Breakout Manchester RSS Feed RSS feed for Breakout Manchester en-us Copyright (C) 2014 Breakout Liverpool Blog Entry No.1 Having spent the last ten months challenging the people of Manchester we broke out on Saturday 7th March and headed on a road trip down the A580. We ended up at Breakout Liverpool where we thought it would be fun to challenge you too! We are a live escape room game based on Sir Thomas Street where we allow members of the public to attempt to break out of our rooms. You have 60 minutes to solve a series of different puzzles and clues and attempt to escape, itrsquo;s a race against time and a test of your patience but yet thoroughly enjoyable and exciting. There are three different rooms at Breakout Liverpool, two taken from Breakout Manchester, Sabotage and Classified and our newest room which opened on Saturday 14th March, Shipwrecked. Sabotage sees you going deep behind enemy territory to stop a missile strike and you have 60 minutes before launch. The classified room see's players sitting their final entrance exam to become a secret agent. You must escape from the room to pass the exam. This is Breakout's most explosive and technologically advanced room yet! Think James Bond, Jack Bauer and Lara Croft. Shipwrecked seersquo;s you climbing aboard the wreckage of Captain Chiverrsquo;s ship in hope of escaping with his most prized and valuable treasure before his ghost that endlessly haunts the ship finds you, and drags you down into his watery grave. Are you brave enough to come down and attempt to escape? Mon, 30 Mar 2015 18:54:32 +0100 Breakout Liverpool's New Room- Wanted So here at Breakout Liverpool we decided that 3 rooms weren't enough so decided to open up a 4th!nbsp; This room is extra special though as there are two stories to it and you can choose which side to play, Cowboy or Indian. Having these options gives the room replay value which is very rare in the escape game world. The Cowboy side has around a 70% success rate which means it's a great room to start with if you are new to escape rooms. The Indian side has around a 5% success rate which is proving to be one of our hardest rooms yet! Not to give anything away too much but the Cowboy side, you got too drunk in the saloon and lost your favourite gun. The Indians are locked away and have to breakout out of a prison cell.nbsp; We've had great feedback so far from the customers and staff who have played it. Why not give it a try and book now at breakoutliverpool.comnbsp; Mon, 01 Jun 2015 18:48:47 +0100 Breakout Franchise Here at Breakout we like to keep things close and personal, that's why 6 of our rooms have been created internally by Breakout Manchester and Breakout Liverpool. Over the past yearnbsp;Breakout Manchesternbsp;and Liverpoolnbsp;have become a one of the most succesful escape rooms in the UK and we believe that's down to the excellent design flow and unique story lines that are the key to our success. You can now purchase any of our 6 rooms tonbsp;franchisenbsp;and start up your own escape room anywhere in the world. We will help you every step of the way by adapting each room to the space avaliable, we will also send experienced members of staff over to you to assist you with the set up and answer any questions you may have. We can also provide a consultation to help make your centre become as successful with a personal marketing plan. We have already franchised some of our rooms to Finland and Crete.nbsp; For more information visit our website,nbsp;www.theescaperoomfranchise.comnbsp; Any enquries about this drop us an email atnbsp;hello@breakoutliverpool.comnbsp; Fri, 26 Jun 2015 11:50:16 +0100 Manager's Stories Being a manager here at Breakout we get to see and hear some very interesting things, from and staff and customers. When one of our managers Kate first started she thought she was doing a good deed and started to water the plants. These plants are in fact fake and she didn't realise until someone else told her. Kate also used mouth spray for a week thinkng it was hand sanitiser. Another highlight was when she was told to tidy our storage cupboard and came across a brick, instead of throwing it away she decided to tidy it away in a drawer. Our Liverpool Centre Manager Dan forgot to insert paper into a laminating sheet and put it through alone. Safe to say this did not work, it melted and broke. One of our game operators Jenah thought you had to pre-charge rechargable batteries before use. Simon one of the game operators came out with this classic quote when someone was ill in the office "DON'T COME NEAR ME I HAVEN'T GOT THE ANTI BODIES AND I HAVE A WEDDING IN TWO WEEKS" Frankie a game operator was told to use double sided tape but started trying to peel black duct tape and was wondering why it wasn't working! Here at Breakout we don't have a great concept of size when ordering items for our rooms. Many items have arrived smaller then we anticipated like posters, photo frames, name badges and "life size skeletons". We also like to play tricks on each other like scaring each other but the best and most deadliest thing you could do here is.... leave your facebook page logged in. The customers also keep us entertained, especially when they turn up dressed as Ginger Spice or arrive straight after their wedding ceremony all dressed up. Mon, 03 Aug 2015 15:03:18 +0100 The most FUN team building activity!! Breakout isn't just great for friends and families it is great for work colleagues and team building events too! How is Breakout good for this? Our rooms are perfect for team building activities nbsp;as it requires groups to get stuck in and work as a team. The puzzles require mental ability including numerical, problem solving, riddles and common sense. In all of our rooms we have CCTV to give assistance throughout the game. If a team look like they are struggling or need pushing in the right direction we can send them cryptic clues via a television screen with an alert sound. Itrsquo;s something unique to get the groups to work together under pressure but is also a lot of fun. If you would like to observe teams inside the rooms we can allow managers to watch the games from the control room to see how their teams work together. Our rooms are also great for icebreakers as being locked in a room requires you to problem solve and work together to escape. Competition nbsp; Our rooms bring a sense of competition to the teams as we can race teams against each other in different rooms, although the rooms differ in difficulty. To give everyone the same great experience, if one team are in a more difficult room we can provide more assistance then we would to a team in an easier room. If you book multiple rooms we can alternate the groups between the rooms throughout the course of the day. Escape times For each teams we record the escape times so if required we can forward these on to you along with the team photos so you have these on record. Prices Off Peak (Monday 10.30am - Friday 5pm) 2ppl - pound;36 (pound;18 per person) 3ppl - pound;45 (pound;15 per person) 4ppl - pound;56 (pound;14 per person) 5ppl - pound;60 (pound;12 per person) nbsp; Peak (Friday 5pm - Sunday 9.30pm) 2ppl - pound;40 (pound;20 per person) 3ppl - pound;48 (pound;16 per person) 4ppl - pound;60 (pound;15 per person) 5ppl - pound;70 (pound;14 per person) nbsp; For more information contact us directly on 01512271765 or nbsp; Wed, 26 Aug 2015 13:21:17 +0100 Charity Day #2 Last month Breakout hosted another charity day across both of our sites. Here in Liverpool all our proceeds went toward the Imagine If Trust and in our Manchester site we supported The Christie.nbsp; Lots of fun was had by all who cam to play and in Liverpool we raised a total of nbsp;pound;870 for Imagine If, and the two charity teams both managed to Breakout! Imagine If A Liverpool based charity, Imagine If support various areas of the community, seeking to cover a large range of issues and improve the lives of those they reach.nbsp; Spanning from raising money for families, those in debt to refugees and asylum seekers. Social Media On the day we took to social media and posted regular updates on how the day was going and it was a huge success. nbsp; Tue, 17 Nov 2015 18:21:53 +0000 Breakout Liverpool 5 rooms! Here at Breakout Liverpool we have 5 completely themed rooms for you to choose from. Ranging from 3 star to 5 star difficulty. So we have plenty of choice for hardcore puzzlers and beginners.nbsp; Shipwrecked: This room is great for beginners and is a 3 star level difficulty. It is also a family friendly room so is great for children to get involved. Classified: This room is good for players who haven't played before who want a challenge but not too much of one. This is a 4 star difficulty level and is our most popular room.nbsp; Wanted: This room is extra special as it has two storylines for you to choose from! The Cowboy side is slightly easier at a 4 star level and is very popular. The Indian side is a lot harder and a 5 star difficulty level. We are one of the first escape room companies in the North West to do this. The Facility: This room has a horror aspect to it and isn't suitable for under 16's. The puzzles in this room are our most techonolgical yet and the look of the room is completely different to all our others. This is a 4 star difficulty level.nbsp; Sabotage: This room is perfect for people looking for a challenge! It's a 5 star difficutly level and is our hardest room with a 20% success rate. So now you have a little extra information about the rooms go to our website www.breakoutliverpool.comnbsp;and BOOK NOW!!!nbsp; Thu, 07 Jan 2016 16:49:23 +0000 Dare you try to break the curse? The carnival is coming to Liverpool but its cursed ndash; do you dare to break the curse? You and your friends have won yourself a prize at the local carnival but it seems to be a prize with a difference. Since you took it home you've been plagued by strange dreams accompanied by a haunting voice that continues to tell you to return your prizenbsp;within 7 days.nbsp;You return to the site of the carnival on the 7th daynbsp;and enter the old repair shed where you must solve the mystery with only an hour left before the clock strikesnbsp;midnight. Can you break the cursenbsp;in 60 minutesnbsp;or will your nightmares really come true...? Roll up! Roll up! Cursed Carnival has arrived at Breakout Liverpool. Return to the carnival; solving puzzles, riddles and challenges along your way to help you escape from becoming cursed forevermore. You have been warned! Cursed Carnival is Breakout Liverpoolrsquo;s 6thnbsp;new room and will be opening on the 18th March but is available to book now if you are up to the challenge... Mon, 14 Mar 2016 15:13:44 +0000 Charitable Connections Hello, nbsp; On Thursday 21stnbsp;April 2016, Breakout Manchester and Liverpool are hosting a charity day which we would love you to be part of. nbsp; In 2015, Breakout contacted some local charities and gave them our rooms for a day. This altered nothing from our end of the as these rooms would be running anyway, we took them off the booking system, told the charities our prices and let them book the slots themselves and take the money we would have received as a direct donation. In both Manchester and Liverpool we have worked with charities such as The Christie, Joining Jack, Parkinsonrsquo;s UK, Barnardo's, Imagine If Trust and many more. nbsp; For this April, we are proposing that we go national and get as many exit games involved and have a day dedicated to giving to charity. We at Breakout were wondering if you would be interested in giving some or all of your rooms to charities of your choosing on this day? nbsp; Please see a link to our article on Exit Games ( about our national charity day and if you would like to get involved please reply to this message for more information. nbsp; We do hope you get involved. nbsp; Thank you, nbsp; Breakoutnbsp; Tue, 19 Apr 2016 14:01:26 +0100 Birthday Reflections It was recently Breakoutrsquo;s second birthday as a company, this tends to be a time where we sit back and consider the year and our time in general. For those of you that have been with Breakout Liverpool since our beginning, you may remember that we are the second Breakout centre in the UK; we actually started in Manchester with two games (John Monroersquo;s Detective Office and Virus), three members and staff and a director. For those of you that have only found us more recently, that was genuinely where we began. What people may not know is that John Monroe was a franchised room, as we wanted to make sure we started the company with a game that worked and we couldnrsquo;t mess up. Wersquo;ve just regenerated that game so itrsquo;s no longer the original game we franchised, but recognising our starting point is important to us and really serves to show how far wersquo;ve come. We started with 2 rooms in an old hair dressing academy in Manchester city centre. By the end of August 2014, wersquo;d opened up a new room (MADchester) which from concept to completion was completely internal. We designed MADchester to be fiendishly difficult and with nervous anticipation opened it to the public to see if we got it right. We definitely had, nearly two years later, MADchester still retains its average of a 10% success rate. From developing MADchester, we went on to open Sabotage, another 5* room, this time our director worked with staff interested in game development, so they could see what that entailed. Despite its difficulty level, Sabotage remains one of our most popular games, something about stopping a missile launch and saving the day must really appeal to people. It was our next phase which really saw us cutting our teeth on something new. We created a pop-up site further down Deansgate in Manchester at the Great Northern. Not only was a pop up a potential risk, but the two games it held were identical. That might seem like a silly idea, but we actually created the concept of a race game, where teams could book both rooms at the same time and directly race each other to the endpoint. Again, people seemed to jump on this idea and Classified remained popular for the entirety of its existence. As Classified was coming to an end, we werenrsquo;t willing to slow down our development and rebuilt the very large Virus room, making way for the new Infiltrate as well. Our next adventure was even more exciting and scary than the Classified project, we opened a whole new site in a whole new city. February 2015 saw several of the, now, well established Manchester team head to Liverpool to open a new centre here. Unlike when we opened Manchester, we were no longer brand new to the game and opened with 3 games, two from Manchester (Sabotage and Classified) and a brand new one exclusive to Liverpool. We quickly opened a fourth room in Liverpool with The Facility, a