A frantic hour in an escape room with friends in Budapest sparked the entrepreneurial spirit of Salisbury’s newest escape game designer and owner, Charles Pitcher

For anyone who hasn’t heard of escape rooms, and there are now more than 600 in the UK, they are themed games for friends, family or colleagues to play as a team. There are puzzles and challenges for everyone to participate in, before their 60-minute time limit is up and they are ‘locked in’.

“We wanted our game ‘Spectre’ to be different from the rest though,” explains Charlie. “I wanted to appeal to as broad a spectrum of people as possible and that meant focusing on the seven aptitudes that we can excel at, meaning whether you are good at math, English, logic, interpretation, visual problems, there would be a puzzle to match. The more people involved in the success of escaping, the more fun they will have.”

‘Spectre’ can be played in teams of between two and six people: “We’ve had families come and play together, as well as hen parties, work mates and couples. Some have managed to escape while others have missed out by seconds, but it’s not about winning and losing to most people who play – it’s about having fun together.”

Enter the competition by writing to:

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19 Crow Lane
Wilton Wiltshire

Include your name, address, daytime contact number and email address with the correct answer.

Closing date for entries: Friday, September 29.

To win a game of Spectre for a team of two to six, just answer this question:

‘Where did Charlie and Claire have their ‘eureka’ moment?’

Competition terms and conditions:
The winner of this competition will be given a voucher via email to redeem online for one game of Spectre. Bookings can only be made within the designated opening hours of Live Escape Salisbury.

Players of the game must be over the age of 16 unless accompanied by an adult. All members of the team must read and understand the rules sent to them before playing the game.

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