Escape Room Rumours – 28 August 2017

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Welcome to your weekly escape room rumour round-up packed full of new games, venues and media mentions.

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 quiet, things are obviously hotting up for the new school term, with plenty of new openings:

  • London
    • Time Run are looking to hire a Sales Manager.
    • Escape Plan, the Elephant & Castle-based company, are closing The Adventure Begins today. Their new adventure, Battle for Britain, opens in a couple of weeks.
    • World War II – the Spitfire is opening at Operation Escape.
  • South West England
    • Cheddar Gorge and Caves is the latest traditional attraction to add escape rooms to their offering. They’re running two games: Caved In, an hour long attraction; and The Vault, a thirty-minute experience. They were also visited this week by the local press.
  • East of England
    • Thinking Outside the Box close Stranded at the end of this week to make way for a new game – no mention as to what that theme will be yet.
    • The East Anglian itinerant game Puzzle Room is visiting Reedham in Norfolk.
  • South East England
    • Escape Colchester has been announced, with the first two games mentioned both existing in other Escape venues round the country – Witchcraft and Wizardry and 221B Baker Street.
    • Deadlocked Rooms has been announced in Reading. The name may be new, but the team behind it were involved in the highly praised Thinking Outside the Box Escape Rooms in Peterborough.
    • From Rags to Riches is opening at Pressure Point Escape Rooms.
    • Locked in a Room Milton Keynes opens its doors this week with Timelock and Invisibility Gene. Both games are taken from their other centres and, with each having four copies, it seems like they’re heavily targeting the corporate market.
  • Virtual Reality Centres
    • For those of you interested in VR escape rooms, Belfast has a new VR centre: VR Party.
  • North West England
    • Mission Exit, near Manchester, will be launching a Hallowe’en version of the Killer’s Code.
    • First news of Lancaster Escape, with the Lancaster Guardian running an article on them.
    • If you pay any attention to the escape room news, then you’re probably already aware of moviESCAPE, who launched a new Star Wars escape room this week and got plenty of press coverage.
    • It’s not clear whether it’s actually open, but it’s certainly pretty close, and the booking page for Time Race in Bury near Manchester has opened. Two games to start with – the Invitation and Vault 17.
  • Yorkshire and the Humber
    • Clue HQ Sheffield opens this week with the perennial Clue HQ room, Bunker 38, and another popular room from their other venues, Cell Block C.
  • Ireland
    • It’s actually been open for around six months, but Exit Athlone has only just appeared on my radar in spite of having two rooms, Clown Prince of Crime and New World Order.
    • Ealu Escape Rooms is, in comparison, a relative newcomer, having been open only four months in Westport. With the Hidden Temple and the House in the Woods, that means Ireland’s total of known rooms has grown by about ten percent this week!
  • Scotland
    • Witch House in Scottish Highlands is opening at Glasgow’s Locked In Escape Room.
    • Padlox Escape Rooms launched in Edinburgh. Their first game, Going for Gold, has a particularly unusual theme – you’re trying to find evidence of Olympic drug cheating.
    • Lockdown Inverness replaced Area 51 with a new game, Lost!
    • If the games up in Shetland are a little too far for you, perhaps Escape Room Orkney will allow you to tick off “northerly island” from your to do list.
  • East Midlands

That’s all I’m aware of. If any of the above is incorrect or if you’re aware of other news, significant 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 – 21 August 2017

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Welcome to your weekly escape room rumour round-up packed full of new games, venues and media mentions.

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

As we draw to the end of the summer, it’s been a relatively quiet week although the South East doesn’t seem to have got the memo 😉

  • East of Midlands
    • Lincolnshire Live made mention of the new Enigma Rooms venue in Retford.
  • East of England
  • Scotland
    • Locked In Edinburgh have a couple of their escape rooms, the Distillery and Animal Hospital, available as part of the Fringe.
      • and take note – Animal Hospital will close after the Fringe so if you haven’t already played, this is your last chance!
    • Don’t forget that you can also catch Agent November‘s half hour escape rooms up in Edinburgh until the end of this week.
  • South East England
    • Guildford Escape Rooms open this week with the launch of their first game, The Case of the Missing Gun.
    • First mention of a new escape room – Time 2 Escape in Rochester are aiming to open in early October.
    • The Magician is opening at The MacGuffin Project in Bournemouth.
    • Defective Detective is opening at The Panic Room Gravesend.
    • Ace Ventura has opened at The Lockey, also in Bournemouth. Note that this is a separate venue from their other two games.
  • London
    • The Case of the Dynamo Diamonds opened at Popup Escapes in Putney last week. As suggested by the venue name, it’s a popup game so you’ll only have three months if you want to go and experience it.
  • North West England
    • Lock Down Exit Games in Warrington are teaming up with a local scare attraction and a Quasar site to put together a Hallowe’en escape room.

