Category: Bahamas

New Escape Room opens in Downtown Nassau!

We’re excited to share with you our press release which officially went out today!  It’s been great to have such a wide variety of players partake in our game and give such great feedback!  

December 17, 2018 – Nassau – A worldwide phenomenon has reached the Bahamas, with a local husbandand wife opening the Bahamas’ first escape room experience.

The idea was the brainchild of Lee and Chrystonia McCoy, who have done many escape rooms around the world. The pair developed the idea for the better part of a year, and attended the international Room Escape Conference in July. This motivated them to finalize the design and business aspects of the room, and the game started testing in September and officially opened for business in October.

To date there has been a mix of participants playing the room. Many local Bahamian players have taken part in their first ever escape room, while some have done games in other countries. There have also been tourists playing the room, from large family groups to experienced enthusiasts who sought an escape room in the Bahamas. The overall response has been extremely positive, with great reviews on Facebook and TripAdvisor.

Kathy, a Nassau resident, wrote “This is an amazing and absolute MUST see and do experience! So nice to have something different and exciting to do in Nassau. Thanks for the experience!”

For those who don’t know what an escape room is, the concept is simple – a group of people are placed in a room, and they have a set time limit to “escape” by finding clues, solving riddles, and completing puzzles. The challenge is in working together to complete all the tasks in the set time limit. The experience is akin to going to the movies, except it’s an interactive game in which you becoming immersed in the scenario.

“The backstory to Blackbeard’s Escape really ties into the history of the Bahamas and the surrounding Pirates of Nassau Museum” describes Lee McCoy. “The year is 1718 and Woodes Rogers is rounding up pirates – you are summoned to meet Blackbeard in his hideout and have just one hour to escape before the British soldiers find you.”

For those that may be claustrophobic or weary about being locked in a room, Chrystonia explains “you’re never actually locked in and you’re free to come and go, the game clock just keeps running. It’s a great hour because people put down their phones and come together as a team.”

The room is designed for beginners and advanced players. The fastest time to escape has been 27 minutes, while many groups have not escaped and were fictitiously caught by the British soldiers. During the game, the “game master” is watching and each team gets three hints to help them along the way. Some groups have escaped with no hints while others require more than three – it’s up to the game master to keep the gameplay flowing.

Many escape rooms use technology to augment the puzzles and clues, but a purposely chosen low-tech room was created. “We wanted to tie into the time period authentically – it adds to the immersion and makes people feel like they are trapped in a pirates hideout” explains McCoy. “There were no blacklights in the 1700’s, so we don’t have any in our room”.

The only complaint guests have is they can’t do it again. Chrystonia responds “we’re already working on more rooms with different themes; we’re really excited to offer more things to do for locals and tourists alike.”

Pricing for the experience starts at $30 per person or groups can book a private room for up to 8 persons for $199. Gift certificates are available for purchase. Guests can get more information and book online at their website blackbeardsescape.com or call 242-813-3222 for reservations.

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Blackbeard’s Escape Ltd. is a 100% Bahamian company owned and operated by Lee & Chrystonia McCoy. The pair also own TMC Engineering Ltd, Harbour Safaris Ltd., PROMPT, and Jungle Float Ltd. More details on the various companies can be found at www.the-real.com

For more information, or to schedule a media experience, please contact Chrystonia McCoy at email@blackbeardsescape.com or 242-813-3222.

Christmas Gift Certificates

Looking for that perfect holiday present? Give the gift of a live escape room experience!

Purchase individual tickets or a private room experience, perfect for friends & family!  

Purchase a Giftcard!

To purchase gifts for different persons, please book each separately or contact us for further options!  

If you’d like to purchase a gift with cash, please email us for further details.

Cruise Ship Excursions

Still looking for that family friendly excursion that’s also friendly on your budget?  Blackbeard’s Escape offers a unique escape room nestled in the heart of downtown Nassau!  Just a short 5 minute walk from your ship at the Prince George Wharf.

While you’re at it, why not learn about the rich history and culture of the pirates of the Bahamas and the Caribbean at the world-famous Pirates of Nassau Museum?

What are the top cruise ships in the port of Nassau in December 2018 and January 2019? In alphabetical order:

  • Adventure Of The Seas
  • Allure Of The Seas
  • Anthem of the Seas
  • Arcadia
  • Carnival Conquest
  • Carnival Ecstasy
  • Carnival Elation
  • Carnival Freedom
  • Carnival Liberty
  • Carnival Pride
  • Carnival Sensation
  • Carnival Victory
  • Celebrity Edge
  • Celebrity Equinox
  • Celebrity Infinity
  • Costa Deliziosa
  • Disney Dream
  • Disney Magic
  • Disney Wonder
  • Empress Of The Seas
  • Enchantment Of The Seas
  • Grandeur Of The Seas
  • Majesty Of The Seas
  • Mariner Of The Seas
  • MSC Seaside
  • Navigator Of The Seas
  • Nieuw Statendam
  • Norwegian Bliss
  • Norwegian Escape
  • Norwegian Gem
  • Norwegian Sky
  • Oasis Of The Seas
  • Symphony of the Seas
  • Veendam

Getting hungry from all this exploring and learning?  Enjoy great food and Starbucks Coffee at Smugglers, located adjacent to the escape room at the Pirates of Nassau Museum.

