Tue 30 Jun 20
Want to escape from the next lockdown quiz? Try this Scottish online escape room!
An escape room business in Dunfermline has found a way to continue offering escape rooms throughout lockdown, even with the social distancing restrictions in place.
Go Escape, a small family-run business, had been hit hard by lockdown but have been working behind the scenes to create a fully interactive online escape room based on their most popular room. Modelled on The Auld Grey Toun room, which is about Dunfermline’s rich history, the virtual escape room is a play at home game that requires just as much thinking and teamwork (if not more) than being physically locked in.
Screen sharing over Google Hangouts, Zoom, or any other video conference platform, teams must work together to hunt around the room for clues to help them solve 15 padlocks to escape.
Keith Gemmell, co-owner of Go Escape, is excited to be able to offer a fun group activity during these unusual times. He said: “Being a small business, we have been hit hard by lockdown however most of our customers who were due to play at some point during lockdown, have taken the opportunity to reschedule to a date in the future rather than be given a refund – this has made a huge difference to us and we want to express our thanks for this support.
“We’re so lucky to have family who are creative and tech savvy to have built this for us. Our niece, Colleen Reid who works in digital marketing and her partner Sinéad Watt took our idea for an online room and made it a reality.
“The online escape room feels like a welcome break from virtual quizzes and really does challenge teams to work together. It’s an immersive, 360° experience based on our real room with real padlocks to solve. It’s unlike any other online escape room we’ve played! “We trialled a few but they seemed to be cartoon-style games that were based on computer puzzles with a storyline about escaping, rather than being based on a real room. We feel that The Auld Grey Toun online escape room is quite unique in that respect – you really feel like you’re in the room trying to escape!”
Keith and co-owner wife Lynn are launching the online escape room on their website (www.go-escape.net) on the 18th of June and can’t wait to see what teams think of the digital experience.
It adds a third room to Go Escape’s experiences, with the physical version of The Auld Grey Toun and Mission: Implausible available to be played at their Dunfermline location when lockdown lifts. The company is also working on a fourth room which will be located in Dunfermline’s oldest building, Abbott House, as part of the building’s historical renovation.