horror room and our first to have an age restriction! Again several months later, Liverpool opened its fifth room, Wanted, and now matched the flagship Manchester centre in size. This fifth room in Liverpool was not only well themed, but also had another new twist that wersquo;ve never seen anywhere else. Wanted is a really fun Wild West theme, but, without giving anything away, you also pick a side before entry and play a game based on that. You can play Most Wanted twice and play a completely different game each time! After a few months to finally breathe, sit back and realise what wersquo;d manage to create in 18 months, we jumped straight back into development and opened a whole second site in Manchester on High Street. Unlike the Classified site, this site is not a pop up and we intend to be around for as long as the contract allows. We opened High Street with three games; another Monroersquo;s Detective Office, Vacancy and Facility X (a similar theme to Liverpoolrsquo;s The Facility game, but with completely different game play and puzzles). We didnrsquo;t stop there though and within two months opened Most Wanted (again, a similar theme to Wantedrsquo;s popular theme in Liverpool, but thatrsquo;s where the gamersquo;s similarity ends). Most Wanted saw another new concept for Breakout as it introduced a leader-board and our first game where escaping is not the only objective. Hot off the heels of Most Wanted, we then launched Cursed Carnival in Liverpool, another creepy room with brilliant theming. Cursed Carnivalrsquo;s opening also means that Liverpool is now the biggest Breakout Centre, with six rooms. When you see this all written down, it really does make you sit back and realise how much wersquo;ve achieved in such a short space of time and how much wersquo;ve grown as a company and as professionals. Every promotion within Breakout has been internal and all our higher management, including franchising, training and development, PR and centre managers started as game operators. Even outside of management, Breakout allows people to push their potential. When I mentioned Sabotage before, I stated how the director worked with staff in its creation, but from Classified onwards he allowed people with a passionate idea to create rooms they had interesting concepts for and he would consult on these. From here though, a game development role was created so that people creating rooms had someone to go to in order to make sure the theming of the room was on point, this expanded to a game development team and we even created a secondment of lsquo;Puzzle Masterrsquo; so that therersquo;s a person to consult with to make puzzles to suit the type of game you want to create. Therersquo;s so much development happening all the time, and it hasnrsquo;t stopped now. Even as I type this there are people developing two new games at our High Street site, that wersquo;ll announce soon (#Teaser), and a team in Cardiff about to open our brand new centre there tomorrow (this means wersquo;re international now, yes?). Cardiff is starting life with our Sabotage and Classified games, but no doubt will start to grow at the exponential rate Manchester and Liverpool did. We canrsquo;t wait to get to know the new additions to the Breakout family. All this. ALL of this started from two games, in a site without signs that no one could find, with a concept no one understood. We started with Virus, we started with John Monroe, we started with three young members of staff and after all of this, itrsquo;s important for the 1 director, 13 managers and 55 game operators to remember those lovely, tiny beginnings.nbsp; Tue, 31 May 2016 20:37:30 +0100 Breakout Liverpool is the perfect family activity With the summer holidays quickly approaching, it can be difficult to find fun and interesting activities to do with your family to keep your children entertained over the summer months. Since the British summer mostly consists of rain, this in turn makes the task a lot more difficult for you parents out there, but don't worry as we are here to help you. We are a fun indoor activity which will keep your children entertained whilst also getting their brains active too! What better way to bond as a family than being locked inside a room together for 60 minutes and the only way to escape is by working together as a team! Although our rooms are mostly designed for adults, children have lots of fun when playing our rooms, but certain ages find some of the puzzles a bit difficult. Due to this, we recommend the minimum age to partake in the room is 10 with an adult in the room with them, and the minimum age to partake in the room without an adult is 16. Our rooms are perfect for families as it requires you to work as a team in order to escape, and our puzzles require mental abilities such as problem solving, numerical knowledge, common sense and a side order of riddles. These puzzles help get your childrens brains working without them even realising, as they are so caught up in the moment and focused on trying to escape. Our escape rooms are a great alternative from going to other indoor activies, such as the cinema, as it helps keep everyone on their feet and get their brains working. All of our rooms are equipped with CCTV cameras so if you all hit a brick wall and need a bit of help, your game operator will send you a cryptic clue through to the TV screen in the room to help give you a nudge in the right direction.nbsp; Our rooms also offer a sense of competition too, so if you and another family both wanted to play, you could race against each other in different rooms to see who will escape first. Alternatively, if you wanted to make it more even by playing the same room at the same time, our Manchester second site just introduced their new Re:Classified game where both groups are in identical rooms racing to beat the other team! A couple of our rooms may be too difficult or unsuitable for younger children, but our Shipwrecked, Wanted, Cursed Carnival and Classified rooms are perfect for all ages, so you parents can get involved too! Sometimes you may find that your children will end up being a lot better than you inside these rooms, so you should also be prepared for that. I once ran a game for a family where the parents contributed almost nothing whilst the kids pretty much done everything themselves, so parents; be warned! If you are out of the city during the summer and are lost for something to do, our Cursed Carnival room has just opened up in our Cardiff site, so why not go check that out too? So if you wake up one day this summer and you are greeted with the rain hitting your windows (once again), and you have run out of ideas to keep your children entertained, go straight over to our website,nbsp;pick a room to play, and then book it! Don't worry, we will always be here to offer you a lifeline when the weather decides to postpone all outdoor activities. Mon, 01 Aug 2016 13:34:38 +0100 Keep fresh carry on As you may have noticed, October was a busy month for all 3 of our Breakout sites. We opened a new room in each city we are based in. We opened The Heist in Liverpool, Manchester opened Captured and Cardiff opened Disturbed. The Heist is the 7th room to come to Liverpool and throws you into a scenario in which you are a team of elite bank robbers in the midst of your most daring heist ever. You have reached the legendary vault of the Locke and Quay Treasury - rumoured to house the fabled private depository of one of their richest clients. You have 60 minutes to raid the vault and make your escape before the back up security systems seal your fate forever. The process of opening a new room is very exciting for us and we love working towards bringing you guys the best possible rooms to play in! The process always begins when a property is purchased, we take a look at the layout of the building and work out how many rooms we can fit in there so that we know for future reference. Once wersquo;ve moved into the property, we can then start opening new rooms on a regular basis. This is important to us as we like bringing you new and exhilarating rooms you can immerse yourself into and it keeps us fresh and reminds us that wersquo;re always able to learn. Once wersquo;re ready to open a new room, we start the process with an empty slate, and collect ideas around all members of staff on what the theme of the room should be. This is important as itrsquo;s great to hear everyonersquo;s ideas, and it also helps create even newer ideas by bouncing different concepts off each other. Once everyone has had their say on the new room, a team is then put together to solely focus on creating the room. The team then get together to decide on a vague storyline for the room to give everyone a basic idea on how the puzzles should link with the storyline, and how the decoration of the room should look. A project manager is chosen who works with each individual member of the team to help ensure that all deadlines are met and that all areas of the room are as good as they can be. Next, our puzzle master works on creating the most important part of our rooms ndash; THE PUZZLES! The puzzle masters job is to (yes, you guessed it!) create all puzzles which will go into the room for you guys to sink your teeth into. This task involves a lot of pressure, as you can imagine, just think of an escape room in which the puzzles arenrsquo;t great, but our puzzle master always pulls through for us which is why you love our rooms so much! Once the Puzzle Master has formed an idea of the game play, itrsquo;s time for the game development team to make everything hit the theme. These guys make our rooms look incredible, and make you feel truly immersed in the storyline. They order paints, wallpaper, decorations, props and also your favourite things everhellip; red herrings! Once everything is good and ready to go, test games are held for all staff members. These are very important as it helps to highlight any issues there are with the game, such as puzzles which donrsquo;t work or are too difficult, or where the storyline needs tweaking to match the room a bit more. The test games also help us get a better idea of what difficulty rating the room will be, as we can look at the success rate from the first wave of test games and decide whether more puzzles need to be added to make it a bit more difficult, or take out smaller puzzles to make it a little easier. Once the test games are finished, the room is ready to open for the public, which is where you guys play your part! We would love to hear any feedback you have from playing our new rooms, so be sure to get in touch and tell us what you enjoyed most about our new room. If you are yet to play any, be sure to head over to shy;our Liverpool, Manchester or Cardiff sites to book now! Fri, 04 Nov 2016 13:25:17 +0000 Why not lock up a loved one this Christmas? Stuck for Christmas present ideas? Why not try Breakout! Christmas is fast approaching, and everyone knows at least one person who is difficult to buy gifts for. Whether you're sick of buying soap, candles and socks, a game at Breakout can be a great alternative present. Our games are the perfect gift for that fussy friend or family member - we lock them in a room for an hour and test their brain power with our puzzles, riddles and clues to see if they can escape. It's much more exciting than yet another rainy-day boardgame, with the bonus of our rooms being toasty warm while the Winter weather keeps us all indoors. Group sizes can range between two to five players in a room, so you can even come along to play with whoever you buy the game for (if they want you on their team, that is!). You can either book directly and send them off, or you can phone whichever city interests you and ask them to email you a voucher after you've purchased the game! With a wide variety of difficulty levels in our rooms, you can even choose how challenging you want the game to be. So if you want to test how clever your family members really are, you could go for a five-star difficulty room like Sabotage (in Manchester,nbsp;Liverpoolnbsp;andnbsp;Cardiff) or Madchester (in Manchester). Or if you want to be kind and start them off with something easier, our three-star rooms like Identify (innbsp;Chester), Cursed Carnival or The Detective Office might be the best place to begin. If you know someone who has been down to play our games before and are keen to return for another round of escaping, they might enjoy a medium level of difficulty such as our four-star rooms Virus, The Facility or Wanted so they can put their skills to the test yet again. There's also the option of choosing your room by theme based on what your friend or family member would enjoy more - got a cousin who is a massive fan of the seven seas an all things pirate-y? Then Shipwrecked in our Liverpool centre would be perfect! The team of treasure hunters are to sneak on board the wreck of the Soldado, haunted by the ghostly Captain Chivers - steal his treasure within an hour and live to tell the tale, if not then become part of the skeleton crew! Or if you have a friend who is a big fans of crime dramas, then Cardiff's newest room would be the perfect gift to buy for them. In Disturbed, the team discover a gruesome crime scene in a warehouse, the last known whereabouts of PC Richards who has been missing for over a week. Investigate the scene and work out what happened to make your escape! With our centres being based in city centre locations in Manchester, Liverpool, Cardiff and our newest addition in Chester, you can easily make a day of treating that special someone who already has everything! You could add a game of Breakout to the list of activities for the day as each game lasts for an hour, so if you're giving the gift of a day out in the city, a stop off at Breakout can be a nice break from the cold weather of the Christmas markets or a way to get your brain into gear after a meal out. We're open from 10am to 10pm seven days a week, so even if the person who receives a game with us a gift is always busy, it should be easy to find a time that suits them to come down and play! If this is your thing then visit the website of the city you're interested in sending your loved ones to now! Wed, 07 Dec 2016 17:13:29 +0000 Red Bull at Breakout Every year the giants that are Red Bull create hundreds of fantastic competitive events. These span a plethora of activities, such as surfing, skating, the Flugtag and, a personal favourite, the Soap Box Race, to name a few. There are thousands of competitive events around the world, but Red Bull manage to bring something extra to theirs and create an infectious atmosphere that audiences are drawn into even if they're watching on a screen thousands of miles away. This year Red Bull created thenbsp;M1NDG4M3RSnbsp;event 'Mission Enoch', which