Can you take on the mad scientists in secret Sheffield lab?

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You have been captured by mad scientists, who plan to use you as part of their gruesome research.

Their secret experiment’s aim is to depopulate the world - and it is your mission to save mankind before their evil plan works.

You have just 45 minutes to escape.

Thankfully, it isn’t really life or death - but The Great Escape Sheffield is still set to get your heart pumping as you race to flee the mad scientists’ secret lab.

The game, in the Avec Building, Sidney Street, is the brainchild of Sheffield couple Hannah Duraid, aged 24, and Peter Lacole, aged 28.

Peter moved to Sheffield from Australia to be with Hannah, a Sheffield Hallam University PGCE student.

Peter said: “We were both travelling in Croatia when we met. We met up a few times over the next six months and then I went home to re-save.

“At that point, Hannah was doing a year of travel in Australia so we hung out for nine months and then decided to come back to the UK so she could do her PGCE.”

The travel-mad pair came up with the idea of a Crystal Maze-style escape game after seeing similar venues in other countries.

“We just did a few in Asia and enjoyed them and there weren’t many in Western countries,” Peter said.

“Hannah has a scientific brain and she came up with all the puzzles.”

The game has about a 50 per cent success rate. Participant Hannah Lister said: “It was a really good way of communicating and working together and also good fun too. It is funny how you are given all the clues and instructions at the beginning but don’t use them all at first until you start prompting each other to remember what you need to know. The tasks are only possible to solve by working with each other. It was really enjoyable and we will definitely be recommending it to others.”

Hannah and Peter, of Warminster Road, Norton Lees, made their idea a reality with help from Sheffield Hallam University’s research and innovation office, which provided advice and guidance as well as financial support.

They now plan to open two more rooms - one with a jail theme and another filled with optical illusions and other puzzles to boggle your mind.

n Prices range from £20 per person for two people, to £13 per person for five people. Visit thegreatescapegame.co.uk