Breakout Manchester RSS Feed https://breakoutcardiff.com/ RSS feed for Breakout Manchester en-us Copyright (C) 2014 breakoutmanchester.com Charity Day Last month here at Breakout we decided to have a charity day where we picked 3 charities and dedicated each one a room. The room that was dedicated to them was open to the public to book but the full proceeds of that room were donated to them. In total pound;764 was rasied. nbsp;The 3 charities we chose were The Christie, Roy Castle Lung Cancer and Just Jack. The Christie were given the Virus room along with bookings they also had a charity bucket in reception. In total they received pound;362.nbsp; Roy Castle Lung Cancer were given the Madchester room unfortunately this room wasn't as busy but we still managed to raise pound;129. Just Jack were given Sabotage which raised pound;273. So the overall total we raised was pound;764. In a few months we are planning to arrange another day which we hope will beat this total!nbsp; If you know of anyone that would be interested in being involved or a charity that you think would like to be involved, contact us at hello@breakoutmanchester.com. https://breakoutcardiff.com/blog/post/charity-day Thu, 09 Apr 2015 10:37:33 +0000 Is this the best job in the world? We've been there, waking up Monday morning and dreading having to go to work, often wondering what the best job in the world is... Actually, no, we haven't. We know what the best job in the world is! And we bet you want to know too. Well, here at Breakout we have the best job in the world! Each day we wake up smiling. Why? Well, because every day we have friends, families, couples, work colleagues and even first dates come through our doors. Once inside the lobby and sat down they can't help but play with the various puzzles or attempt a Rubik's Cube that we have on our table. All while wondering what exactly is beyond the mysterious doors that branch off in different directions from the lobby. After a brief health and safety followed by the unique introduction to the room, we send them in with a story playing in their head nbsp;and then lock the door. For the next hour, their entertainment is our entertainment! From our very comfy chairs we watch their progress via CCTV and in Madchester we're even able to hear them, as they run, stumble and even fumble their way through the room's many puzzles and locks. All this while shouting, pointing and out-right accusing each other for their various mishaps and troubles. When the clock is ticking down and the tension continues to build, everyone is to blame. It's pain and gain. We have the atmosphere, the fun and the amazing people that are always smiling - and that is just those locked in our rooms. The best part of our jobs are those we meet, particularly after the adrenaline has been pumping and they've managed to escape the room with only seconds remaining after solving a murder, stopping a deadly virus or even preventing a missile from launching. What's a bit of fun without a bit of destruction, hey? Our games are addictive, our staff are friendly and those that play can't get enough and after their hearts stop racing and their mind's are able to relax, they quickly book another game with us. They break out only to be put back in again, that's how great this job really is. nbsp; https://breakoutcardiff.com/blog/post/is-this-the-best-job-in-the-world Mon, 13 Apr 2015 14:04:44 +0000 Still no clue what we do, here's some info for you! You must be wondering what actually goes on here at Breakout and why we lock people in a room for an hour? Well because its fun of course! You have 60 mintues to escape a locked room by solving clues and puzzles. We currently have 6 completley different themed rooms each with a difficulty rating out of 5.nbsp; When you come down to us we will give you a short health and safety brief which is mainly common sense of don't put fingers in plug sockets, climb on furntiture etc. nbsp;We then tell you the good part, your story line and lock you away. Here is our Price List: Off Peak (Monday 10.30am - Friday 5pm)2ppl - pound;36 (pound;18 per person)3ppl - pound;48 (pound;16 per person)4ppl - pound;56 (pound;14 per person)5ppl - pound;65 (pound;13 per person)Peak (Friday 5pm - Sunday 9.30pm)2ppl - pound;40 (pound;20 per person)3ppl - pound;51 (pound;17 per person)4ppl - pound;64 (pound;16 per person)5ppl - pound;75 (pound;15 per person) nbsp; Why not pay us a visit and book now at breakoutmanchester.comnbsp; https://breakoutcardiff.com/blog/post/still-no-clue-what-we-do-heres-some-info-for-you Mon, 27 Apr 2015 13:16:58 +0000 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. Over the past year Breakout Manchester has 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 to franchise 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; Here at Breakout Manchester we have had 31,375 gamers through our door. We've also had 14,424 escapees and 9,502 teams that have played.nbsp; For more information visit our website, www.theescaperoomfranchise.comnbsp; Any enquries about this drop us an email at hello@breakoutmanchester.comnbsp; https://breakoutcardiff.com/blog/post/breakout-franchise Fri, 26 Jun 2015 11:43:27 +0000 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. nbsp; https://breakoutcardiff.com/blog/post/managers-stories Tue, 28 Jul 2015 10:40:39 +0000 The most FUN team building activity you'll ever do!! Breakout is not just for groups of friends and families, it is great for work colleagues and team buidling events too. How is Breakout good for this you ask? With 5 different themed rooms we can accommodate 25 people an hour. Team Building Our rooms our perfect as it requires groups to get stuck in and work as a team. The puzzles require mental ability including numerical and literal clues to help escape. Itrsquo;s something unique to get the groups to work together under pressure but also fun. If you would like to observe them 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 ice breakers as being locked in a room requires you to problem solve and work together for the ultimate goal of escaping. 