“Needs More Sharks”

We are not just owners,
but enthusiasts too!

Many years ago Kelly took a trip to visit family in Alabama USA. It was unseasonably wet and many of her plans were rained off. Her uncle suggested we try this “new thing called an escape room”. With no idea what to expect Kelly, accompanied by her Auntie, Uncle and three cousins visited Breakout Alabama…. The rest, as they say, is history! 

On returning to the UK Kelly was keen to introduce her family and friends to Escape Rooms and we looked up the closest one to us, at the time this was Room Lockdown in Hornchurch and off we went. From this day on Rich was also hooked and with his specialist skill set it may be fair to say that he was more interested in the build and the mechanics behind the technology involved in creating escape rooms rather than the puzzles and Rich quickly floated the ambition of one day building his own. 

Many, many more games followed and our regular team was forming. Of course we played with our family and friends who enjoyed themselves but not clearly as much as Kelly, Rich and Gem who would continue to play as a three whenever and wherever possible. 

In November 2019 Kelly and Rich decided to take the plunge and rented a former gym in an industrial unit and they set about transforming it into what it is today and began designing and creating their very own unique escape rooms. Little did they know that a global pandemic was just around the corner which threw a rather large spanner in the works both in terms of building our rooms and also playing ourselves. 

The global pandemic and numerous lockdowns and restrictions made playing in person rooms impossible for a while so attentions switched to online games before finally getting back out to play again when the restrictions were finally eased. 

The Needs More Sharks team is often just Kelly, Rich and Gem but we are also often joined by EO Gamesmasters, Kodi and Lily too. 

Kelly, Rich and Gem have now each played over 100 rooms. We have played local rooms, some a few hours drive away and have recently returned from a ‘binge’ few days away in Nottingham and Reading. We have played some good games, many great games and some absolutely fantastic ones and we are often asked which is our favourite, so here it is….

How many have we played and which is our favourite?


PLAYED – 274

FAVOURITE – The Great Loudini – Escapable, Wakefield 


PLAYED – 261

FAVOURITE – The Great Loudini – Escapable, Wakefield 


PLAYED – 143

FAVOURITE – Pudding Lane – Time Trap, Reading 



FAVOURITE – The Jungle – Escape Rooms Suffolk 



FAVOURITE – Twilight Manor – Cluetopia, Ipswich

Our Team Photos

Here are just some of our photos we have collected over the years. Look closely… you may recognise some of the rooms we have played! 

We are always happy to recommend games that we have played and enjoyed and likewise are always looking for recommendations  of must play games from you too! 