That’s all I’m aware of. If any of the above is incorrect or if you’re aware of other news, significant 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 – 14 August 2017

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Welcome to your weekly escape room rumour round up packed full of new games, venues and media mentions. Apologies to those of you who missed last week’s edition – I was away in Warsaw for the weekend so didn’t have time to gather all the news updates together.

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

Quietening down for the summer?

  • General
  • South East England
    • CTRL-ALT-ESC have launched in Margate with their first game entitled Frankenscape.
    • (see also the national news at the top about an article in the Bournemouth Echo)
    • More Bournemouth news: Escape Rooms Quest have opened in the town with their first game entitled The Zodiac: Chapter 1.
    • Yet more Bournemouth news – a new company U-Escape looks set to launch in the town.
  • Northern Ireland (Thanks to Jackie for the ongoing updates in NI!)
    • Lifford Old Courthouse are running a popup game next week as part of an upcoming heritage week.
    • Timescape are a new venue opening in Belfast
  • South West England
    • First hints of an escape attraction that will be opening in Cheddar Gorge. Not sure of the timeline but it looks like there will be a couple of games at the venue.
  • East Midlands
  • East of England
    • Colchester has recently approved planning permission for one game but it’s obviously a popular choice with a second planning application being submitted and noticed by the local paper.
    • Ipswich Escape Rooms was visited by their local paper.
    • History Mystery have opened their second site at Blickling Church in Norfolk, the first permanent UK game to open in an active church. The church is connected to the Boleyn family so it should come as no surprise that the game, The Queenmaker, is centred around Anne Boleyn.
  • Scotland
    • Go Escape in Dunfermline opened Mission: Implausible
    • London-based mobile operator, Agent November, is visiting the Fringe this month with a couple of their games customised for the festival
    • (see also the national news at the top about an article in the Sunday Herald)
  • North West England
  • Yorkshire and the Humber
    • Yet another outdoorsy escape room is opening, this time near Sheffield. Living Adventure Puzzle Woods has launched the Miner’s Trail, a kind of outdoors puzzle trail with escape room elements.
    • Enigma Rooms Retford opens this week with two games: Colditz and Outbreak
    • The Escapologist opened in Selby with two games: World of Wizardry and Anarchy of the Seas
    • Wakefield has been added to the Enigma Rooms’ website. No details of opening dates or games as of yet.
  • West Midlands
    • Unfortunately I was too late to spot this in time to enter but it looks like there was a running/escape room hybrid taking place in Malvern last week.
    • It’s obviously the time for hybrid events with the Quiztal Maze taking place last week in a pub in Nuneaton. According to the advert it was a pub quiz with escape room elements. For now it seems to be a one off but if that looks interesting then I’d suggest getting in touch to find out more.

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 – 31 July 2017

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Welcome to your weekly escape room rumour round up packed full of new games, venues and media mentions.

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

Quietening down for the summer?

  • North East England
    • Fancy owning an escape room in York? Looks like a York based game is up for sale.
    • The Escape Key, the newest entrant to the Newcastle market, throws open its door this week with two rooms: Armageddon and The Tomb
  • Scotland
  • South East England
    • If you’re going to the Stay Wild Festival near Southampton that takes place on 9/10th September then you’ll have the chance to take part in a child-friendly escape room experience.
    • It’s been around for a few weeks but I hadn’t noticed till now – Abducted Live have opened a second experience at their venue in Hastings.
  • East of England
  • West Midlands
    • Could this be the biggest escape room ever run in the UK? Xscape Now helped the International Centre set up the event over the 15,000m² venue.
  • North West 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!

Escape Room Rumours – 24 July 2017

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Welcome to your weekly escape room rumour round up packed full of new games, venues and media mentions.

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

Another quietish week:

  • South East England
  • East of England
    • The Haunted is opening at Cryptic Escape bringing the Norwich venue’s total to three games
  • Scotland
  • West Midlands
    • Clue HQ Malvern are throwing open their doors with Bunker 38 and Cell Block C the first games to appear at the venue.
    • Escape Van is a new mobile franchise based in Telford. It’s not entirely clear from the website but it looks like they’re just available for party/corporate hire
  • East Midlands
    • Escape Skegness opened over the weekend importing two of their parent brand’s games – School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and Prison Breakout.
    • And they also got a mention in an article about activities in the seaside resort.
  • South West England
    • Probably winning the title for the longest game name, Professor Dunstan and the Search for the Ancient Statuette is opening at Co-decode in Swindon and there’s a 20% discount for early players.
  • Ireland
    • Another new company has appeared in Dublin – Clockwork Door have launched an escape room themed around Alice in Wonderland

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 July 2017

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Welcome to your weekly escape room rumour round up packed full of new games, venues and media mentions.