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. Veeno Directly below us is a wine cafe called Veeno, which provides wine and Italian buffet food. We can provide you with the package they offer. They also give 10% discount to customers that have been to play if they provide one of our business cards. Prices Off Peak (Monday 10.30am - Friday 5pm) 2ppl - pound;36 (pound;18 per person) 3ppl - pound;48 (pound;16 per person) 4ppl - pound;56 (pound;14 per person) 5ppl - pound;65 (pound;13 per person) nbsp; Peak (Friday 5pm - Sunday 9.30pm) 2ppl - pound;40 (pound;20 per person) 3ppl - pound;51 (pound;17 per person) 4ppl - pound;64 (pound;16 per person) 5ppl - pound;75 (pound;15 per person) For more information contact us directly on 01618398012 or hello@breakout manchester.com nbsp; https://breakoutcardiff.com/blog/post/the-most-fun-team-building-activity-youll-ever-do Wed, 26 Aug 2015 13:12:26 +0000 Where We've Come From For those of you reading this, yoursquo;ve just discovered Breakout Cardiff, which as Irsquo;m typing this will open its doors to the public tomorrow. What you may know is that Cardiff is the third city Breakout have opened in. What you may not know is that we only opened our first centre with two rooms: John Monroersquo;s Detective Office and Virus. That was genuinely where we began. Interstingly, 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 game it held were identical, 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 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 there. 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 games 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. 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 but also 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 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. There is, at this moment, people developing two new games at our High Street site, that wersquo;ll announce soon (#Teaser). More excitingly than that though, tomorrow is when we launch our brand new site in your fresh, vibrant city (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 Manchester, at 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; https://breakoutcardiff.com/blog/post/where-weve-come-from Tue, 31 May 2016 20:39:41 +0000 Are Welsh people more intelligent than the English? Are the Welsh more intelligent than the English? We think we already have the answer! Breakout Cardiff has has brother and sister branches in Manchester and Liverpool. At both the Manchetser and Liverpool branches people can play the game Sabotage which is also available to play in Cardiff. In Liverpool people can also play the Classified game which they can also play in Cardiff. Here comes the proof: * Sabotage escape rate in Cardiff is 25%, but only 23% in Liverpool and Manchester! * Classified has an escape rate of 55% in Cardiff, while Liverpool is slightly behind with 52%.nbsp; Time to bust out those thinking caps England. We have a very intense battle on our hands. The Welsh seem to be better than England at a lot of things at the moment: Escaping, Football... https://breakoutcardiff.com/blog/post/are-welsh-people-more-intelligent-than-the-english Wed, 22 Jun 2016 13:56:46 +0000 An Introduction to Escapology If you like escape rooms, you are probably already a fan of escapology. An interest in escape rooms shows a penchant for the core tenants of escapology and vice versa. The two passions go hand-in-hand. But just what is escapology, and what does it have to do with escape rooms? What is Escapology? Escapology can be a hobby, profession, or even a lifestyle. It centers around the art of escaping from confinement, whether that is a Roger Moore era James Bond type trap or a pair of handcuffs. One who practices escapology is known as an escapologist, or more commonly referred to as an escape artist. Escapology has been used by performers for centuries as a way of assisting with illusions that required one to disappear from a rather confined space. The art of escape as a feat of its own began with Harry Houdini. At the age of 11, Houdini began working for a locksmith in his local New York neighborhood. With an understanding of locks, he was able to pick or bypass his way through almost any security. He started as a magician himself, but then began the process of demystifying the field, debunking so-called psychic and showing the practicality of escape. Though professional escapologist relies on spectacle, which is meant to entertain and delight the crowd, escapology refers to all manner of escape. From practical to recreational, escaping with skill relies on escapology. Escape Rooms Modern day escape rooms are the pinnacle of escapology. They are a great introduction to the core tenants of escape, which are critical thinking, adaptation, and awareness. Much like Harry Houdinirsquo;s prison escapes, you are thrown into a situation that you do not control and left to escape a room. The best part about escape rooms is though they are challenging, they are not exclusionary. Anyone can try their hand at an escape room, and the room will reward problem solving without relying on required outside skills. And although you will need to use your brain, all you will need is a bit of logic and common sense. These rooms introduce the average person to the art of escape in a fun and interesting way, but for those who already interested in escapology, they as present new challenges. You can also use escape rooms to share your passion with your friends and colleagues while bonding and having fun. An escape room focuses more on logic and deduction than a test of your contortion ability or lock picking. You are restricted to finding new methods of escape and thinking about the