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The Swindler
Excluesive Games - Newbury

Exclusive Games is based on an industrial type estate, tucked away behind a car wash. But once you arrive, a cosy reception awaits you and a warm greeting from the owner, Janos. The Swindler is a room about ‘Lady Humbug’… Continue reading →

Detonation - Swindon
Clue HQ - Swindon

The Swindon branch is not ClueHQ’s finest hour.  Sharing a place within a ‘leisure centre’ inside the Laser Quest complex, it’s a heavy atmosphere with a sense of herd them in-herd them out.  There’s no semblance of comfort or welcome… Continue reading →

Casino Heist
Escape Live - Coventry

We had a really good time at Escape Live’s Casino Heist. We had been wanting to go for quite a while, and a last minute opportunity arose, and we’re glad we took it. The Coventry location for Escape Live is… Continue reading →

The Marketing ‘Mare

Sharing in the Escape Room enthusiasts groups on Facebook, I see queries coming up from time to time from owners regarding marketing, marketing strategy, ideas and best value options.  Marketing can most certainly be a nightmare.  And primarily that’s because… Continue reading →

Bloggers – who needs ‘em?

“Part of the support network for any emerging industry, should be the presence of the bloggers”. I’ve been blogging for almost 15 years, from the early days of Blogger.com, and long before it had the widespread presence that we find… Continue reading →

Alcatraz
Escape Reality - Coventry

I have to admit that the ‘prison break’ escape room is not particularly attractive to me.  It’s well overdone for the scope that such a theme can offer, but being Escape Reality we were hoping for some creative expansion on… Continue reading →

Captain Riddles Forgotten Fortune
ClueHQ - Birmingham

A good pirate story line, with Captain Riddle pillaging the area for hidden treasure and gold.  The game is based around that objective, so you know you’re always working to find the riches.  It was good to see ClueHQ extend… Continue reading →

Get In! Norris Box Puzzle – no more getting out…

The Norris Box had piqued my interest from the moment I first heard about it at the Great Escape Unconference.  There were two things in particular…. firstly, I loved the idea of instead of escaping out of somewhere, you were… Continue reading →

Demon Barber
CyberQ - Worcester

We were passing through Worcester on a jaunt to a balloon flight, so stopped off at CyberQ to give them a try.  We booked in with Demon Barber, which is very much a paper based detective/sleuth storyline. Lots of information… Continue reading →

Operation Moonshine
The Escaporium - Halifax

Operation Moonshine is the first room created by Angela and Mark for their new company, The Escaporium.  I was invited to team up with Jane Norris to be one of the final testers on this new room and to offer… Continue reading →

Walkie Talkie – Squawky Dorky

Here’s the thing…. I’m a stickler for items within the room fitting in with theme and being congruent to the storyline.  That’s probably just a minimum level of expectation for entering an Escape Room.  We want things to make sense,… Continue reading →

Lost Tomb
Extreme Escape - Stockport

This is a room built with love! Which is the only way you can describe the wonderful creation that is the Extreme Escape Lost Tomb. The craftsmanship, the theme, the intelligent design of puzzles and props – all wonderful. You… Continue reading →

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