Escape rooms, exit rooms, adventure rooms – whatever you call them, live action puzzle games are all the rage.
Gather a group of your smartest friends, family members or colleagues, and put your logic to the test at one of these exciting UK-wide escape games.
The world is at war, and fugitive Professor Blacksheep is at large, threatening to turn the entire human race into sheep with his enormous Sheep Mutator. Don’t laugh – this is serious stuff.
In this London-based escape game, players help secret agent extraordinaire, Mr Q, by joining his top secret crime fighting agency and beating this dark phenomenon at clueQuest, which is just a ten minute walk from King’s Cross Station.
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Blessed with a number of games to tackle should you get the bug, Escape Glasgow provides puzzle-thirsty visitors with three different scenarios to get through, each with their very own slant on survival.
You can join the Escape Mysterious Crimes Unit and wrestle with a number of unsolved chin-scratchers, strap on a gas mask and cure yourself and the rest of humanity from a particularly nasty virus, or take on one of the more classic puzzles on offer.
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— Escape Hour (@diamondescape) March 13, 2016
For anyone who always claims they could commit the perfect crime – now’s their chance to prove it. Escape Hour Edinburgh offers players the opportunity to attempt a diamond heist. To complete this escape game in under an hour, everyone on the team will have to channel their inner Indiana Jones and work together to successfully steal the world’s largest diamond.
Located in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town, on the Royal Mile, the city’s most popular puzzle will separate the weak from the strong. Their next adventure (‘The Time Machine’) will be up and running in a few weeks, too.
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Based in Kings House in the heart of the city centre, Tick Tock Unlock is something of a leading figure in the live action escape game world, with a number of outposts dotted around the country.
Leeds was one of the first, and it hosts three different games to tackle. Either opt for the ‘Alice In Wonderland’ themed room, volunteer to be marooned on a desert island or attempt to solve the murder of a famous conspiracy theorist.
Looking high and low for something new to do?
Try Crack the Code #Sheffield
— Crack The Code (@CrackTheCodeUK) August 3, 2015
Situated in the heart of Sheffield’s city centre, Crack The Code has two puzzle-laden rooms to negotiate, both with a unique set of challenges.
One transports players to Soviet Russia in 1973 and immerses them in the Cold War. Can you decipher the conundrums in order to steal away incriminating documents from an opposing agent? The alternative game here involves taking on local gangsters who have stolen a precious family heirloom.
— Lucardo (@LucardoER) September 12, 2016
There are five different challenges to choose from at Manchester’s Lucardo, each with a different degree of difficulty and a wide array of challenges.
Within the various rooms you’ll discover a vicious murder to solve, a winning lottery syndicate to negotiate, a diamond to steal, a war to win and a deadly poison to destroy – each with a time limit of one hour.
— 365 Bristol (@365Bristol) May 31, 2016
Whatever Manchester can do, Puzzlair in Bristol can do ever so slightly better, providing no fewer than six different challenges for live action escapists.
Based across two city centre locations, guests have the option of solving a murder, finding a secret blood serum, uncovering a valuable diamond, becoming an MI6 agent, escaping a prison van or – if they’re brave enough – taking part in a ghost exorcism.
New game Magic Castle is available now. Experience the wizard world. You will be the next Harry Potter! pic.twitter.com/PyLh5pct3U
— Lost & Escape (@lostandescape) June 4, 2016
Based a stone’s throw from The Gate in Blackfriars Courtyard, Lost & Escape has two different puzzle rooms to choose from.
The first sees groups take on a nearly impossible mission by uncovering a series of antidotes to cure a deadly virus. And did we mention there are lasers involved?
For a totally different challenge, hop into the provided time machine and decipher a number of strange symbols in order to get back to the future.
— Escape Rooms Cardiff (@EscapeRoomsCF) August 21, 2016
Ranging from three to five star difficulty, Escape Rooms Cardiff‘s trio of escape room options cater for all manner of groups.
The simplest puzzle ushers teams into the Pharoah’s tomb, the second sends them on a mission to find the world famous Sherlock Holmes, and the third (and most challenging) is to steal the most valuable items house inside a well known gallery.
— The Real Escape UK (@TheRealEscapeUK) May 6, 2016
Small but mighty, Portsmouth isn’t without its own excellent escape rooms. The Real Escape has proved hugely popular on the south coast, with its ‘Chamber of the Deep’ challenge blowing players away. How long will it take you to escape a shipwrecked cabin?
If you’ve already completed The Real Escape’s first nautical themed challenge, there are more on the way. ‘Dr Ryddle’s Memories’ opens in October 2016, whilst the grandly named ‘Guardians of the Elixir’ follows it in November.
— Steph ♡ (@stephieedory) June 17, 2016
Escape Game Brighton (located just a short walk from both the seafront and the train station) opened early this year and offers two tricky case files to conquer.
One transports gamers into the laboratory of a madman, and tasks teams with finding the cure to a poison everyone has unwittingly inhaled. Elsewhere, groups can puzzle over the mysterious murder of a woman at Brighton Pier, investigating everything from the identity of the assailant to the cause of death.
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