construction and narrative of a room that is almost a lock in it of itself. The same skills that you use to analyze and solve an escape room make for a great escapologist. Practicality and Entertainment The best part about this hobby is that it is both entertaining and practical. Once you begin down the road of escapology with escape rooms, you may not want the fun to stop. You can begin to learn the art of lock picking and how to overwhelm and surreptitiously open restraints. This could lead you down the path to becoming a locksmith, which may lead you to become a world famous escapologist. However, there is a difference in escapology between practicality and showmanship. One of the most important parts of escapology is the ability to escape from physical restraints. These can be anything from police issue handcuffs to straight jackets. Practical escape artists will open these devices with tools they have concealed on their person. Most escape done for entertainment has more control placed in the escapologist's hands. They are focused on getting out as fast as possible, and not on analyzing and defeating their restraints. They may have hidden keys, only one padlock that needs to be opened on a seemingly more complicated array of chains, and other forms of trickery. Not everything in escapology is replicable in the real world, but even that is shrouded in mystery. Conclusion If you are interested in escape rooms, you may want to pursue the wide world of escapology. If you were already looking to enter the world of escapology, I would recommend starting with an escape rooms. And while you are in the area, stop by for game or two! Author Bio Ralph Goodman is a professional writer and the resident expert on locks and security over at the Lock Blog. The Lock Blog is a great resource to learn about keys, locks and safety. They offer tips, advice and how-torsquo;s for consumers, locksmiths, and security professionals. https://breakoutcardiff.com/blog/post/an-introduction-to-escapology Tue, 11 Oct 2016 16:23:21 +0000 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 openednbsp;The Heistnbsp;innbsp;Liverpool,nbsp;Manchesternbsp;openednbsp;Capturednbsp;andnbsp;Cardiffnbsp;openednbsp;Disturbed. Things are looking a bit worrying in Disturbed. Your colleague, and friend, PC Richards has been missing for over a week. His last known location is an old abandoned warehouse on the outskirts of town which he had gone to investigate one night after work. His obsession with a closed kidnapping case had left him paranoid and wanting to investigate more. You decide to go to the abandoned warehouse to see if you can find any clues as to where he may have gone. You come across a gruesome crime scene. You have 60 minutes, whilst the tech team have the alarms disabled, to investigate and discover the fate of your friend. 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;ournbsp;Liverpool,nbsp;Manchesternbsp;ornbsp;Cardiffnbsp;sites to book now! https://breakoutcardiff.com/blog/post/keep-fresh-carry-on Fri, 04 Nov 2016 13:49:24 +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! https://breakoutcardiff.com/blog/post/why-not-lock-up-a-loved-one-this-christmas Wed, 07 Dec 2016 17:15:24 +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. https://breakoutcardiff.com/blog/post/red-bull-at-breakout Tue, 13 Dec 2016 15:04:12 +0000 The Perfect Day in Cardiff The much-anticipated Wales v England match is fast approaching, and whether you're visiting Cardiff for the day or you live locally and are looking for something to do, look no further, as we've picked out some of the best things to do in the city! We have gathered the knowledge and wisdom of our Game Operators to select Cardiffrsquo;s most popular bars, eats and attractions. You don't need to search the depths of Trip Advisor for hours on end - we've got it covered! For a bite to eat, why not venture down to Cosy Club? Located just outside the St Davidrsquo;s Shopping Centre, Cosy Club has an all-day menu with a wide variety of choices - including vegan and gluten free options! If you're looking for breakfast, brunch or lunch, Cosy Club has plenty of variety to get you ready and prepped for the match. If you want to kill some time before the match kicks off at 4:50pm, you can always come down to Breakout Cardiff for an hour of puzzle solving, code-breaking and general brain bogglers! With five rooms to choose from, there is something for everyone. You can even go head-to-head against your friends and family in the Classified race rooms if you're feeling particularly competitive! And what better way to celebrate your escape from Breakout than with ice cream? Science Cream is just down the road from Breakout Cardiff; this laboratory-style parlour offers a huge range of ice-cream flavours, all of which are made with liquid Nitrogen! If yoursquo;re stuck for the perfect place to watch the match, Brewhouse (located in the Brewery Quarter) will be showing the game on their big screens. This way, you can still experience the Welsh/English showdown with your friends, even if you donrsquo;t have tickets - all from the comfort of a lovely pub! If you think a post-match meal will be an essential part of your day out, at Buffalo Bar you can create your own burger to suit your mood, or choose from a huge selection of other hot food such as gourmet pies, battered fish amp; chips or slow-cooked short ribs. Regardless of whether yoursquo;re celebrating the win, or drowning your sorrows after the game, yoursquo;ll no doubt be craving a drink! Located just a ten-minute walk from the stadium, Dead Canary have all the fancy cocktails you could wish for. Favourites include Barry Island Ice Tea, Brogue Trader and Straight Outta Canton. If cocktails arenrsquo;t your thing, Dead Canary also offer a wide selection of wines, beers and ciders. Hopefully, this selection of things to do and places to go have helped you to organise your day out in Cardiff. Even if yoursquo;re not coming down for the match, therersquo;s always a good reason to come and visit the city! https://breakoutcardiff.com/blog/post/The-perfect-day-in-cardiff Thu, 09 Feb 2017 17:03:58 +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 Parkinsonrsquo;s UK and Joining Jack. Joining Jack are a charity dedicated to raising money to support research to try and end Duchennersquo;s Muscular Dystrophy. This muscle breakdown affects 1 in every 3,500 male children worldwide. And last but not least, Parkinson's UK strive to support people with Parkinsonrsquo;s in the UK. They put a lot of effort into research to find new treatments to help those with the disease are working towards curing the disease completely one day. 