This site enjoyed the April Fools’ Day fun from Clue HQ (suggesting their fourth game would be The Sinking Ship, both by name and by nature), from Escape Quest (now deleted, suggesting that you would have some thematic company when you play their new Amazon Escape game) and from Breakout Manchester (suggesting what happened to a cleaner locked in overnight at their Virus game). However, more than all of these, this site enjoyed a post which appeared to be made at 1:01am on April 1st from the Puzzle Break exit game of Seattle. The catch is that Facebook was helpfully translating the time from its original Pacific time zone to British Summer Time, and the original piece was posted late on 31st March in Seattle. No kidding going on.
The exciting news is that Puzzle Break have announced that “we are partnering with Royal Caribbean on our shipboard escape room experience: “Escape from the Future!” Available on Anthem of the Seas. Escape the room while escaping on the Mediterranean!“. A second post with more details suggests that the game will be installed on this brand new cruise liner, which will be the equal third largest in the world. With such a new and impressive ship, it seems only fitting that it will feature the world’s most up-to-date attractions. Marine Trader has more details of the observation capsule, the restaurants and the vast scale of the liner, and Cruise Critic has confirmation of not only the Puzzle Break room but also a huge art piece. It also has another article detailing other innovations, including a skydiving simulator, a circus school and bumper cars. If you’re going to have all of those, why wouldn’t you have an exit game on board as well?
So what do we know about the game? Back to Puzzle Break’s post: “Escape from the Future will be available on Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas. Anthem of the Seas will be based out of Southampton. ((…)) It will be cruising around the Mediterranean starting later this month! Escape from the Future shares some content with our original (no longer offered) Escape from Studio D. Escape from the Future will be FREE for cruisers.” As well as the Mediterranean cruises, the liner will be offering three-night mini-breaks from the end of the month, starting at around £430 per person. Once the Southampton season around the North Sea and the Mediterranean has finished, the liner will have a winter season from the East Coast of the US around the Caribbean. Immensely exciting and huge congratulations to Puzzle Break for striking the deal; fingers crossed that it’s a fruitful partnership that lasts for years and years.
In other news: the Kickstarter campaign from Enigma Escape has less than 48 hours to run. Excitingly, it’s over 95% funded, and looking promising. This will be the first UK exit game Kickstarter campaign to fund, so you can think in terms of backing as making an advance puchase of a ticket with an attractive opening discount. Also, there are only eleven team spaces remaining if you want to book for DASH 7 in London, so don’t hang around!