Clue Cracker Online Escape Game Development

Project: Design and develop online escape games and E-commerce website.

I have recently developed online escape game 4 for Clue Cracker Games who have a live escape room in Tunbridge Wells, Kent. During the Corona virus pandemic, they were forced to close their physical escape room experience so they wanted to bring an online game to people for them to play in the comfort of their own homes, with family and friends in an exciting and immersive way.

The team knew what they wanted and had 2 main objectives:

  • A game that was user friendly – including the online buying process
  • A secure link and process so the game cannot be shared.

I coded them a bespoke escape game from scratch to incorporate everything they needed, such as, a 60 minute timer that starts when you click “Begin” and stops when you hit “Escape”, displaying your escape time, a next button that only becomes enabled IF you input the correct answer, hint buttons, videos, imagery and a game that can be played on all devices. I am pleased to say the team at Clue Cracker were extremely happy with the finished game and due to a phenomenal response to that game and demand for another, I since have developed 3 more games for the team. We have been getting some fantastic feedback on social media and escape game enthusiast reviews since going live. This was from our initial launch of the first game, “Escape from Extinction Island.”

“A group of five of us played this online game and safe to say we really enjoyed it. The game is simple to follow and is very user friendly. Every puzzle gives you the opportunity for two hints, plus, if your are really stuck, the option to reveal the answer – make sure this is a real last resort though!

For online games, its often difficult to get the real sense of involvement or tension – however the guys at Clue Cracker have certainly achieved it! The use of videos provide a great sense of panic and frustration. You will find yourself shouting at your laptop and telling the professor to hurry up as time ticks away! 

We really enjoyed this experience and it is certainly one I would recommend. Tension, atmosphere, solid puzzles, great use of technology, a wallet-friendly price and a real family feel, provide for an hours worth of fun for all to enjoy!”

Kent Escape Room Reviews

I also designed and developed the E-Commerce website to play and sell the online escape games on. This required a lot of thought and detail to ensure that the system could be both simple for the customer to buy and play the game from but also secure in that the game can not be shared or played by anyone who hasn’t bought it. I built the site on WordPress which is a powerful and versatile platform. I developed this using a download system, which has managed to achieve both goals of simplicity and security, seamlessly. I have also added product bundles to the site and gift card functionality.

All escape games are now live, they have all received rave reviews and continue to do so. Clue Cracker are brilliant at writing engaging and challenging games, it has been such fun to develop these and bring them to life online.

“We hired Jen at Pops Digital to help our business during the Coronavirus Pandemic. We wanted to create an online digital Escape Room including video, text and images. We have created numerous live escape games, but never online, so we were fairly clueless.

Jen guided us every step of the way, providing us with possibilities, suggestions, solutions and ideas. She informed us what kind of platform we needed to reach our goals, what was possible and suggested a variety of options to help us achieve the e-commerce website we needed.

Jen worked meticulously to a tight time frame, nothing was a problem. She is positive, hugely creative and incredibly hard working. She has a vast amount of knowledge and if there’s something she doesn’t know the answer to, she will work tirelessly to find the answers.

Jens communication is second to none, she was always available to answer any questions no matter how big or small and her work ethic was faultless.

We can highly recommend her and have already booked her for our next job. “

Katie Thornton, Owner, Clue Cracker.

Visit the site and play the online escape games on Clue Craker, here

All four online escape game posters
All Four Escape Games

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