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; nbsp; https://breakoutcardiff.com/blog/post/breakouts-next-charity-day-is-thursday-30th-march-2017 Wed, 15 Mar 2017 18:57:33 +0000 Breakout Cardiff: Against the clock ldquo;I bet I can escape in 10 minutes!rdquo; These are the types of assertions a Game Operator hears before locking teams in a room, and recently have really got us thinking. What are our most popular rooms? How many people actually manage to lsquo;breakoutrsquo; of our rooms? Here at Breakout we have five rooms, all of which have varying levels of difficulty. Our rooms range from a difficulty of 3 stars (being the easiest) and 5 stars (being the most challenging). Most people like a challenge, and tend to go for one of our 4-star difficulty rooms if they havenrsquo;t played before. This could be because the themes of the rooms appeal to them, it was the only time slot they could do, or they simply just didnrsquo;t know! Our escape rooms and current success rates are as follows: nbsp; Cursed Carnival You and your friends have won a prize at the local carnival, but it's a prize with a difference. Since you've taken it home, you have been tormented by strange dreams and a haunting voice that tells you that you must return your prize within 7 days. You return to the carnival on the 7th day and enter the old repair shed where you must solve the mystery with only an hour left before the clock strikes midnight. Can you break the curse in 60 minutes, or will your nightmares come true...? Cursed Carnival is one of our easiest escape rooms, with a 3-star difficulty and an 80% success rate. This is a particularly good room to play if you havenrsquo;t played an escape game before. nbsp; Classified 1 and Classified 2 Thenbsp;Classifiednbsp;rooms see 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 exciting room yet! You can race against friends in an identical game room and prove once and for all who is the best at breaking out! If you wish to do this please book two sessions on the website that start at the same time. You do not have to have a team to race against, this game can be played as a stand-alone game. Classified is the prequel to our Sabotage room. The Classified rooms are our identical race rooms, both of which have a 4-star difficulty, with a success rate of 60%. nbsp;nbsp; Sabotage Can you go deep behind enemy territory and stop a missile strike which endangers the safety of the entire world? There is 60 minutes before launch - you need to break into the control centre and stop the launch or the consequence will be catastrophic. Sabotage is the sequel to our Classified escape rooms.nbsp; Sabotage has a 5-star difficulty rating, and is without a doubt our hardest room, with a success rate of just 30%! nbsp; Disturbed Your colleague, and friend, PC Richards has been missing for over a week. His last known location is an old abandoned warehouse on the outskirts of town which he had gone to investigate one night after work. His obsession with a closed kidnapping case had left him paranoid and wanting to investigate more. You decide to go to the abandoned warehouse to see if you can find any clues as to where he may have gone. You come across a gruesome crime scene. You have 60 minutes, whilst the tech team have the alarms disabled, to investigate and discover the fate of your friend. Disturbed has a 4-star difficulty, but is definitely one of our more challenging escape rooms! The success rate for this room is currently 35%. nbsp; So, if you have never played before, or have and just want to break a record, you can now see all the statistics you need in order to do so! If any of the rooms appeal to you, and you fancy booking to challenge yourself, feel free to give us a call on 029 203 71156, or book online at www.breakoutcardiff.com. nbsp; Good luck!nbsp; https://breakoutcardiff.com/blog/post/Escape Rates Thu, 11 May 2017 15:55:34 +0000 Breakout Cardiff is the perfect family activity The summer holidays are just around the corner, which sparks the question playing on most parentsrsquo; minds: How are we going to keep the children entertained for six whole weeks? Fear not, as we have the solution! Since the British summer mostly consists of rain, our fun, indoor activity is the perfect way to keep your children amused, whilst stimulating their brains, too! What better way to bond as a family than by getting locked inside a room together for 60 minutes, with the only way of escaping being to work together as a team?! Although our rooms are mostly designed for adults, children can have lots of fun when playing our rooms; however, certain ages may find some of the puzzles somewhat of a challenge. Due to this, we recommend that the minimum age to partake in the room is 10 with an adult inside the room with them, and the minimum age to tackle the room without an adult is 16. Our rooms are perfect for families, as it requires you to work together as a team in order to escape. We have a diverse range of puzzles, all of which require a mixture of mental-related tasks such as problem-solving, numerical knowledge and an assortment of riddles. These puzzles help to