What are you waiting for?  Book your reservation today online, email us at info@blackbeardsescape.com, or call us at 242-813-3222!

Blackbeard’s Escape Review

We love our reviews!  Whether they’re on Facebook or TripAdvisor, it always puts a smile on our face to read them!

We had some experienced Escape Room enthusiasts stop by recently, and they gave us a quite thorough review we’re proud to share with you!

Review by Kyle Moore:

The steaming streets of Nassau juke and swerve. The aroma of roasted meat and exotic spices dance on the tropical breeze like a sensuous spirit, luring tourists to pastel colored delights. Soon enough the intrepid traveler finds one’s self in a sun-kissed courtyard. Statues that look like Disney rejects from their classic Pirates of the Caribbean ride stand motionless among the palm trees and cracked stone benches as escape room enthusiasts eagerly await their chance to take a crack at helping the infamous pirate, Blackbeard, escape the Royal Navy with booty intact.

Immersion is an important aspect of escape rooms, and one can’t overstate the impact of treading the same winding byways down which brigands of yesteryear may have drunkenly stumbled. A whiff of rum and salt on the air fills the adventurous mind with images of peg-legs and eye patches, cannonballs and black spots.Escape Room in Nassau Bahamas

Thus one enters the world of Blackbeard’s Escape, Nassau’s first room escape challenge.

As is always the case with escape rooms, you are locked in a room. You’ve an hour to accomplish a task and find your way out the door. In this case, Blackbeard has already fled the room in which he’s been holed up, and he’s hired you to get in, grab his treasure, and get out before the Royal Navy help you learn how to dance on the wind.

Connected to the Pirate’s of Nassau Museum in the heart of Nassau’s tourism district, Blackbeard’s escape seeks to bring immersive puzzle solving fun to the bustling haven of pirates of yore. At the time my wife and I visited, they did only have the one room, with promises of more to come in the future, but if future additions meet the quality of their first room, regular visitors to the Bahamian city can rejoice!

Blackbeard’s Escape is an excellent experience for beginners. Seasoned veterans of escape rooms might find that this one veers towards the easy side of the spectrum but not frustratingly so. You are allowed three clues, and my wife and I used only one (that, after we received it we were slapping our foreheads so hard we were in risk of leaving permanent marks). Aside from what ended up being silly oversight on our part, we were able to solve most of the other puzzles in the room in the first half hour.

That’s not to say that easy can’t be entertaining, nor does it fail to be original. The puzzles were an absolute blast to solve with a few things I’ve not seen before. It was clear that this was a room put together by people who had a passion for escape room puzzles. Further, while this is a classic lock and key (or gen 1 for those that are really committed to industry jargon) mechanics, this has also ended up being one of the most interactive rooms we’ve played in where virtually everything is part of something else, and nearly every single item in the room is a vital part of the game.

For such a low tech room, we truly came away feeling as though this was one of the more immersive rooms we’ve experienced yet. Yes, you’re in the caribbean. Yes, street sounds are artfully pumped into the room to near perfection. But also care was placed into the story, one that evolves as you solve one puzzle after the next. There’s even a plot twist or two that manifest late in the game which is something I’ve not seen done before and I felt deserved special praise.

If I were to provide any criticism at all to this room it would be sparingly. Perhaps hiring someone to dress up in authentic garb to deliver a scripted introduction might have taken the immersion level, already laudable, and really elevated it to something special. Also, while this room is great for beginners, one does get the sense that if Blackbeard’s Escape is going to attract the greater escape room crowd, future rooms will need to be more challenging.

All of that said, this was a truly enjoyable escape room for us. Yes, the pirate theme is a pretty common trope in escape rooms, but this is the Bahamas! If ever there was a place where a pirate themed escape room belonged, this is it! A great, immersive room, friendly staff, and well designed (if easier) puzzles are complemented by an unusually intricate story making this room a must for those that find themselves in Nassau.

Besta Testing Complete!

We have had a great time beta testing our escape room!

We had some local Bahamian friends and family out to test from the very beginning, and even had enthusiasts from New York visit and give us some great advice!

We have added additional puzzles to lengthen the game and changed a few of the clues to sharpen the game play.

We are now taking bookings on select days as well as are open for group bookings!

For more information or to book a group, please email info@blackbeardsescape.com

 

 

Team Attends Room Escape Conference & Tour 2018

The Blackbeard’s Escape design and management team travelled to Nashville to attend the 2018 Room Escape Conference & Tour.  The three day event was composed of seminars, workshops, and escape room tours.

