Danny Hooper

Danny Hooper
Hi, my name is Danny I am a game designer and puzzle enthusiast living in London who can often can be found drawing stickmen, playing board games or thinking about burgers. Growing up with two brothers gave me an over competitive nature which comes in really handy for my main hobby - doing escape rooms. I've done these across the world, winning competitions and setting numerous records along as the way as well as maintaining a 100% record of escaping. My favourite games and puzzles often include numbers or abstract colours and patterns and I recently learnt how to escape a straight jacket (which came in handy surprisingly quickly)

Trapped… In your house

Until recently escape room games were certainly a niche genre – now though, the choices are almost overwhelming. There are board games with elaborate components, app-supported card games, giant plastic devices, print at home games and so many other variations. So, with all of these options, how do you stand …

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Unlock! games: Helping survive the lockdown

  What’s the best way to cope with a lockdown? Well, actually, there are multiple options – but the best way in my opinion is with puzzles, codes and challenges. However, without being able to go outside it’s time to turn to the other big contender in the escape room …

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That shrinking feeling – An escape room review

Cluequest – CQ Origenes https://cluequest.co.uk/escape-room-missions/cq-origenes It’s back to the spy agency to explore the origins of the mouse/sheep rivalry that supplies the cheesy theming of Cluequest and provides a tongue twister room name as the evil Blacksheep fella launches a cyber attack on an old spy base which you need …

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A cracking escape room or a safe one to miss?

Hint Hunt – The Safe https://hinthunt.co.uk/#rooms Hint Hunt proclaim themselves to be the original live escape game, with locations around the world and taking almost sole credit for making escape rooms the global phenomenon it is today. So, absolutely zero pressure in regards to quality as we attempted The Safe, …

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Prisoner cell block escape

Omescape – The Penitentiary https://omescapelondon.co.uk/escape-rooms/the-penitentiary/ They say you should never judge a book by its cover, which is handy for Omescape because if you did it would be closed by now. Located in North London, they have gone for an interesting vibe – instead of welcoming and friendly it looks …

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Exit: The Game; A plethora of at home ‘escape’ options.

Have you ever wanted to do an escape room, but you don’t want to a) go outside or b) pay a lot of money for a stranger to lock you in a room? Then you’re in luck! Because you can sort-of get the escape room experience in the comfort of …

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Please mind the gap between the escape room and the puzzles

Mission: Breakout – Codebreakers I am not going to lie, I was very excited to go to Mission Breakout. The venue is an abandoned tube station (very exciting for a Londoner to be in a tube station not full of commuters) it also advertises itself heavily on Facebook as well …

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Dialling your escape up to 007

AIM Escape – Spy Heroes – https://aimescape.com/ AIM Escape are a multi-room venue in East London who claim to have ‘Unparalleled immersion’ and ‘The most technologically advanced escape room in the UK’ – which, given I have done some pretty tech heavy rooms and on more than one occasion saved the …

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Everything you could Luft-want from an escape room

Escape Plan – Battle of Britain – London Escape Room – Escape Plan Escape Plan are spread across two London venues and all their rooms are WW2 themed. An unusual trait for escape venues, who normally utilise a variety of themes to attract the widest audience they can. However the …

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I am Dan the Man – Escapoloist extraordinaire

What is an escape room? Who am I? Why should you read this review? All good questions, thank you for asking. Essentially an escape room is where someone shuts you (and usually a team) in a room. You then need to find items, solve a series of puzzles and achieve …

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