It's Award Season... The Golden Lock Award '22 & the Escape Room Awards Official '21
It's been a while since we've celebrated fantastic escape rooms, so we're very pleased that April saw the return of not one but two escape room awards. For English language escape rooms, last month REA's Golden Lock Awards making it's triumphant return. Over in Spain, the Spanish language Escape Room Awards Official.
Room Escape Divas has recorded it's last podcast
After 148 successful episodes, Room Escape Divas has announced they've recorded their last episode:
"And so for one last episode, we’ve gotten the old gang back together and returned to our very chaotic origins! Errol trolls everyone, everyone clips their audio at least three times, we talk about a couple of of our favourite moments, what we are doing right now, and some of our plans for the future (I’m certainly not done with podcasts yet!)"
‘Escape IT’ escape room is coming to Las Vegas
“Escape IT” picks up where the horror film franchise left off, leaving players to find a way through more than 20 rooms of terror before their luck runs out. This ambitious escape room experience based on the infamous horror franchise launches this fall in Las Vegas.
The puzzle that will outlast the world...
Not quite an escape room news story, but one that'll certainly get your brain cogs moving. A.J. Jacobs reports on a 55-pin Jacob's Ladder puzzle created by Oskar van Deventer.
One move down, 1,298,074,214,633,706,907,132,624,082,305,022 to go.
🧾 In Other News
- TIME talks about escape rooms in their latest article, "Doing Puzzles Can Help Solve Your Other Problems, Too" - no surprise!
- ERA Mag has published their April edition including news and openings about the Australian escape room industry.
- The Independent looks at the 10 best solo board games in their latest article, including plenty of escape room titles.
- Listen to the latest REPOD episode to learn more about RECON 22.
- RuPaul's Drag Race Queens smash Plymouth escape room challenge, as reported by the Plymouth Herald.
- Not quite escape room related, but interesting: Murder mystery game company Hunt A Killer sees layoffs following pandemic boom, as reported by Polygon.
- Escape Simulator, the popular escape room video game has just passed 1 million copies sold.
- We Were Here Forever, a popular escape room style video game will launch this month.
- Join Sacha Coward at the Museum of London for an immersive workshop on escape rooms in museums.
- Eleven Puzzles has launched a sequel to their award winning game, Unboxing the Mind of a Cryptic Killer.
- ECCMID escape room offered medical education through immersive experience.
- Alex Horne, creator of the Taskmaster Treasure Hunt is interviewed by The Escape Roomer on escape rooms.
- As RECON 2022 is in the works, REA shines a spotlight on the games of the convention.
- The latest 'escape room' genre horror film, Escape the Field has launched. Here is the Austin Chronicle's review.
- The Los Angeles Dodgers were spotted playing an escape room together this month.
- Enigmailed looks at different ways of approaching marketing at-home escape games.
- One move down, 1,298,074,214,633,706,907,132,624,082,305,022 to go. The puzzle that will outlast the world.
- And if you enjoyed that article above, the same author is running a Puzzle Hunt to support the launch of his new book, The Puzzler.
📆 Upcoming Dates for your DiaryAugust 21 - 22ndRECON 2022
🔑 Recent Doors Unlocked
- Adventure Escape Manor has opened with 3 rooms in Shelton, CT.
- Bangor Escape Rooms has opened a new room, Bandito's Italian Bistro in Bangor, ME.
- Central Escapes is set to open a new room next month, Dragon's Dungeon, in Mt Pleasant, MI.
- Cluemaster Escape Rooms has opened a new room, Search and Rescue, in Gilbert, AZ.
- EDescape has reopened it's room, Nursery, in San Jose, CA.
- Escape Again Rooms has opened a new room, Outlaw in Houston, TX.
- Haunted Hints is launching two pop-up escape rooms at Megacon, Orlando, FL.
- Lock Museum Adventure has reopened for the season in Terryville, CT.
- Mind Factory Escape Games has opened a new room, Invasion in Bridgeport, CT.
- Mississippi Mind Trap launches a new room in Hannibal, MO.
- New Britain Public Library is bringing back their escape room in New Britain, CT.
- PanIQ has opened it's new site in Austin, TX.
- The Escape Game has opened two new locations, one in East Rutherford, NJ and one in Washington, DC.
- In other news, The Escape Game has also announced an expansion to Hawaii.
- Urban Escape Games opens it's third site in Marietta, GA.
- VR Escape Room Entertainment has opened in Parsons, KS.
- Escape60 has opened a F.R.I.E.N.D.S themed escape room in Calgary, AB.
- Improbable Escapes has a new escape room, The Undersea Overthrow, in Kingston, ON.
- Secret City have launched a new room, "Escape the Ghost Ship" that sails around Lake Ontario, in Toronto, ON.
- City Bouldering has opened an escape room, Canyon Rescue, in London.
- Challenge Zone are opening a new room, The Output, in Redditch.
- Escape Blackwood has announced a new escape room that caters for solo players in Blackwood.
- Escape Hunt has opened a new site in Exeter.
- Escape Reality Glasgow has opened a new room, Conspiracy, in Glasgow.
- Escape Room Bridgnorth has opened a room in Bridgnorth.
- Eureka Escape has opened a new room, The Demon Masseur of Market Street in Falmouth.
- EXIT Newcastle has opened a new room, The Three Bears, in Newcastle.
- Hackers have opened two new rooms in Billericay.
- Hounds Escape has opened a new room, The Explorer's Diary, in Crawley.
- Kanyu Escape has opened a third room, The Secret of the Leopard People in Wetherby.
- Live Escape Salisbury has launched an escape room, The Brig, in Salisbury.
- Locked in Leeds has opened a new room, Chapel of Unrest, in Leeds.
- Sneaky Dog Escapes has opened a new room, Operation Spitfire, in Southampton.
- The Evidence Room has opened a new room, The Future Room, in Bury St Edmunds.
- The Panic Room has opened a new room, Horror House, in Gravesend.
- The Real Escape has opened a new game, The Western Job, in Portsmouth.
- Ware Escape Rooms has opened a new room, Detective Escape Room.
- Escape This has announced a new game, The President's Briefcase, in Perth, Australia.
- Labyrinth Escape Rooms has opened a new room, Outbreak, in Parramatta, Australia.
- South Canterbury Museum has launched outdoor game, Operation Mindfall in Timaru, New Zealand.
- The Cipher Room has opened a new room, La Rébellion, in Newtown, Australia.
- The Mystery Rooms has opened a new room, Puddington's Toy Shop in Geelong, Australia.
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🔎 May's Puzzle
Since a certain date in May reminds us of a popular movie franchise, here are three movie title dingbats to get you thinking.
- Sirius vs Vega
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