get your childrenrsquo;s brains working without them even realising ndash; this is because they are usually so caught up in the moment and completely focused on trying to lsquo;breakoutrsquo;! Our escape rooms are a great alternative from other stereotypical indoor activities, such as venturing down to the cinema, as it helps to keep everyone on their toes and gets the brain ticking. All of our rooms are equipped with CCTV cameras, so if you hit a brick wall and need a bit of assistance, 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 (so donrsquo;t panic about being completely stuck for the full hour!). Our rooms also offer a sense of competition, 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, it might be a good idea to check out our Classified race rooms. Classified 1 and 2 are one of our most popular rooms, as they are identical in content and enable two teams to tackle the rooms simultaneously to see who can lsquo;breakoutrsquo; first.nbsp; For more competitive families, you should consider splitting your family into two teams to race against not only the clock, but each other, too! Several of our rooms may be too difficult or unsuitable for younger children, but our Cursed Carnival and Classified rooms are perfect for all ages (ranging from a difficulty rating of 3/4 out of 5 stars). You may also discover that your children will end up being a lot better than you inside these rooms, so you should brace yourselves for that! Many of us have run games for families in which the parents have contributed almost nothing, whereas their children have solved and discovered everything themselves. Parents ndash; you have been warned! 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 ournbsp;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. https://breakoutcardiff.com/blog/post/breakout-cardiff-is-the-perfect-family-activity Thu, 06 Jul 2017 16:00:03 +0000 Bring your family to Breakout! Wersquo;re now more than halfway through the summer holidays, so the back-to-school blues are beginning to loom! With the fast-approaching school season, what better way than to make the most of the remainder of your time off by trying to escape from a room? If you think you can 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, which range from simply finding objects within a room, to complex logical-based riddles, can really get the whole team thinking and working together. Breakout is the perfect indoor activity for those rainy days when you'd be otherwise stuck at home (and letrsquo;s face it ndash; these rainy days arenrsquo;t in abundance!). 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 5 different rooms in total, with difficulty levels ranging from 3 stars to 5 stars (with 5 stars being the trickiest). If you are wanting to partake in Breakout for a family activity, why not try out our Cursed Carnival room? With a 3-star difficulty rating, this is perfect for families and first-timers alike. Many people worry that this will be too scary, but there are no jump scares ndash; we even have a lsquo;no clownsrsquo; disclaimer!nbsp; If yoursquo;re unsure about Cursed Carnival, another one of our family-friendly rooms are Classified 1 and 2, in which you are spies in training sitting your final entrance exam. Identical in content, these rooms are perfect for larger families, as teams can battle against each other to see who manages to lsquo;breakoutrsquo; first!nbsp; Some themes may not be suitable for groups with younger players, such as our Disturbed room, 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, children can play Disturbed but it may not be suitable for very young children ndash; this is because the room is decorated to resemble a crime scene, with 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 you feel that Breakout meets the needs of your family day out, or you find yourself with some spare time in Cardiff 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 Liverpool branches if you find yourself that way as well! https://breakoutcardiff.com/blog/post/bring-your-family-to-breakout Sat, 26 Aug 2017 10:12:29 +0000 Perfect Day Out - Half-term edition! The half-term holidays are fast approaching, but worry not! We have compiled a list of places to sample to break up the mundanity of the day-to-day holiday routine. If you are looking for a low budget, fun-filled day out, you should venture down to thenbsp;National Museum Cardiff. They are currently hosting multiple different activities, one of which includes a special exhibition called Dinosaur Babies. This predominantly focuses on amazing finds of dinosaur eggs and embryos, and costs just pound;7 for adults, and pound;3 for children. They also do special family deals and concession rates, whereas children under the age of three can visit for free. To continue with the educational theme, if your children are interested in science, itrsquo;s definitely worth checking out Techniquest down the Bay. Techniquest offers a unique scientific interactive experience, which can be enjoyed by both adults and children alike.nbsp;Techniquest also hosts lsquo;out-of-this-worldrsquo; planetarium shows, which allow audiences of all ages a stunning insight into the night sky.nbsp; However, if yoursquo;re fancying a more active day out, why not visit Boulders? An indoornbsp;climbing centre situatednbsp;just off Newport Road, Boulders is the perfect activity for all ages and abilities. As this activity is not weather dependant, itrsquo;s great for those days when the rainy Welsh weather leaves us at a loss for things to do! If you would like a less physically strenuous indoors activity, then why not visit us at Breakout Cardiff? Located within The Brewery Quarter, Breakout Cardiff are an escape room company which currently hold the #1 ranking of Fun things to do in Cardiff. There are a variety of themed rooms 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 