What is Escape Key Newcastle?
If you haven’t heard of Escape Key Newcastle, where have you been? Over the past few years escape rooms have popped up all over the place. There’s a few in Sunderland, Newcastle and even Whitley Bay. There’s probably more but they’re the ones that come to mind.
Escape Rooms originated from a game, called Crimson Room, which was created in 2004. A Japanse company first transformed this idea into a live-action escape room and it became popular around the world.
If you’re unfamiliar with the concept, you basically enter a room in which you’re locked into and then you have follow various clues to open locks, doors etc to find your way out of the room within a certain time – normally one hour.
There are three (soon to be four) different rooms you can try at Escape Key Newcastle. Each room has some connection to Newcastle, and I found it super interesting finding out some facts about the history of the city that I didn’t know before. Did you know that the Great Plague of Newcastle Killed half of the population of the city? Me either!
Plague – This room overlooks a real-life plague pit in Newcastle. You’ll learn about the horror of the Black Death in this atmospheric escape game. Escape before the plague gets you Difficulty: 9/10. Apparently this is one of the most difficult Escape Rooms in the country, so a good choice if you’ve got some experience.
Witch – You must escape the hangman’s noose in this eerie escape game based on the dark events of Newcastle’s history and played next to a real witches’ burial ground. Difficulty: 8/10.
Armagedon – An asteroid is hurtling towards Earth and only you and your team can save the day. You don’t want to miss a thing in this fast-paced tense escape game set in a Cold War bunker. Difficulty: 7/10.
Electric City (coming soon) – A tribute to North East invention. Dark forces gather to prevent a groundbreaking innovation seeing the light of day!
I went along to Escape Room Newcastle with five of my friends. We played The Plague Room. It was totally different from the two other escape rooms I’ve played in the past. To start with, there was much more of a story with actual facts. I really enjoy learning about Newcastle, so I found that part really interesting. Of course, the story isn’t 100% true. I’m not going to tell you the story as you should go find out yourself, but your challenge is to find some ashes. If you successfully fid them before the end of the sixty minutes you’ve escaped. If not then you’re stuck. Forever. Obviously I’m joking, but you get the picture.
This was my fourth escape room. I’ve done two as a pair, and two as part of a bigger team. I’d say that the bigger teams were best as there are more people to bounce ideas off. Everyone thinks in different ways, too. So if someone is stumped on a clue someone else will probably work it out. If you’re really stuck, or you’re totally missing codes etc, you’ll be given verbal clues. It can be really frustrating when you just haven’t got a clue what to do next, so getting clues is essential.
So why do I think this was the best escape room I’ve done so far? The story behind the room was interesting and exciting. There was a good variety of clues. It wasn’t just all breaking codes to unlock boxes or doors. There was also more of a creepy atmosphere than other rooms I’ve been in, including a surprise which made us all scream and then laugh our heads off.
If you’re looking for an idea for a birthday, hen or stag do, or just something different to do with your pals, I’d highly recommend Escape Key Newcastle. Book your visit Here. Prices start from £49 for two players up to £99 for six players.