Escape Room Rumours – 6 February 2017

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Welcome to February and another 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

A slightly quieter week this time with just a few updates:

  • General
    • Interesting blog post about a group of students who designed an escape room game as part of their studies. The designers have promised they’ll write up a full spoiler-laden post at some point so expect to see it here at some point.
    • One of the team behind the Eden Escape project was interviewed on BBC Cornwall Radio. Yes, that’s South West England, but there are references to Time Run and the Crystal Maze, so perhaps of wider interest.
    • Aftermath: the Game seems to be an escape room style experience that comes to your home or office. The website has only just come online so I can’t give you any more details.
  • West Midlands
    • Immersive Events, a Shrewsbury-based company, have a long history of putting on prison related games. After a mass escape game last year, it looks like they’re now turning their eyes to smaller scale and regular escape rooms. With the games being based in an actual prison, and given the company name, you’ve got to think that Cell Escape is going to be heavy on the realism!
  • Scotland
  • Yorkshire and the Humber
  • 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!

Locked up in London

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London

It’s been a while since this site turned its eyes towards the capital and in that time a bunch of rooms have appeared on the scene. Whether you’re north or south of the Thames, in the centre or the suburbs, prefer small venues or huge ones, we’ve got you covered. Read on to find about games in Camden, Romford, Bromley, Waterloo, Mile End and Highbury.

1) Inside Out Escape opened up in late September of last year and after a quiet start they exploded with an attractive Groupon offer that makes it almost impossible to book rooms in the short term.  For now, they’ve just got a single room which appear to be one of the Mazebase.hu games.  Whether you see that as a positive, with its tried and tested game, or a negative with its corporate polish spreading across the globe, is a matter of taste. The game itself costs £65 to £147 based on numbers which can range from 2-6 players.

The mystery is set around the disappearance of Sherlock Holmes. Dr. Watson and his team get a letter from Holmes himself who left many clues and riddles inside the room that will lead the players to locate Sherlock, who has been kidnapped by his master villain, Dr. Moriarty. Only the sharpest minded players can solve the twisted puzzles of the famous detective.
At the end of the game the players can reveal the hideout of Dr. Moriarty, where he keeps Sherlock kidnapped.

Note that this game also appears to be present in Escape Rooms Cardiff and Bolton’s No Exit!

2) Escapemobile are running a semi-temporary game at the Vault Festival for the next three months. Houdini’s Last Trick admits up to four players for £9 each.

The game sets audiences the task of escaping from a challenge designed by the Great Houdini himself. They must escape handcuffs, chains and straitjackets by solving a variety of magic and illusion themed puzzles; from finding a secret message hidden in playing cards to cracking the combination to a locked trunk.

3) Operation Escape opened up down in Bromley in mid-October with a single escape room, the Ops Room. Based around a World War II theme, the game can handle 2-6 players and costs £45-95 depending on numbers.

The story behind the game is told in the form of a telegram: TO BIGGIN HILL RAF SQUADRON DECODERS. URGENT. IMMINENT AIR ATTACK. ENTER AIR CONTROL OPS ROOM. WARNING. ROOM LOCKS ON ENTRY. YOU HAVE 60 MINUTES TO DECIPHER ENEMY CODE AND STOP ATTACK.

4) Breakin’ Escape is probably the most exciting entrant to the escape scene in London since, well, ever. Six new rooms imported from the Romanian company Breakout (no prizes for guessing why there’s been a name change for this franchise). The Romanian games are all themed around films but changes weren’t limited to the company name and the individual room names have also been modified to prevent any risk of infringement. All games take 3-6 players and cost £17-22 per person depending on numbers and day.

In Blackwing’s Cave, Knightsbane city is under attack. Dr. Drakker, the evil genius has escaped from prison and has sworn vengeance on his nemesis, the city’s hero, Blackwing. He has released all of the other prisoners from Alistair Penitentiary and has tracked down the location of Blackwing’s secret cave. Using his engineering skills he has set numerous traps for the hero by planting various devices in his cave only to be entertained by his torment. The fallen hero of Knightsbane city must now face his greatest challenge yet by defeating Dr. Drakker once more and bringing him to justice. As Blackwing’s sidekicks you will need to help him throughout all the mad puzzles prepared by his arch nemesis and escape the cave before the time runs out!

In Sherlock’s Despair it’s 21 October 1891 and you’re in London. Newspapers announce the death of one of the greatest detectives that has ever lived… Sherlock was working for the past months on the most important case in his career. He had become isolated and he had lost touch with the outside world. He was last seen on a dark alley in Westminster…the next day, a body was brought in to the King’s Hill Hospital morgue matching his description. It is your duty now, as Sherlock’s faithful assistant, to go into his office and unravel the mystery surrounding his death by solving his last case, but be careful, the one behind Sherlock’s murder may now be after you…

Over in the Flying Dutchman, from the depths of the sea a ship rises with a skeletal figure spearheading its bow, striking fear into the hearts of the bravest of sailors. The dreaded ship, The Flying Dutchman makes sail once again, led by its fierce captain. Davy Jones once was a man, but he was cursed by the woman he loved to roam the seas and ferry the souls of the damned to the other side for eternity. A most precious artifact has been stolen from his ship, and now he wants it back. You were one of the pirates that stole from Jones’ locker, but you were left behind when the Dutchman’s crew discovered you. Now you must find your way within the ship and manage to escape before the time runs out and you become part of Davy Jones’ undead crew… forever!

