Get in and break out

Building The World’s Smallest


April 2018



What are Escape Rooms?

An escape room or exit game is a physical adventure game in which players solve a series of puzzles using clues, hints and strategy to complete the objectives at hand. Players are given a set time limit to unveil the secret solution which is hidden within the room.

What is the Project

As part of Portsmouth Festivities week in June 2018 we are aiming to feature the World’s Smallest Escape Room and we are asking schools to help us design it. This record breaking project  will be built by Escape Room Specialists Houndini Escapes and will go on display in Portsmouth to be played for free during June 15-24, by the general public. We are asking schools to create designs of what can be inside the room and the 5 puzzles needed to create the game. The theme for this year’s Festivities is FREEDOM and we hope this will inspire your ideas for what is inside the room. The most ingenious design will be turned into reality and each school's concepts will be submitted to a panel of escape room and design experts. The winning school will have their concept designed.

How can you get involved?

If you would like to take part we can assist with your planning with up to two lesson workshop on where we will explain how Escape Rooms work and bring in some example puzzles for you  to play. We will explain the limitations of the room and how best to design puzzles. Just email and we will arrange a date for your workshop lesson.

What is involved?

Your school will be asked to design five puzzles on a similar theme that can be completed within 15 minutes... the duration of the game. The design must be inclusive as possible, using as many senses as possible. Create puzzles that require a mix of visual, sounds and tactile clues to solve. The room will be large enough for four people at once or one wheelchair and a carer... so all clues and puzzles must be easily accessible.

The workshops will begin after the Easter holidays and incorporate core skills that will increase awareness of new career paths and confidence within the students such as technical design, environmental factors, time management, group working and most importantly communication skills.

If you would like your pupils to be record breakers then sign up for the Project before the end of March 2018. You will be notified by 'email' or a date? if your school has a place.

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