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!