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When Escape Rooms Meet Advent Calendars…

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Is it too early to be talking about Christmas? The reality is that many businesses are busy preparing for the festive season already. One such business is Peterborough-based Insync Games, an escape room design firm.

'What's this got to do with chocolate?', I hear you cry. Well, they smashed their £4,000 goal on Kickstarter to produce an Escape Room Advent Calendar for Christmas 2020 in just 36 hours!

Escape Room Meet Advent Calendar

The project takes the traditional advent calendar experience up a notch, by integrating a daily brainteaser quiz. The company spent a year testing the concept to ensure it works as intended.

Escape the Advent Calendar
The Mystery of the Half-Eaten Carrots and Escape the Advent Calendar. Photo credit to Insync Games

There's no numbers on the doors of the A3-sized advent calendar. Instead, you need to work out the answer of the daily puzzle to determine which door to open next. Deciphering the clues, puzzles and riddles should take between 30 seconds and five minutes, although technically you'll have 24 hours to work it out ready for the next day. Daily clues on their website during December will help with the trickiest of puzzles.

Behind each window is an individually-wrapped 5g dark chocolate neapolitan chocolate. Produced by a "well established chocolate provider", Insync Games assured me the chocolate will be made with natural ingredients to a gluten-free and egg-free recipe. It will contain soya as an emulsifier and will be suitable for both vegetarians and vegan, although there may be traces of nuts.

The calendar will be produced using 100% recyclable materials according to the company.

Kickstarter Rewards

The project was fully funded in just 36 hours so has now been extended with stretch goals. Originally, the company sought £4,000 to take the project from design stage in July to delivery stage in November 2020.

The company has already smashed the £5,500 goal of adding a glossy finish to the calendars. At £7,000 it can opt for embossing on the advent calendar to "make it pop". If they reach their £9,500 target, foil-printing will add that extra wow factor to the calendar.

You can pledge from £10 to support this project. Pledge at least £15 and you'll get either the blue edition of 'Escape the Advent Calendar' or the white edition entitled the 'Mystery of the Half-Eaten Carrot'. Pledge from £30 and you'll get the pair of advent calendars. Pledge upwards of £56 and you'll get four advent calendars (two in each style). North of £78 nets you six advent calendars (three in each style) while £130+ of support gets a bundle of ten advent calendars (five in each style).

Pledges of £100+ from bricks and mortar retailers gets a store link on their website, as well as free demonstrations for display, calendars at 50% MSRP, and free shipping.

This Kickstarter project closes on 30th July, so if you're interested and want to get your paws on a quirky and unusual advent calendar for 2020, pledge your support today. Right now the total sits at £6,840 with 22 days to go...

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