Over 2 million viewers tuned in to the return of The Crystal Maze last month and according to MarketWatch statistics there are now more than 2,800 permanent escape rooms, aka puzzle rooms, worldwide. As Patsy Palmer would put it, puzzle rooms are all the rage right now darling. But why we hear you cry? What is it about a good puzzle that gets us all so excited? Well, let’s find out.
Whether you are the mug landed with the responsibility of organising your work team building day, the even bigger mug who volunteered - you know you regret it - or actually the boss looking for team building inspiration. We have sieved through the ‘typical’ to find the ‘unexpected’ and come up with a list of 5 unusual group activities that won’t induce rolled eyes and yawns from your colleagues.
If are planning a night out with the girls and the idea of yet another meal out, pub crawl or clubbing doesn’t give you the tingles, we have some alternative hen night ideas and girls night out ideas that should hit the spot.
Festival season is in full swing. If you’ve been watching Glastonbury highlights with green envy and missed out on tickets for the biggies this year, we have a list of affordable alternative festivals with a twist that are yet to come. So you can still have a festival experience this summer, without breaking the bank.
In the words of Eminem - guess who's back, back again? Crystal Maze that’s who. After the success of the Stand Up to Cancer episode with Stephen Merchant, Crystal Maze reboot will be aired tomorrow on Channel 4 at 9pm. We go behind the scenes and bring you our lowdown on the new Crystal Maze zones, but also bring you some exclusive comments from set designer James Dillon...
Everyone has a different relationship with their Dad. Throw Step-Dad's in the mix and sending a ‘World’s Best Daddy’ card doesn’t always feel natural, especially if you haven’t even spoken for a while. Whether you are really close with your Dad and up for rekindling childhood memories with some silliness or looking for a distraction to break the ice on the distance in your relationship; we have a list of unique things to do on Father’s Day, so you can create some real memories together.
Wonder is the most human of emotions. It inspires us to create, to push the boundaries of expectation and step outside of the ordinary. There are no limits to the number of awe-inspiring moments that can be had, yet so few of us prioritise the hunt for the unusual.
Whatever your views are on Valentine’s Day it doesn’t have to be predictable. Instead of following the crowd with the same old cliches, you can make a stand against a corporate agenda and still keep your partner happy by doing something totally different.
Whether you are reluctantly searching for date ideas for Valentine’s Day that don’t suck or on a mission to impress a new love; we have some unique date ideas that will light or reignite that fire. Single? All of these ideas are not exclusive to couples, get a group of friends together and jump on in.
There is something wonderfully addictive about escape rooms. Like that first nibble on a Pringle, once you pop your escape room cherry, you just can’t stop. The escape game craze is at an all time high with a number of celebs joining the bandwagon including Obama, Chris Evans (Captain America) and Kristen Bell to name a few. Couple that with the confirmed revival of Crystal Maze on Channel 4 and the evidence is clear; people just love escape rooms.
But, why do we love them? We decided to take a cheeky dive into escape room psychology and explore just that.
If creaky old furniture and the corpse of Lady Chastity wasn’t eerie enough, all of our escape rooms are hidden in the depths of historical pubs, rumoured to be haunted.
Whether you’re a true believer in Friday the 13th and hiding out at home in bubble wrap, or think it’s a load of bollocks and running with scissors to prove a point; we have some ghostly tales and real-life experiences for you from those who have stayed up too late in the lair of Chastity.
If classic Christmas films like A Christmas Carol don’t make you feel warm and fuzzy inside, then maybe (like us) you prefer to revel in the darker corners of the Christmas movie landscape. Before you settle into your TV binge, we have come up with an alternative Christmas movie list that won’t make you want to vom glitter.
For those not in the know, Gabriel is our illustrious escape room host. After seeing many buckle to the wrath of Lady Chastity; all the screams have definitely contributed to a rather strange and unpredictable nature. Anxious to please and often found clutching a pocket watch encouraging players to 'hurry'. Now, our host may be obsessed with the aphrodisiac properties of Lady Chastity’s Reserve, but Gabriel also has a penchant for mixing heady concoctions - especially during the festive season. Here’s the Handmade Mysteries host with some potent recipes…
The festive season is upon us and, thankfully, Black Friday is now a distant memory. If you are still stuck for original christmas gift ideas that won’t make your loved ones yawn, then we have some top experience gift ideas for you. If you buy them an experience, not only will they smile at Christmas - they'll enjoy an entirely new experience, and it will all be down to YOU.
Christmas parties are the ideal excuse to drop that work front and get silly with your mates and colleagues. If you haven’t got around to organising your festive social yet then here are some last-minute office Christmas party ideas in London and Brighton that might sizzle your nizzle.
Everywhere we go and scroll Trump and Brexit are there to get us down in the dumps, so we wanted to help you all with some tips on how to forget about all this silliness by being, well - even more silly. Here are 3 ways to beat the trumpy brexit blues.
The capabilities of technology continue to blow our minds as we become more reliant on it, wading aimlessly through a sea of screens. The latest Black Mirror series from Charlie Brooker’s futuristic predictions are becoming less difficult to imagine. Episode 2 Playtest in particular got us thinking. If you haven’t managed to catch it on Netflix yet, then the general gist is that we will be able to experience immersive gaming via brain implant technology and experience days in seconds.
It's Halloween every day for us here at HMM, but this year we have an extra little treat for you. Our new portable game, Plumbottom's Magnificent Return, will be free to play at the Watson's General Telegraph in Forest Hill Friday 28th and Saturday 29th October.
A good escape room host is immersed in the story, dramatic and a little unpredictable – a quality that many horror movie characters can certainly pull off. So we asked our team here at HMM, which Halloween characters they think would make a good escape game host. This is the result…
Is a cheeky Nando’s just not cutting it anymore? Losing your way in a ongoing sea of Netflix and chill? Or tired of arguing about whether you should watch a rom com or the latest Marvel film at the cinema? Whether you are planning a first date, a Tinder fling or just looking to shake things up a bit with the old ball and chain, here are a few silly date night ideas in London or Brighton that might tickle your pickle.
In ye old days we all loved a bit of stuff; in fact the accumulation of things led to a living room so packed with the kind of fayre you would find at a village car boot sale, there wasn’t much room left for living. Escapism and experience is what we are all about, so we decided to take a closer look at the rise of an experiential movement; where more of us are caring less about stuff and more about human connection and experience.
If the escape game buzz wasn’t already busting at the seams then Channel 4 are about to blow this shizzle wide open. After 21 years off air… Crystal Maze is back! While only a one-off revival is confirmed for Channel 4’s Stand Up to Cancer night in October, rumour is that if ratings are high enough it will be returning for a brand new series.
The very thing that inspired us to create our games was to make something that allowed people to escape technology, come together and just get silly. If you are having trouble justifying your urge to get silly, then don’t just take our word for it. There are reams of experts who attest to the health benefits of laughter and importance of play for adults.