Forget detective TV shows, crime thrillers and adventure films – it's time to experience the real thing (well, almost). If you've never been to an escape room, then here's the deal: you and your friends are locked in a room. Each one has a different theme – think everything from pirates to Second World War espionage – and for the next hour, your challenge is to solve puzzles in order to get out in time... or else.
Intrigued? You should be. Escape Hunt has gained a reputation for some of the most immersive, imaginative escape rooms out there. You're guaranteed high production values and intricate plots – it's impossible not to feel your adrenaline spike as you move from puzzle to puzzle, feeling the drama unfold as you go. There's nothing like the thrill of suddenly realising what those mysterious symbols might mean, then unlocking a secret door; or working together to uncover a hidden clue from a letter that first seemed undecipherable. And, if you get stuck at any point, there are ‘Games Masters’ (friendly staff) on hand to give you cryptic clue.
Escape Hunt has rooms across the UK, in Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Oxford and Reading. Each has several themed rooms to choose from. Choose wisely from the following:
Blackbeard's bounty is up for grabs in this pirate-themed mystery, where you and your friends will race against time to break out of the infamous captain's cabin. Oh, and did we mention that while you're trapped inside, the boat is sinking?
Available in Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Oxford and Reading.
Escape the Wild West
Get ready to strike gold, people. This escape game takes place in a tiny town that has just discovered heaps of that precious yellow metal. But don't hang about – you'll have to escape the town with your cargo before the bloodthirsty Bill French Gang arrive. (So, no pressure or anything).
Available in Edinburgh, Liverpool, Manchester, Oxford and Reading.
Our Finest Hour
A Nazi Germany-themed escape room? You bet. Your group will become top MI6 agents in this fiendishly difficult room. Your mission: discover the location of Nazi superweapons before they wipe out Britain.
Available in Birmingham, Bristol and Leeds.
The Last Vikings
Reckon you've got what it takes to take on some ancient Viking Ice Giants? In this spine-tingling experience, your group will travel to the banqueting hall of the gods to enlist the help of Thor and Loki to help defend your Viking village.
Available in Edinburgh, Liverpool, Manchester and Reading.
The Fourth Samurai
Get ready to travel back to ancient Japan for this exciting game, where you'll be hunting for a magic stone that'll stop an evil warlord. No biggie. Unfortunately, you and your mates are also trapped in a dungeon surrounded by evil henchmen, so you better start working out an escape plan.
Available in Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Leeds, Manchester and Oxford.
Once you've escaped your room, then it's time to celebrate. Escape Hunt has a lounge and bar, where you can debrief with your pals, wait for your heart rate to go back to normal, and plan your next escape room outing (warning: they're very addictive!). New games are being added regularly, and the space is also available to book for birthday parties, hens and stag dos, and work outings.
To book your Escape Hunt experience, visit the website, select your city and choose your game. Prices start at £20 per person for two to six players, and rooms are open from 10am to 10pm. Good luck!