The Great Toy Rescue - Beverley Breakout, Beverley
Operation Hideout - Beverley Breakout, Beverley
Santa Paws and the Christmas Chaos - Beverley Breakout, Beverley
The Goblins of Toadsmead - Beverley Breakout, Beverley
The Great EggScape - EO Escape Rooms, Sudbury
Alice In Wonderland - Puzzlez, Ongar
Mr Copplestone's Curiousity Shoppe - EscapeQuest, Macclesfield
Unsolved, The Crimson Lake Motel, The Vault & Frankenstein - Breakout, Manchester
Titanic, The Unsinkable Ship - Escapable, Wakefield
Avast! - Escapable, Wakefield
The Great Loudini - Escapable, Wakefield
Outtatime - Escapable, Wakefield
The Night Before Christmas, Operation Snowflake - Escape Rooms Suffolk, Bury St Edmunds
Escape the Knight - Agent Brains, Letchworth
Mobbery! - Agent Brains, Letchworth
Aladdin the Lamp of Wonders - Mythologic, Gillingham
The Basement - Unsolved Mysteries, Fort Amherst
The Library of Enchantment - Z-Arts, Manchester
The Hidden Relics - Room Lockdown, Hornchurch
Grinch on the Run - Cluetopia, Harwich
8 Years Later - Escape Colchester, Colchester
Escape From The Room - Crypt of the Cursed, Aviary of Spies, The Lady Vanishes, Chambers of Champions, Return of Old Maid Milly and The Mixed up mind of Mr Crabheal
National Elf Service - Keylock Games, Wickford
The Jungle - Escape Rooms Suffolk, Bury St Edmunds
Grinch on the Run - Cluetopia, Harwich
Joey's Revenge - EO Escape Rooms, Sudbury
Joey's Revenge - EO Escape Rooms, Sudbury
Bomb Squad- Room Lockdown, Hornchurch
Santa's Time Machine- Room Lockdown, Hornchurch
Vecna Returns- Room Lockdown, Hornchurch
Pirates of the Stormy Seas - Escape Kent, Canterbury
Kidnapped - Escape Kent, Canterbury
The Haunting - Escape Kent, Canterbury
The Asylum - Escape Kent, Canterbury
Jail Break - Escape Kent, Canterbury
The Exorcist -Dark Escapes, Alicante
Phantom of the Light Opera - Cryptx Escape Rooms, Knapwell
The Mayflower Dagger - Pressure Point, Ashford
Moonlit Wild - Pressure Point, Ashford
The Keyper's Secret - EO Escape Rooms, Sudbury
Twilight Manor - Cluetopia, Ipswich
Rob the Bank 2 - Sudbury Escape Rooms, Sudbury
Chapter 4 : The Forest - Suffolk Escape Academy, Barrow
- Hourglass Escape Rooms, Downham Market
The Great British Break Out - Hourglass Escape Rooms, Downham Market
The Doctor will see you now - Hourglass Escape Rooms, Downham Market
The Toy Shop - Hourglass Escape Rooms, Downham Market
Moriarty's Academy - Cryptx Escape Rooms, Knapwell
Crash Landing - Cluetopia, Ipswich
The Time Machine - Deadlocked, Reading
Critical Mass - Doomsday, Colchester
Nobody Loves Robot - Keylock Games, Wickford
The Mayan Temple - Lockhouse Escape Games, Cambridge
The Curse of the Golden Lion - Wirral Escape Rooms, Wirral
Pudding Lane - Time Trap, Reading
Station X - Time Trap, Reading
The Vampire Slayers, Blown Away - Escape Reading
Age of Magic - Escape Reading
Kidnapped - Escape Reading
Ram Raid (100% loot!) - Escape Reading
Explorers Diary - Hounds Escape Experiences, Crawley
The Curious Cabin - Knockout Escape Rooms, Reading
9-5 Assassin - Knockout Escape Rooms, Reading
The Mad Scientist - Knockout Escape Rooms, Reading
The Last Vikings - Escape Hunt, Reading
Curiouser and Curiouser - Time Trap, Reading
Prohibition - Escape Chelmsford, Chelmsford
The Lab : Something in the Water - Agent Brains, Letchworth
Jungle Jailbreak - Agent Brains, Letchworth
Back to the Future : Escape the 80's - Agent Brains, Letchworth
Southern Dis-Comfort - Hounds Escape Experiences, Crawley
Questionable Ethics - Hounds Escape Experiences, Crawley
CSI Mafia Murders - The Panic Room, Harlow
Strikeforce - The Panic Room, Harlow
The Unfair Funfair - Keylock Games, Wickford
Clue Did It? - Keylock Games, Wickford
The Magic Emporium - Escape Chelmsford, Chelmsford
Taken 2 - Escape Chelmsford, Chelmsford
Magpie Mystery - Escape Live, Southend
Pirate Plunder- Escape Live, Southend
Room 13 - Escape Live, Southend
