The first series of Stranger Things may have had all the ingredients to make it an instant cult classic but with one generation hooked on Netflix and another full of 80’s nostalgia, Stranger Things has captured the hearts of the masses. So in preparation of series 2 released 27 October, here are the five things we love most about Stranger Things with a few hints of what we are hoping to get in the new series.
North London are now on the Handmade Mysteries escape room map with Poppa Plock’s Wonky Workshop making it’s debut at The Depot in Islington earlier this year. Another of our handmade escape rooms packed with unexpected twists and turns like no other. All of our escape room games are uniquely terrifying, mysterious and disturbingly tantalising, so why should North London get a piece of the action? We delve into the new game and explore the area to help you make a night of it on your next visit to Islington.
Are you ready to get off the gravy train and try something different for Christmas this year? Well, here’s some alternative Christmas party ideas to help you smash those boring bauble induced plans and shake things up this year.
Prepare to be amazed with DenisVilleneuve's BladeRunner 2049 set to hit our cinema screens later this week (Oct 6). Set in a dystopian Los Angeles in 2019 it looks to be as deep and beautiful as 1982's Blade Runner. The original was a key inspiration behind our latest game Poppa Plock’s Wonky Workshop, so we felt compelled to cover the upcoming film, but also revisit the role of BladeRunner in the concept of our latest escape room.
Rather than leaving it until the last-minute this year and throwing a hissy when you can’t get into the best club nights, we have some top things to do Halloween weekend. So you can nab your tickets and turn that grumpy dejected frown into a slashed Joker grin.
To continue our meet the team series, we would like to introduce you to a game host who mostly frequents The Four Thieves Pub in South London as Gabriel, Jason Lotro. An experienced actor and musician who has many notches on his belt. When he’s not guiding players through Lady Chastity’s lair, Jason is featuring in choreographed fight scenes or weaving his spell as a multi-instrumentalist. Let’s get stuck in and find out what makes Jason tick.
Trying to find corporate team building ideas that are both productive and enjoyable can be challenging. Get it wrong and you could end up with bored yawns and employees completely disengaging with the task at hand. Get it right and you will get a surge of engagement from your employees, increasing morale but also increasing their sense of belonging to the team and business. That’s why so many businesses are now turning to gamification techniques and booking escape room experiences.
Daydreaming about your bank holiday antics last weekend? Still buzzing after the Game of Thrones season finale? Avoid the temptation to order a curry or endlessly scroll for your next TV fix this weekend, we have some creative date night ideas in London and Brighton that will help you extend the good vibes, revive or ignite those honeymoon phase tingles and make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
The countdown to August bank holiday weekend has begun - yippee. So, what are you up to? Are you just gonna Netflix and chill or get your butt out the door and do something different? If you’re up for the latter then we have taken a dive into the worldly web for some unusual bank holiday ideas for you. So, instead of coasting along and doing the same old thing, you can bag yourself some new memories and do something different this August bank holiday weekend.
Whether you don’t fancy a nose dive into the unflattering fate of a jumpsuit or you’re looking for another fix after you play The Crystal Maze: we have a list of Crystal Maze style games that rock. Some we have played, some we have made, but all of these gems will help you turn those ‘busy life’ lemons into ‘let it go’ lemonade.
Like Richard O’Brien to Crystal Maze the game host is just as important as the game itself. So, we are kicking off our new ‘meet the team’ interview series with an introduction to our very first maze master, Kevin Flee. Self-described as ‘kinda creepy but good with people’ when he is not busy scaring the Bejesus out of players, Kevin is a musician, actor and now a qualified yoga instructor - how very zen. Let’s get cracking shall we...
If you love an interesting puzzle then you're going to be knocking down the door to see the interior of an Escape Room. An Escape Room is an exciting, live-action puzzle room challenge that has taken the UK by storm. Come and find out more about Escape Rooms from HandMade Mysteries Here.
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.