innbsp;Manchester, Liverpool andnbsp;Chester, 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 tonbsp;Chai Streetnbsp;in the city centre. Their menu has a huge range to choose from and there's even a kidsrsquo; menu for the little ones. For a more touristy day out, Cardiff Castle is a must-do. One of Walesrsquo; leading heritage attractions, the castle offers a range of different activities and tours. Delve back in time by exploring the castlersquo;s wartime shelters, or sit back, relax, and take in the breath-taking Roman architecture. So, if the next few weeks on your calendar are looking empty, head over to ournbsp;websitenbsp;and book a room! Hopefully now you've got some inspiration for a great day out, irrespective of the weather!nbsp; https://breakoutcardiff.com/blog/post/perfect-day-out-half-term-edition Thu, 26 Oct 2017 15:48:06 +0000 All work and no play? Why not come down to Breakout today? Have you had the misfortune of being tasked with arranging the Christmas party? We recognise that it has become increasingly difficult to arrange a Christmas do which keeps the entire office happy. Recently, people are more interested in making memories through interesting experiences, as opposed to traipsing around town whilst sporting a tinsel scarf and reindeer ears. Breakout could be exactly what yoursquo;re looking for. An escape room company located within the Brewery Quarter, we provide a one-hour, mentally challenging experience consisting of a mixture of puzzles. These puzzles, which range from simply finding objects within a room, to complex logical-based riddles, can really get the whole team thinking and working together. Itrsquo;s the perfect opportunity to discover who the competitive ones really are within your office! Tackling an escape room is the perfect way to start off an evening, as it includes those who wouldnrsquo;t typically come out. Itrsquo;s also a great way to get to know everyone better within the office ndash; we can guarantee that yoursquo;ll be discussing your teamrsquo;s performance in the room for weeks to come! With 5 rooms in total (accommodating up to 25 people at once), a range of storylines and differing difficulty levels, we really do have something for everyone. Whether you think you have some budding detectives, horror lovers, or just a competitive team who you would feel would thrive playing our race games, we can provide this for you. You can check our availability and find out more information about our rooms by checking our website, or conversely, you can give us a call at 02920 371 156. Once yoursquo;ve picked the rooms, sit back and relax whilst we sort the rest. Letrsquo;s ensure that your Christmas social is one to remember! https://breakoutcardiff.com/blog/post/all-work-and-no-play-why-not-come-down-to-breakout-today Wed, 15 Nov 2017 19:33:30 +0000 12 Days of Christmas With tinsel strewn about offices, festive lights illuminating the streets and The Pogues blaring from every radio station, it's definitely that time of year again! To celebrate this wonderful, festive season, we have compiled a helpful list of Christmassy things to enjoy in the 'Diff.On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me...... a trip to Cardiff Castle's Santa Grotto! Although currently sold out, Santa has returned to his magical Grotto within the Black Tower of the castle. Those lucky enough to have purchased a ticket can enjoy craft activities, a special Christmas gift and exclusive offers in the cafeacute;.On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me...... tickets to see Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs! There's nothing more Christmassy than a pantomime, with New Theatre's production getting both adults and children alike in the festive spirit. Featuring the all-star cast of Mike Doyle, Chico, Gareth Thomas and Samantha Womack, this is definitely not a show to miss!On the third day of Christmas my true love gave to me......a visit to Cardiff's Winter Wonderland! Located opposite City Hall, Cardiff's iconic wonderland has returned, with attractions including an open air ice rink, alpine village, authentic bierkeller, and much more.On the fourth day of Christmas my true love gave to me.......a trip to the Cardiff Christmas markets! Strewn across the city centre, pop-up huts can be found in St John Street, Working Street, The Hayes, Hills Street and Trinity Street, and are jam-packed with home-made festive goodies and decor.On the fifth day of Christmas my true love gave to me......a gift voucher for Breakout Cardiff! An escape room company situated in the Brewery Quarter, Breakout Cardiff is the perfect gift choice for a loved one, irrespective of age. To purchase a gift voucher, simply call us at 02920 371 156, or email hello@breakoutcardiff.com for more information.On the sixth day of Christmas my true love gave to me......tickets to see The Nutcracker! The Russian State Ballet of Siberia has returned to Cardiff in time for the festive season, delivering well-loved performances which include The Nutcracker, Cinderella and Swan Lake.On the seventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me......a trip to the Boutique Gift Market! Situated in the Norwegian Church Arts Centre, a unique assortment of local businesses have teamed up to sell their bespoke, beautifully designed products. They also sell award-winning cake, which is a winner in our eyes!On the eighth day of Christmas my true love gave to me......an opportunity to participate in the Santa Fun Run! Why not both have fun and raise money for charity at the same time this Christmas? The run is taking place in Merthyr Tydfil's Cyfarthfa Park, with people of all ages being welcome to partake in the 2km route around the park. Those over the age of 16 are even provided with a free Santa suit!On the ninth day of Christmas my true love gave to me......an evening at the Coffi Co Lounge Christmas Night! Coffi Co