The Box - EO Escape Rooms, Sudbury
Sherlock Holmes - The Panic Room, Harlow
Return to the Tomb- The Panic Room, Harlow
Forbidden Idol - Eltham Escape Rooms
Shamleys - Darkmaster
One Wing Airlines - Darkmaster
Into the Reliquary - Darkmaster
Carnival of Curiosities - Escape Southend
The Magic Prison of Alcatraz - Escape Southend
Aladdin and The Magic Vault - Escape Hunt, Norwich
Prison Escape - Clued Up!, Norwich
Casino Escapade - Clued Up!, Norwich
The Bank Heist - Clued Up!, Norwich
Nightmare on Ripper Street - Eltham Escape Rooms
Return to Neverland - Eltham Escape Rooms
The Cabin - Unsolved Mysteries, Fort Amherst, Chatham
Buried Alive - Unsolved Mysteries, Fort Amherst, Chatham
Cartel - Trapp'd, Corby
Reanimation - Trapp'd, Corby
The Tormentor - Trapp'd, Corby
Our Finest Hour - Escape Hunt, Norwich
A Christmas Catastrophe - Cluetopia, Clacton
When Santa Got Stuck Up the Chimney - Sudbury Escape Rooms, Sudbury
Christmas Chaos - Hysteria, Chatham
Citizen Erased - Hysteria, Chatham
Aftermath - Hysteria, Chatham
Advent Alley - Unsolved Mysteries, Fort Amherst, Chatham
The Greatest Heist - Mythologic, Gillingham (£47,459,505 looted - 100%)!
Diamond Dogs - Clue Cracker, Tonbridge Wells
Temple Quest - Clue Cracker, Tonbridge Wells
The Curse of Captain Kraken - PerpleXed, Soham
The Grand Heist at Escape Modern - PerpleXed, Soham
The Night Before Christmas. You're Hired - Escape Rooms Suffolk, Kenny Hill
Prison Blues - Suffolk Escape Academy, Barrow
Letters to Santa - EO Escape Rooms, Sudbury
Prison Break - Escape Walton Pier, Walton
The Magic Emporium - Escape Walton Pier, Walton
The Arcade - Escape Walton Pier, Walton
The Game - Mythologic, Gillingham
Tower of Sorcery - Hackers, Billericay
The Last Testament - Know Escape, Chelmsford Escape Rooms, Chelmsford
Wild Wild Quest - Cluetopia, Ipswich
Loop - The Panic Room, Gravesend
Hell House - The Panic Room, Gravesend
Old Father Time - The Panic Room, Gravesend
Murder on the Dance Floor - Cluetopia, Ipswich
Exposed - Know Escape, Witham Escape Rooms, Witham
The Big Hangover - Know Escape, Witham Escape Rooms , Witham
Police Custody - Room Lockdown - Romford
Blood over Baker Street - Hakers, Billericay
The Tomb of the Wandering king - Hackers, Billericay
The Witch's Lair - Prestige Escape Rooms, Lowestoft
Saving Wonderland - Prestige Escape Rooms, Lowestoft
The Z Files - Prestige Escape Rooms, Lowestoft
Amnesia - Prestige Escape Rooms, Lowestoft
Jungle Escape - Prestige Escape Rooms, Lowestoft
The Cursed Ninja - Who Dini, South Woodham Ferrers
Chaos at Calamity Mine - Cluetopia , Clacton
Sausage Surprise - Know Escape, Witham Escape Rooms, Witham
Escape the Wild West - Escape Hunt, Lakeside
Alice in Puzzleland - Escape Hunt, Lakeside
Blackbeard's Treasure - Escape Hunt, Lakeside
Journey to Atlantis- Escape Hunt, Lakeside
Howitz - Escapologic, Nottingham (39:48)
Contraption - Escapologic, Nottingham (34:32)
Escape from Alcatraz - Houdini's, Nottingham
Robin of Lockskey - Escapologic, Nottingham (29:23)
E.P.I Centre - Escapologic, Nottingham (48:41)
The Future Room - The Evidence Room, Bury St Edmunds
Air Raid - Suffolk Escape Room, Saxmundham
Monuments - Cave Escape - Nottingham
Carfax - Cave Escape, Nottingham
R.M.S. Titanic - Houdini's, Nottingham
Poppa Plock's Wonky Workshop - Houdini's, Nottingham
Curio - Escapologic, Nottingham (46:56)
Needlenose, The Copycat Killer - Mythologic Escape Rooms, Gillingham
The Christmas Caper- Mythologic Escape Rooms, Gillingham
Mr Todds - Mythologic Escape Rooms, Gillingham
CSI : Times Up - Mythologic Escape Rooms, Gillingham
Wanted Dead or Alive - Room Lockdown, Hornchurch
Superbugs - Suffolk Escape Room, Saxmundham
Dodge City - Tulleys Escape Rooms, Crawley
The Outfitters - Tulleys Escape Rooms, Crawley
Daylight Robbery - Cryptology, Nottingham (54:33 £1,673,198.47)
Cypherdene v1.5 - Cryptology, Nottingham (46:27)
