With escape rooms in Dubai and Las Vegas, one of the world’s leading puzzle experiences has broken onto the Capital’s live game scene.
Now open, the Crystal Maze-style mental challenges at Escape Reality on Fountainbridge Square offer challenge seekers a new canalside “escape the room” experience.
The six escape rooms, which include challenges based on themes such as an eerie mental asylum and a family-friendly pirate room, where the aim will be to find the treasure and get rid of the terrible curse set upon you.
Each room is rated according to its difficulty level, with a level three being perfect for beginners and a level five being fiendishly difficult and ideal for those seeking a challenge.
Teams are given 60 minutes in which they must solve all the puzzles to escape.
“Bar the flickering ticker tape at the end, these are very like the mental challenges you would see on the Crystal Maze,” said Michael McIntosh, general manager.
“We pride ourselves on giving people a full and real sensory experience – it’s not just unlocking padlocks.
“This is different to other escape games – it is a tailored experience players will get with a real human touch and the possibilities are endless.”
Anna Marcassoli, lead designer at Escape Reality, said: “We are very excited to have brought our escape room experience to Edinburgh, which has been an ambition of ours for some time.
“Escape Reality’s designers have done a fantastic job coming up with these challenges and we can’t wait for the people of Edinburgh to take them on. It is a beautiful city and we feel fortunate to be able to provide a new entertainment experience in the heart of such a culturally vibrant city.”
The venue also has a bar and social area where teams can meet and have a drink before plunging into problem solvers to talk team tactics or celebrate their recent escape victory.
Morag Rycroft, who had not tried an escape experience before said: “I really enjoyed the themed aspect – it was a great fun experience and I would definitely do it again.”
Meanwhile, the country’s biggest ever cocktail event is coming to the Capital with 50 cocktails designed especially for the event.
Cocktail enthusiasts can look forward to a weekend of sipping and socialising their way around the city with a cocktail line-up featuring everything from a Willy Wonka inspired Violet Beauregarde cocktail at The Refinery and a tipsy ice cream milkshake at The Boozy Cow, to an iced coffee cocktail at Eden Locke created by the recently crowned World’s Best Barista and a Jammie Dodger flavoured martini at Element.
Since its announcement, over 8000 event responses were logged on Facebook and people are travelling from across the UK and as far as Australia to join in.
Organiser Gary Anderson said: “We are thrilled with the spectrum of flavours that will be available for wristband-holders and we can’t wait to see everyone enjoying these in just four weeks’ time.
“It is an absolute pleasure to work with so many local businesses and celebrate the awesome cocktail scene we have here in Edinburgh. It really is a Cocktail Capital!”