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

A few stories this time round but nothing on the sacle of a few weeks back.

  • East Midlands
    • The Mansfield branch of UK Escape Games opened Molly O’Grady’s Murder Mystery
  • West Midlands
    • Two new games to announce in the region this week – first up, Clue HQ Malvern is the latest in the long list of Clue HQ venues. According to the website they’ll be opening with Bunker 38 and Cell Block C.
    • If you’re looking for a job in the escape room industry then Clue HQ are currently recruiting for a Venue Operations Manager in Birmingham with a salary of £20-27k. Full details on their website.
    • The other arrival is the independent company Room Release. They’re set to launch Disappearing Doctors but it looks like they’ll be sharing premises with Clockwork Escapes to start with – giving you three games to play if you make a pitstop in Wolverhampton.
  • Yorkshire and the Humber
    • Another Clue HQ franchise is set to open, this time in Sheffield. The website suggest this will be starting with the same games as their Malvern branch – Bunker 38 and Cell Block C.
  • North West England
    • Those of you with long memories may remember the free game run at the St Helens Library. Well, it looks like the same company is back with a teletext-based escape room over in Wigan. Limited dates so get in quick if you want a ticket.
    • Random report from Preston where escape rooms were specifically mentioned in an Ofsted report. Under the “Overall experiences and progress of children and young people”, the school was rated outstanding (the top possible grading) and while the escape room obviously wasn’t single-handedly responsible for that, it’s an interesting soundbite.
    • Escape Room Centre, the Blackpool company, opened Grimoire in the Attic, their fifth game and first home-developed venture.
    • Breakout Liverpool is expanding with Vacancy and The Detective Office making their debut in the Merseyside venue.
  • London
    • Two big closures were announced this month. First up, AI Escape are closing Leo’s Path at the end of this month while Escape Plan are closing The Adventure Begins towards the end of August. Both games are moving over to make room for new experiences.
    • Another school with an escape room connection but this time making one.
    • Fancy becoming an escape room employee? Look no further – they’re looking for acting hosts in Trapped in a Room’s Zombie game.
    • Pie and Mash Shop, the second game from Do Stuff Escape Games opens this week.
  • Ireland
    • The UK Escape Room community has a thriving enthusiast Facebook group. Well, great news – Ireland had one too now. Head over to Facebook if you want to join and make sure jump in and say hello!
  • East of England
    • The third of the Clue HQ expansions is in Bedford. At the time of writing they’ve only got the Betrayal of Cluetankhamun listed for opening.
  • North East England
    • The Escape Key look set to open this week with their first game entitled “Armageddon”.
  • South East England
    • Exciting Escapes are opening their second site – this time up in Basingstoke. The first game to make its way across is A Hidden Past.

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 July 2017

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Welcome to your weekly escape room rumour round up packed full of new games, venues and media mentions.

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

A quieter week this time round. Big thanks again to Jackie from Exit Games Scotland and Paul from Bolt Escape Games Dublin for keeping me in the loop on Ireland and Scotland.

  • East Midlands
    • We’ve known for a while but I don’t think there’s been any mention on this site – Escapologic, one of the most popular escape venues in the country have acquired a second site. Expect games to start appearing in Leicester later this year.
  • Yorkshire and the Humber
    • The Escaporium have opened with their first game called Operation Moonshine
  • North West England
    • Only last week I mentioned that Escape Reality would likely overtake Breakout as #3 in the country. Well, that obviously wasn’t acceptable to the Breakout Liverpool crew and they’ve announced that they’ll be opening more rooms at the branch, having taken over another floor of the building. Expect copies of Vacancy and the Detective Office to open soon but there are more in the pipeline.
    • A few months ago, Escape Hunt declared their intention to open sites across the whole country. Well, it looks like they’re starting to deliver on that promise, first with a Birmingham announcement and now this article about a new site in Manchester.
  • West Midlands
    • Escape Live is another company that we’ve known was set to launch a new venue but I don’t think had had a mention and they’ve now announced an address so we’ve added a pin to the map.
    • And their sister venue, over in Coventry, have opened Casino Heist, a “steal as much as you can” escape room.
  • London
  • North East England
    • Pirate Escape in Whitby opened The Pirate’s Forbidden Jungle
  • East of England
  • South West England
    • A new company, Puzzle Room Cornwall, have opened in the South West. Their first game, open already, is The Mine
    • There’s a one night competition, Breakout Bristol, taking place in Bristol that sees teams taking on what looks to be a mixture of mental and physical challenges and culminates in an escape room. I’m not certain but given the description, it looks to be either Hell in a Cell or a variant thereof.