The all-Bahamian team was composed of husband and wife Lee & Chrystonia McCoy along with Samantha Allen & Margot Constantakis.  While the McCoy’s have previous escape room experience, both Allen and Constantakis had never done an escape room before.

Friday consisted of registration and seminars, followed by a bus-tour to two Escape Room facilities near Nashville.  The first location was Locked Games.  The Blackbeard’s Escape team joined with other players from the conference to play the game.  “Game Museum” was selected and played – a brand new escape room with a board game theme.  As this was a new game, the team was not able to escape in the alloted time, and there were a few design and tech issues.  The second location was Liveminds Adventure Escape.  These rooms are built by professional set designers and escape room enthusiasts, and are completely immersive in terms of the set design and gameplay.  The “Pacari” game was an adventure set to a Mayan theme, with multiple rooms and amazing puzzles.  This time, the all-Bahamian team and their coplayers were able to successfully find the ancient wonder and escape the room.  

Saturday and Sunday were filled with classes, seminars, and workshops surrounding the escape room industry. Presentations, most of which were given by experienced owners of escape games, consisted of initial design and planning, set and game design, safety, marketing, best business practices, and a myriad of other topics.

Networking and team building played a key part of the weekend.  Contacts were made with enthusiasts, persons just starting their own businesses, and key industry players.  The tradeshow floor was also filled with demonstrations of mobile escape games, puzzle and set designers, booking systems, and everything else escape-room related.  The team was also able to further develop the Blackbeards Escape room experience and bond together as a team with a unified vision for the company.  Many ideas were brought forward on how to expand the current offerings and develop the market in the Bahamas and the Caribbean.

The weekend was rounded off with a final escape room tour – this time at a downtown location called Escape Experience Nashville. The multi-room game “The Inheritance” was played, together with a recently married couple enjoying their honeymoon.  The team was able to succesfully complete the challenge with 2 minutes to spare – not an easy feat considering there is only a 27% success rate for the game!

Blackbeard’s Escape is currently being finalized, built and tested with a scheduled opening in August of 2018.  The company is currently interviewing and hiring Game Masters to bring this amazing new experience to downtown Nassau.

 

Nassau Cruise Ships – Things to do in September

Visiting Nassau on a Cruise Ship in September?  Here’s one of the newest things to do!  Spend around an hour in our fantastic live-action escape room!  Then explore the Pirates of Nassau Museum and have lunch at Smuggler’s restaurant and outdoor bar!  You’ll be sure to have a great time, learn a bit about the history of pirates and the Bahamas, and enjoy great food!  Be sure to budget around 3 hours to get it all in!

01-Sep-17 Carnival Liberty, MSC Divina, Norwegian Escape
02-Sep-17 Norwegian Sky, Majesty Of The Seas, Carnival Victory, Disney Dream
03-Sep-17 Enchantment Of The Seas, Majesty Of The Seas, Carnival Conquest, Carnival Sensation, Carnival Victory, Celebrity Equinox
04-Sep-17 Carnival Liberty, Carnival Splendor, Carnival Magic, Allure Of The Seas
05-Sep-17 Enchantment Of The Seas, Disney Dream
06-Sep-17 Enchantment Of The Seas, Majesty Of The Seas
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08-Sep-17 Carnival Liberty, MSC Divina
09-Sep-17 Norwegian Sky, Majesty Of The Seas, Carnival Victory, Disney Dream
10-Sep-17 Enchantment Of The Seas, Majesty Of The Seas, Carnival Victory
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12-Sep-17 Enchantment Of The Seas, Carnival Liberty, Disney Dream
13-Sep-17 Enchantment Of The Seas, Majesty Of The Seas, Carnival Ecstasy, Carnival Freedom
14-Sep-17 Carnival Dream
15-Sep-17 Carnival Liberty, MSC Divina, Norwegian Escape
16-Sep-17 Norwegian Sky, Carnival Victory, Disney Dream
17-Sep-17 Enchantment Of The Seas, Carnival Ecstasy, Carnival Sensation, Carnival Splendor, Carnival Victory
18-Sep-17 Allure Of The Seas
19-Sep-17 Enchantment Of The Seas, Carnival Liberty, Disney Dream
20-Sep-17 Enchantment Of The Seas, Majesty Of The Seas
21-Sep-17 Carnival Breeze
22-Sep-17 Carnival Liberty, MSC Divina
23-Sep-17 Norwegian Sky, Majesty Of The Seas, Carnival Victory, Disney Dream
24-Sep-17 Enchantment Of The Seas, Majesty Of The Seas, Carnival Victory, Seven Seas Mariner
25-Sep-17 Carnival Magic
26-Sep-17 Enchantment Of The Seas, Carnival Liberty, Disney Dream
27-Sep-17 Enchantment Of The Seas, Majesty Of The Seas, Carnival Ecstasy
28-Sep-17
29-Sep-17 Carnival Liberty, MSC Divina, Norwegian Escape
30-Sep-17 Norwegian Sky, Carnival Elation, Carnival Victory, Disney Dream