involved releasing some brain games / mental strategy puzzles online and ranking people as they played them. These were logic based visual puzzles that were very hands on and involved you creating trails from one point to another or moving obstacles to clear them. While gamers enjoyed taking on the challenges posed by these games, results from them were used to create a leaderboard and the top twenty players from each country were invited to their nearest LIVE qualifying event. We were really intrigued about the whole premise of this event, but were even more excited when we were chosen to host both the UK qualifiers at ournbsp;Breakout Manchesternbsp;High Street centre on December 5th andnbsp;Breakout Cardiffnbsp;on December 7th. Red Bull fridges arrived on each of our premises (evennbsp;Breakout Liverpoolnbsp;got to join the fun) in order to promote the event and each centre found different puzzles our customers had to solve to access a free drink before their games. The night before our qualifiers, Red Bull arrived equipment in tow and spent the evening setting up the interactive 'cube' that would be the basis of the live event. After a few hours of watching mystery screens and wires disappearing from our reception into Reclassified in Manchester and Classified in Cardiff, the set up was done and we all got to go home and await the following day for the public to arrive. In the morning yet more pieces of equipment arrived; desks, laptops, fridges (FILLED with Red Bull for the gamers) and a huge team from the Red Bull Events division. We were ready to go. Throughout the day gamers would arrive and try their hand at the qualifier. Some of these were Wild Card teams, simply turning up to have a go and, of course, the leaderboard gamers themselves. One by one, teams of four disappeared into our newly kitted out rooms and spent twenty minutes trying to take the puzzles down through its various stages. This conception was designed using logic, creativity, visual thinking and strategy, similar to the processed BReakout base our game play on when we're in design.nbsp;@RedBullMindGamenbsp;and@RedBullUKnbsp;tweeted about the event as the day progressed and teams could also tweet in their various results and lay the gauntlet down without knowing how they themselves had yet ranked. The competition was fierce, the stakes were high, but the ultimte result was just fun, fun and fun.At the end of the day the team to have succeeded in the quickest time were deemed the winners of that qualifier and got to progress to the next round. The final stage of these qualifiers is in March next year and is a unique escape game tournament being held in BUDAPEST! The idea of a trip to Budapest is already amazing, but what got us giddy is how fitting it is as Hungary is where the concept of live escape games had its inception. This industry view Budapest as the spiritual home of what we do, so it feels so right tht this is where this event would end. There is a reason Red Bull are at the forefront of what they do. Tue, 13 Dec 2016 15:07:01 +0000 Things to do on the perfect day in Liverpool Liverpool is a city with rich heritage and history, and since its big revamp due to the capital of culture title in 2008, it is now currently a thriving city filled with all types of new businesses popping up around the centre and surrounding areas. For this blog we have gathered the wisdom of our game operators to find out their favourite things to do around the city as well as any hidden gems they may know of. With this information, we have been able to create this post which outlines the perfect day and night in Liverpool. Every day has got to be started right, and the best way to do that is by having the most important meal of the day, which is breakfast. The best place to do this is at Rococo Cafeacute;. This place is kind of a hidden gem despite it being on one of the busy main streets in Liverpool city centre. This cafeacute; can be found by entering a doorway next to BHS which leads you up a staircase into the cafeacute; itself. Once entered, you can kick-start your day by tucking into a variety of different meals to start your day perfectly. Now that yoursquo;ve got all of those carbohydrates inside powering your body for the day, the best thing to do would be to put that energy to use! The next stop on your perfect day should be at Spring City Trampoline Park. Not only do spring city have almost 100 trampolines in all different sizes, they also have basketball nets and dodgeball courts to keep your blood flow pumping! After all of that exercise yoursquo;re bound to have worked up a bit of an appetite, and I hope yoursquo;re hungry, as Lucha Libre has the perfect lunch time menu for you. Depending on how much of an appetite yoursquo;ve worked up, you can choose from a range of burritos, chicken wings, burgers, nachos or even salads. With a little bit of time before your evenings events, why not spend an hour down at Breakout Liverpool? We have got 7 different themed escape rooms to choose from at various different difficulty levels, so depending on what sort of challenge yoursquo;re looking for, we can accommodate to you! If you managed to breakout with a decent bit of time left on the clock, you will have some spare time to check out the culture Liverpool has to offer. This city has various museums and art galleries to keep your culture tastebuds tingling.nbsp; Solving puzzles can be tiring, so by now yoursquo;re probably hungry again, so itrsquo;s time for the main event. It can be difficult to choose what you want to eat for your biggest meal of the day, which is why we are going to give you two recommendations, because we're nice like that! If you want something exotic and spicy, you should go grab a bite to eat at Mowgli which boasts casual Indian small plates in a street food style setting. Your food will be served like tapas, in small plates and brought out as and when it is ready to be served. The Mowgli menu has an array of different tastes of India, and donrsquo;t forget about the whole vegan menu they have to offer too! If you want something meaty, look no further than Cowshed. This is a fairly new establishment situated on Seel Street, and they offer arguably the best steak Liverpool has to offer.nbsp; Now that yoursquo;re ready for the night ahead, there is no other place to go than Bongos Bingo which is arguably the biggest, best and most popular night Liverpool has to offer. Forget the bingo your Nan knows and loves, Bongos Bingo has refreshed and revitalised bingo, with ridiculous prizes on offer and intermittent rave rounds, this event will make you wish all Gala Bingos around the country were exactly like this! Whether yoursquo;re spending your winnings or drowning your sorrows as you were 1 number off a full house, you will be looking to continue your evening in a bar or club. Liverpool is a city renowned for its nightlife so it is difficult to point you in the direction of one specific place to end your night, so if yoursquo;re looking to dance to some old school Ramp;B Maya or Brooklyn Mixer is the place for you. Whereas if yoursquo;re looking to sing along to some rock and indie, look no further than Mojo. This selection of fantastic local amp; national businesses will hopefully make your visit to Liverpool very eventful and one to definitely remember! Wed, 01 Mar 2017 15:11:04 +0000 Breakout's next Charity Day is Thursday 30th March 2017 Itrsquo;s that time of year again where Breakout try to pay back to the community. The two charity days we hold each year are really important to Breakout and who we are, because wersquo;re aware we wouldnrsquo;t be here without the people of the cities wersquo;re based in. We held our first charity day in April 2015 at our flagship Manchester branch and each time wersquo;ve done one since itrsquo;s got bigger and bigger, and now involves the sales of all of our rooms becoming charitable donations and a way of getting local charities actively involved in what we do. And by all our rooms we mean at all four cities, so thatrsquo;s Manchester, Liverpool, Cardiff and Chester all trying to help in the small way we can. In 2016 we raised over pound;6000 with our charity days and we strive to smash that target this year as well. We dedicate certain rooms to the different charities, and then any sales during the day time from that game become donations for them. In the evenings we tend to give these games to the charities themselves to do with as they will. Some sell them on to members and patrons, others get sponsorship for their service users to play and some even raffle their games off. It is completely free for them to do as they will. Selecting our charities is a careful process, there are some that are just close to our hearts and others that we find from the local area (as much as possible). This time around the charities wersquo;re working with are: Barnardorsquo;s, Zoersquo;s Place and Clatterbridge Cancer Trust Barnardo's is a charity working to improve the lives of vulnerable children and young people. They provide services to aid these children, but also work hard to campaign for positive change and conduct research in the area. They work to help every child achieve their full potential despite whatever has lead to Barnardorsquo;s intervention with them, be that poverty, disability, domestic abuse or sexual exploitation. Clatterbridge Cancer Centre is a Liverpool based hospital providing specialist cancer treatments to people from the Merseyside and Cheshire areas. They deal with over 30,000 patients a year across their ten sites, which provide pioneering chemotherapy, radiotherapy and proton therapy treatments. As well as providing specialist treatments the Clatterbridge also fund vital research in the area. Zoe's Place provide palliative, respite and end-of-life care to infants from birth to 5 years who are suffering from a life-limiting disease or something that they may not recover from. Zoe's Place strive to provide a safe home-from-home environment for their patients and their families. Between now and the date wersquo;ll release on twitter which games support which charities, but all of them are fantastic causes so there really is no better time to play than our charity day! nbsp; nbsp; Wed, 15 Mar 2017 18:48:24 +0000 "I'm clever I'll get out in 10 minutes" From time to time, our customers tend to underestimate the difficulty of our escape rooms. We respect the bravery of the teams who have never played an escape room before but want to tackle our most difficult room. Itrsquo;s not impossible and has been done before, but the odds are stacked against them. Statistically, our most difficult room (Sabotage) currently stands at a 27% success rate. Meaning that out of 2,468 teams that have attempted it, only 669 have escaped! Now yoursquo;d expect this from a 5 star difficulty rated room, but when you see a 2 star difficulty rated room, yoursquo;d expect the success rate to be almost at 100%, right? Wrong! Our easiest room Cursed Carnival at 2 star difficulty rating has a 77% success rate, with 1406 teams escaping and 416 failing to escape. So even our easiest room is difficult and can be a struggle to escape from. Sometimes the simplest puzzles can get a team stuck for a while, whereas another group will come in and complete it instantly. This is down to the atmosphere in the room, the music in the background and your own team mates stressing you out. I imagine our rooms would be a little easier without atmospheric music playing, but what fun would that be?! Different rooms may feel more difficult than others depending on the people you decide to play with and the types of puzzle which are in the room. Speaking from personal experience: in the past, I have found a 3 star room more difficult than 4 star rooms. We have also had customers escape from a 4 star room and state that the 2 star room theyrsquo;ve just played was more difficult than the 4 star room. This may be because if you enter a room knowing how ldquo;easyrdquo; it is, can make you overthink things and expect everything to be a walk in the park, when in reality, itrsquo;s still going to challenge your brain. Now for the title of the blog; ldquo;Irsquo;m clever, Irsquo;ll get out in 10 minutesrdquo;, if we had pound;10 for every time we had heard a customer jokingly say this, wersquo;d be pretty rich! If we had pound;10 every time we saw this quote ring true, wersquo;d have nothing! The remainder of our rooms success rates are as follows: Wanted: Cowboys: 62.91%, Wanted: Indians 29.25%, Classified 56.07%, The Facility 45.46%, Shipwrecked 69.97% and The Heist 67.85%. Most of our rooms success rates are over 50%, with only 3 rooms being under this figure. So if yoursquo;d like to ease your way into our rooms, try our Cursed Carnival room first, but if yoursquo;d like to take on the challenge of our hardest room at your first attempt, feel free to get stuck into Sabotage! Fri, 05 May 2017 09:39:06 +0100 Bring your family to Breakout! The Summer holidays are just around the corner, and unless you're one of the lucky people who will be going on holiday, then it can be hard to find activities to fill those 6 weeks with the whole family at home. If you think you could stand being locked in a room with your kids for an hour, then Breakout is definitely a great activity for everyone in the family to enjoy! The puzzles can really get the whole team thinking and working together, and is the perfect indoor activities for those rainy days when you'd be otherwise stuck at home. While our rooms are mostly designed for teenage aged players and upwards, the puzzles can definitely be completed by younger children ndash; sometimes they're better at the games than adults! Every room is designed to require an element of teamwork, from putting your heads together to solve a riddle, to working together collecting items around the room, there is bound to be something everyone in the team can work out! Whether you're a group of seasoned escape room players or a bunch of beginners, Breakout Liverpool now has seven rooms each with a varying difficulty level ndash; from the 2 star Cursed Carnival to the 5 star Sabotage, it will be easy to find a theme and difficulty that suits your team. If you're not too bothered about difficulty levels of the rooms, you can always choose your game based on your favourite theme; we have everything from an old sea captain's lost treasure in Shipwrecked, to a fast-paced bank robbery in The Heist! Each room's puzzles are based around their theme, for example Cursed Carnival's story is that the group are returning a cursed prize to its home in the fairground ndash; the puzzles are themed around carnival games, tarot cards and the spooky settings that come with an abandoned carnival. Players with a fear of clowns will be happy to hear there are none