In War on Horizon Alpha, with the expansion of the human race on other planets, an oppressive regime has risen to power and instated a dictatorship on the Colonial Republic, the dreaded Alpha One faction. You and your team are part of a rebel alliance trying to overthrow the regime and reinstate democracy. A massive assault will take place on the Horizon Alpha space station, serving as the Alpha One headquarters, which aims to destroy it, thus sparking a revolution on all planets. Your mission is to infiltrate the station and deactivate the shields in time so that the assault may be successful. Without the shields down, the entire offensive will become a suicide mission. Good luck, you are the galaxy’s only hope!

Meanwhile in Butcher’s Lair, Dr. Vladimir Knifesblade, your friendly university professor seemed like a really nice person. You and your friends always enjoyed his lectures on human anatomy so when he invited you all to his house for a dinner party you never hesitated and accepted the invitation. Once you arrived at his house, though, the door was open so you went it. Nobody seemed to be home so you went down into the basement hearing some weird noises… The door slammed shut behind you and there was no way to move but forward…into the Doctor’s secret laboratory, where it looks like your group might be on the menu…

Finally, in Heist Plan: The Garage, you are part of a gang of street racers planning a major heist in New York City. Your goal is to hit the 5 major banks in Manhattan in one night, under the cover of an illegal street race where you will be participating with two of your tuned up cars. Everything was set for tonight but all your plans went haywire when one of your rival gangs broke into your garage, stole one of your cars and wrecked the other one. Now you have only one hour to fix the engine of your broken car, find the car park where they have taken you second car and steal it back and then make it in time to the race and finish the job. Do you think your crew has what it takes?

5) Clue Adventures welcomed their first customers in mid-October to play the Book of Secrets. It’s an interesting company in that the man behind it is a magician and the game itself is themed around magic. 2-6 players can play for a cost of between £56 and £144 depending on numbers.

In the story, on New Year’s Eve 1999 Master Magician Alistair Wilson literally disappeared never to be seen again. His former London flat is due to be demolished in one hour. Can you solve the mystery discover how and why he vanished and find his book?

6) Room Lockdown opened in late November with two games and more planned.

In Prison Break, you and your teammates are locked in a maximum security prison and are awaiting your execution. You were framed by a notorious serial killer and you are now facing charges for a murder you did not commit. There have been multiple attempts to escape from this maximum security prison but many people have failed and most inmates were either shot or recaptured while others disappeared without a trace, giving hope to inmates that there are ways to escape! The Warden and prison guards are holding an important meeting, you have sixty minutes to escape from the Prison and free yourself before they return.

The story behind the Curse of King Anum is as follows:  October 1906 a team of archaeologists start the excavation of King Anum deep within the pyramids of Egypt. In the process an evil curse is released and the whole team of archaeologists die! No one ever since has even got close to the cursed Tomb of King Anum Rumour has it that the archaeologists were in fact looking for a hidden treasure deep within the tomb – a red coloured stone believed to be the heart of King Anum It was believed to bring much wealth but once separated from King Anum, the curse is released, in a race against time your task is to make it out of the pyramid alive! The heart is in the chest of King Anum now a Mummy locked within the tomb

Possessed Doll has one of the longest intros I’ve ever seen, so I’ll give you but an excerpt. The story builds on a series of mysterious fires that took place in the same location, killing the occupants of the building.

According to the site, there’s also a zombie game on its way. Watch this space.


All that not enough? Well, sneak preview: expect Adventox, End Game and Modern Fables to join their ranks in the next month or two.

Escape Room Rumours – 30 January 2017

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Another week, another 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 owner too – feel free to send me your news for inclusion here. Don’t be shy!

On to the news

As January draws to an end, it’s clear the market has properly woken up after its Christmas slumber:

