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Escape rooms have become quite popular as of late. They are for people who love a challenge. You are locked in a room for an hour with clues of how to escape it hidden all around you. It’s up to you to put together the pieces and find the key.
If you're missing the real deal, plenty have created a virtual version. We could all do with a bit of escapism from reality at the minute.
As with physical escape rooms, the mission is as the name suggests — to escape the room — through a series of problem-solving missions and teamwork. Here are a few favourites.
Hogwarts Digital Escape Room
Harry Potter fans will be pleased to hear about this free escape room, created by an American librarian in Pennsylvania.
You can explore the school of witchcraft and wizardry without leaving the sofa. The game starts right where it should, as first-years who have just been assigned to their houses.
There are team-building exercises, trivia questions to answer and puzzles to solve that you can do as an individual player, or in a team with your friends.
Trapped In The Web
Here you can play solo or with a team to complete tasks that will take between one to two hours.
There are five themed rooms to choose from: space race, cabin fever, a night at the theatre, school’s out and out of hours. Each has a different storyline and series of puzzles to complete and clues to collect.
It is based on general knowledge. Each game costs £7.99 (Dhs37) to play, except for space race which is currently £3.49 (Dhs16).
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The Panic Room
Unlike escape rooms offline, there is no time limit to complete The Panic Room, so you and your team can take as long as you like.
CSI: Grounded piqued our interest. Avery Stone died 30,000ft up in the air on a private company jet, everyone on board is a suspect and you and your team have to solve the puzzles to find who the killer is.
You can choose your game by difficulty level, how many players can join and the age appropriateness. Prices start from £10 (Dhs46) and there’s no expiry time on it, so you can play it whenever you want.
The Crimson Room
This Japanese game is retro in style but the premise is simple: you’ve woken up in a daze, locked in someone else’s bedroom and you need to get out before the timer is up.
It’s free to play and involves clicking around for hidden objects and clues to help you escape.
It’s a good one to play on your own if you want to kill some time.
Users are tasked with finding the identity of a mysterious Mr X, a dangerous agent dropping clues in your path.
It recommends using all the resources on the internet at your disposable, from Twitter, Youtube, Google Maps and local websites in your hunt for answers and will take you between 45 minutes and two hours to complete.
If you need an extra helping hand, it’s encouraging you to email firstname.lastname@example.org or talk to the Mr X team on Facebook.
It’s free to play and is easy to involve a team or play on your own if you prefer.
While its doors remain closed, Escape Live is still bringing its child friendly, no player limit escape rooms online.
It has 15 different rooms to choose from, with themes including sword in the stone, Shakespeare’s script, pirate’s blunder and prison break and prices start from £15 (Dhs69) per person.
For any Peaky Blinders fans, get in quick and book a slot in The Raid from £25 (Dhs115) per person. This is a child-friendly version (for aged 10-plus) where your goal is to find incriminating evidence against the Shelby family before Major Campbell and his men raid the bookies, all while Tommy, Arthur, Polly and John are attending business matters in London.
Deadlocked Escape Rooms
Reading-based escape room Deadlocked has pivoted to online experiences in light of the lockdown, launching The Insiders which costs £9.99 (Dhs46).
The three “episodes” take you into the Wexell Corporation, and your aim is to find the mole at the company who has been working against them using sensitive information.
You can play alone or in a team and it recommends allowing a break of three days in between each episode. Perfect for scheduling your next few online meet ups with friends.
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