in Cursed Carnival, so they can play free of the fear of a clown popping up during the game! On the other hand, if you choose the play the cowboys side of Wanted, the puzzles are centred around its Wild West theme ndash; think old saloon bars and back-room poker games. If your teammates are big fans of Clint Eastwood then Wanted is a great game to play! Some themes may not be suitable for groups with younger players, such as our room The Facility, which has a recommended minimum age of 16 ndash; this is due to the horror theme of the game which may be scary to some children. At the accompanying adultsrsquo; discretion, kids can play The Facility but it may not be suitable for very young children ndash; There is a fake 'corpse' in the game, and a very spooky, atmospheric soundtrack that even catches some of our game operators off guard! If the kids donrsquo;t want to play without an adult cramping their style during the game, please note that Breakout's policy does require an adult on site if a team of under-16s want to play. If someone aged 16 or over is in the room with the rest of the group, then adult supervision is not required. If Breakout seems to meet the needs of your family day out or you find yourself with some spare time in Liverpool city centre, then come on over to play! You can check the different rooms we have on our website. But donrsquo;t forget our Manchester, Chester and Cardiff branches if you find yourself that way as well! Mon, 10 Jul 2017 13:11:45 +0100 Breakout Liverpool is doubling in size! If you havenrsquo;t heard by now, our big announcement is that we have acquired the first floor of our current location on Sir Thomas Street. We have been trying to keep this news on the down low for a while, but wersquo;re now ecstatic that the cat is out of the bag! Now that wersquo;ve got a whole new floor in the building, this news means that wersquo;re doubling in size. As we speak, the builders are doing what they do best and working hard to get the rooms ready for the grand opening on Friday 21st July ! From the grand opening, 2 new games will be available to book and play. To begin with, we will be bringing some familiar faces over from our Manchester site, then eventually down the line, we will be bringing you some brand new exciting rooms to get your brains stuck into! The familiar faces you can expect to see are The Detective Office and Vacancy! The Detective Office will be opened twice, so for all you avid race room fans, you can play the exact same room as your friends next door, and see who can escape first! These rooms are available to book on our website now, so head on over and secure your slots now! This expansion doesnrsquo;t only benefit us and our customers, it is also helping create new jobs in the city, as we have hired numerous new employees to help with the new workload. Additionally, wersquo;re helping create further work for local builders and electricians as these are currently being hired to do the most important job in building our new rooms! These builders will be hired on very frequent occasions each month as there is a lot of work to be done upstairs. Without this expansion, these jobs would not have been created, meaning that this news is providing benefits for the local community too. Not only does the new floor mean that wersquo;re doubling in size and still remaining the biggest and best escape room in Liverpool, it also means we have the potential to be the biggest escape room in Europe! Once all 8 rooms are open upstairs, we will have 15 rooms in total in our centre, meaning we will be the biggest escape room in the UK, and potentially the biggest in Europe! This is obviously HUGE news, and we would like to thank all of your for your continued support and custom. We have come a long way from opening back in March 2015 with just 2 rooms, and we wouldnrsquo;t be where we are without your continued support! Finally, keep your eyes peeled on our Facebook and Twitter pages, as we will be posting more competitions in the coming weeks to celebrate the opening of our new rooms! We look forward to seeing your familiar faces in our new rooms in the next few months, and even some new faces too! Tue, 11 Jul 2017 20:28:52 +0100 Family days out in Liverpool The summer holidays are almost over, and with two more weeks of freedom the kids are bound to be getting bored before school starts up again! Worry not, as we have got a list of things to fill a few days in Liverpool, from food to things to do and see. If you're on a budget, all the museums in Liverpool are free to enter. The World Museum has five floors full of interesting stuff, such as dinosaurs, insects, an aquarium and a planetarium, so there's definitely going to be something to keep everyone in the family interested. Just up the road from the museum is the Walker Art Gallery, which has plenty of things to see and some lovely art to browse on a rainy afternoon, and sometimes they hold clubs and activities for kids to join in with. For a more active day out, there's always the Nerf Centre just a short walk from the city centre. Perfect for if the kids are climbing the walls on a rainy day, take them to the Nerf Centre to let out some boredom! If you're not so much into shooting nerf pellets at your family or friends, then Breakout Liverpool is also a great activity to include in a day out to the city. Located on Sir Thomas Street just a 5 minute walk from Liverpool One, pop in to Breakout to try one of our ten rooms! There are a variety of themes and difficulty levels to choose from, so if you're an experienced escape artist or completely new to the concept there will be something to suit your team. We also have centres in Manchester, Chester and Cardiff so if you're off for a day out to any of those cities be sure to check them out! Escaping a room can be a big challenge, so your team will probably be hungry after ndash; for a bite to eat post-game, head over to Wagamama in Liverpool One for some Asian-inspired food. Their menu has a huge range to choose from and there's even a kids menu for the little ones. If you're looking for something new to try, the Baltic Market recently opened in the old Cain's Brewery. There are multiple food vendors to choose from including burgers, veggie fast food and the amazing bubble waffles that you may have seen photos of all over the internet! Foodies will love the choice of independent stalls to choose from. At the moment it's only open Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday so it's a perfect end of week treat. For a more touristy day out, the Albert Dock offers a great bit of Liverpool history, including the Beatles Story and the Maritime museum. Sometimes there's even a boat docked outside the museum that you can go on board and have a look around, which is always a great opportunity to let out your inner pirate! So if the next few weeks on your calendar are looking empty, head over to our website and book a room! Hopefully now you've got some inspiration for a great day out, whatever the weather. Mon, 21 Aug 2017 13:29:46 +0100 'Tis the season to be scary! The first orange leaves have fallen from the trees, which means Halloween is just around the corner. Get your pumpkins carved and your faces painted, because Breakout are celebrating in style this year! Breakout Liverpool have spookified Shipwrecked ready for Halloween celebrations this year, look out for cobwebs, creepy ghouls and maybe a few hidden surprises along the way... Can you find Captain Chivers' treasure before his ghost finds you? If you've already played Shipwrecked, then we have some ready-to-scare rooms that are creepy all year round; The Facility and Vacancy. The Facility is based in the laboratory of Doctor Andrews; a reclusive scientist known for his unorthodox experiments. In the past few months, he has been working on a new experiment which is ready for human testing, and unsuspecting victims have been seen going into the lab but not returning. Or you can always check in to the Crimson Lake Motel in Vacancy ndash; don't be put off by the guestbook, it's normal for guests to never check out here... So put down your bags, get some rest, or try to escape before the killer finds you! If you're not close by to Liverpool, our sites in Manchester, Chester and Cardiff have their own versions of games fit for a ghoul. Manchester and Chester both have a copy of Vacancy, and Chester, Manchester and Cardiff have their own copies of Disturbed. So if one of these spooky settings has caught your eye, make sure you book in soon to make your Halloween extra creepy ndash; who doesn't love being locked in a room on the scariest night of the year? Mon, 23 Oct 2017 12:29:19 +0100 A day in the life of a Game Operator As you can probably imagine, our Game Operators see a lot of weird and wonderful things happen when running games for our lovely customers (some stories a lot weirder than others!). This blog will feature stories across ournbsp;Breakout Cardiff,nbsp;Breakout Liverpool,nbsp;Breakout Manchesternbsp;andnbsp;Breakout Chestersites, and will provide you with some insider information as to what really goes on in our rooms behind closed doors. We will start with the most 2017 that happened to us: ldquo;The year of Facebook Liverdquo; story. As Game Operator Shannon was congratulating her group on escaping, one of the customers pulled out her iPhone and went live on Facebook. This then led to all of them celebrating with Shannon to every one of her friends on Facebook! Another story of which encapsulates the millennial era yet again revolves around technology. One Game Operator accidentally left her phone within the room after resetting, and the team became fixated with it (despite being told to put it to one side!). The customers tried to unlock the phone so many times that the Game Operator was locked out for 2 hours once she retrieved it after the game had finished. Next, we move on to one of my favourites from the selection of stories. Game Operator Jake had a customer struggling on one of the puzzles. She was struggling that much, she proceeded to take her phone out of her bag, and call her Mum to ask her for the answer to the puzzle! This was the first time hersquo;d ever seen this happen after working here for over 2 years! Recently, we also had a man randomly strip down to his boxers whilst playing the game. We were wondering what on earth he was doing, until he ventured over to the wardrobe in the room and got dressed up in the suit! At the end of the game, he then stripped back down to his boxers without warning to get back into his everyday attire. Another common problem we Game Operators encounter are teams coming to play Classified 2 after playing Classified 1, not realising theyrsquo;re identical in content! One team decided to go ahead and play Classified 2 anyway, and managed to blitz through the whole room in about half an hour (which, if they hadnrsquo;t played before, would be a record-breaking time!). Customers not only do hilarious things, but say hilarious things, also. A team once insulted the person on the policeman ID who they were looking for in the room, not realising it was the Game Operator who was doing their briefing! But sometimes, itrsquo;s our Game Operators who make the situation awkward, not the customers! When doing a health and safety briefing for a group booking, Game Operator Andy forgot another member of staff's name when introducing themselves and had to stop and say, ldquo;What's your name again?rdquo; This incident happened fairly recently, but funny situations have been occurring since Breakout first originated. Within the first six months of the company opening, the now National Manager locked herself in one of the rooms without a phone. She didn't know how to complete the room, so resorted to reverse calling the office with the mobile phone that was in the room. In order to do this, the office would have had to accept the reversed call, but the office kept declining it. Her team turned up on time and had to wait 20 minutes as she was locked in the room. Eventually, someone noticed that she'd gone missing and saw her waving at the cameras in the room. She was finally rescued, but her story still remains hilarious even to this day! Time for our celeb stories! We have been lucky enough to be visited by the likes of comedian Sarah Mulligan, GMTV star Ben Shephard, Welsh rugby player Gethin Jenkins, pop star Pixie Lott and Manchester United players Rashford and Lingard. In addition to this, Daniel Sturridge, James Milner and Joe Allen from the LFC team put their brains together to try and tackle our secret agent themed room. This experience involved a lot of dancing from Sturridge after opening padlocks and completing puzzles! Speaking of fun dancing stories, we once had a family bring their grandmother down to play one of our rooms and, after every padlock she opened, she proceeded to do the Macarena! Everyone please bear this in mind, we would LOVE for every customer to do this after opening a padlock! Now this story has got to be the funniest of them all! The office had ordered a Chinese takeaway for the evening and we were expecting the delivery at any moment. As the delivery driver walked down our stairs, a group escaped from a room and started celebrating. The delivery driver then began to start celebrating with the group. We think he thought they were the ones who ordered the food and they were celebrating because he had arrived! Since wersquo;ve been on a journey of ups and downs we will end on a very positive note! Our favourite stories are the proposals!! Wersquo;ve had roughly around 20 proposals across all of our sites and we love seeing couples leave happily knowing they will be getting married in the next few years (although we are still waiting for an invitation to one of these weddings!). We welcome any further proposals in the future, so please feel free to get in touch if yoursquo;re looking to propose in one of our rooms! We hope yoursquo;ve enjoyed reading through this blog, and wersquo;d love to hear your personal funny stories, too! Please tweet any funny stories you may have over tonbsp;@breakoutlpl,nbsp;@breakoutcardiff,nbsp;@breakoutmcrnbsp;ornbsp;@breakoutchester! Mon, 26 Feb 2018 15:00:16 +0000 A day in the life of a Game Operator As you can probably imagine, our Game Operators see a lot of weird and wonderful things happen when running games for our lovely customers (some stories a lot weirder than others!). This blog will feature stories across ournbsp;Breakout Cardiff,nbsp;Breakout Liverpool,nbsp;Breakout Manchesternbsp;andnbsp;Breakout Chestersites, and will provide you with some insider information as to what really goes on in our rooms behind closed doors. We will start with the most 2017 that happened to us: ldquo;The year of Facebook Liverdquo; story. As Game Operator