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What is it?

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  • Trapped In The Web is a series of online, virtual escape rooms for you to play solo or in teams from anywhere in the world. ​

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  • The rooms are text based and use pictures and videos as clues to help you solve the puzzles. It's definitely not a boring, linear, read and click game though - these puzzles are tough and you have to navigate back and forth through the rooms to find the right clues to solve the puzzles and get you to the next section.

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  • I originally created these rooms as something fun for my girlfriend to do with her friends and family on her birthday during lockdown. I tried it out on my mates first, and they thought I should share it with the world. Now anyone can have a go at escaping one of the rooms!

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How does it work? 

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  • Assemble your team, either over video chat, text message group or gathered round the same screen. Once you're ready, hit go and make your way through the virtual escape rooms, solving puzzles to escape!

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  • You’ll have to create a login for the site, which should only take a couple of mins - but means you can access the game whenever you want. Once you purchase, you get immediately redirected to the room on the site. If you're playing later, there's no time limit on it so just bookmark the page and you can come back any time. If for some reason you're not redirected, just head to the Escape Rooms page on the site and hit "Play Now" on the game that you've bought - you'll get instant access.

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How do I play with friends in different places?

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  • As for gameplay, there’s a few different methods people have tried. The easiest option is to purchase one room pass per device so you can all view and navigate on your own screens.

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  • However, it’s still perfectly doable by screen sharing on a video call! This way, the purchaser is the only one that controls the navigation of the room and your team helps you to crack the puzzles over the video chat - looking at the clues via screen share!

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  • We suggest using something like Cisco Webex or Zoom for screen sharing but you can use whichever service you prefer!

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  • Either way, I’d recommend saving the β€œclue” pictures that you find along the way and sharing them with your team over WhatsApp or something so you can refer back to them whenever you need them!

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How big can my team be?

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  • There's no limit on numbers but I'd recommend teams of 2 to 8 players. You can do more, but your video chats get a bit hard to manage! The game doesn't have an in-built video chat so it's up to you how you choose to communicate with your team. The room is all text based so can handle as many players as you would like!

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What device can I play on?

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  • This will work on pretty much any device with the internet and a browser. It's all embedded on the site so no need to download anything except your preferred video conferencing software if that's how you're keeping in touch with your team (such as Zoom or Webex)

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  • That said, the game is at its best on desktop/laptop but it also is optimised for mobile devices, including tablets but some devices do struggle with the formatting. If you ever see a blank white screen, just scroll up and you'll find the rest of the room at the top of the page.

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How long does it last?
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  • Depending on your team's skill level and knack for solving puzzles, each escape room should provide 1-2 hours worth of fun! Some users have taken up to three hours to solve these rooms.

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  • If you're not sure on which difficulty level to start with, I'd suggest giving School's Out, Lockdown Breakout or Cabin Fever a go first.

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Is it suitable for kids? 
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  • I tend not to recommend these rooms for children on their own. There's no inappropriate content in the rooms but they are all designed to keep a group of adults busy for up to 3 hours so the puzzles in every room are challenging. Even the beginner rated rooms contain some tough puzzles which may be a little tough for younger players.

 

  • Having said that, teachers have successfully run these rooms with young classes before and many families have taken on these rooms with younger players so it's certainly possible! Just be aware that it may take a fair amount of adult supervision and guidance. If you decide that your child is up to the challenge, I'd recommend School's Out.

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What am I paying for? 
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  • Once you sign up and pay for a game, that game will be added to your account, all for a one-off payment. I know the account mentions "subscriptions" (I'm working on changing the wording!) rest assured that this isn't a monthly payment or anything, it's one payment for unlimited access to the room you've paid for on your account!

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How do I play as a group or corporate team building? 
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  • Trapped In The Web has some perfect group packages for a remote working team building exercise or for big group bookings, these will also save you some money! Simply head to the group bookings page, choose which room you want to take on then purchase a package that contains enough passes for one per player. You can mix and match packages to suit your numbers, for example, if there's 75 of you, you can buy a 50 pass package and a 75 pass package! Once purchased, split your group into whatever teams you want to, get them on video chats together then send out the  link! 

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  • When you purchase a group package, you get sent a link that's unlocked for the number of devices you've purchased for, so you just need to send that link out to your players, no need to make loads of different accounts! Each device accessing the link starts a new session so nothing that one team does in their room will impact another teams game.  As teams will be working together over video chat to solve the puzzles, they'll never go out of sync with one another.

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  • You can even make it more competitive by removing the hints and tips from your game. For this, you need a non-playing member of your group to act as a moderator who can control how many hints, tips and answers that each team gets given. If you want to play this way, just email me after your purchase and I'll sort it out for you!

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Still got questions?