Rameseize - Cryptology, Nottingham (50:31 3 Relics)
Dreamscape - Cryptology, Nottingham (49:18 17 dream keys)
The Conspiracist - Want to Escape, Rushden
Psycopath's Den and Hangover Deja Brew - AIM Escape, London
The Adventure Begins - Escape Plan, London
Nethercott Manor - Tulleys Escape Rooms, Crawley
Spellcraft - Tulleys Escape Rooms, Crawley
Mutiny - Tulleys Escape Rooms, Crawley
Keep Escaping - Hedingham Castle, Essex
The Diva - Who Dini, South Woodham Ferrers
The Crazy Chef - Who Dini, South Woodham Ferrers
Teacher's Revenge - Want to Escape, Rushden
The Guardian of the Gallery - Want to Escape, Rushden
Shimmy Shimmy Cocoa Pop - Want to Escape, Rushden
Fearstival - Room Lockdown, Romford
Captured B - Breakout, Manchester
White Witch - Escape, Basildon
Broken - Pier Pressure, Brighton
Pavillion Perplex - Pier Pressure, Brighton
Raver Quest - Pier Pressure, Brighton
Modrophenia - Pier Pressure, Brighton
Dr Duplicate's Evil Lab - Cluetopia, Harwich
Casino Heist - Escape, Ipswich
The Collector - Enigma, Skegness
High Noon - Enigma, Skegness
The Posessed Doll - Room Lockdown, Hornchurch
The Grand Portobello Hotel Heist - Cluetopia, Walton
The Next Great Detective - Suffolk Escape Academy, Barrow
Captured - Room Lockdown, Romford
The Job Interview - Room Lockdown, Romford
Cinescream - Room Lockdown, Romford
Danger on the Dancefloor - Exciting Escapes, Portsmouth
Bunker 38 - Clue HQ, Brentwood
Sacrifice- Clue HQ, Brentwood
The Dungeon of Doom - Clue HQ, Brentwood
Panic Room, Conspiracy Detective Misson - The Panic Room, Harlow
Carnevil - The Panic Room, Harlow
The Search for the Holy Grail - Ipswich Escape Rooms, Ipswich
Haunted Mines of Crisson - Room Lockdown, Hornchurch
Loot the Lanes- Pier Pressure, Brighton
Prisoner X - Cluetopia, Harwich
Boudicca's Uprising & Eight Years Later - Escape, Colchester
Millenium Meltdown - Exciting Escapes, Portsmouth
Pathogen - Doomsday, Colchester
Rob the Bank - Know Escape, Maldon Escape Rooms, Maldon
Deep Trouble -Know Escape, Maldon Escape Rooms, Maldon
Sword in the Throne & Star Quest - Escape Live, Chelmsford
The Illusionist - Escape, Basildon
- Ipswich Escape Rooms, Ipswich
Solitary Confinement - Room Lockdown, Hornchurch
The Cabin - Room Escape, Southend
Contagion - Escape, Ipswich
Taken - Escape, Ipswich
The Davinci Room - Escape, Ipswich
Sub Zero - Escape, Ipswich
The Church - Escape Rooms Suffolk, Mildenhall
The Cage- Know Escape, Maldon Escape Rooms
Dark Deeds & Groceries and Murder at the Movies - Exciting Escapes, Portsmouth
Prison Break Solitary Confinement - Room Lockdown, Hornchurch
Strange Things : The Elevator- Room Lockdown, Hornchurch
Pirates - Room Lockdown, Hornchurch
The Bomb - Cambridge Escape Rooms, Cambridge
Pirates of Polaris - The Escapement, Margate
Egyptian Exodus - The Escapement, Margate
The Pit- The Escapement, Margate
The Kidnapping - Breakout Mobile, Alabama USA
The Dollhouse- Escape Rooms Suffolk, Mildenhall
The Crazy Cat Lady - Know Escape, Bishops Stortford Escape Rooms, Bishops Stortford
Eerie Motel California - Know Escape, Bishops Stortford Escape Rooms, Bishops Stortford
Magic & Mystery - Cluetopia, Clacton
Runaway Rudolph- Cluetopia, Clacton
Unhappily Ever After - Cluetopia, Walton
Heaven & Hell - Cambridge Escape Rooms, Cambridge
The Governor - Know Escape, Chelmsford Escape Rooms, Chelmsford
The Damned - Cluetopia, Clacton
Race Against Time - - Cluetopia, Clacton
The Voices We Hear - Exciting Escapes, Portsmouth
Escape The Seven Seas, Magic & Mystery & 221B Baker Street - Escape, Colchester
Escape the Jungle - Escape Live, Chelmsford
Roots of Evil- Room Lockdown, Romford
The Locked Inn- Escape, Ipswich
The Vault - Escape Rooms Suffolk, Mildenhall
Death Row - Escape Rooms Suffolk, Mildenhall
The Gedding Room - The Evidence Room, Bury St Edmunds
The Aztec Room - The Evidence Room, Bury St Edmunds