Shannon was congratulating her group on escaping, one of the customers pulled out her iPhone and went live on Facebook. This then led to all of them celebrating with Shannon to every one of her friends on Facebook! Another story of which encapsulates the millennial era yet again revolves around technology. One Game Operator accidentally left her phone within the room after resetting, and the team became fixated with it (despite being told to put it to one side!). The customers tried to unlock the phone so many times that the Game Operator was locked out for 2 hours once she retrieved it after the game had finished. Next, we move on to one of my favourites from the selection of stories. Game Operator Jake had a customer struggling on one of the puzzles. She was struggling that much, she proceeded to take her phone out of her bag, and call her Mum to ask her for the answer to the puzzle! This was the first time hersquo;d ever seen this happen after working here for over 2 years! Recently, we also had a man randomly strip down to his boxers whilst playing the game. We were wondering what on earth he was doing, until he ventured over to the wardrobe in the room and got dressed up in the suit! At the end of the game, he then stripped back down to his boxers without warning to get back into his everyday attire. Another common problem we Game Operators encounter are teams coming to play Classified 2 after playing Classified 1, not realising theyrsquo;re identical in content! One team decided to go ahead and play Classified 2 anyway, and managed to blitz through the whole room in about half an hour (which, if they hadnrsquo;t played before, would be a record-breaking time!). Customers not only do hilarious things, but say hilarious things, also. A team once insulted the person on the policeman ID who they were looking for in the room, not realising it was the Game Operator who was doing their briefing! But sometimes, itrsquo;s our Game Operators who make the situation awkward, not the customers! When doing a health and safety briefing for a group booking, Game Operator Andy forgot another member of staff's name when introducing themselves and had to stop and say, ldquo;What's your name again?rdquo; This incident happened fairly recently, but funny situations have been occurring since Breakout first originated. Within the first six months of the company opening, the now National Manager locked herself in one of the rooms without a phone. She didn't know how to complete the room, so resorted to reverse calling the office with the mobile phone that was in the room. In order to do this, the office would have had to accept the reversed call, but the office kept declining it. Her team turned up on time and had to wait 20 minutes as she was locked in the room. Eventually, someone noticed that she'd gone missing and saw her waving at the cameras in the room. She was finally rescued, but her story still remains hilarious even to this day! Time for our celeb stories! We have been lucky enough to be visited by the likes of comedian Sarah Mulligan, GMTV star Ben Shephard, Welsh rugby player Gethin Jenkins, pop star Pixie Lott and Manchester United players Rashford and Lingard. In addition to this, Daniel Sturridge, James Milner and Joe Allen from the LFC team put their brains together to try and tackle our secret agent themed room. This experience involved a lot of dancing from Sturridge after opening padlocks and completing puzzles! Speaking of fun dancing stories, we once had a family bring their grandmother down to play one of our rooms and, after every padlock she opened, she proceeded to do the Macarena! Everyone please bear this in mind, we would LOVE for every customer to do this after opening a padlock! Now this story has got to be the funniest of them all! The office had ordered a Chinese takeaway for the evening and we were expecting the delivery at any moment. As the delivery driver walked down our stairs, a group escaped from a room and started celebrating. The delivery driver then began to start celebrating with the group. We think he thought they were the ones who ordered the food and they were celebrating because he had arrived! Since wersquo;ve been on a journey of ups and downs we will end on a very positive note! Our favourite stories are the proposals!! Wersquo;ve had roughly around 20 proposals across all of our sites and we love seeing couples leave happily knowing they will be getting married in the next few years (although we are still waiting for an invitation to one of these weddings!). We welcome any further proposals in the future, so please feel free to get in touch if yoursquo;re looking to propose in one of our rooms! We hope yoursquo;ve enjoyed reading through this blog, and wersquo;d love to hear your personal funny stories, too! Please tweet any funny stories you may have over tonbsp;@breakoutlpl,nbsp;@breakoutcardiff,nbsp;@breakoutmcrnbsp;ornbsp;@breakoutchester! Mon, 26 Feb 2018 15:00:16 +0000 The History of escape rooms! Ever wonder how escape rooms started? Well we have created a short summary telling you all aboutit! In 2004 a video game of escape rooms was created called lsquo;Crimson roomrsquo;, Takoa Kato who isfounder of the Japanese company SCARP created a live version created in Kyoto in 2007 after beinginspired by a girl playing an online escape room. It became a popular tourist attraction andsuggested to be the start of them spreading throughout Japan and into Southeast Asia.Parapark in Budapest, Hungary was the first city in Europe to create a live escape game by the ownerof the Hungarian company Attila Gyurkovics, from this they then operated in 20 locationsthroughout Europe and Australia. Breakout Manchester opened its doors in May 2014 across from the Town Hall with our one roomlsquo;John Monroe Detective Officersquo;. Shortly after in June 2014 we opened our second room Virus, sinceVirus we then expanded to having 5 rooms! In January 2015 we opened a temporary second Breakout Centre in Manchesterrsquo;s Great Northernwith the twin rooms in which the players need to pass an exam to complete their final stages ofsecret agent training. In November 2015 we opened our High street location with brand new rooms Facility X, Vacancy andMonroersquo;s Detective Office which was identical to the one at our Town Hall location. From here wenow have 9 rooms at our High street location from solving a murder to becoming a spy!With our 14 rooms in total across the two Manchester centres you now have a wide variety of roomsto choose from, please take a look on to decide which oneyou fancy tackling! Don't worry if you don't live in the Manchetser area, we now have a number of rooms at our other locations in Liverpool. Cardiff and Chester! Mon, 16 Apr 2018 12:10:06 +0100 MCM London Comic Con! Amongst the Orange is the New Black cast, Lucifer stars and The Walking Dead crew, if you're lucky enough, you might spot our very own Breakout staff at this week'snbsp;MCM London Comic Con! Congregating fromnbsp;Cardiff,nbsp;Liverpoolnbsp;andnbsp;Manchester, our Breakout managers from these sites will be manning our very own stall at the Comic Con event. Following our subsequent success at Birmingham Comic Con, we will be utilising three 'pop-up' games, all of which will last 30 minutes (differing slightly from our standard 1-hour escape room games). A brief overview of the games can be displayed below: Vigilante Story:nbsp;Your friend has been acting strange for a while, and you suspect he is the infamous superhero Breakout Boy. You have snuck into his bedroom to try and find as much evidence as possible, and stumble across his secret lair. You must collect the pieces of his costume before he returns home, to confront him with the truth. Defuse Story:nbsp;Go and defuse the device to save Comic Con!nbsp;Premise: Teams have to pass a series of tasks in order to 'defuse' the device. Once the device is defused, they obtain a code to begin unlocking boxes to find a key to escape. We've themed the puzzles for the device around characters from Marvel, with a 'dungeons and dragons' esque character sheet. In addition to this, some board game related aspects feature, also. Our third and final pop-up game will make its grand debut at thenbsp;MCM London Comic Connbsp;event, so if you've already encountered us at previous events, fear not - we have something fresh to bring to the table! Should you and your friends wish to get stuck in, the pop-up rooms cost pound;8 per person, with a maximum of 6 people in a room at a time. So, if you see us at the event, feel free to pop down and say hi - unlike Venom, we don't bite (sorry, we couldn't resist!). We look forward to seeing you there! Fri, 25 May 2018 12:05:43 +0100 Sick of getting Dad socks for Fathers Day? nbsp; Sick of getting the generic socks present for your Dad? We have the solution! Why not treat him this Fatherrsquo;s Day by buying a Breakout gift voucher and locking him up in a room, instead? Wersquo;re aware that one of the greatest difficulties is booking a room in for a specific time (especially one in which suits everyone!). The good news is, if your lives are as busy as ours are, you can now purchase a gift voucher for your dad, so that he can reclaim the room whenever his schedule permits. Gift vouchers can be easily purchased on our website:nbsp; Simply click on this link, select off-peak/anytime and how many people yoursquo;d wish to book for, then process the payment. You will then receive a booking confirmation, which will include artwork for you to wrap up, should you wish to (because itrsquo;s always nice having a physical copy for a gift!).nbsp; For those who are unaware of what an escape room entails, the premise of the game is that yoursquo;re locked in a room for 60 minutes, and you have to solve a series of puzzles, clues and riddles in order to lsquo;breakoutrsquo;. We have six different rooms in total, with difficulty levels ranging from 3 stars to 5 stars (with 5 stars being the trickiest). These rooms also all differ thematically, so, irrespective of what your dad is into, wersquo;ll have at least one that caters to his preferences! If your dad fancies himself as the next 007, why not give our Classifed rooms a go? In this room, you are spies in training sitting your final entrance exam in order to qualify as secret agents. Or, alternatively, perhaps your dad considers his detective skills to be top notch? If this is the case, he will feel right at home in our Detective Office, in which you must figure out who killed the Detective! Our other rooms include Sabotage (5 stars) Classified (4 stars) Wanted (4 stars) Facility (4 stars) Vacancy (4 stars) Warped (4 stars) Detective Office A and B (3 stars) Shipwrecked (3 stars) Heist (3 stars) Cursed Carnival (2 stars) We are open fromnbsp;10am-10pmnbsp;seven days a week, so finding a time which suits everyone should definitely be achievable! With our centres being based in city centre locations in Cardiff, Manchester, Liverpool and Chester, you can easily make a day out of treating your dad. You could add a game of Breakout to the list of activities for the day as each game lasts for an hour, so if you're giving the gift of a day out in the city, a stop off at Breakout could be a nice break.nbsp; Now that yoursquo;ve finished reading this, if yoursquo;re considering purchasing a gift voucher for your dad this Fatherrsquo;s Day, either click here or conversely, give us a call at 0151 227 1765. Fri, 15 Jun 2018 11:33:00 +0100 Christmas Party Time! So itrsquo;s nearing the end of the year, the days are getting shorter and the nights are getting darker. Entering Autumn only means that wersquo;re one step closer to Christmas. Christmas means many different things for many different people, but one thing thatrsquo;s certain is the Christmas do with work. This year, you might be bored of the office party or the sit-down meal ndash; so why not try something different at Breakout Liverpool! We offer a unique experience, with individuals being locked inside a room for sixty minutes and having to solve a series of puzzles, riddles and clues to escape. We have eleven different rooms, each one with an individual theme ranging from cowboys and a mad scientist, to a cursed carnival and a time machine! We can accommodate up to fifty five people at one given time, but can offer multiple times throughout the day ndash; meaning whatever size your party is we can make it work for you all! Wersquo;re located in the heart of Liverpool Centre, right next to the Metquarter, in close proximity to many different restaurants, pubs, bars and clubs meaning your night out doesnrsquo;t have to begin or end with us! Whatever the event yoursquo;re looking to organise; wersquo;re perfect for Christmas dorsquo;s, birthdays, stag/hen dorsquo;s, team building and so many more. If you're looking to book your party here at Breakout, head over to - or alternatively, give us a call on 0151 227 1765! Tue, 18 Sep 2018 11:45:17 +0100 An interview with the creator and owner of Breakout 1.nbsp;Firstnbsp;thingsnbsp;first,nbsp;what inspired you to start Breakout? nbsp; The reason I started Breakout is that I've always had an affinity for puzzle. My favourite TV program growing up was the Crystal Maze and I've always loved the puzzle element of computer games such as the dungeons in Zelda. From a personal side, prior to opening Breakout I worked in the night-time event industry for over 8 years and was getting pretty fed up of it so wanted a complete career change which Breakout has definitely been. Although creating new games can be quite a challenge, it's something that I really enjoy doing and so it often doesn't feel like work!nbsp; nbsp; 2. What are your future plans for Breakout? Next on the agenda is the completion and launch the new game that we've been working on for a while. I'm not going to reveal the theme to you (maybe that's why you are reading this blog), but we are all really excited about this one. We've been working on it for a while and it's going to be very high tech! We can't wait to show you! There's still space for a few more games in our upstairs location and we're all itching to get work started on those spaces too. We're also thinking about doing a complete renovation of some of our older rooms too so there's a lot to get started on hopefully in the near future.nbsp; nbsp; 3. Do you think escape rooms have a shelf life? Part of me would like to think that they don't but I guess nearly everything has a shelf life. As long as the rooms keep getting better and original ideas are implemented in the rooms, I think they have a very long shelf life. If the current climate has taught us anything it's that people love to be entertained so providing we keep providing new and interesting ideas, I can't see any reason why escape rooms can't be around for a very long time.nbsp; nbsp; 4. What is your favourite room and why? : Sabotage, because it was the first (good) one that I designed, and I think it flows better than nearly any other room. It's hard but teams who have played a few games normally love it. Each game appeals to different people for different reasons, I personally prefer games which have a lot of puzzles in them but that you can progress through quite quickly, whereas I know a lot of people who prefer less puzzles in the game, but that require a lot more time to be spent on them. nbsp; 5. A random question, what's your favourite website: www. nbsp; 6. Your background is in marketing; how important do you think transferring those skill to breakout? Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and been of vital importance to the development of Breakout. Those platforms have allowed us to connect and communicate with our audience over the past 5 years and wersquo;ve worked really hard to build up our presence on these sites, weather that be from sharing informative posts about Breakout, creating funny and engaging videos or sharing all of your team photos on our Facebook page. nbsp; 7. What effect do you think Covid - 19 will have on your business?nbsp; .com/ boom and bust, the financial crash in 2008, 9 / 11, both world wars ndash; These major events show us how resilient business and people are. Firstly, my thoughts go out to everyone thatrsquo;s been affected by Covid ndash; 19. It really puts a perspective on life.Prior to the lockdown being in place and our government closure we had already put some social distancing measures in place to ensure the safety of the public as well as our staff and we will look to keep many of these practices in place even after we reopen.Due to government assistance, understanding creditors and a lot of negotiation Breakout will survive this crisis. We havenrsquo;t laid a single staff member off and are hoping to bounce back stronger than ever. nbsp; 8. Finally, you were educated through the Welsh language. Can you say something in welsh please? Cenedl heb iaith, cenedl heb galon - A nation without a language is a nation without a heart. nbsp; Fri, 24 Apr 2020 14:26:56 +0100 What to expect from our Play at Home game! Escape Room Online Review! Since the beginning of lockdown wersquo;ve been looking for ways to entertain ourselves, and wersquo;ve been missing the extremely addictive puzzles that yoursquo;d find in our escape rooms. So you can imagine how pleased we were to find out that Breakout has partnered with Escape Room Online to present to us a brand new online escape room to play with on up to 6 other devices! During lockdown we have been learning how to use various video chat platforms, sometimes to play quizzes or just to have a catch up - but now the stakes were higher. We were going to rally our teams and play the online escape room together! Two of us documented our experience with the game; Tom played it with his family, and Amy played it with her partner. Here are our reviews and results!... nbsp; Tom - Family Game! As soon as I saw the online escape room advert I knew that it would be a great thing to play with my family, we have a range of ages and skill sets, and wersquo;ve done SO MANY quizzes for the past few weeks that we were desperate for a new kind of activity. Some of my family have played escape rooms before but some of them hadnrsquo;t, so I didnrsquo;t know how it was going to work out... Once we had set up the video call and shared the screen, it was extremely easy to follow the step-by-step guide to begin our game. We had a few technical issues at first but with the instructions we were able to easily overcome them. It was clear from the start of the game what we would have to do, and it allowed us all enough time to read the opening story and get an understanding of what was going on! The game was logical, and the puzzles were really interesting, even some of the most skeptical family members found themselves wanting to work them out and being pleased when they spotted something that nobody else had! Even some of the people who had never played rooms before were able to identify some of the common puzzles we sometimes come across in real life. One of our favorite parts were the seriouslynbsp;terriblenbsp;robot dad-jokes which were scattered throughout and served to break up the intensity of some of the puzzles. We found a good mix of serious problem solving and light-hearted humor. We also realised early on that it would require some good communication skills, excellent teamwork, and patience, if we were going to enjoy it and complete it as quickly as possiblehellip; We needed a few clues for one puzzle which was so obvious when we thought back about it! This is such a common feeling in escape rooms and one which made the experience even more authentic and real. It was always good to know that we could ask for clues whenever we wanted, and that the game would definitely be completed no matter what, so we were quite proud of ourselves for only needing clues for one puzzle! There was a way to celebrate too by pressing a very handy air horn button, which we mostly used to wake my Grandad uphellip; Still very useful and a good way to celebrate loudly when wersquo;d figured something out! A really good part of it was that one of our family members had to leave halfway through, but it was absolutely fine and didnrsquo;t affect the game mechanics at all. Also, he was able to return if he wanted to at any time! We completed the game in 1 hour 16 minutes with 2 clues! We were proud of it and Irsquo;d definitely recommend it as an activity that the whole family can enjoy! We cannot wait to play the sequel! nbsp; Amy -nbsp; Played with her Partner nbsp; My boyfriend and I have been in lockdown together for 10 weeks and we were super excited to try something new at the weekend with Breakoutrsquo;s new online virtual game! Although this is perfect for larger groups over a distance, we set up a device each in our living room, cracked open a bottle of wine and had a puzzle-filled date night for two. Wersquo;ve completed quite a few escape rooms as a couple before, but this was a whole new experience, herersquo;s how we got on- nbsp;Once the game had been purchased, I received a code which we both had to enter the game page. It loaded up quickly, the instructions appeared, and it quickly became apparent that we could see each otherrsquo;s cursors on our screens, giving us the chance to work simultaneously with a screen share. We were also delighted with the revelation that we could take notes! There are 6 lsquo;sectorsrsquo; in the game and each one is unlocked as the last one is completed. We managed 2 sectors without a clue, which at this point was much needed! The clue we received was clear and concise but did not give the whole game away. The puzzles were challenging but not impossible, there is something for everyone and they require lots of teamwork, which meant the game was never one-sided and always felt like a team effort. I was surprised at how much the pressure built up, as the clock ticked away at the top of the screen you genuinely felt a panic on-par with being locked in a room! Without giving too much away, there was one section that we were really stumped on, but it was all the more worth it when we had that lsquo;eurekarsquo; moment and figured it out. We ended up completing the game in 49 minutes and 1 clue, which I was super proud of! Of course, afterwards I had to brag about my time on Instagram, and it was great to see other people posting theirs. I especially liked how the results show a breakdown of the time spent in each section, it was interesting to see how people did compared to us. If you are running out of ideas of how to pass the time inside, looking for something to spice up your weekend or wanting to spend your weekly family zoom call doing something a bit different, this is the absolute perfect option! If you want to have a go yourself and see if you can beat our times, visitnbsp;;and donrsquo;t forget to tag us with your results on social media! Good Luck! Thu, 11 Jun 2020 19:49:44 +0100 Out... then back in again: Why escape rooms are the PERFECT post-lockdown activity! What a bizarre year so far... The world as we know it seems to have completely changed after coming to a standstill for months. Nobody could have seen this coming, but as restrictions are lifted and we can finally begin to experience something like normality again, itrsquo;s a chance to do all the things we missed most.Believe it or not, the perfect antidote for months of lockdown life could behellip;escape rooms!nbsp; It might seem strange, to voluntarily lock yourself in a room just as wersquo;re finally allowed to leave our homes, but escape rooms are actually perfect for slowly getting back into the swing of things.For a start, itrsquo;s the best way to get out of your own four walls into a different four and socialise without being around a lot of people you donrsquo;t know.nbsp; The only person you will interact with outside your team is your Game Operator, and then yoursquo;re locked in with just the people yoursquo;re playing with - about as isolated as you can get without actually being at home!nbsp; Our staff are following a new cleaning regime along with other updated procedures to ensure that everything is safe as possible for everyone who passes through our doorshellip;so make sure you pick a team who you trust to wash their hands, and yoursquo;re good to go!nbsp;Wersquo;re also aware that physical fitness for most of us at a low point ndash; after being stuck at home surrounded by (and sometimes covered in) various snacks, none of us are feeling too athletic.nbsp; If only there were an activity which is more challenging mentally than it is physicallyhellip; nbsp;Thatrsquo;s where escape rooms come in!nbsp; Put your minds to the test and give your bodies a rest.The toughest element of lockdown has been the social isolation ndash; no amount of video calls or text messages can substitute actually seeing your mates.nbsp; And a lot of people have tried to fill this socialising void with quizzeshellip;suddenly everyonersquo;s taking on the role of Chris Tarrant and testing their friendsrsquo; trivia over Zoom!nbsp; Along with jigsaws, Sudoku, and trying to teach your Nan how to Facetime ndash; wersquo;ve all been problem-solving and puzzling our way through lockdown, so now itrsquo;s time to really use those newly honed skills!nbsp; You didnrsquo;t realise yoursquo;d been in Breakout Boot Camp for the past three months, but now yoursquo;re ready to impress those very mates yoursquo;ve been missing with your newfound brain power.The constant news updates never seem to bring anything good and the world has felt like a scary place to be recently, so a lot of us have been turning to games and films as a distraction ndash; and now you have a chance for the immersion to go even further.nbsp; Fancy robbing a bank, sailing the seven seas on a pirate ship, or kicking back in a Wild West saloon?nbsp; All fantasies you can live out here at Breakout!nbsp; We donrsquo;t have an Animal Crossing themed room just yet, but rest assured wersquo;re working on wearing the Game Development team down!nbsp; If you want something a little more nail-biting, we offer some more high-stakes horror themes as well.nbsp; You can find a full list of our available rooms here:nbsp; the restrictions are eased and the world begins to turn again, therersquo;s an urge to do everything all at once ndash; especially all the things yoursquo;d been wanting to do for months, and then suddenly didnrsquo;t have the chance to.nbsp; Well, the opportunity is back on the table now, so what are you waiting for? Now Breakout is back open, get it ticked off the bucket list.nbsp; If lockdown has taught us anything, itrsquo;s that living for ldquo;one dayrdquo; doesnrsquo;t get you anywhere. Tue, 28 Jul 2020 13:58:21 +0100 RECLASSIFIED is coming to Liverpool! As part of our reopening after Lockdown we have implemented so many new changes, cleaning thoroughly is like second nature to us now but the real excitement hit when we heard that one of our Manchester sitersquo;s most popular games, Reclassified, would be moving to Liverpool! This exciting new upgrade to our spy themed Classified room is a welcome boost to us all, and we canrsquo;t wait to run games of it for all our customers! First of all, we must have a moment of silence for an OG room that has a special place in our hearts; Classified was one of the first rooms that we opened in Liverpool way back in 2015, and it has changed many times since! It has always surprised players who enter thinking therersquo;s very little to see initially, but at the end of the game they are shocked by how much was hiding in the room and even in plain sight! Wersquo;re sad to see it go, BUT we know that its replacement is going to be amazing! The basic storyline of the room is the same, you must successfully pass eight tests to prove yourself worthy of the title Secret Agent! Once you have mastered these skills and unlocked the secrets within, you can piece together your final answer and escape to that amazing feeling of success that we all know and love. Reclassified contains different puzzles, so if you have already played Classified you can still come and play this one too! But what did our Breakout Manchester friends think of this room? They revealed to us that the best thing about Reclassified is the range of puzzles in the room - there's something for everyone, which makes it a great option for families and groups who like a variety of hands-on puzzles as well as more logical, number-based ones. It's also a lot of fun to watch teams split up around the room (which is the key to success here because there's a lot to get through in the hour!) and great when someone who maybe went into the room a little under-confident or worries that they wouldn't be smart enough absolutely boss the more physical puzzles in there. But donrsquo;t just take our word for it! Over the years many of our lovely customers left reviews about Reclassified. They describe it as ldquo;immersiverdquo;, ldquo;intenserdquo;, ldquo;really exciting - a great game!rdquo;, ldquo;extremely varied puzzlesrdquo;, ldquo;something for everyone to enjoyrdquo;, and ldquo;it really makes you think and work well together!rdquo; We think these glowing opinions definitely reflect how good this room is! If you are ready to see for yourself exactly what our Reclassified room has to offer, then book now by clicking this link:,nbsp;and see if you have what it takes to be a fully fledged secret agent. Just remember, itrsquo;s the same game as Reclassified in Manchester, so if yoursquo;ve already played it there then come and do a different room instead! Wed, 09 Sep 2020 15:09:20 +0100 Are you wondering