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
- 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.
- Breakout Games Aberdeen have closed down Deadlock and opened up their latest room, Frankenstein.
- 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!
- 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.
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!