Lounge are offering an evening comprising of festive street food, live music and general Christmassy magic. Tickets are just pound;21.95, with the festivities kicking off on Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd December.On the tenth day of Christmas my true love gave to me...... a trip to Santa's Grotto on Queen Street! Why not pop down and visit Santa in his grotto within the city centre? He and his affable elves can be found spreading their festive cheer within a log cabin, of which they will reside until Christmas Eve.On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me......a candlelit walk around Cardiff! A 5k candlelit walk has been arranged around Whitchurch, commencing on Sunday 10th December. Bring along your friends and family, and sing carols whilst purchasing last-minute, handcrafted Christmas gifts.On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love gave to me......an excursion to Mermaid Quay's Christmas cracker celebration event! nbsp;Arriving at Mermaid Quay on the 10th December is Cardiff's very own magical Post Train, where children can write letters to Santa and receive their own personal response. The event is free to attend, and also provides individuals with the chance to meet Santa's elves!Now that you've scoured a list of 12 things to do, let the festivities commence! nbsp;Merry Christmas, everyone! :) https://breakoutcardiff.com/blog/post/12-days-of-christmas Sat, 16 Dec 2017 16:57:29 +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 our Breakout Cardiff, Breakout Liverpool, Breakout Manchester and Breakout Chester sites, 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 to @breakoutlpl, @breakoutcardiff, @breakoutmcr or @breakoutchester! https://breakoutcardiff.com/blog/post/a-day-in-the-life-of-a-game-operator Mon, 19 Feb 2018 16:18:49 +0000 Breakout Cardiff is thrilled to announce its newest room, Vacancy! After weeks of paint-splattered clothing, scouring out the best vintage props and a collective sense of ever-growing excitement, we are delighted to announce the opening of our new room, Vacancy! Following its success in our other affiliated branches in Manchester, Liverpool and Chester, Cardiff is thrilled to introduce this latest addition to our site. Set in an abandoned motel room, Vacancy has a slightly creepy, ominous feel. We have provided the room with a difficulty level of 4/5 stars, ensuring that it is perfect for both experienced escape artists and beginners alike! The storyline to the room is as follows: Exhausted after a long journey, you place your bag down on the freshly made bed, ready to relax. Suddenly, an ominous sixty minute countdown begins. No matter what you try, the door will not open. Welcome to the Crimson Lake Motel. You check in, but you NEVER check out... It's proven a popular room already, with customers claiming that it "is the right balance of logical-based and observational-style puzzles". Another team mentioned that "of all the escape rooms we have done, this is definitely the most challenging we have tackled as of yet!" Current Breakout Staff have also found the room somewhat of a challenge, but all have provided it with positive reviews. Game Operator Mark mentioned that he absolutely loved the theme of the room, and thinks stylistically and puzzle-wise it's quite unique, standing out from several of the other escape rooms that he has played. Do you think you've got what it takes to tackle Vacancy? If so, book online: www.breakoutcardiff.com/book, or, alternatively, ring us on 02920 371 156. The motel manager eagerly anticipates your call... https://breakoutcardiff.com/blog/post/breakout-cardiff-is-thrilled-to-announce-its-newest-room-vacancy Mon, 05 Mar 2018 14:57:43 +0000 Breakout Cardiff charity day! Following our subsequent successful charity days across our Breakout sites, Breakout Cardiff is pleased to announce that our next charity event will be taking place this week! The charity day will be held on Wednesday 2ndnbsp;May, and all the proceeds raised from this event will go towards our two selected charities: Parkinson's UK and Joining Jack. nbsp; Parkinson's UK Parkinson's UK are a leading charity dedicated to driving better care, treatments and quality of life for those diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. Joining Jack Joining Jack is a founding charity partner of Duchenne UK, which is a charity dedicated to funding and accelerating research and treatments solely for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). We have previously supported Joining Jack in the past, and look forward to working with them again. nbsp; People can get involved by booking as normal on our website or over the phone: 02920 371 156. All of the proceeds raised from these bookings will go straight to our two selected charities. We began collaborating with charities in 2015, with our first charity day being hosted by our parent branch, Breakout Manchester. We have raised a respective pound;764 and pound;900 during our previous charity days, and look to be raising a similar total tomorrow! https://breakoutcardiff.com/blog/post/breakout-cardiff-charity-day Tue, 01 May 2018 18:08:49 +0000 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's MCM London Comic Con! Congregating from Cardiff, Liverpool and 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: 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: Go and defuse the device to save Comic Con! 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 the MCM London Comic Con 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! https://breakoutcardiff.com/blog/post/mcm-london-comic-con Mon, 21 May 2018 13:17:08 +0000 Sick of getting Dad socks for Fathers Day? 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;www.breakoutcardiff.com/voucher. 