what could be a safe, COVID secure yet extremely fun activity to do in Liverpool? Well, it’s Breakout! With the current restrictions in place, Liverpool doesnrsquo;t seem like a very fun place to be rightnowhellip; However, here at Breakout we believe that people can follow all the rules and still enjoythemselves by playing one of our rooms! We are asked all the time about the measures wersquo;veput in place to keep everyone safe, and this blog post will outline exactly why Breakout is one ofthe safest activities out there at the moment! First of all, the recommended group sizes for our rooms is perfect for your household or supportbubble, we allow between 2 and 5 players in our rooms so yoursquo;ll never be with anyone otherthan the people you arrive with. We have also staggered the times that all of our games runthroughout the day to ensure therersquo;s a minimal chance that yoursquo;ll come into contact with anyother group, and wersquo;ve added a door buzzer at the entrance of the building so we can monitorexactly who enters and when. So far this has been really successful, and most groups arrive,play, and leave without ever even seeing another group of players! As well as measures taken to keep our customers separated, wersquo;ve introduced rules to keepour staff separated too! As anyone who has visited before might know, we have an upstairs anda downstairs centre full of unique games! This has been extremely convenient because itmeans our staff have been divided into a downstairs team and an upstairs team that arenrsquo;tallowed to mix. This means that if one person is exposed to the virus, only half the team couldbe affected, and the other half can remain open! Staff are also given temperature checks at the beginning of every shift, and wersquo;ve been washingour hands and using hand sanitiser extremely regularly. When it comes to customer interaction,we wear comfortable visors when delivering the health and safety briefs and face coveringswhen wersquo;re not in the office. Speaking of face coverings, it is now mandatory that all customerswear face coverings (unless exempt) in all the communal areas. However, you donrsquo;t have towear your face covering whilst yoursquo;re inside the room playing our games! Before and after customers play our games, we have the reassuring task of deep cleaning therooms. By using Zoflora and Dettol spray we are able to completely disinfect all of the props,furniture, puzzles, padlocks, pens, chairs, tables, and everything else you can possibly think of.But donrsquo;t worry, therersquo;s now a 45 minute period between each game to give us enough time toclean the rooms and for the smell of bleach to disappear! There are also sanitizing stationssituated at easily accessible points throughout the centre, meaning that customers and staff cansanitize their hands whenever they need to. Wersquo;ve all had to adapt to very new circumstances after the events of this year, but with positivityand optimism wersquo;ve risen to the task and our team are more than ready to keep our customerssafe and ensure they can still enjoy a fun day out, with a bit of escapism from the real world fora short while! Thu, 03 Dec 2020 12:36:32 +0000 A review of our first edition of Breakout Unboxed! With the next edition of Breakout Unboxed about to launch, we thought wersquo;d share with you a review of our first game, written by one of our Game Operators - Tom from Liverpool!nbsp; - When I first opened our Unboxed game lsquo;Locked up in Laplandrsquo;, I had absolutely no idea what to expect. Would it capture the excitement of a real life escape game? Would the puzzles be too hard? Would it definitely get me in the Christmas spirit?! I had many questions that Irsquo;m sure anyone whorsquo;s considering playing the game will have too, so here I will review the game and hopefully answer those questions along the way. As we picked up the first envelope the instructions were immediately clear and werenrsquo;t overwhelming, the starting point was well signposted and the theme was well laid out. The objective; find Santa Claus, rescue him, and save Christmas, was apparent from the start and my flatmate and I read through the instructions carefully until it was time to begin.nbsp; Each envelope has a clear order to be used in, and helpfully its contents are briefly listed on the front (so yoursquo;ll know straight away if you have all the right items to complete the puzzle). It works by following each step and using either the material provided or the web page that yoursquo;re sent to in order to play the game and solve the puzzles. Each puzzle was imaginative and different, with a wide range of skills needed to succeed.nbsp; Of course, some puzzles were harder than others, and often they took a few goes to get right - which made it even more satisfying when we arrived at the correct answer and were able to progress. We never felt frustrated or clueless with what to do, and the online system was extremely easy to navigate. The best part is that there were many points where you could take a break and come back to it if you wanted to (although we were so invested in the game that we didnrsquo;t do this!). All in all, the game took us about 1 hour and 10 minutes, but Irsquo;ve heard that some people have taken between 50 and 90 minutes to finish it. It goes really fast though as you end up getting so into the puzzles and having such a good time with it! Even though we played it as a group of two, there were no parts of it that specifically required more than one person at a time doing it, so even if you wanted to play it alone then you can, it will probably just take you a little bit longer to finish all the puzzles. As for the age range, Irsquo;d say that there are lots of puzzles for people of all ages, and enough fun and entertaining moments to interest children too! Some of the puzzles do have physical elements where you have to build something, and move other things around - so children especially might enjoy these aspects.nbsp; All in all, the quality of the box and the contents were fantastic and the theme was very fun. Even though itrsquo;s no longer the Christmas season you can still play it at any time of the year. You can now purchase the second edition with a brand new exciting theme and even more puzzles! Head to to get yours today! nbsp; Thu, 04 Feb 2021 12:13:50 +0000 Reasons to take a Staycation in Liverpool! Can you feel the excitement in the air? Thatrsquo;s the sound of tourism back and thriving in Liverpool! Due to the events of the past 18 months, it might be a bit difficult to plan a holiday away from the UK at the moment. But no need to worry, the year of the Staycation is upon us, and Liverpool has so much to offer! Firstly, wersquo;re here! Breakout Liverpool is going from strength to strength, with so many escape rooms to play wersquo;ve always got a challenge for you! Whether you want to bring friends, family, work colleagues, or your partner - therersquo;s something for everyone! We have easier rooms such as Shipwrecked, Cursed Carnival, and The Heist which are perfect for beginners or for the whole family to enjoy. If you fancy something a bit tougher - we have Wanted, Reclassified, Spellbound, Sabotage and Warped! And if yoursquo;re feeling super brave and want to take on one of our horror rooms, then Vacancy, Outbreak, and The Facility are waiting for you! Even more exciting, our newest room Supernova is open! Check out all of our room trailers on YouTube! Itrsquo;s incredibly easy to plan a little mini break in Liverpool too! With extremely useful websites like KAYAK you can travel from anywhere and plan a great time doing as much as you can possibly imagine! Check out their Liverpool guide here - CityExplorer also have a great list of 82 things to do in Liverpool - and if you plan staying in Liverpool with children, you should check out thesenbsp;family friendly hotels and apartments in Liverpool. -nbsp; We even get visitors from far and wide! If you're coming from somewhere like Germany then their Momondo site has an excellent guide to Liverpool which can be found here:nbsp;; Another reason to choose Liverpool is - itrsquo;s beautiful! We have a fantastic waterfront area near the Albert Dock, stunning parks such as Sefton Park, and some marvellous Museums like The World Museum and the Walker Art Gallery. Everywhere you go is a perfect Instagram opportunity, with iconic scenery like the Liver Building and the two Cathedrals, everyone will be so jealous of your trip! So what are you waiting for? Come to the land of friendly Scousers, a place with so much culture and history to learn about, a city where yoursquo;re bound to see some celebs too, and the home of Breakout Liverpool! Thu, 14 Oct 2021 18:02:09 +0100 AquAid Partnership - How Breakout is helping The Africa Trust! Here, atnbsp;Breakout Liverpool, wenbsp;are aware that keeping our team hydrated will aid them to perform at their very best throughout the work day. As a result, we decided to invest innbsp;;watercoolers fromnbsp;AquAid.nbsp; Our unique relationship withnbsp;AquAidnbsp;has also given our company the opportunity to help those less fortunate than ourselves, because with each purchase an automatic donation is made tonbsp;Thenbsp;Africa Trust. These funds are used to build lsquo;Elephant Pumpsrsquo; - a modified version of an age old Chinese rope pulley system. One such pump is currently being installed in Africa on our behalf and it will be a much needed source of clean and fresh drinking water for many. Our organisationrsquo;s name will be proudly displayed on our well and we look forward to adding a photo and a letter of thanks from the villagers to our social media in the near future. To datenbsp;AquAidnbsp;have built over 8,000 such Elephant Pumps across parts of Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe; and have donated in excess of pound;17 million to charity. Tue, 02 Nov 2021 14:03:28 +0000 3 Reasons why Liverpool is a Great Place to Work! Liverpool is a maritime city in the North-West of England. Starting from the 19th century, it has been one of the most crucial trading gateways of the United Kingdom. Today Liverpool still has one of the leading British economies with its major in service sector industries. In this blog post, you will find three main reasons why Liverpool is a leading industrial city and why it is a great place to live and work! Shopping Paradise The first benefit of living and working in Liverpool is its developed shopping industry. As well as being a fun past-time, shopping is a great way to handle stress! Liverpool has got so many areas where you can find numerous individual little unique shops! This draws visitors from far and wide and can lead to a huge influx of tourists. Culture amp; Architecture Adventure One of the first things yoursquo;ll notice about Liverpool is that no matter where you go, yoursquo;ll find a few monuments, museums, art galleries, historical buildings and so on. Yoursquo;ll also find plaques in front of notable places, so you could read and learn about the local history. One of Liverpoolrsquo;s architectural phenomena is the Central Library, which will blow you away. Speaking of Liverpoolrsquo;s architecture, you will probably be surprised by how many unusual, beautiful buildings there are within the city. It is worth mentioning that local authorities didn't destroy old buildings here and put new ones instead. Architects have preserved the history of the city and revitalized it. A Vibrant and Exciting City Centre However, city attractions don't limit themselves to architecture. Art is everywhere here. Quite literally.nbsp;Tate Liverpoolnbsp;is one of the most famous art collections across the United Kingdom. It specializes in contemporary art and is worth visiting.nbsp; People in love with panoramic viewpoints will admire thenbsp;Radio City Tower.nbsp;nbsp;It is about 140 meters tall and has an observation deck on the top.nbsp; Liverpool is also known for being a native city of the Beatles band. So, if you live in Liverpool and you are a big fan of them, places such asnbsp;Cavern Clubnbsp;andnbsp;Magical Beatles Museumnbsp;will become one of your favourite destinations. Sefton Parknbsp;is a large public park with caves and waterfalls. It is a favourite place for many families. There are huge playgrounds and sports areas for adults and children.nbsp; Let us not forget that football was born in England. This sport has been playing a crucial part in citizensrsquo; lives for ages. So, one more way to take a break from work is visiting lsquo;Liverpoolrsquo;srsquo;nbsp;Anfield Stadiumnbsp;or lsquo;Evertonrsquo;srsquo;nbsp;Goodison Parknbsp;to watch some quality football matches.nbsp; And of course, we are here too! If you fancy trying out an escape room for the very first time then come down to Breakout to play a game with us! Liverpool is a wonderful city with numerous work-related opportunities. In case you had thoughts of trying to work in this amazing city, you may use well-known international job-seeking sources to apply and find a relevantnbsp;job in Liverpool much quicker.nbsp; Mon, 14 Mar 2022 12:51:08 +0000 Our brand new room SUPERNOVA has launched! Itrsquo;s been a long time coming, several setbacks and lockdowns meant that our newest room has been almost three years in the making - but itrsquo;s finally here! Supernova is an intergalactic adventure where you and your teammates must figure out how to fix your spaceship and get back on course before you fly directly into a supernovahellip; The room looks AMAZING, with a special surprise which completely changes how you see the room itself - it is bound to immerse you in the story and make you feel like a real astronaut. Donrsquo;t forget to dress up in the space suits and keep a lookout for some sci-fi easter eggs too! The puzzles involve using a range of skills to interact with your surroundings and fix the spaceship in time, and donrsquo;t worry if you get stuck - your trusty ground control game operator will be on hand to guide you with helpful clues along the way! The room is a 3 star level difficulty, much like The Heist, or Vacancy - itrsquo;s probably on the tougher end of the 3 stars, so itrsquo;s perfect not only for beginners to escape rooms but seasoned professionals who fancy a fun time experiencing deep space! To play our new room, book it now over at our booking page. And as always, we hope you live long and prosper! nbsp; Tue, 16 Aug 2022 18:52:10 +0100 Don't Break Up … Break OUT! Share the love this Valentine's Day with an escape room as your chosen date destination! We at Breakout believe that an escape room is the perfect place to spend quality time with your significant other. Being locked in a themed room for an hour solving puzzles and cracking codes is the best way to find out if a second date is on the