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 July 2017

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Welcome to your weekly escape room rumour round up packed full of new games, venues and media mentions.

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

A quieter week this time round. Big thanks again to Jackie from Exit Games Scotland and Paul from Bolt Escape Games Dublin for keeping me in the loop on Ireland and Scotland.

  • East of England
    • Rustic Riddles, the recently opened outdoor escape room in Norfolk, got a mention in the local newspaper
  • South East England
    • Escape 360, a new company based just outside Windsor, launched with their first room called Prime Suspect
  • Virtual Reality
    • Omescape in London have entered the VR escape room market with their first game called Mind Horror. Note that you can now view VR rooms on a separate page of the exitgames site.
  • Ireland
    • Escape Boats, in Dublin launched, if you’ll forgive the pun, over the weekend, with their first game called SOS.
    • It was obviously the weekend for Dublin launches as they were joined by 5 Quests who start out with two games: Jungle Quest and Pharaoh’s Tomb
  • Scotland
    • Escape Reality are continuing their onward march across the country, this time with the announcement of an Edinburgh branch. When that location opens, they will likely become the third biggest UK brand by number of rooms, displacing Breakout. With rumours suggesting that Birmingham and Manchester may follow soon, there’s a very good chance they’ll be the first company in the UK to hit 50 rooms.
    • Locked Shetland opened a second room at their site called The Tomb
  • North East England
    • Pirate Escape closed Pirate Island ready for their new game to open next week.
  • West Midlands
    • Escape Reality Coventry had their official launch last week with coverage by the local paper.
    • Escape Live are going ahead with their plans in Stratford-upon-Avon. No details yet as to when the venue will open though.
  • Yorkshire and the Humber
  • East Midlands
    • Hour Escape opened the first of their two “The Abandoned Cabin” rooms. If you want to play head to head, you’ll need to wait a couple of weeks for the duplicate room.
  • Northern Ireland

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 – 26 June 2017

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Welcome to your weekly escape room rumour round up packed full of new games, venues and media mentions.

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

A quieter week this time round. Big thanks again to Paul from Bolt Escape Games Dublin and Jackie from Exit Games Scotland for keeping me in the loop on Scotland and Ireland.

  • Scotland
  • West Midlands
  • Ireland
  • South East England
  • Yorkshire and the Humber
  • South West England
    • Bristol has been in want of another venue since Fathom Escape closed early last year. The good news is that a new company has finally arrived: Riddlr. They’ve got three games to entertain you, Prison State, The Brunel Enigma and Zombie Apocalypse
  • London
  • East Midlands
  • East of England
  • North West England
    • The Dungeons opened their escape room last week. Exciting to see Merlin, the theme park group, open up a permanent escape room.

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!

A little mid-April news

Rolled-up newspaperVery little, but more than none.

After yesterday’s post and a few nudges, the remaining tickets for the exit game unconference in London in a week and a half’s time have all gone. A waiting list has been opened and that’s already filling up quickly as well. If you have a ticket and end up not being able to attend, please cancel so that it’s possible to invite someone on the waiting list who really can make it. Thank you!

Further down the line, the eighth nearly-annual edition of Gamecamp on Saturday May 21st in London has started selling tickets. This too has an unconference, themed around games of all sorts and in all media, but “As well as talks and workshops, GameCamp has a lot else going on. The ‘Run What You Brung’ playtest/demo area is open for anyone with a prototype game to show off. There will be live games of all sorts kicking off around the venue throughout the day, and a library of board-games for anyone to use. Plus lots more to be announced before the event. Keep checking the website!

If you’re disappointed about not getting tickets to the exit game unconference this month then, honestly, this is likely to be better; on the other hand, (a) they’re bigger, (b) they’ve been doing this rather longer and (c) they aren’t specifically about exit games. (That said, Adrian Hon gave a talk about exit games at GameCamp two years ago, back in the days when there were only a double handful of them around.) Take a look at the Gamecamp site for details of the crazy stunts they’ve been able to pull in the past. They’re very good at this. Tickets are limited, but two more batches will go on sale at a higher price in coming weeks.

Lastly, Mark at Really Fun has started a podcast about exit games called Escape From Reality; the first episode was posted a few hours back. Guest starring Ken from The Logic Escapes Me, they provide a highly enjoyable half-hour-plus of listening. Hurrah!