  • General
    • I’ve been remiss in not mentioning this before. For those willing to head to the Netherlands, there’s an upcoming escape room conference called Up The Game. Tickets aren’t cheap but there are plenty of speakers including the David and Lisa from the Room Escape Artist, Fire Hazard, Scott Nicholson and Punchdrunk plus, undoubtedly, many more.
    • Cadbury’s are another company jumping on the Escape Room bandwagon with their Cadbury’s Creme Egg Lodge that’s visiting London, Bristol, Edinburgh and Leeds. It’s not clear how much of an escape room they’re running giving the very short ticket slots and it’s already sold out but still interesting.
    • I came across this article from Cambridge University’s Computer Lab about an attempt to create a virtual escape room.
  • East Midlands
  • West Midlands
    • Escape Stoke got a visit from their local newspaper
    • Escape Live Coventry are opening their doors with Prison Break their first game.
  • Scotland
    • Go Escape are in the process of launching in Dunfermline and were mentioned in a local paper.
  • South West England
    • Trapped Escape Rooms in Gloucester open their doors this week with two games: The Haunted Hotel and Prison Break
  • North East England
    • The Strategy are a new escape room company opening up in Sunderland. Several games in the works but The Box is their first offering.
    • Whitley Bay-based Pirate Escape opened their third room, The Tavern, last week. It’s a little unusual in that it’s aimed at smaller/beginner groups and has a minimum player count of just one…
  • London
    • Breakin’ Escape opens this week with six, yes SIX, rooms. This is a franchise of Breakout Romania (name changed in the UK because of the existing Breakout company). All six games are available immediately after a mammoth build over Christmas.
      • Blackwing’s Cave
      • Sherlock’s Despair
      • The Flying Dutchman
      • War on Horizon Alpha
      • Butcher’s Lair
      • Heist Plan: The Garage
    • Dyson’s popup escape game take place in London next week.
  • Yorkshire and the Humber
  • Ireland
  • North West England
  • 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!

Rising in the East (Midlands)

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It’s been a while since this site turned its eyes towards the East Midlands and in the meantime a bunch of new venues have appeared on the exitgames map scattered across the region. If you’re interested in Loughborough, Nottingham, Derby or Corby then read on to find out about all that’s new

1)  Up in Loughborough, Break Escape opened their doors just this week with a single game, Sands of Time, although a second game is listed on their site as opening in March. Teams of 2-5 can take on this Egyptian-themed challenge for £45-80 depending on numbers. No detailed description on the website but they do have a trailer.

2) Hour Escape have been on this site’s radar for a long time but they finally opened up shop in late October with a single game Escape the Gallery. They can accommodate 2-6 players with a price of £38-84 depending on numbers.  In the game, you and your team have been caught stealing a priceless work of art. Security are holding you until the police arrive in 60 minutes.

3) iLocked is a huge Russian brand with tens of games available across various cities in Russia, so it was exciting to see it arrive on these shores in November. A huge amount of investment has gone into their first game which is located in Nottingham, with more to follow in the city and longer term plans for expansion to other locations in the UK. At present, you’ll have to make do with the Mummy which is available for 2-6 people at a cost of £39-95 depending on numbers/day but they plan to add Alien and Battleship to the lineup in the near future.

In the Mummy you’re transported to the hot sands of the Egyptian desert, wher eanother pyramid has been discovered, and intrepid researchers are descending for the first time into the burial chambers, which no one has seen for nearly 3,000 years. The ancient Egyptians took care to defend their tombs against raiders, setting numerous traps and riddles. Players get the chance to be adventurers, trying to unravel the secrets of Egyptian papyri, escape the curse of an ancient pharaoh, and avoid being crushed by the pyramid’s moving walls.

4) The Escape Room Guys launched in Derby in October with a single room, A Rough Trade, based around corporate corruption. The game is for 2-5 players for which you’ll pay £40-70.

According to the website, you’ll need to break into the office of the CEO to reveal the history and secrets of a company with a scandalous past. With just 60 minutes to unlock the truth, does your team have what it takes to bring the company to justice?

5) Trapp’d have been on the list for an article longer than almost any other company, having opened way back in September of last year. In that time, they’ve launched two games, Area 51 and Maine St Prison, with another, Motel, due out next month. Games take 2-6 people and cost from £39 to £79 depending on numbers.

In Area 51 you and your team of ufologists have been receiving unknown communication regarding Area 51 via a certain Agent Peters, with precise details of how to bypass the extreme security and gain access into the site. Your mission is to get into Agent Peters’ laboratory and download all the government files before they are destroyed. Peters has guided you this far, the rest is down to you.

According to the website, Maine State Prison is a fearsome place from which to escape. With armed guards at every corner of the prison, only two people have ever managed to escape; the other 424 who tried were executed. Legend has it that the two heroes who escaped Maine State left a cryptic code in their cell which no-one has ever managed to crack. Solving this code holds the only key to any hope of escape. 

6) Unescapable opened a couple of weeks ago also in Derby with a time travel theme to their games. Their first outing, Tommy, sees you thrown back to 1917 but others promise to take you to different eras. Games are designed for 2-6 players with the cost ranging from £15-25 per person depending on numbers.

According to their website, Tommy has established itself in 1917, somewhere in the midst of the Western Front. Early reports suggest that Tommy is situated within an allied forces military bunker on the front lines. There is a very significant chance the slight possibility that the portal may malfunction once you have made your crossing, in which case, you’ll need to work together to repair the portal whilst also ensuring your safety from impending German forces.

So there you have it – six new venues spread across the East Midlands. It may have started out a bit slow but over the last year the region has been going from strength to strength. And as for 2017 – who knows?