cards! Our escape rooms are a great choice of activity for couples this Valentine's Day because you can combine your teamwork skills to successfully break out. We can guarantee that your relationship will be stronger after doing an escape room together! We've even had some proposals in our rooms before! Admittedly, some themes are more romantic than others, but why not commit to a future with your partner whilst escaping from a hoard of zombies, or whilst solving a murder mystery? With all our sites located in popular city centres, there's plenty of choices of nearby locations for a post-game drink or romantic meal. So book your game in to take on one of our adventures together, and if you want us to include a special personalised message on the TV screen - just send us an email and let us know! Tue, 14 Feb 2023 13:07:35 +0000 When Eurovision came to Breakout! May has been a huge month for Liverpool! The city welcomed over 500,000 visitors for the Eurovision Song Contest which saw the streets come alive with music and culture. Liverpool hosted on behalf of last yearrsquo;s winner, Ukraine, and we did a fabulous job of bringing the party whilst celebrating all things Ukrainian! At Breakout Liverpool we knew that we needed to get involvedhellip; This was a huge opportunity to bring our Escape Rooms to a huge number of new people, including the stars of Eurovision themselves! Our PR team decorated our reception areas with Eurovision bunting and posters, then invited all 37 acts down to play some games, and incredibly - six of them were able to find time to visit.nbsp; The representatives from Austria (Teya and Salena), Serbia (Luke Black), Slovenia (Joker Out), Iceland (Dilja Petursdottir), Armenia (brunette), and Portugal (Mimicat) all came to play our Outbreak, Reclassified, and Spellbound rooms, but did they successfully Break Out?... OF COURSE THEY DID! Thank you so much to these incredible performers for coming to play our rooms! You can watch the video of their experiences here! Our TikTok team also got involved by heading down to the Mamp;S Bank Arena during the week to give some Eurovision fans the chance to win some free games at Breakout! Harry and Shannon even met UK entrant, Mae Muller! During the week we also had a Charity Day to raise money for the Ukraine Appeal, we raised a very respectable pound;117.60. We had an incredible week and wersquo;re so proud of how well Liverpool came together to show the world what an amazing city we are. nbsp; Tue, 23 May 2023 20:22:37 +0100 School's out and family time is here! It's you vs the kids, how competitive are you? At Breakout we have many uniquely themed rooms available to test yourself with some crazy locks and puzzles. From the intergalactic SS Starskipper to the mysterious Captain's Shipwreck, we have you covered! Situated in Liverpool City Centre, we are very easy to find and close to Liverpool's best restaurants and shops. No matter what the weather (hopefully sunny!),nbsp;why not come take an hour out of your day to see if the kids can finally prove they are smarter than the parents? There is something for everyone with difficulty ratings from 3 stars for newbies to 4 or 5 stars for more experienced members! Have you ever dreamt of being a cowboy for the day or imagined your life in a zombie apocalypse? Take a look at our 14 different rooms to discover all the fun we have to offer! We hope to see you this summer holiday, our favourite time of year!nbsp; Thu, 20 Jul 2023 18:14:46 +0100 Team Building at Breakout From Christmas with your colleagues to team building away days, Breakout has what you need to make any corporate booking fun yet challenging! nbsp; Each team can test their skills cracking codes and solving mysteries in our murder mystery rooms The Detective Office A amp; B. Or perhaps something more mystical is in order; why not save the day and rescue a powerful magical artifact from evil in our bewitching room Spellbound? nbsp; Whatever theme takes your fancy, Breakout Liverpool has a wide selection of 14 rooms so yoursquo;re guaranteed to find something yoursquo;d enjoy. We can accommodate up to 70 players across all of our rooms so no booking is too big or too small to get solving. nbsp; If so many room choices sound overwhelming, our team is here to help with the organising! Let us choose the rooms that seem best suited and take the stress out of booking. All you need to do when making your booking is give us the date and time you want to book, the amount of players in your team, and then turn up on the day ready to solve. nbsp; With many amazing restaurants and bars close by therersquo;s no shortage of additional activities to get involved in alongside your trip to Breakout.nbsp; nbsp; You can find more information about corporate booking packages over on our Linkedin page. nbsp; Thu, 03 Aug 2023 18:30:49 +0100 Scare yourselves silly in our brand new Ghost Hunting themed escape room! This October we launched our Fifteenth room, and itrsquo;s a scary one!! lsquo;The Hauntingrsquo; is a 4 out of 5 star difficulty room thatrsquo;s not for the faint heartedhellip; Have you ever thought about stepping into the world of lsquo;Most Hauntedrsquo; or lsquo;Paranormal Activityrsquo; and facing down a malevolent poltergeist? Well nowrsquo;s your chance! Set in a chilling graveyard in the dead of night, you and your team of amateur ghost hunters have been invited to investigate a mysterious spirit. When you arrive, the groundskeeper is nowhere to be found and after breaking into his eerie cabin, you realise you must unravel the secrets and exorcise the evil ghost before your first mission becomes your last... Fans of horror films and paranormal investigations will love this room! It features lots of references to classic ghostly symbols and iconic ghoulish villains - not forgetting the unique and mind-bending puzzles that feature throughout! Can you face your fears and take on this creepy and unnerving adventure? Book now to find out! nbsp; Thu, 02 Nov 2023 18:30:54 +0000 Get into the festive spirit with our THREE Christmas themed rooms! Merry Christmas! It's the time of year for family and fun festivities so why not come down to play one our exciting, limited edition, Christmas rooms. This year we have three to choose from. Returning after its huge success last year are our two identical Christmas Chaos rooms! Can you successfully identify the rogue elf who is trying to ruin Christmas? If you book both A and B then you can race against your friends to see who can save Christmas first! . Watch the trailer for Christmas Chaos HERE! . New to Liverpool this year is A Crimson Christmas, a mysterious game with a twist on the classic Dickensian tale. Scrooge has stolen all the presents from the children of Liverpool, can you find them and return them in time? This game was a massive hit in Chester last year, so we've brought it over here! . Watch the trailer for A Crimson Christmas HERE! . Solve puzzles and crack some christmassy riddles with your team and let the warmth and joy of our escape rooms bring your team together. These games are both 3 star difficulty rooms, although we reckon A Crimson Christmas is a little more difficult.nbsp; . Come and play with your family or best group of friends. We allow teams between 2 and 5 people in one room, so it's time to get into the seasonal spirit! We hope you will pay us a visit and stay jolly! Tue, 28 Nov 2023 19:31:57 +0000 Breakout Liverpool 2023 Unwrapped! It's time to unveil the highlights and triumphs of Breakout throughout the last year - it's Breakout Liverpool UNWRAPPED! 2023 was a rollercoaster of fun challenges and many victories for our customers... In 2023 we hosted a staggering 12,038nbsp;games.nbsp;Testing the minds of our loyal and brave escapees. 66.74%nbsp;of you successfully broke out! Our most popular room was The Heist, which enticed cunning bank robbers far and wide with a whoppingnbsp;3594nbsp;bookings. This might be your sign to take on our tense 3 star difficulty bank robbery room... We hosted multiple events this year, raising money for charity and engaging with the local communities. - We raisednbsp;pound;2704.20nbsp;across all our sites to support the Turkey/Syria earthquake appeal. - We raised pound;598 for Clatterbridge Cancer Centre during their Glow Green Charity Campaign! - We raised pound;177.60 for the Ukraine Appeal during our Eurovision Week! - We raised pound;208.20 for Liverpool Pride as we waved our rainbow flags! - We raised pound;166 for The Whitechapel Centre in their Socktober appeal! The heart of our success lies in the satisfaction of our players. In 2023 we received 111nbsp;five star TripAdvisor reviews. Highlighting the thrilling challenges, immersive environments and exceptional customer service that set us apart from our competitors. We opened our newest escape room, the chilling ghost hunting adventure: The Haunting, as well as bringing back Christmas Chaos A and B for the Christmas period. That's not all though, we also opened A Crimson Christmas for the festive season too! As we reflect on the incredible journey that was 2023, We are extremely grateful for the trust and enthusiasm of our players. The statistics speak volumes, but it's the shared moments of triumph and joy that truly define our success. As we open the door to 2024, we invite both seasoned escape artists and first-time adventurers to join us for another year of challenges, surprises, and unparalleled escapades. Thank you for being a part of our story ndash; together, we'll continue to unlock new levels of excitement and adventure! Mon, 29 Jan 2024 16:50:56 +0000 Unlocking Love: Valentine's at Breakout Love is in the air, and what better way to celebrate this romantic season than with an adventure that challenges both your wits and your heart? This Valentine's, Breakout invites you to embark on a journey unlike any other. Step into our world of mystery, puzzles, and excitement, where love is the key to unlocking every enigma. Picture this: you and your beloved are locked in a room, surrounded by clues and puzzles waiting to be solved. As you work together to unravel each mystery, you'll discover new facets of your relationship, deepening your bond with every clue cracked and every door opened. Tired of the same old dinner and a movie routine? Spice things up this Valentine's with a date night that's anything but ordinary. Our escape rooms offer an immersive experience that will leave you and your partner talking for days. Whether you're a new couple looking to break the ice or seasoned lovebirds seeking a fresh thrill, our escape rooms are the perfect setting for an unforgettable date. Who knows? You might even start a new Valentine's tradition, returning year after year to relive the magic of your first escape room adventure together. It's time to plan the perfect Valentine's surprise for that special someone.nbsp;Book your escape room experience today and embark on a journey that's as thrilling as it is romantic. Whether you're celebrating a new love, rekindling an old flame, or simply enjoying the company of a cherished friend, our escape rooms are the ideal destination for love, laughter, and adventure. Fri, 16 Feb 2024 22:16:48 +0000 Spend your Easter at Breakout Liverpool! Spring is here and Easter is hopping around the corner! This year, ditch the traditional egg hunt and embark on an egg-straordinary adventure at Breakout! We're combining the thrill of escape rooms with the classic joy of Easter egg hunts for an unforgettable experience for all ages. This Easter will see the return of our popular Easter Egg hunt as our staff will be hiding sweet treats for you and your team to find within each of our escape rooms! Use your Escape Room skills combinednbsp;with yournbsp;Easter Egg hunting instinctsnbsp;to crack codes whilst picking up sweet chocolate treats along the way! Open from 9:30am - 10:30pm throughout the Easter holidays, Breakout Liverpool offers you 16 live escape rooms with each being differently themed so there is something for everyone to enjoy! Thu, 28 Mar 2024 15:19:14 +0000 HAVE AN ADVENTURE ON A STUDENT BUDGET! Calling all students! Are you ready to break free from lectures and textbooks and embark on an unforgettable adventure? Look no further than Breakout! We're thrilled to offer an exclusive student discount that makes ournbsp;immersive escape experiences more accessible than ever. Every Tuesday if you book for two players, up to three more playersnbsp;can come and play for free as long as every team member bringsnbsp;their valid Student ID card along with them when you arrive. Our discounted rates ensure that adventure is within reach without breaking the bank, because it potentiallynbsp;works out at just pound;10 per person!! Test your teamwork and problem-solving skills and create unforgettable memories with your friends everynbsp;Tuesday! To redeem this offer simply present your valid student IDnbsp;upon arrival, and get ready to unlock a world of excitement! We hope to see you soon! Tue, 09 Apr 2024 15:48:30 +0100 Celebrate Your Stag or Hen Party with an Unforgettable Escape Room Adventure! Planning a Stag or Hen party and looking for an experience just as thrilling as a night out on the town? Before the usual celebrations, why not try something unique, challenging, and immensely fun! Our escape rooms offer the perfect blend of excitement, teamwork, and memorable moments, making them the ideal choice for your pre-wedding celebration. Why Choose Breakout Liverpool for Your Stag or Hen Party? 1. Unique and Memorable: Escape rooms provide a one-of-a-kind experience that will have your group talking about it long after the party is over. Solve puzzles, uncover mysteries, and work together to escape in time, creating lasting memories along the way. 2. Bonding Experience: Nothing brings people together like a shared challenge. Our escape rooms require teamwork, communication, and collaboration, helping to strengthen bonds and build camaraderie among your friends and family. 3. Fun for Everyone: Our escape rooms are designed to be enjoyable for all participants, regardless of their prior experience with puzzles or escape games. Whether you have seasoned escape artists or complete novices in your group, everyone will have a blast. 4. Special Offer: We are happy to announce that wersquo;re introducing a brand new offer for Stag and Hen groups which starts from today (25th June).nbsp;If you book for a minimum of 10 players, the Stag or Hen goes free! Just give us a call on 0151 227 1765 to redeem this offer! Ready to make your stag or hen party an unforgettable adventure? Contact us today to book your escape room experience. Our team is here to help you plan every detail and ensure that your celebration is a huge success. Tue, 25 Jun 2024 13:04:40 +0100 Error

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