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 Classified room 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 Disturbed room, in which you must figure out the reason behind the mysterious disappearance of your friend and colleague, PC Richards. Our other rooms include Cursed Carnival (3 stars), Vacancy (4 stars) and Sabotage (5 stars). Should you wish to find out more information about each of our rooms, you can do so by clicking here (link). 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. We are located in the Brewery Quarter (sandwiched in between Five Guys and Brewhouse) ndash; the perfect spot should you wish to go for a couple of celebratory (or commiserative!) drinks after! Now that yoursquo;ve finished reading this, if yoursquo;re considering purchasing a gift voucher for your dad this Fatherrsquo;s Day, either clicknbsp;herenbsp;or conversely, give us a call at 02920 371 156. https://breakoutcardiff.com/blog/post/sick-of-getting-dad-socks-for-fathers-day Fri, 15 Jun 2018 10:12:06 +0000 Sick of getting Dad socks for Fathers Day? 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;www.breakoutcardiff.com/voucher. 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 Classified room 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 Disturbed room, in which you must figure out the reason behind the mysterious disappearance of your friend and colleague, PC Richards. Our other rooms include Cursed Carnival (3 stars), Vacancy (4 stars) and Sabotage (5 stars). Should you wish to find out more information about each of our rooms, you can do so by clicking here (link). 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. We are located in the Brewery Quarter (sandwiched in between Five Guys and Brewhouse) ndash; the perfect spot should you wish to go for a couple of celebratory (or commiserative!) drinks after! Now that yoursquo;ve finished reading this, if yoursquo;re considering purchasing a gift voucher for your dad this Fatherrsquo;s Day, either clicknbsp;herenbsp;or conversely, give us a call at 02920 371 156. https://breakoutcardiff.com/blog/post/sick-of-getting-dad-socks-for-fathers-day Fri, 15 Jun 2018 10:12:06 +0000 Bring Your Christmas Party to Breakout! 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 Cardiff! 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 six themed rooms, ranging from super secret spy missions, to a cursed carnival and an abandoned warehouse. We can accommodate up to thirty 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 Brewery Quarter at the centre of Cardiff, 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. nbsp; https://breakoutcardiff.com/blog/post/bring-your-christmas-party-to-breakout Sat, 29 Sep 2018 16:37:26 +0000 Escape the cold this Christmas With Christmas on the horizon, the pressure is on to find that perfect Christmas gift. Instead of fighting your way through the shops during this busy festive period, why not head over to the Breakout website and buy your loved ones a voucher for one of our escape rooms. It's the perfect way to spend time with your family and friends! So, what is Breakout? Breakout is the real-life escape room experience which puts all your skill and mental ability to the test. You'll have to solve a series of puzzles, riddles and clues in one of our themed rooms and see if you can escape. But you better watch out, you've only got an hour to do it! This may sound like a breeze to you having a full 60 minutes to get out, however with teams of 2-5 people, you'll need work together as a well-oiled machine to get out before the clock hits zero.nbsp; What's more, it can be a pesky task guessing when will be best for them to play. But not to worry, you can simply buy the voucher and they can pick the time and room that suits them best! When they're ready to book, all they need to do is simply head over to our website and use the voucher code to redeem a game from one of our 8 amazing rooms. Here at Breakout, we cater for everyonersquo;s level of experience, whether it be first time players or seasoned veterans, we'll have a room suitable for you. For those new to escape rooms, our 3-star rooms are a great place to start, offering a real challenge without throwing you straight in at the deep end. For those looking for something a little bit harder, our 4- and 5-star rooms will be more up your street. Each room is a unique experience with its own individual theme, whether you're trying to find out how to stop a dreaded curse in Carnival or stop a nuclear missile from hitting Cardiff in Sabotage. Choosing a room to play can be daunting, so itrsquo;s always a good idea to book a room based on your own personal likes and interests. For example, if itrsquo;s 007 and military themes that float your boat, then Classified and Sabotage are the perfect games for you to play. In Classified, you and your fellow Spys in training will take the final exam to become fully qualified agents of this country. With Classified having two identical rooms, this can turn into a race game between two groups should you have more than 5 trainees. Sabotage places you in the heart of the war zone, as you and your fellow soldiers have found yourselves in the enemy base, needing to find the missile launch station before it is launched! Save us before it is too late! We also have Disturbed and Vacancy for you to check out! With Breakout being situated in the middle of Cardiff city centre in the Brewery Quarter, you won't be short of things to do before and after you play. Whether that be going for a spot of lunch or exploring the many shops Cardiff has to offer, this voucher will give you the chance to create great memories and will add a little bit of excitement to your day! If this all sounds good to you, visit our website www.breakoutcardiff.com/voucher or give us a call on 02920 271156to purchase your voucher today! https://breakoutcardiff.com/blog/post/escape-the-cold-this-christmas Sun, 09 Dec 2018 21:32:22 +0000 Error

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