reviews
LockIn Escape 3 3 TripAdvisor Some Brilliant reviews
Logiclock 1 1 TripAdvisor Some Brilliant reviews
Lost & Escape 2 2 TripAdvisor Few Brilliant reviews
Make A Break 1 1 TripAdvisor Some Excellent reviews
Mystery Cube 1 1 TripAdvisor Few Brilliant reviews
Mystery Squad 1 1 (TripAdvisor) No Early reviews
Puzzlair 2 2 TripAdvisor Many Brilliant reviews
Puzzle Room 1 1 (TripAdvisor) No Early reviews
Room Escape Adventures 1 1 TripAdvisor Very few Early reviews
Salisbury Escape Room 1 1 TripAdvisor Some Brilliant reviews
Secret Studio 1 1 TripAdvisor Few Brilliant reviews
The Escape Room Manchester 5 5 TripAdvisor Some Brilliant reviews
The Gr8 Escape 2 2 TripAdvisor Some Brilliant reviews
The Great Escape Game 2 2 TripAdvisor Some Brilliant reviews
The Live Escape 1 1 TripAdvisor Few Brilliant reviews
The Room 5 5 TripAdvisor Very few Early reviews
Tick Tock Unlock Glasgow 1 1 TripAdvisor Very few Early reviews
Tick Tock Unlock Leeds 1 1 TripAdvisor Loads of Brilliant reviews
Tick Tock Unlock Liverpool 2 1 TripAdvisor Some Brilliant reviews
Time Run 1 1 (TripAdvisor) No Early reviews
XIT 4 4 TripAdvisor Few Excellent reviews

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. However, you might be interested in the TripAdvisor’s “Fun and Games” rankings lists in (picking only cities with multiple exit games listed) Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Dublin, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Newcastle or Sheffield. If those aren’t enough for you, or if you’re interested in comparisons for exit games in cities where they’re the only one, this site also has a page with the details for every site.

You might also be interested in listings at Play Exit Games, a few of which contain ratings and from which rankings might be derived, or ranking lists from other bloggers (for instance, thinking bob‘s comparisons, the recently-updated QMSM room comparisons and Geek Girl Up North site comparions). If you have your own UK ranking list, please speak up and it shall be included in future months.

It’s not actually very difficult to estimate the number of people who play an exit game over the course of a month, though it does take a fair bit of work and there are limits as to how accurate it can be. This site uses data available to the public from sites’ booking systems, the number of rooms at each site, any data supplied by the site (either to the public or in private correspondence), and bears in mind trends in the numbers of Facebook likes, TripAdvisor reviews, photos posted and team sizes per site according to team photos. This site won’t necessarily take owners’ claims at face value, but there’s nothing to be gained from turning business away and saying you’re sold out when in fact you aren’t.

So with this in mind, this site makes its best estimate that the number of people who have played at least one exit game in the UK or Ireland, at any point in time up to the end of April 2015, is 200,000. (This estimate is quoted to the nearest 5,000, but the site would not like to claim more confidence than “between 75,000 and 550,000”.) As ever, if someone plays more than one game at the same site, this figure still only counts them once, and this number is only really meaningful in the context of this site’s previous estimates. The other usual caveat is that this figure may exclude data from locations about which this site is ignorant – and each of the last three months, this site has discovered a new location that it might have found in previous months.

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