Our 'Milestone' Photos

Kel's room 100

Guardian of the Gallery

Want to Escape


Rich's room 100




Gem's room 100

Blood over Baker Street



Kel's room 150

Diamond Dogs

Clue Cracker

Tonbridge Wells 

Rich's room 150

The Tormentor 



Gem's room 150


Kel's room 200

Rich's room 200

Gem's room 200

Pudding Lane

Time Trap 


The Mayan Temple 

LockHouse Escape Games 


Kel's room 250

The Basement

Unsolved Mysteries

Fort Amherst

Rich's room 250
The Great Loudini
Escapable Wakefield

Why "Needs more Sharks"?

For a long time we played under the name EO Escape Rooms and we decided that it was time to be different and sometimes it is nice to go and play a game as an enthusiast and not an owner. After all just because we own an escape room doesn’t mean we are actually any good at playing them! 

After several suggestions we couldn’t agree until Rich mentioned a common suggestion he left on feedback forms at the end of his holidays when asked “what would improve your holiday?” The answer was always the same. It didn’t matter if Rich was on his honeymoon in the Maldives, skiing in Lapland or a city break in Europe his suggestion would always be the same, “needs more sharks”! And so we decided to go with it! 

The Little Sharks

Because it is never too early for Little E and Little O to enter into the world of playing escape rooms. Richard’s daughter Emily (5 years old) and Kelly’s daughter Olivia (5 years old) are loving joining us in playing the odd game here and there. Even Joey (Richard’s 3 year old) has joined us a couple of times too!

We are always on the look out for games that are suitable for us to take them to so any recommendations you have would be most welcome! 

Their first game they played with us was Sausage Surprise and both Little E and Little O absolutely loved it, even if they do think that all we do for a job is lock people up and look for sausages!